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(en) US, Boston: Actions in Support of Starbucks Baristas and Farmers

Date Sun, 24 Dec 2006 12:20:49 +0200

This Thursday, December 21, Boston locals took action in support of Starbucks baristas and farmers. Workers with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) * and students set up a table near a Starbucks just outside of Boston with information on fair trade, the IWW, and Starbucks' anti-worker and anti-union practices. Starbucks has made every effort to keep workers in the United States (specifically New York City) from organizing, including firing workers for their union activity.
We spoke with a number of employees who were very interested and receptive, in fact all of the workers we talked to were with the exception of a woman who asserted that she was part of the CWA (in the AFL-CIO). We had a discussion with one worker when he got off work about why he thinks unions are important and the Haymarket martyrs. A large IWW flag was held high above the street and students sang union songs together from both sides of the road We also had a lengthy discussion with a woman working across the road who is a former Starbucks barista and who strongly agreed with our action. After a while we moved to a different Starbucks down the street and continued. More actions are planned in the area soon.

more information at www.starbucksunion.org <http://www.starbucksunion.org>
* An antiauthoritarian anticapitalist initiative
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