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This week, we’re sharing thoughtful reads from a range of sources that help us understand the issues and ideas that shape our Union world.

Many California workers are afraid to speak up about workplace violations. New policies could address that

New research shows that almost 2 in 5 California workers have experienced a workplace violation, but few report it because they fear retaliation. Lawmakers could address those concerns by creating a retaliation fund, educating workers on their rights, and reconsidering the “at will” employment model. Read about this important research on the CalMatters website.

Workers at Peet’s Tea & Coffee in Davis vote to become only union location

Votes counted on Friday show employees voted to join Service Employees International Union Local 1021. The company said the North Davis “coffee bar,” located in a shopping center on West Covell Boulevard, is the only location with union representation. Watch this clip from KTLA-TV News.

The Unionization Movement Has Officially Reached Bay Area-Born Peet’s Coffee

Peet’s Coffee at 1411 West Covell Boulevard in Davis just became the first location within the Bay Area-born coffee chain to unionize. Following a 14-1 vote, the workers became members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021 on Friday, January 20. has the story about how the workers won.

Editorial: Big Labor Can’t Quit Shrinking