Source URL: http://www.iww.org/en/node/3020
Created Nov 16 2006 – 12:19am
Starbucks Workers demand the right to Organize
This November 24th-25th, stand in solidarity with Starbucks workersas we call for an end to the anti-union campaign waged by Starbucksand for the reinstatement of all unlawfully fired workers. Inaddition we are calling on Starbucks to give Ethiopia control overits coffee.Starbucks workers around the country and the world are organizing tomake our jobs better and finally have a real, independent voice atwork. A powerful voice that our managers, even the whole company,have no choice but to listen too. By organizing a union baristas inNYC have seen our wages increased, schedules stabilized and respectfrom our bosses. Over the last two years, however, Starbucks hasconsistently responded to workers organizing with harassment,intimidation and illegal firings. A National Labor Relations Boardsettlement was reached in March of 2006 that reinstated two workersand forced Starbucks to pay back wages and change discriminatorypolicies. The Settlement did little to stop the anti-union campaignand since December of 2005 five workers in NYC were unlawfully firedfor engaging in protected union activity.Joseph Agins fired from Starbucks at 2nd ave and 9th, December 12th2005Charles Fostrom fired from Starbucks at 57th and Lexington, July11th 2006Evan Winterscheidt fired from Starbucks at 14th and 6th ave, July18th 2006Daniel Gross fired from Starbucks at 36th and Madison, August 5th2006Isis Saenz fired from Starbucks at 57th and Lexington, November 1st2006The IWW Starbucks workers union is calling for action. On November24th-25th union members and supporters will be taking action todemand reinstatement of all five fired workers and an end to theAnti-union campaign.
The IWW Starbucks Workers Union is building solidarity across thecoffee industry. We are calling on Starbucks to sign an agreementthat acknowledges Ethiopia’s ownership of its coffee names. Securingthe rights to names such as Sidamo, Harar and Yirgacheffe wouldenable Ethiopia’s coffee industry and farmers to earn an additional$88 million per year.Coffee makes up 40-50% of Ethiopia’s export income;15 million Ethiopians are dependent on the coffee trade;One in four people live on less than $1 a day and 80% of its peoplelive on less than $2 a day; andEthiopia ranks in the bottom 10 of the UN human development index ofincome, health and education.If Starbucks is genuine in its commitment to farmers it will signthe licensing agreement Ethiopia has offered.
for more info visit starbucksunion.org To get involved in your area please contact:Eastern US: Tomer (646) 753-1167 Tomer.IWW@gmail.com Midwest: Joe – (815) 545-5273 firstname.lastname@example.org Western US: Johannah – (646) 541-8921 email@example.com