Chicago is seeing a wave of union activity. Among the reasons: Workers ‘saw the willingness of their bosses to let them die.’

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Chicago Tribune

Last year, Brick Zurek, a shift supervisor at aStarbucks in Chicago’s Loop, found working conditions at the store becoming increasingly untenable. People coming into the store threatened and screamed at baristas. One person, after being served a cup of scalding hot water, poured it on the manager, Zurek said. On top of that, the store was short-staffed, sometimes with just a few baristas tasked with serving a line out the door. Zurek had read on Twitter and in the news about Starbucks employees in Buffalo, New York, who were pushing to unionize their stores. Zurek thought about the threats, th…

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