IWW Starbucks Union News

Starbucks Union: In Solidarity with Striking New Zealand Baristas

Tue, 11/22/2005 - 11:45pm -- SWU

The IWW Starbucks Workers Union is in full solidarity with the courageous Unite [New Zealand] baristas who are taking a stand against the world's largest coffee chain. Transnational Capital calls for transnational resistance including retail workers around the world and those who produce the products sold. The friendship between our respective unions bodes well for the international movement to organize the mammoth chain stores.

Worlds First Starbucks Strike, Auckland

Press Release: Unite Union / SupersizeMyPay.Com Tuesday, 23 November

A world first is happening in the heart of Auckland city today (Nov 23), as multi-national giant Starbucks faces a workers strike.

At 2pm the Starbucks on the corner of K' Road and Mercury lane will experience industrial ructions. The legal wild-cat strike is a public awareness raising event and the first action in the Unite workers union SuperSizeMyPay.Com campaign.

Campaign coordinator Simon Oosterman says the strike is just one way Unite is raising public awareness of the working conditions of those employed in the fast-food sector and other low paid and minimum wage jobs.

Starbucks Union Member Tina G.: "Some Form of Survival"

Sat, 11/19/2005 - 6:47pm -- SWU

Tina G. is a New York City poet, barista, and member of the IWW Starbucks Workers Union. Tina G., along with her fellow union co-workers, marched on the Boss at a New York City Starbucks on Friday, November 18th to announce their membership in the Industrial Workers of the World. "Some Form of Survival" is one of her latest poems:

IWW Organized Coffee Shop Wins Village Voice Best of NYC Award

Sat, 11/19/2005 - 12:17pm -- SWU

Village Voice

Best of NYC: Religion Politics

October 18,2005

Best Political Coffeehouse - VOX POP

Java joints often brew an activist vibe. But Ditmas Park's VOX POP trumps the caffeinated competition with its slogan "Books, Coffee, Democracy," its progressive readings and performances, its press (with titles like American Assassination: The Strange Death of Senator Paul Wellstone), its self-publish Instabook machine and, best of all, its proud Wobbly staff, members of IWW 660. Good luck getting those anarchists to make you a cup of joe. -Betsy Andrews

1022 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn 718-940-2084

Starbucks Union Condemns Torture and Killing of 'Coke' Union Leader

Tue, 09/13/2005 - 8:28am -- SWU

It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to another courageous Colombian union leader and worker, Luciano Enrique Romero Molina. Starbucks workers have always felt a kinship with the food and beverage workers of SINALTRAINAL which was solidified in a 2004 meeting between SINALTRAINAL leader Juan Carlos Galvis and Starbucks Union member Daniel Gross where the two exchanged mutual pledges of solidarity. The assassination of Mr. Romero is a time for mourning yes, but even more so, it's a time to act and to organize. Please read SINALTRAINAL's statement on the killing which follows below and write the letters they suggest:


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