The narrative of Birchwood Cafe crumbles
The connection between mental health and workload has never been more obvious during the pandemic. A former employee shares her story with Workday.
At three in the morning on Saturday, June 19th, Jess Bernstein was checking her email. She was preparing for a 4am shift at Birchwood Cafe, where she had been working for the past five years, once as a bar lead, then in the bakery.
“I almost wanted to go back to bed,” said Bernstein. “It definitely did not set the day up for success.”
That day, the cafe hosted a successful block party to celebrate the Juneteenth holiday. But a few days later, owner Tracy Singleton laid off 18 employees via email. Framing in articles by the Star Tribune and Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal suggested the owner was removing racist staff members. However, the workers were dealing with an increasingly toxic work environment while supporting the cafe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read the story here.
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