Christmas at Starbucks

An account by Liberté Locke about working at Starbucks in New York over the Christmas season.

Starbucks is a job in which the boss is so shitty that he can lose everything in Hurricane Sandy and his sympathy only lasts a couple weeks.

Together we win: the fight to organise Starbucks

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] if you would like to purchase a full-length version, proceeds benefitting the IWW Starbucks Workers Union.

Solidarity unionism at Starbucks: the IWW uses Section 7

An article from Staughton Lynd and Daniel Gross on the IWW's organizing at Starbucks. Originally appeared in WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society (September 2007).

Coping with clopening: retail worker’s most dreaded shift

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.

Starbucks protest graphics and flyers, 2008

Main graphic for Starbucks union-busting protest flyer

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.

My body, my rules: a case for rape and domestic violence survivors becoming workplace organizers

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)

The Organizer # 20

The Organizer # 20

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
Page 1

Another local victory against Starbucks
Fired worker Aizze Mebrahtu gains another victory in her struggle against Starbucks.
Page 2

Workers confront Neo-Nazis in Minnesota

Starbucks workers in Nebraska hold work stoppage

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.

Fort Worth IWW

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.

Starbucks Global Day of Action - Belfast picket

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.