We are Starbucks Workers Coming Together for:

  • Increased pay and raises
  • Guaranteed hours with the option of fulltime status
  • An end to understaffing
  • A healthier and safer workplace

 

Come Together for Workers

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz likes to play the good guy. He asked us to "come together" to pressure Washington to make a budget deal, raise the debt ceiling, and end the government shutdown. But when it comes to his own workers, its a different story. Across the world, Starbucks pays its 100% part-time barista workforce poverty wages, and busts unions when workers "come together" for change, even while raking in over $1.7 billion in profits this year. Right now, Starbucks baristas are on strike in Chile, where they make less per hour than the price of a cup of coffee.

Solidarity from Bean to Cup: Starbucks Baristas Stand with Pactiv Workers

Wed, 10/16/2013 - 10:02am -- Anonymous

The IWW Starbucks Workers Union declares its support for the 400 workers in Stockton, CA currently fighting against wage and benefit cuts their bosses at Pactiv are trying to force on them. These workers, members of the Association of Western Paper Pulp Workers Local 83, make paper cups and containers used by Starbucks, McDonalds, and other fast food chains. We stand in solidarity with them and the AWPPW, which has a long history of union democracy, just as we stand with all workers throughout the production chain. An attack on one group of workers cannot be tolerated; if we don't stand together, the power of working people everywhere is weakened. The IWW Starbucks Workers Union urges every IWW branch and all of our allies to take a stand for the workers in Stockton and participate in the Cup Justice Campaign in some way. When we stand up for workers, we build the power of our union and the entire working class. As one of their major customers, Starbucks shares in the responsibility for the greedy and unjust behavior of Pactiv. We must demand that Starbucks urge Pactiv to negotiate in good faith. An injury to one is an injury to all!

To find out more about the Cup Justice campaign, visit starbucksunfair.org and mcdonaldsunfair.org.

Baristas Put Pressure on Starbucks [Wall Street Journal]

Tue, 07/26/2011 - 12:26pm -- SWU
By JULIE JARGON Baristas are putting up pressure on Starbucks Corp. to come to terms with 200 unionized workers in Chile who have been on strike for more than two weeks. Employees who belong to the IWW Starbucks Workers Union kicked off a "global week of action" on Monday in solidarity with their Chilean colleagues by picketing in front of a Starbucks in New York City. The IWW baristas, who are not affiliated with the Chilean workers' union, say union workers will be handing out flyers describing the Chilean situation outside Starbucks stores in Phoenix, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, London and Melbourne, Australia. The IWW is also planning to stage an event in Starbucks's hometown of Seattle this week, but won't yet disclose the nature of it.

Union Victory at Starbucks [Counterpunch]

Sat, 01/15/2011 - 3:40pm -- SWU
Three years ago, union baristas at Starbucks made a simple demand of the world's largest coffee chain: respect the federal holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr. by paying baristas the same time-and-one-half holiday premium that you pay on six other federal holidays. It was an emotional and symbolic demand to make for two reasons. Many baristas are deeply inspired by Dr. King's legacy on racial equality, and King was murdered while supporting sanitation workers who were on strike for the very right to form a union.