AFT Connecticut

”AFT in Action:” Organizing to Win Together

July 27, 2022

Building on an uprising of momentum to grow the labor movement was the focus of delegates this summer attending state and national union conventions. AFT Connecticut President Jan Hochadel was joined by local union leader Monika Nugent as co-host for a conversation with a leader and an activist engaged in coffee industry organizing efforts.

Richard Bensinger is a long-time labor veteran and currently advising Starbucks Workers United, which has since last fall supported a surge of more than 200 union election victories nationwide. Marc Tomko is a barista at the second of the chain’s Connecticut shops where employees have successfully organized for a voice on the job. Together they shared their experience mobilizing the coffee giant's workforce and galvanizing its customers to write a brand new chapter in American labor history. 

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Sign and share the Starbucks Workers United "No Contract, No Coffee! Pledge."

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