- June 11, 2021
- Posted by: Stratford Team
- Category: Business
Last week, I went to my desk and read a notice that every small business owner dreads: My employees wanted to form a union. I had a sinking feeling in my chest — largely because we are still nowhere close to having recovered from the pandemic. But when I took a breath and thought about it for a moment, I knew I had to support them.
I recognize that most small business owners probably wouldn’t see it the same way. After all, there’s never been a unionized coffeeshop in Massachusetts before, and after a year like we’ve all just had, this may not seem like the best time to try.
But to understand why I’m giving it a chance, you have to understand the kind of place our business, Pavement Coffeehouse, is. You also need to understand the kind of people we attract and the kind of moment we’re in.
For my part, I’ve always felt a sense of camaraderie with my employees, because it wasn’t that long ago that I was one of them — a recent college grad…