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(en) US, NYC, IWW* Starbucks Workers Union Update and Call-In Day Aug.

Date Tue, 19 Jul 2005 19:05:20 +0300


May 24, 2005- Starbucks terminates IWW member Sarah
Bender, a worker at the 17th St. and 1st Ave. store in
Manhattan, for her union activity. Fellow Worker Bender's
termination marks the first time since the founding of the
Starbucks Workers Union over a year ago that the company
has fired a worker purely for union organizing. Starbucks
learned that Sarah was associated with the Starbucks Workers
Union after she hosted a party attended by Union members.
Since then, the company has arbitrarily disciplined her to build
a phony case for firing her. The pretext for her termination was
that she allegedly came out six dollars short on her cash
register. On the day in question FW Bender counted the
money in her till, determined she had the correct amount, and
placed the money in a sealed plastic bag. She then deposited
the bag into the store safe. Sarah's store manager, Noura
Glenn, subsequently unsealed the bag and falsely claimed
there was a shortage. Please lend a hand in the national Call-In
Day Against Starbucks on Monday August 1 to demand Sarah
Bender's reinstatement. The details are at the end of this
update.

May 28, 2005- A group of workers at the Starbucks Store on
9th St. and 2nd Ave. serve their bosses with a declaration of
Union membership! The baristas and shift supervisors
reiterated the demand of the Starbucks Workers Union for a
guaranteed minimum number of hours scheduled each week.
Currently, workers have no idea how many or how few hours
of work they will receive each week. Without knowing how
much income one will take in every month, paying for life's
necessities becomes all too precarious. 9th and 2nd workers
also joined the Starbucks Workers Union in demanding Sarah
Bender's reinstatement and a cessation of Starbucks' fierce
anti-union campaign. Starbucks managers instigated the
NYPD to write up disorderly conduct tickets to three Wobblies
and a community ally who were part of a support effort outside
the store. A judge threw out the charges.

June 4, 2005- 60 workers and community members converged
on the 17th and 1st Starbucks to protest the firing of Sarah
Bender. The crowd was energized and this was just the
beginning of the penalty Starbucks will incur for firing FW
Bender. NBC covered the event with interviews from Sarah
Bender and Staten Island native Pete Montalbano, a Wobbly
barista at the 9th and 2nd store.

June 15, 2005- The NLRB trial on Starbucks' anti-union
threats, bribes, and surveillance scheduled for this date was
postponed by the Board to investigate the firing of Sarah
Bender and discrimination against Anthony Polanco. The
Union objected to the delay arguing that separate trials could
be held as Starbucks continued to break the law in its attempt
to stop workers from standing together for a better life on the
job.

June 18, 2005- New York Times delivery workers respected
the IWW picket line at the 9th and 2nd store. Starbucks
management became visibly enraged. No newspapers were
delivered that day. Union worker Pete Montalbano got sent
home early for talking union in front of customers prompting
an ad-hoc grievance committee to confront the boss. The
picket was generally well received by would-be patrons and
stores sales took a definite hit. Leafleting actions are ongoing
with thousands of flyers already handed out to community
members and customers.

June 25, 2005- A contingent of IWW members at Starbucks in
NYC celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Industrial
Workers of the World in Chicago! Starbucks Workers Union
members were so pleased to learn more about all the profound
work taking place across the One Big Union. We'd like to
thank everyone for the pledges of solidarity to the IWW
campaign at Starbucks and for the generous donations to the
Sarah Bender Defense Fund.

July 6, 2005- Fired Starbucks Wobbly Sarah Bender begins
working at Vox Pop coffee shop in Brooklyn. Vox Pop is
IWW-organized and serves only fair trade coffee. Sarah's
resolve to combat Starbucks and get her job back is
undiminished.

July 17, 2005- 25 unionists and community supporters
converge on Starbucks outlets around the city to talk to
employees about their right to join the Union. After the flying
squads, participants reunited for a Labor-Community picnic to
energize support for Sarah Bender.

July 17, 2005- Faced with increasing criticism from the IWW
over its relentless anti-union campaign, Starbucks spends
thousands on a full-page ad in the Sunday New York Times
claiming it’s a socially responsible company.

Recent Media:

Philly Indymedia- "NYC Starbucks Workers vs. Anti-union
Policies"
http://www.starbucksunion.org/node/215

Workers Independent News Service- "Starbucks New York
Worker Says She was Fired for Union Activity"
http://www.starbucksunion.org/node/192

Business Week- "Labor Pains: A Bitter Aroma at Starbuck's"
http://www.starbucksunion.org/node/191

New York Magazine- "A Union Revolution is Brewing at
Starbucks"
http://newyorkmetro.com/nymetro/news/features/12060/index.html

Action Steps:

CALL-IN DAY TO STARBUCKS NYC DIRECTOR
MONDAY AUGUST 1

We must impose a material cost on Starbucks for finally
stooping to the level of firing a worker for organizing activity.

On Monday August 1, call Starbucks NYC Regional Director
Alex Perez expressing your disgust that he fired Sarah Bender
and demanding she be reinstated:

Phone: 212-613-1280 ext. 2202

Next, Starbucks will not be permitted to derail our organizing
with fear tactics! Therefore, it's critical to continue to reach out
to Starbucks workers everywhere to let them know about the
Starbucks Workers Union. Materials, including the new
'Worker Support Team' flyer, are available to help at:
http://www.starbucksunion.org/action/materials/image/posters

Finally, FW Bender is coordinating her own defense and is in
serious need of financial assistance for campaign expenses.
Stand with Sarah as she refuses to get swept under the rug by
Chairman Howard Schultz, one of America's leading corporate
fraudsters. Make a contribution and/or ask your local union
branch to do the same. The Bay Area IWW General
Membership Branch has kicked things off with a generous
contribution. Checks can be made out to the Starbucks
Workers Union and sent to:

Sarah Bender
260 Irving Ave. #3L
Brooklyn, NY 11237

Campaign updates will continue to be available at:
http://www.starbucksunion.org

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* [Ed. Note: IWW - Industrial Workers of the World is
antiauthoritarian anticapitalist direct action syndicate.]

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