Year: 2022

Here’s What You Need to Know About the Starbucks Union

Hayley Palmore, a grad student in the School of Social Work and a shift supervisor at Amos Hall, said she used to love working for Starbucks, but recent changes have made it difficult for her to work for the store. That’s why she’s choosing to unionize.  “’I’ve been working for Starbucks since like 2017, and I’ve just seen how all of the changes that have been made with the company have negatively impacted us as partners,” Palmore said. “I’ve seen how difficult it’s been to work for Starbucks. The working conditions have made it really hard to love the job, like I honestly used to really like it.” The Amos Hall and Craig St. Starbucks locations formally petitioned to unionize on March 4. They are attempting to become the second location in Pittsburgh, and in the state, to unionize. In a letter to Starbucks CEO, Kevin Johnson, workers at the locations noted issues they had with the company and were petitioning to unionize. The letter was signed by almost 60 employees — many of whom …

Stepping Into Springtime with Sunshine and Rainbows

Starting in the 14th century, what we know as spring today was known instead as “springing time,” because plants “spring” from the ground. It was shortened to “spring-time” afterwards, before being further shortened to just “spring” in the 16th century. Since its opening in 1897, The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden has produced full-scale flower shows in either the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer seasons each year. And, since 2000, the Phipps Conservatory has specifically put on a Spring Flower Show each year for 20 years straight until 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the tradition returned in full force in 2021 and now in 2022. Every year, the Spring Flower Show is organized around a unique theme with previous ones being: Enchanted Forest, Scents of Wonder, Gardens of the Rainbow, Canopy of Color, Masterpieces in Bloom, and April Showers Bring May Flowers, to name a few.  The various Spring Flower Shows differ in size and in the ways the flowers are arranged, but still possess similarities to one another. Spring has always been …