Organized baristas received plenty of support as they crowded around the Starbucks store on Downtown’s Market Square at noon Friday. Harold Grant of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers noted the coffee company’s billions of dollars in revenue and told the gathered workers, “You made it happen.”
Then came the chant, “No contract, no coffee.”
The effort to organize Starbucks stores in Pittsburgh is part of a nationwide movement — more than 200 stores across the nation have unionized in the past year. Friday’s rally brought together supporters from a number of other unions as well as politicians and members of the community.