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New Labor Law Gives Boost To Baristas

Photo credit: Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie.com

The Starbucks in Corbin’s Corner in West Hartford last month became the first store in Connecticut to successfully unionize.

By Hugh McQuaid, CTNewsJunkie.com 

Labor organizers and legislative Democrats celebrated the Friday implementation of a new law prohibiting captive audience meetings outside a Vernon Starbucks, where employees said that management had discouraged their campaign to unionize baristas.

Friday, the first day of the new fiscal year, marked the effective date of two high-profile labor policies: the state’s minimum wage increased by a dollar to $14 per hour and a new rule went into effect preventing employers from holding mandatory meetings to discourage workers from unionizing.

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