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(en) US, NY, Bush Administration Intervenes for Starbucks Against Union Right to a Fair Vote Denied

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Fri, 30 Jul 2004 23:32:38 +0200 (CEST)

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The Bush Administration-controlled National Labor Relations Board
accepted for review yesterday an appeal by Starbucks of the IWW*
IU/660 victory that allowed workers at a single store in the
chain to vote in a union certification election. The decision
effectively disenfranchises workers because regardless of the
outcome of the appeal the result of the election is suspended
for several years while the case is being decided.
"Starbucks and its union-busting law firm have
succeeded in obliterating our right to a vote," said
Daniel Gross, a worker at the store. "The company has
established beyond a shadow of a doubt that it follows
an extreme anti-worker union avoidance policy."

While Starbucks may have won this battle, government
certification was merely one tool out of a much larger
toolbox for the Union. Utilizing a direct action
approach, the Retail Workers Union will continue full
steam ahead with the campaign to improve working
conditions for Starbucks employees.

The decision by the Republican-majority NLRB is the
latest in a series of rulings that have rolled back
the right of workers to organize a union. A June 13th
decision held that graduate student instructors are
not employees and thus not entitled to form a union.
Prior to that, the Board rescinded the right of
employees outside of a union setting to have a
co-worker present at disciplinary meetings.

The NLRB's anti-union decisions are just part of the
Bush Administration's larger attack on working people.
The Administration has rolled back policies that were
the result of decades long struggles by unions
including ergonomic standards for OSHA, overtime pay
protections, and regulations on anti-union

Starbucks' underhanded legal maneuvers to defeat the
Union sharply belie the image the company has crafted
as a decent place to work. Workers can't pay rent
with company propaganda no matter how persistent.

"They're as bad as Wal-Mart," Mr. Gross remarked.

The Industrial Workers of the World IU/660, a
non-partisan union dedicated to the empowerment of
retail workers, has established the first union at a
Starbucks coffee shop in the United States. Starbucks
workers (www.starbucksunion.org) are coming together
to address issues on the job such as low wages, a lack
of guaranteed hours, and understaffing at stores.

For Immediate Release:
July 29, 2004
IWW IU/660
Contact: Daniel Gross
(917) 577-1110
* [Ed. note: IWW is an anticapitalist antiauthoritarian
direct action syndicate.]

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