"hundreds of former and current shop managers for caribou coffee company inc. should be allowed to collectively press their claims for overtime pay in a pair of lawsuits in federal and minnesota courts, a federal magistrate says."
often i get emails from coffee lovers who ask me -- almost in distress -- how these chain coffee stores do it, how they monopolize their niche and choke out the high-quality coffee and vibrant community surrounding independent shops. and all i have to do is point to articles like the one above.
the mermaid and caribou both have had these kinds of allegations following them for years -- many former employees allege that the reason they are so successful is because they cut cost corners by abusing their workers and breaking labor laws.
of course i have no evidence either way, personally.
but the unionizing people claim to -- and it seems the government agrees with them. i don't have any desire to get tangled up in these claims and counter-claims.
mostly i want to direct attention to the idea that if baristi were considered real professionals, like sous-chefs, and treated accordingly, none of this would occur.
to my mind, all of this is an argument for the need to create the real pro barista. as a consumer, it seems to me that pro baristi would only benefit my beverage experience!