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STRONG SUPPORTERS: Autumn Guillotte, left, organizer at the Rhode Island AFL-CIO; David Molina-Hernandez, organizer at Fueza El Laboral; and Kristy Eiland, volunteer, show their support for Starbucks Corp. employees at a Warwick store off Route 2 to form a union prior to the employees’ vote in early June.

A rank and file revival: New labor movement hits R.I.

Starbucks customers swinging through the drive-thru on a June morning in Warwick were greeted by something many weren’t expecting: a group of baristas and...
MANY OWNERS: Kristin Allain, director of human resources at Newport Restaurant Group, says the employee-ownership model has allowed the company to weather the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Employee-owned firms display their resiliency

Chloe Chassaing had seen the news reports in April 2021 about businesses struggling to find enough people to fill positions, particularly in the hospitality...
BOLD MOVE: Christian Rakotoarisoa makes a latte at White Electric Coffee in Providence. Rakotoarisoa is one of nine worker-owners at White Electric, which became the first unionized worker-owned cooperative cafe in Rhode Island last year. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

White Electric workers form coffee co-op after buying out former owners

Since becoming a worker-owned cooperative, the employees of CUPS Cooperative Inc., doing business as White Electric Coffee, say they’ve rarely fallen into disagreement about...
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