SWU Commemorates Third Anniversary as Union Expands to Second Chicago Store
Workers Around the World Take Part in Day of Action for Starbucks Workers and Farmers
May 17, 2007
Chicago, IL- A group of Starbucks baristas here
marched into their store today and served a
declaration of union membership on their store manager
as working people in countries around the globe
demonstrated in solidarity with Starbucks coffee
farmers and café workers.
"As members of the Industrial Workers of the World, we
won't allow Starbucks to play dice with the amount of
work hours we get each week," said Liz Clarkson, an
IWW barista at the Chicago store. "Taking this action
for secure work hours and a livable wage on the third
anniversary of the SWU's founding makes it all the
Workers in countries including Austria, England, Spain
and Australia as well as several U.S. states
commemorated the founding of the IWW Starbucks Workers
Union [www.StarbucksUnion.org] by taking to the
streets in demonstrations against the Starbucks
union-busting and greenwashing operation.
May 17th also saw IWW baristas in Grand Rapids,
Michigan announce they are filing a legal challenge
against Starbucks' unlawful anti-union campaign.
Starbucks, among other things, initiated a four-camera
surveillance system with controversial security
contractor Diebold to monitor barista organizing
activity in Grand Rapids. The company will now have
to muster a legal defense on two fronts as Starbucks
is set to go to trial over its relentless New York
City union-busting effort this summer. Six IWW
baristas remain out of a job through retaliatory
firings by Starbucks.