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(en) US, Defend IWW Member and Starbucks Worker Daniel Gross

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Sat, 14 Aug 2004 10:04:27 +0200 (CEST)


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We have just learned that IWW member Daniel Gross, one of the
Starbucks workers in New York City that has helped spark a national
campaign to organize the world’s largest coffee chain, is under attack.
Fellow Worker Gross was served yesterday at work with a two page
final warning before termination filled with outright falsehoods and
blatant distortions of fact. As the Labor Board is currently
investigating unfair labor practices by Starbucks, it is clear that the
company, on the advice of its union-busting lawyers, is
“packing the file” before a seemingly inevitable firing.

The most serious allegation against Daniel like all the others is
provably false. The company maintains that Daniel obstructed the
entrance and exit of customers at a Starbucks where he participated
in a union rally. The occasion was a protest at the home store of
Fabian Vera, the manager that has served as a full-time union
buster at the location where Daniel works. Workers and supporters
were informing employees and customers at the store that Mr. Vera
had engaged in intimidation and harassment as part of
Starbucks’ all out assault on the union effort. An IWW member
was videotaping the event and the tape shows conclusively that Mr.
Gross was not blocking the entrance. Everyone present at the rally
can attest to it as well. Of course, Starbucks has no interest in the
truth but merely wants to silence one of the workers organizing to
rise out of poverty.

Tellingly, this same week Daniel made a public statement regarding
the NLRB’s acceptance of Starbucks’ appeal of the
decision that enabled an election at a single store in the chain.
Because the acceptance of the appeal would cause a several year
delay, workers were compelled to pull their petition for an election
in favor of a direct action approach to win demands in a meaningful
time frame. Starbucks had hoped they could beat the union with its
crude legal weaponry. Daniel confirmed though that workers will
fight on until respect and dignity are won.

If Starbucks feels enough pressure, we believe Daniel’s
termination can be averted. He could be fired anytime so it’s
absolutely critical to take action NOW before it’s too late.
Please accept our urgent request for solidarity by taking the
following actions:

1. Contact Candace Nunnally the District Manager that served
Daniel Gross to demand that he not be terminated and that the
company respects the right of all workers to form a union. Tell her
you are committed to taking actions against Starbucks if Daniel is
fired including boycotting the company if the workers call for it.
Call her repeatedly until she gets the message at 212-613-1280 Ext.
2216. You can also e-mail her repeatedly at
cnunally@starbucks.com.

2. Contact Starbucks Headquarters and tell them the same. Call
them repeatedly at 800-235-2883 to make sure they get the
message.

3. If you are planning to be in New York City for the Republic
National Convention, attend the protest condemning the Bush
Administration’s intervention on behalf of Starbucks against
the IWW. Saturday Aug. 28 at 2 pm at the Starbucks on 36th and
Madison in Manhattan.

4. Distribute this message widely and encourage others to
participate

Starbucks Workers Union of the IWW IU/660
http://www.starbucksunion.org
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[Ed. note: IWW the Industrial Workers of the World
is antiauthoritarian anticapitalist - direct action
workers union.

From: http://iww.org :


Where We Stand

The working class and the employing
class have nothing in common. There
can be no peace so long as hunger
and want are found among millions
of the working people and the few,
who make up the employing class,
have all the good things of life.


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