IWW Starbucks Union News

CNT: IWW, Starbucks en lutte!

Fri, 05/18/2007 - 3:54pm -- SWU

La lutte des IWW contre la chaine de cafés Starbucks continue.

Trois ans après après avoir déclaré leurs sections syndicales dans plusieurs Starbucks à New York et après avoir connu une forte repression syndicale (6 militants IWW licenciés et seulement deux réintégrés), nos camarades wooblies ont lancé une campagne internationale pour le respect des droits syndicaux.

Des actions de solidarités vont avoir lieu cette semaine en Espagne (CGT), Grèce (ESE), Allemagne (IWW et FAU), en Grande Bretagne et aux Etats Unis (IWW).

Le Secrétariat International de la CNT, en lien avec l’URP, appelle aussi à des actions de solidarité.

Militantes de CGT llevan a cabo una acción contra la represión sindical en Starbucks

Fri, 05/18/2007 - 3:39pm -- SWU

La tarde de ayer, jueves 17, varios militantes de CGT llevaron a cabo una acción de denuncia contra la represión sindical en Starbucks frente al establecimiento de esta cadena situado en la madrileña plaza de Callao. Durante una hora (de 18:00 a 19:00), los compañeros y compañeras repartieron octavillas informativas, consiguiendo disuadir a numerosos viandantes de sus intenciones de consumir en la citada cafetería. Este acto informativo ha coincidido con otros actos de las mismas características realizados en un buen número de ciudades del resto del mundo.

Militantes de CGT llevan a cabo una acción contra la represión sindical en Starbucks

Roberto Blanco. Fotos: José Alfonso.
Viernes 18 de mayo de 2007

Starbucks es uno de los principales proveedores y tostadores de café del mundo, disponiendo de más de 10.000 locales por todo el planeta. En el Estado español hay unos 43 de ellos. Con esta acción, CGT ha querido dar a conocer la cara menos amable de esta cadena de cafeterías, pues tras ella existen unos intereses económicos que humillan tanto a las personas que producen el café como a las que trabajan en sus establecimientos.

En lo laboral, esta cadena se está dando a conocer por una política represiva en el terreno de las libertades sindicales. Desde 2004, miembros del sindicato IWW (Industrial Workers of the World – Trabajadores Industriales del Mundo) están realizando campañas para defender los derechos de los/as trabajadores/as. La respuesta de Starbucks ha sido la intimidación para impedir que éstos se afilien a IWW, llegando al extremo de despedir a varios compañeros.

The Nation: More Trouble in Latte-Land

Fri, 05/18/2007 - 12:50am -- SWU

May 17, 2007

By Liza Featherstone

Today Starbucks faced legal and political trouble from its own workers. On the third anniversary of the founding of the IWW Starbucks Union, baristas in Chicago marched into a shop and told the manager they were signing up. (Starbucks workers have chosen to organize without government-mediated elections, through an interesting model called "solidarity unionism.") Meanwhile, baristas in Grand Rapids, Michigan announced that they were filing a legal complaint against the company for violating their organizing rights through unlawful surveillance and other questionable tactics. All over the world -- Austria, England, Spain and Australia, as well as the United States -- Starbucks workers demonstrated in front of stores to protest the company's union-busting practices...Read the full article

SWU Commemorates 3rd Anniversary as Union Expands to Second Chicago Store

Thu, 05/17/2007 - 2:30pm -- SWU

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
sweeter."

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.

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