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Galvanized by the remarkable organizing successes of Starbucks employees across the United States, workers at two Peet's Coffee locations in Davis, California filed for union elections with the National Labor Relations Board on Monday in an effort to win higher wages, better working conditions, and a voice in day-to-day shop operations.
"I'm organizing because we deserve a say in how our workplace is run and we deserve to be fairly compensated for the value we create," said Schroedter Kinman, a worker at the Peet's location in downtown Davis. "It's also about having a support system and a set of procedures if we're mistreated by our company."
Workers at the downtown and north Davis locations "have grown tired of the low pay and high-stress demands placed on them by the company," according to More Perfect Union, which first reported the Peet's union push on Monday morning.
"Leaders at the two Peet's stores say that they have near-unanimous buy-in from their co-workers," the outlet added. "Pay begins at the minimum wage level for workers at Peet's, and barely moves upward for those working in the barista position. Opportunities for career advancement are rare, multiple workers told More Perfect Union, and the scheduling process doesn't allow for long-term planning."
The two Davis locations filed for union elections with the support of Workers United, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) affiliate that is representing Starbucks workers at more than 260 organized shops nationwide as they fight for a contract.
In addition to submitting union cards, workers at the two Peet's shops asked management to agree to the Non-Interference Election Principles, which state that "the right to organize a union is a fundamental civil right essential to democracy" and that "if workers choose to unionize, there will be no negative repercussions from management."
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) on Monday condemned President Donald Trump's dinner with Nick Fuentes, one of the most high-profile white supremacists in the country.
Kemp addressed Trump's dinner with Fuentes and musician Ye in remarks to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“Racism, antisemitism and denial of the Holocaust have no place in the Republican Party and are completely un-American," the governor noted.
Kemp said that he was proud of the relationships he had forged with the Jewish community in Georgia.
Meanwhile, Republican Senate nominee Herschel Walker was silent on Trump's dinner guests, according to the paper.
"While Walker declined comment through an aide, other state Republicans also condemned Fuentes," the report said.
'Yes or no only!' Capitol rioter's lawyer scrambles to prevent client from damaging himself in court
An attorney representing Capitol rioter Daniel Christmann on Monday found himself having to interject during a plea hearing to prevent his client from going on a lengthy monologue that could potentially damage his chances of leniency.
As reported by CBS News' Scott MacFarlane, Christmann's attorney first had to interject to keep his client on script during the hearing when Christmann bristled at acknowledging the agreed upon facts laid out in his plea deal.
Shortly afterward, reports MacFarlane, the judge in the case asked Christmann a question about the presidential election certification process, and Christmann began delivering a monologue -- only to once again have his attorney jump in and stop him.
"Dan, yes or no only please!" the attorney said.
And this still wasn't the end of it either, as later in the hearing, Christmann again went off script and told the judge that he was just going to "tell you the truth" about the 2020 election, only to once again have his lawyer jump in.
According to MacFarlane, the judge subsequently expressed skepticism about accepting his plea agreement, as Christmann still seemed to have difficulty accepting the facts laid out in the deal.