Minneapolis-based Peace Coffee workers vote ‘overwhelmingly’ to unionize

Workers at Minneapolis-based Peace Coffee voted to unionize.

In a Thursday announcement, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 663 said 17 Peace Coffee workers voted “overwhelmingly” to unionize.

Peace Coffee workers announced their intention to join the union in April. The election was certified Thursday after ballots were mailed out.

UFCW Local 663 represents approximately 17,000 workers in retail, food production, manufacturing and health care in Iowa and Minnesota. Workers involved in roasting, production, shipping and delivery at Peace Coffee will be represented by the union, according to the announcement.

“Our union welcomes the workers of Peace Coffee. UFCW Local 663 is dedicated to improving the lives of workers, workplace by workplace,” UFCW Local 663 President Matthew Utecht said in a statement.

“We are the union of essential workers who support each other. Our union has a place for anyone who wants to build a better life by working together for higher wages, benefits and more workplace protections.

Peace Coffee was launched in Minneapolis in 1996. It later opened four cafes in the Twin Cities, although the company decided to close all four permanently in November 2020 due to difficulties caused by the pandemic.

In a statement, Peace Coffee owner and CEO Lee Wallace said he “looks forward” to entering into negotiations with the union.

“This is new ground, so we will learn as we go and we will do our best to ensure that we continue to act in a way that is consistent and supportive of our culture, our shared values ​​and our shared future,” Wallace said. said.

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