IWW Starbucks Union News

Starbucks Chicago Airport Workers Win Contract

Wed, 11/30/2005 - 12:53pm -- robbie_dee

Carrying signs reading "O'Hare Airport Starbucks Unfair to Workers," hundreds of UNITE HERE Local 1 restaurant workers at O'Hare picketed in front of the airport terminals for three weeks in October to wrap up their seven-month contract fight. Starbucks, as well as other food concessions, at Chicago's O'Hare Airport are operated by franchisee HMS Host. The 900 HMS Host workers at O'Hare Airport joined UNITE HERE Local 1 in February, 2005. Since then, the workers have been building their committee and engaging in actions to win their best contract yet. Highlights include a $2.40 wage increase over four years for the non-tipped workers and a decrease in the workers' monthly copays for health insurance from $90 to $19 for individual coverage and from $250 to $85 for family coverage.

"We fought hard for the best contract since we've been working at the airport. Now we need to make the contract work for us and keep moving forward toward the contract fight in 2009," said Boddrick Barnes, a cook at Fox Sky Box at O'Hare and a member of the negotiating committee.

Starbucks Charged with Terminating Two Employees for Union Activity

Fri, 11/25/2005 - 11:15pm -- SWU

Massive Labor Board Complaint Implicates Top Managers

November 25, 2005

New York, NY- The National Labor Relations Board has charged 15 Starbucks officials with an extensive array of anti-union acts including the discharge of two baristas for organizing activity. The multi-count complaint, detailing unlawful activity at three Starbucks stores, comes after an independent investigation of the world's largest coffee chain triggered by charges from the IWW Starbucks Workers Union.

Shut Down Starbucks on Buy Nothing Day In Solidarity with Baristas

Thu, 11/24/2005 - 3:24pm -- SWU


YOU with Starbucks workers, supporters dressed as life-sized cups, and a special guest appearance by Rev. Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir.


A militant picket line celebrating the recent union victory and condemning Starbucks for the discharge of two workers for union activity as alleged in a new National Labor Relations Board complaint.

Workers at Third U.S. Starbucks Go Union

Wed, 11/23/2005 - 2:26pm -- SWU

Baristas Demand Guaranteed Work Hours

November 18, 2005

New York, NY- 25 Starbucks baristas and supporters wearing union pins and hats surrounded the store manager at the Union Square location in Manhattan tonight to announce their membership in the IWW Starbucks Workers Union (www.starbucksunion.org). The workers, joined by union baristas from two other New York Starbucks stores, demanded a guaranteed minimum of 30 hours of work per week and an end to Starbucks' unlawful anti-union campaign. The Union will assail Starbucks with a wide array of actions until the demands are met.


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