IWW Starbucks Union News

Starbucks Workers To Be Featured on Air America Radio, June 21

Mon, 06/20/2005 - 4:06pm -- SWU

Fired IWW Starbucks Workers Union member Sarah Bender and IWW organizer Daniel Gross will be on Air America's Morning Sedition wake-up show to discuss the campaign.

Tuesday June 21

8:30 a.m.

Morning Sedition

Your daily wake-up call, with a healthy shot of laughter and a thorough look at the day's news with Mark Riley and Marc Maron.

To listen in:

Streaming Live at http://www.airamericaradio.com

Or for a list of stations in you area click on http://shows.airamericaradio.com/stations

NYC: Picket for Fired Union Barista Sarah Bender, June 18

Thu, 06/16/2005 - 8:02am -- SWU
***FORWARD, FORWARD, FORWARD*** June 18: NYC Picket to Demand Reinstatement of Fired Union Worker Sarah Bender **12:00pm to 3:00pm: IWW and Friends Return to the 17th St. and 1st Ave. in Manhattan Starbucks: Get an Organizer Her Damn Job Back Join a rowdy moving picket in front of the starbucks at 17th St and 1st Ave. Bring friends, drums, whistles, and spirit. If you stop in, tip but don't buy. Sarah Bender was "separated" for allegedly mishandling six dollars. This happened one week after store manager Noura Glenn was overheard discussing her plans to fire Sarah for union activity. So join us as we demand the unconditional reinstatement of Sarah Bender and an end to illegal union busting! An injury to one is an injury to all. . **4:00pm to 7:00pm: Support the Union The picket relocates. Celebrate the starbucks workers at 2nd Avenue and 9th St. who proudly went public as an IWW union on May 27th 2005! Show

Workers Independent News: Starbucks New York worker says she was fired for union activity

Sat, 06/11/2005 - 1:08pm -- SWU

Audio Link (IWW piece is second story): http://lsiprelle.simpli.biz/laborradio/files/lo/winsheadlines.ram

June 10, 2005

A worker at a Starbucks in New York City is claiming she was fired for encouraging others to join a union. Sarah Bender was a barista at the 17th Street and 1st Avenue store. She says she became interested in joining the Retail Workers Union, a branch of the Industrial Workers of the World, after she heard about successes at the Madison Ave and 36th Street shop. The battle on Madison Avenue has led to Starbucks being called before the National Labor Relations Board on charges of union busting and threatening employees. Bender says once she brought up unions with her coworkers, similar actions occurred.

[Bender1]: Workers at my own store where getting interrogated and having closed door meetings with the manager. Some people were getting threatened to not get promoted if they were involved with me or involved with the union. A lot of things went on for about eight months before I got fired.

Business Week: A Bitter Aroma At Starbucks

Sat, 06/11/2005 - 1:02pm -- SWU

Business Week, June 3 by Stanley Holmes

For a company that calls its employees ``partners,'' Starbucks is plenty steamed over attempts by some to join a union. The National Labor Relations Board has set a June 15 hearing on claims that management engaged in illegal anti-union activity to keep employees at a New York Starbucks from joining the Industrial Workers of the World.

The IWW local says in the NLRB complaint that management threatened to withhold pay, spied on workers, and offered baseball tickets and health club passes to keep some from joining up. Starbucks officials deny the allegations. Says spokeswoman Audrey Lincoff: ``We are pro-partner, and we will not interfere in partners' right in any decision they choose to make.''

Starbucks workers announced last year they had formed the company's first North American union, at the store at 36th Street and Madison Avenue in Manhattan. The union isn't certified with the NLRB, but employee and organizer Daniel Gross said it has already won concessions, such as higher starting wages in New York and recognition of repetitive stress injuries, and is gaining members.

Starbucks Barista Fired for Union Organizing

Tue, 05/31/2005 - 5:03pm -- intexile

New York - On May 28th at 6:30pm Starbucks workers are demonstrating their right to join the Industrial Workers of the World - IU/660, also known as the Retail Workers' Union. Workers of Starbucks at 2nd Ave and 9th Street are demanding an immediate stop to all anti-union activity, reinstatement of Sarah Bender and Alex Diaz, affirmation of our right to organize, a living wage for all employees, guaranteed hours with the option for full-time status, consistent scheduling, an end to under-staffing, the right to organize, and respect from our bosses.

"In New York City we start at $8.25 an hour and are lucky to receive anything above 20 hours a week. Starbucks profits off our backs by depending on a low labor costs in the stores and from out sourced labor. They are the Wal-Mart of the coffee industry." Claimed Laura Deanda of 2nd and 9th.

Starbucks Barista Sarah Bender of 17th street and 1st Ave was fired unjustly for her legally protected union activity. Store manager Noura Glenn fired Sarah Bender, a Starbucks barista and active IWW union member on Tuesday May 24th. Starbucks Workers at 2nd Ave and 9th Street are taking action in response to illegal anti-union activity by the company. Starbucks management was aware of Bender's union involvement since early November 2004.

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