An in depth portrait of what it is like to work at one of the most conspicuous components of the neoliberal order: the upscale looking, fast-food acting coffee chain, Starbucks. Simon discusses the emotional labors of being a happy and chatty “partner” (employee), the difficulties of the uneven scheduling, the unexpected physical aspects of the job, and the culture of conformity at the nation’s largest seller of coffee and affordable luxury.
The essay assesses the corporations’ reputation for being a good employer and contains extensive interviews with Wobblies trying to organize the chain. It suggests how workers are consumed by and with the brand in what the author calls “New Age welfare capitalism.”
International Labor and Working-Class History / Volume 74 / Issue 01 / September 2008, pp 193-211.
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.
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)
September 2009 PDF of the Twin Cities IWW branch's newsletter.
IN THIS ISSUE:
Starbucks Barista Unjustly Fired, Demands Justice
No Shortcuts in the Class Struggle
John O’Reilly discusses why the hard work of organizing is not avoidable, but the core of the union.
2nd Anniversary of UMN AFSCME Strike
Annie Nonomus on the intervening period at the University of Minnesota since 2007’s AFSCME strike
September 2010 PDF of the Twin Cities IWW branch's newsletter.
IN THIS ISSUE:
Jimmy John’s Workers Form Union, Demand an End to “Wages So Low You’ll Freak”
Editor Angel Gardner shares her thoughts on organizing the restaurant and service industry..
Why Organize Sandwich Shops?
Jimmy John’s worker speaks out about work conditions and organizing..
PDF of the November/December 2009 issue of the Twin Cities IWW branch's newsletter.
IN THIS ISSUE:
Jimmy John’s Workers Union--- Here to Stay!
Election is Only a Beginning
JJWU Fellow Worker reflects on moving forward after the election..
Starbucks Workers Union Wins Recognition of MLK Jr. Day
After three years of actions for MLK Jr. Day, Starbucks Workers Union wins their demand!
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