Cuppa joe to go

and hold the outrage!

Like don Vito Corleone told Virgil Solozzo: “It doesn’t make any difference to me what a man does for a living, understand. But your business is, ah — a little dangerous.” 

It’s always possible that your local coffee shop barista could scald themselves with hot coffee but the Bureau of Labor does not list that occupation among the most dangerous. (Loggers, commercial fishermen, roofers, airline pilots, and steelworkers get those honors.) Judging by our experience, infected body piercings and toxic purple hair dye are the greatest risk coffee pourers face. 

Unlike a great many deplorable conservatives, the Head Groundskeeper respects the victories won by organized labor in its early history: workplace safety for the coal miner, an end to children working the looms, the 40-hour work week, a living wage, Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront. But the push to organize the labor in Madison’s coffee shops seems to the Werkes a first-world phenomenon.

Virtue poseurs who envy victimhood status.

Consider the journalistic exposé in today’s Capital Times (accompanied by a photograph of a black woman shouting into a bullhorn like Walter Reuther at the River Rouge plant):

Workers at Madison’s State Street Starbucks announced Tuesday that they have formed a union, aiming to join the coffee chain’s hundreds of stores that have won union representation over the past year and half, including the store blocks away on Capitol Square. 

The Capital Times

Down with ‘more oversight’!

No local media outlet does more to cheerlead worker organizing than the non-union Capital Times. So one could expect the progressive publication to mine the caffeinated Norma Raes for examples of Dickensian pathos. Which it found difficult, given that Starbucks pays $15 minimum wage, health insurance, paid parental leave, and college tuition. Also, no heavy lifting! So these tales of woe were made to suffice:

After the union push began, “There was more oversight. Suddenly, managers were in our store a lot more often.”

At one store, employees are required to be available to work at least 12 hours a week. 

And this outrage right out of Harlan County USA:

We’re there to make coffee. We’re there to connect with customers. We’re there to do our jobs. That’s all we want to do. But we’re being bullied, we’re being harassed, we’re being threatened, we’re being bribed by corporate.”

The bribe being … pay raises!

Good to the last drop

The push to sell union cards to under-employed university grievance-studies majors illustrates the sorry state of (shrinking) Big Labor. Only 10.1% of the labor force is unionized, the lowest in the 40 years the Labor Department has been tracking (when it was 20% in 1983). Only among government workers is organized labor strong: the public sector is 33% organized compared to 6% in the “real economy.”

That does not stop unions from becoming a force of destruction. (Where is Barry McGuire when we need him?) Chicago’s teachers union has shut down school five times in the last 10 years. Result: fewer students can read. Worse, the militant union just elected its own organizer, Brandon Johnson, as mayor. (“Chicago mayor-elect blames ‘No opportunities’ for youth riots.”)

Blaska’s Bottom Line: Before Madison progressives salt their lattes with righteous tears, give a thought to the children who mine lithium and cobalt in Bolivia and the Congo in order to power their Teslas. Organize THEM!

What’s next, a bloggers union?


About David Blaska

Madison WI
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11 Responses to Cuppa joe to go

  1. Pingback: Cuppa joe to go – Wisconsin Family News

  2. anderson says:

    :Your jabs are getting closer to the bone, kiddo.

    Sent from my U.S.Cellular© Smartphone Get Outlook for Android ________________________________


  3. Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

    The easiest way to find a Pro-Unionista Rally in the 77 Square Miles Surrounded By A Sea Of Reality?

    Look for the moldering, fetid odor of supremely sanctimonious smuggery wafting heavily over a parking lot filled with non-union Toyota Pious’ (sic) and slave-labor assembled Trek BIKIES.

    Flaming hypocrites!

    The Gotch


    • richard lesiak says:

      All that while you are eating meat products from slaughter houses that are being cleaned by 14 year old kids.


      • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

        Hey epically clueless Lazy @$$ Blogge Idiot TROLT, what makes you think The Gotch eats meat?

        Try harder, idiot.

        The Gotch


        • richard lesiak says:

          Another angry old man response. I hope no one rings YOUR doorbell.


        • Cornelius_Gotchberg says:

          No anger; just facts.

          If The Gotch (ten [10] years younger than the [heh!] 76 year-old Lazy @$$ Blogge Idiot TROLT) is an old man, what does that make the (heh! 2.0) career doughNUT maker…?

          You’ve mistaken trying harder for FULL SURRENDER!

          The Gotch


        • richard lesiak says:

          I figured out gotch’s name. Sy Cosis.


  4. Bill Cleary says:

    I wonder how many of the young people working at Starbucks have given thought to:

    1. How many other fast food workers get $15 minimum wage, health insurance, paid parental leave, and college tuition?

    2. How many of them know that much of the coffee they sell come from farms that use slave and child labor in order to produce the coffee?

    As for me, I won’t pay for overpriced coffee, I’ll make it at home.


  5. Montgomery Scott says:

    With what Starbucks is already paying their employees in pay and benefits, the only winner is the union itself as they will be skimming union dues off the top of the employees’ paychecks, meaning the employees will probably be earning less than before. These dues then allows the union’s paid leadership to give themselves a pay raise and live high off the hog without breaking much of a sweat.

    I personally don’t go to Starbucks as I consider their offerings overpriced and mediocre. With unionization, their already high prices will go up and / or some staff may be let go in order for the Starbucks store to make a profit and stay in business. Ironic that a company and its culture that bathes itself in socialism / marxism is blatantly capitalist.


  6. Mordecai The Red says:

    Prices at Starbucks were outrageous 10 years ago. I responded then by making beverages that were just as good at home for a fraction of the cost, or by patronizing a local business when needed for convenience.

    Unions can still occasionally serve a good purpose, but when you get down to it, they are special interest groups that until recently had entirely too much power. And like all special interest groups, I want them kept on a short leash.


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