IWW Starbucks Union News

Seattle Weekly: A Union Shop on Every Block

Fri, 12/09/2005 - 1:19pm -- SWU

A Union Shop on Every Block

As baristas seek to organize, the feds cite Starbucks.


by Philip Dawdy

In a first for Starbucks, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) charged the company with violations of federal law on Nov. 18 in response to complaints filed by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), which has waged a yearlong campaign to unionize three coffee shops in New York. In the filing, the NLRB asserted that the 10,500-store Seattle-based chain violated the National Labor Relations Act by engaging in unfair labor practices, specifically citing instances of employees being fired for union activity and Starbucks managers conducting surveillance of and questioning employees about union activities, among other claims.

Daniel Gross, an IWW organizer and Starbucks barista in New York, says the union wants to organize workers so they can get a guaranteed 30 hours of work a week to make ends meet in pricey Manhattan. "Starbucks has been breaking the law nonstop," he says, referring to what he characterizes as union-busting activity by the company. Gross says company managers monitored employees through a camera at one Manhattan location. The IWW campaign is the first attempt to unionize the latte behemoth's employees in the U.S. In Vancouver, B.C., 10 Starbucks stores are unionized. Company sales for fiscal 2005 amounted to $6.4 billion.

Starbucks Chicago Airport Workers Win Contract

Wed, 11/30/2005 - 12:53pm -- robbie_dee

Carrying signs reading "O'Hare Airport Starbucks Unfair to Workers," hundreds of UNITE HERE Local 1 restaurant workers at O'Hare picketed in front of the airport terminals for three weeks in October to wrap up their seven-month contract fight. Starbucks, as well as other food concessions, at Chicago's O'Hare Airport are operated by franchisee HMS Host. The 900 HMS Host workers at O'Hare Airport joined UNITE HERE Local 1 in February, 2005. Since then, the workers have been building their committee and engaging in actions to win their best contract yet. Highlights include a $2.40 wage increase over four years for the non-tipped workers and a decrease in the workers' monthly copays for health insurance from $90 to $19 for individual coverage and from $250 to $85 for family coverage.

"We fought hard for the best contract since we've been working at the airport. Now we need to make the contract work for us and keep moving forward toward the contract fight in 2009," said Boddrick Barnes, a cook at Fox Sky Box at O'Hare and a member of the negotiating committee.

Starbucks Charged with Terminating Two Employees for Union Activity

Fri, 11/25/2005 - 11:15pm -- SWU

Massive Labor Board Complaint Implicates Top Managers

November 25, 2005

New York, NY- The National Labor Relations Board has charged 15 Starbucks officials with an extensive array of anti-union acts including the discharge of two baristas for organizing activity. The multi-count complaint, detailing unlawful activity at three Starbucks stores, comes after an independent investigation of the world's largest coffee chain triggered by charges from the IWW Starbucks Workers Union.

Shut Down Starbucks on Buy Nothing Day In Solidarity with Baristas

Thu, 11/24/2005 - 3:24pm -- SWU


YOU with Starbucks workers, supporters dressed as life-sized cups, and a special guest appearance by Rev. Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir.


A militant picket line celebrating the recent union victory and condemning Starbucks for the discharge of two workers for union activity as alleged in a new National Labor Relations Board complaint.

Workers at Third U.S. Starbucks Go Union

Wed, 11/23/2005 - 2:26pm -- SWU

Baristas Demand Guaranteed Work Hours

November 18, 2005

New York, NY- 25 Starbucks baristas and supporters wearing union pins and hats surrounded the store manager at the Union Square location in Manhattan tonight to announce their membership in the IWW Starbucks Workers Union (www.starbucksunion.org). The workers, joined by union baristas from two other New York Starbucks stores, demanded a guaranteed minimum of 30 hours of work per week and an end to Starbucks' unlawful anti-union campaign. The Union will assail Starbucks with a wide array of actions until the demands are met.


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