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(en) US, New York City: Starbucks Barista Fired for IWW* Union Organizing

Date Sun, 29 May 2005 16:41:53 +0300


On May 28th at 6:30pm Starbucks workers are demonstrating their
right to join the Industrial Workers of the World - IU/660, also
known as the Retail Workers’ Union. Workers of Starbucks at
2nd Ave and 9th Street are demanding an immediate stop to all
anti-union activity, reinstatement of Sarah Bender and Alex Diaz,
affirmation of our right to organize, a living wage for all employees,
guaranteed hours with the option for full-time status, consistent
scheduling, an end to under-staffing, the right to organize, and
respect from our bosses.

“In New York City we start at $8.25 an hour and are lucky to
receive anything above 20 hours a week. Starbucks profits off our
backs by depending on a low labor costs in the stores and from out
sourced labor . They are the Wal-Mart of the coffee industry.”
Claimed Laura Deanda of 2nd and 9th.

Starbucks Barista Sarah Bender of 17th street and 1st Ave was fired
unjustly for her legally protected union activity. Store manager
Noura Glenn fired Sarah Bender, a Starbucks barista and active
IWW union member on Tuesday May 24th. Starbucks Workers at
2nd Ave and 9th Street are taking action in response to illegal
anti-union activity by the company. Starbucks management was
aware of Bender’s union involvement since early November
2004.

“They reduced my schedule to 15 hours a week and I was
prohibited from covering shifts at other stores. I felt as if Noura was
pressuring me to quit. They made my job a living hell.” Stated
Sarah Bender .

Starbucks store manager Noura Glenn, assistant manager Omari
Smith and ex district manager Candace Nunally have illegally
interrogated workers at the 17th and 1st location about
Bender’s involvement with a union, and even threatened to
halt the promotion of one worker if they were also involved with a
union. Management states that cash mishandling of $6 was the
reason for the “separation” of Sarah.

In early November when Starbucks management became aware of
Bender’s union involvement, they wrote twice in one day for
two different violations. These were the first write-ups she ever
had. Manager Noura Glenn was also overheard by a worker at 17th
and 1st. for discussing her wish to fire Sarah Bender for her
involvement with the union during a phone conversation one week
prior to her termination.

The IWW Starbucks Workers Union calls on the company to cease
its fierce anti-union activities, reinstate workers fired for union
membership and enter into a neutrality agreement. Starbucks
should implement a zero-tolerance policy for violating the rights of
café workers, roasting plant employees, or coffee farmers.

Industrial Workers of the World I.U. 660 is the union for retail
workers.

Starbucks is the world's #1 specialty coffee retailer. They operate
and license more than 8,500 coffee shops and employ over 96,700
workers in more than 30 countries. In 2004 revenues surpassed
$5.2 billion and profits were approximately $400 million.
See also:
http://www.starbucksunion.org
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Copied from infoshop.org
* [Ed. Note: IWW - Industrial Workers
of the World is antiauthoritarian
anticapitalist direct action syndicate.]
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