First Starbucks, then Amazon, now a Korean BBQ restaurant union. Wage workers know they deserve more

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Three years ago I wrote about labor violations at Genwa, a Koreatown barbecue restaurant where a plate of short ribs cost $75.

The California labor commissioner’s office found that the restaurant’s owners were systematically underpaying their employees and ordered the restaurant to repay more than $1.4 million in stolen wages.

And now, as my colleague Jeong Park reports, Genwa’s workers have created what may be the first union ever at a Korean barbecue restaurant. Genwa’s employees now make a minimum wage of $20 an hour and can be reimbursed for healthcare costs.

What’s happening at Genwa is happening across the country. Starbucks outlets are unionizing, including four locations in California, reports my colleague Suhauna Hussain. A group of workers at a Staten Island Amazon warehouse voted to unionize, the first example of successful labor organizing at the online retail giant.

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