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After Nine Years, the Labor Board Says Fired Starbucks Barista Should Get His Job Back

Nearly a decade has passed since Joe Agins Jr., a union organizer, was fired from his job as a barista at Starbucks, after he got into a scuffle with a manager that ended with both men yelling obscenities. Agins took his case to the National Labor Relations Board, and now, after much consideration, the federal authorities have determined he should get his job back.

“It’s been, definitely, a very, very long wait,” says Agins, who has worked stints as a Walmart employee, a personal-care assistant, and a temp between stretches of unemployment. (He has also had two children and left New York for Massachusetts.)