Just as we value sourcing coffees in alignment with sustainable and equitable practices, we are committed to building a culture, internal practices, and safe work environment in line with those values. Another barista, Igor Kudzelka, referenced similar conditions in his letter. Workers unite! CoffeeTalk Media, and its portfolio of products including CoffeeTalk Magazine, is the leading editorial source for news and developments in the business of coffee. In a series of posts, the account detailed the chain of events leading to this weekend's walkout. From left to right: Jason Beutler, Sam Capell, Felix Tran, and Rachel Hopke. Shame on you. It has a neighborhood feel that invites you to stay awhile and get to know those sitting around you. The flashpoint appears to be the dismissal of Samantha Capell, a Retail Training Manager and Location Manager at Slate's cafe in the Ballard neighborhood. We will continue to to work collaboratively with our staff though meetings and revised standards to allow for more communication so to better shape our ways of doing business. Many of the workers printed out their letters of resignation and taped them to the window of the cafe at 5413 6th Ave NW. The labor dispute boiled over into the digital world via @CoffeeAtLarge, an Instagram account created by the former Slate employees that in a few short days has amassed over 4,000 followers alongside hundreds of comments and shares. Disclaimer: This story contains both direct statements and outlinks to first-person accounting of past events. We don’t want your kind here. CW: This story contains depictions and outlinks to graphic descriptions of offensive language. Yes! Every time she or I would follow up, the management would say they’d be delivering it, and it wouldn’t be there. “I greatly enjoyed working with my fellow baristas,” Igor writes. In the wake of the incident, Sprudge has reached out to Coffee At Large, individuals associated with Coffee At Large, and Slate Coffee Roasters ownership for comment and clarification. Many of the workers printed out their letters of resignation and taped them to the window of the cafe at 5413 6th Ave NW. Photo courtesy of Coffee At Large. The Slate workers have created a group, Coffee At Large, to represent a movement to support baristas. Zac Cadwalader is the managing editor at Sprudge Media Network and a staff writer based in Dallas. Two days prior to the walkout, Capell submitted a letter of resignation citing “increasing toxicity of the upper management culture,” setting her final day over a month later. , Build-Outs Of Summer: Hopscotch Coffee & Records In Winchester, VA. Would You Pay $34 For A Dunkin’ Donuts Candle? Many of the workers printed out their letters of resignation and taped them to the window of the cafe at 5413 6th Ave NW. 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Yesterday, in fact, one of the employees had to go in and request a paycheck when some people got their direct deposits and some didn’t. Sincerely, complete independent media provider of information about all aspects of the coffee world – from crop to cup. We wait for our Friday deposit, all try to follow up after receiving nothing and are told that due to “the roaster being broken” or “too many timecards needing adjusting” checks will be delivered to cafes within the next few days. This is so frequent it’s comical. Browse products. My Ballard reached out to Slate management for comment, and they have yet to respond — we’ll update if they do so. This is something that we have been striving for in the past. Subscribe today. Many of the workers printed out their letters of resignation and taped them to the window of the cafe at 5413 6th Ave NW. T hree months ago, six employees of Slate Coffee (One issue was) the inability to set up meetings or reviews with management regarding working conditions or promised pay reviews. But this happens every three or four pay periods. Using the Coffee At Large email account, Samantha Capell wrote us a detailed message elaborating on the situation that led to last weekend's walkout. Capell and others associated with Coffee At Large describe a series of misogynstic, homophobic, transphobic, racist, and anti-immigrant statements allegedly attributed to the management and/or ownership of Slate Coffee Roasters. Lisanne Walker & Keenan Walker. Why don’t you go back to Bellevue, where rich people can do anything they want? Add to Wishlist Many thanks to our supportive guests, employees, and coffee industry partners and friends during this difficult time. Using your logic… don’t like how people operate here in Seattle, find another place to live. Your empathy? (Sometimes to cafes people don’t work at.). “I walk out today and stand in solidarity with the former employees who have still not received their wages, for those who have received late paychecks, and for those who have experienced various forms of discrimination within this company,” Rachel Hopke writes in her resignation. One employee notes that when she complained about mistreatment to her manager, her manager reported it to the person it was regarding, and he called her out for it in the middle of a staff meeting.