IBEW Local 494: Statement on Colectivo’s election certification results

MILWAUKEE – The following statement was released by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 494 Business Manager Dean A. Warsh on Colectivo’s election certification results:

“Today, we are pleased to announce that workers at Colectivo Coffee have voted to unionize, giving them a powerful voice in their workplace. The vote passed by 106 to 99.”

“Colectivo Coffee workers have worked diligently for the opportunity to have their voices heard.  Now that the ballots have been counted, and once certified, IBEW Local 494 will begin moving forward with bargaining surveys and plans to assist them with their first negotiated contract.”

“We are very proud of the workers at Colectivo Coffee! They have taken a bold and necessary step toward ensuring that every employee has fair treatment and dignity in their work. Further, they have strengthened the bonds and created new friendships with workers at Colectivo worksites across state lines—developing a shared understanding and commitment to each other’s well-being. They put their hearts and soul into this organizing effort and left nothing on the field!” 

“We hope that the courage and hard work that Colectivo Coffee workers put into this victory inspires others in the hospitality/service industry to Organize a Union at their workplace!” 

“We are calling on Colectivo ownership to bargain in good faith with their employees once the election has been certified.”