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.
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!