IWW Starbucks Union News

Starbucks Workers Union Benefit w/ David Rovics, Friday April 22!

Tue, 04/05/2005 - 1:41pm -- SWU

David Rovics in NYC

IWW Starbucks Workers Union benefit show

David Rovics, one of the country's most beloved folk singers, will be in New York City for one night only during his international tour!

Come support the union effort at Starbucks by joining us for some great music and cheap beer.

Also featuring political comedian Katie Halper, spoken-word champion Amina Munoz-Ali, and live anarcho-electro/dub by the Missioncreep. After David Rovics, dance to inspired DJ rhythms late into the night!

$5-$12 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds

Friday, April 22

8 pm 'til late


57 Jay St. in Brooklyn

F Train to York, walk two blocks towards the river



Vox Pop Campaign Cited in: "Eyes on the Fries"

Fri, 04/01/2005 - 2:49pm -- SWU

Eyes on the Fries

Young People are Coming of Age in the Era of the McJob

by Elana Berkowitz

Katie Salas, a 24 year-old student at City College of San Francisco, has had 20 jobs in the last five years. She has worked in restaurants, shoe stores, clothing stores, bars, Macy’s and a museum. Katie has been forced to work unpaid hours off the clock, was denied vacation days and lied to about receiving commissions that never showed up in her paycheck. While working at the Cheesecake Factory, the pace was so frenzied that breaks were rare. She and fellow employees would fight over who got to clean the bathrooms just so they could sit in the stall and rest. Though City College is a two-year school, she is in her fifth year because she can only afford to take two classes per semester.

Welcome to the new service economy where hundreds of thousands of young people are spending hours making decaf lattes, folding jeans, grilling burgers or unpacking boxes of books and records for minimum wage. It used to be that these jobs were thought of as a summer fling, a right of passage on the way to making it big in the adult world of employment. But in our current economy, which our president seems to think is doing just fine, seven out of ten new jobs are service sector jobs like cashiers and baristas. (McDonald’s is the largest youth employer in the nation.) Chains like Starbucks and Wal-Mart and Blockbuster are opening stores at the breathless pace of one every day. Are these the kinds of careers that you took out all those college loans for? Didn’t think so.

'Socially Responsible' Fund Cuts Starbucks

Wed, 03/30/2005 - 8:57pm -- intexile

Wednesday, March 23, 2005 (AP)

'Socially Responsible' Fund Cuts Starbucks

By ELIZABETH M. GILLESPIE, Associated Press Writer

(03-23) 14:26 PST SEATTLE, (AP) --

A mutual fund company that invests only in businesses it deems socially

responsible has dropped Starbucks Corp., citing the coffee giant's launch

of a java liqueur with whiskey maker Jim Beam.

Pax World Funds, a Portsmouth, N.H.-based fund family, steers clear of

companies involved in defense or weapons, tobacco, liquor or gambling. It

sold 375,000 shares of Starbucks worth an estimated $23.4 million, about

1.6 percent of its Pax World Balanced Fund portfolio, the fund said in a

statement released Wednesday.

"While we continue to admire and respect many aspects of Starbucks'

business and corporate citizenship activities, the company essentially

forced our hand in this matter," said Anita Green, Pax World Funds' vice

president of social research.

In a written response to the fund's announcement, Starbucks said it was

Fired from Starbucks for Responding to a Death Threat

Sun, 03/27/2005 - 11:11am -- SWU

UPDATE 4/15: A Sherry Brown support flyer is available here in pdf format: http://www.starbucksunion.org/files/sherry_brown_support_Flyer.pdf

The heat is on. Keep it up! Thank you to everyone who is participating in actions to get Mr. Brown his job back.

UPDATE 3/30: E-mails and phone calls are pouring in demanding Sherry Brown be reinstated! Keep up the pressure everyone and check out a selection of inspiring letters sent to Starbucks on behalf of Mr. Brown in the comments section of this story.


My name is Sherry Brown and I would like to share with you the humiliation I experienced at the hands of Starbucks. While I know people are wrongly fired from their jobs every day in this country, I am not going to take this lying down and I am asking for your help.

First, let me tell you a little bit about myself. I am a 56 year-old African-American resident of Washington D.C. and I have been working on community issues for over 30 years. When I was 21 years old I was feeding 300 kids a day in the Black Panther Party’s Free Breakfast Program in Baltimore. Since my days as a college activist in the sixties, I have worked on various projects including training young people to advocate for the hungry and forming a coalition to oppose the closing of Washington’s only public hospital.

Welcome to the Home of Starbucks Workers on the Web!

Mon, 03/07/2005 - 5:44pm -- SWU

The brand new internet home of Starbucks Workers (and our allies) is loaded with features. Workers and supporters can now have discussions about working at Starbucks and building the union in our online forums. We'll also have quicker updates on all the latest campaign news. There's a new Events Calendar too for posting Starbucks Workers Union actions around the world.

The Starbucks Workers Union. Created by Starbucks Workers for Starbucks Workers.


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