This week, two Illinois Starbucks coffee shops won union elections, Chicago Reader staff’s protesting forced one of the co-owners to step down, and University of Illinois Chicago graduate students bargained for higher wages.
Reset checks in with on-the-ground organizers and labor experts to see if the pandemic is giving workers more power.
GUESTS: Katie Prout, staff writer and union member of the Chicago Reader
Yasmin Zacaria Mikhaiel, audience engagement manager and union member of the Chicago Reader
Michael Mueller, shift lead at Starbucks in Cary, Ill.
Matt DeVilbiss, teaching assistant and organizing chair of University of Illinois Chicago’s graduate employees organization
Bob Bruno, director of the labor education program at the School for Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Peter Berg, director of the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at Michigan State University