Starbucks Workers Union

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.

Consuming lattes and labour, or working at Starbucks - Bryant Simon

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.

Because you should have clocked in at 7…

Because you should have clocked in at 7…

In memory of assaulted and slain Starbucks barista Whitney Heichel.

TRIGGER WARNING FOR SEXUAL VIOLENCE

Dear Whitney,

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] indymedia.org 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).

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 # 19

The Organizer # 19

September 2009 PDF of the Twin Cities IWW branch's newsletter.

IN THIS ISSUE:
Starbucks Barista Unjustly Fired, Demands Justice
Page 1

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.
Page 2

2nd Anniversary of UMN AFSCME Strike
Annie Nonomus on the intervening period at the University of Minnesota since 2007’s AFSCME strike

The Organizer # 24

The Organizer # 24

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”
Page 1

Editorial
Editor Angel Gardner shares her thoughts on organizing the restaurant and service industry..
Page 2

Why Organize Sandwich Shops?
Jimmy John’s worker speaks out about work conditions and organizing..
Page 3

The Organizer # 25

The Organizer # 25

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!
Page 1

Election is Only a Beginning
JJWU Fellow Worker reflects on moving forward after the election..
Page 2

Starbucks Workers Union Wins Recognition of MLK Jr. Day
After three years of actions for MLK Jr. Day, Starbucks Workers Union wins their demand!
Page 3-4

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