A short 15 minute documentary that chronicles the struggles and victories of the Starbucks Workers Union, from how it formed to members continue to organize.
Produced by Diane Krauthamer.
Please contact diane [AT] indymedia.org if you would like to purchase a full-length version, proceeds benefitting the IWW Starbucks Workers Union.
Our friend Liberté Locke writes about what it’s like to work a ‘clopen’ in retail, to close the store late at night and get up early the next morning to open the store. Liberte’s story is the first in a series of stories we’re going to be running about work, sleep, and dreams. In their own way each of these stories gets at an important part of life under capitalism. Capitalists make their money by making us make products and perform services that the capitalists own. They don’t pay us the full value of what we add to those products and services. That’s key to capitalists’ profits. This is a kind of robbery. But there’s another kind of robbery...
I drag my broken jittery body home through the maze of late night construction New York City subways. I finally reach my quiet apartment where the only ones up are our three cats screaming for food and persistently walking just where I’m trying to walk. Tonight I manage to not step on them but usually, in this state, I can’t help it. I apologize with head-pettings and catnip.
Graphics for a flyer created in 2008, Australia. On 24 April 2008, Starbucks fired barista Monica in Sevilla, Spain, for her activity on behalf of the CNT union. She asked to be identified by only her first name to avoid future employment discrimination. On June 6, Starbucks fired 2 year barista Cole Dorsey in Grand Rapids, USA, for his activity on behalf of the Industrial Workers of the World union.
Liberté Locke, a Starbucks Workers Union organizer, writes about how violence at work and in our personal lives are similar, how domestic abusers and bosses use the same techniques of control and that we need to fight both.
TRIGGER WARNING: sexual violence
(Cet article en français)
November 2009 PDF of the Twin Cities IWW branch's newsletter.
New IWW Office,Meeting Space
Steady Growth Spurs IWW To Open Space in NE Minneapolis
Another local victory against Starbucks
Fired worker Aizze Mebrahtu gains another victory in her struggle against Starbucks.
Workers confront Neo-Nazis in Minnesota
On 5th August 2010, baristas at a Starbucks in Omaha, Nebraska held a short work stoppage and demanded a reversal to the recession-era cuts that have been forced upon them.
August 5,2010- Omaha, NE- Baristas and community supporters shut down the 15th and Douglas Starbucks (SBUX) this morning demanding that management reverse all cuts to healthcare, staffing, and benefits that have been imposed during the recession.
Wobblies organizing in Fort Worth Texas recently had local Starbucks Workers Union go public- report.
The Panther City General Membership Branch based out of Fort Worth Texas is actively participating in undercover union campaigns within the food service industry. Recently (December 18th 2009) employees at a local Starbucks went public with their union announcing their alliance with the Starbucks Workers Union and the Industrial Workers of the World.
Organise! and the WSM picketed Starbucks in Belfast city centre today from 12 to 1 pm. Despite the miserable weather around 12 people joined the picket and leafleted passers by and potential customers outside the coffee shop.
At the start of the picket 3 people had gone inside to leaflet customers and staff. There was a very positive response to the picket however one person was falsely accused of assaulting a Starbuck's member of staff after leafleting staff and customers inside.