Workers at all Spyhouse Coffee locations in the Twin Cities refused to work Saturday, striking in an effort to improve health and safety conditions during ever-evolving coronavirus pandemic.
Last month, nearly three dozen Spyhouse Coffee employees formed a union, which City Pages reports is not supported by Spyhouse owner Christian Johnson. The union says employees have been facing unclear mask policies, lack of enforcement of social distancing inside the cafes, lack of proper cleaning supplies, and table arrangements that don't allow for proper social distancing.
"We are standing up for safety and the safety of our customers," a banner from the union states, adding that it has filed a motion after a Spyhouse employee was allegedly fired for supporting the cause.
"We have filed a charge with the federal government asserting that our co-worker has been fired for supporting our push for a Union and stronger COVID safety measures," the statement continued.
A handful of Minnesota breweries and distilleries have seen employees unionize in recent months, including Fair State, Lawless, Stilheart, Surley and Tattersall.
Spyhouse Coffee has five locations in Minneapolis and one in St. Paul.