Sounds like you're looking for the functions of a Labor Union which is not one of the stated purposes of the BGA.I would gladly join a guild which is the unified, powerful voice of barista labor; but there is no organization in America that represents the collective bargaining power which would vie for fair wages and treatment of baristas in the industry.
So . . . I like the idea of standards and some sort of "certification" to this Guild. But the problem is, who's standards do we use? Does setting a certification grossly limit our size as a guild? I don't view this as a "union", because it is called a guild, I expect some sort of training, artisanship, etc., to be organized and openly discussed. I've read the by-laws, and it sounds extremely bureaucratic and not much emphasis on the furthering of our craft as professional baristas. Maybe this is because most people don't view the position of Barista as a profession, and eventually plan to move on to roasting, consulting, or ownership of a cafe. What can we in the BGA do to change this? I know this is kind of a ramble, but these are important questions that we as Baristas need to be asking each other, and I hope the Executive Council is already asking themselves.
PS. Do we have meetings, forums, jams, or is it all tied in with SCAA events? Just asking.