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(en) US, Nationwide action against Starbucks: Nov 24th -25th - Demand the Right to Organize

Date Thu, 16 Nov 2006 20:59:22 +0200


The IWW* Starbucks workers union is calling for action. On November 24th-25th
union members and supporters will be taking action to demand reinstatement of
all five fired workers and an end to the Anti-union campaign.
Starbucks Workers demand the right to Organize. This November 24th-25th,
stand in solidarity with Starbucks workers as we call for an end to the
anti-union campaign waged by Starbucks and for the reinstatement of all unlawfully fired workers. In addition we are calling on Starbucks to give
Ethiopia control over its coffee.
Starbucks workers around the country and the world are organizing to make
our jobs better and finally have a real, independent voice at work. A
powerful voice that our managers, even the whole company, have no choice
but to listen too. By organizing a union baristas in NYC have seen our
wages increased, schedules stabilized and respect from our bosses.
Over the last two years, however, Starbucks has
consistently responded to workers organizing with
harassment, intimidation and illegal firings. A
National Labor Relations Board settlement was reached
in March of 2006 that reinstated two workers and
forced Starbucks to pay back wages and change
discriminatory policies. The Settlement did little to
stop the anti-union campaign and since December of
2005 five workers in NYC were unlawfully fired for
engaging in protected union activity.

Joseph Agins fired from Starbucks at 2nd ave and 9th,
December 12th 2005

Charles Fostrom fired from Starbucks at 57th and
Lexington, July 11th 2006

Evan Winterscheidt fired from Starbucks at 14th and
6th ave, July 18th 2006

Daniel Gross fired from Starbucks at 36th and Madison,
August 5th 2006

Isis Saenz fired from Starbucks at 57th and Lexington,
November 1st 2006

The IWW Starbucks Workers Union is building solidarity
across the coffee industry. We are calling on
Starbucks to sign an agreement that acknowledges
Ethiopia's ownership of its coffee names. Securing the
rights to names such as Sidamo, Harar and Yirgacheffe
would enable Ethiopia's coffee industry and farmers to
earn an additional $88 million per year.

• Coffee makes up 40-50% of Ethiopia's export
income;

• 15 million Ethiopians are dependent on the coffee
trade;

• One in four people live on less than $1 a day and
80% of its people live on less than $2 a day; and

• Ethiopia ranks in the bottom 10 of the UN human
development index of income, health and education.

If Starbucks is genuine in its commitment to farmers
it will sign the licensing agreement Ethiopia has
offered.

for more info visit www.starbucksunion.org

To get involved in your area please contact:

Eastern US: Tomer (646) 753-1167 Tomer.IWW@gmail.com

Midwest: Joe - (815) 545-5273
unionmadelattes@gmail.com

Western US: Johannah – (646) 541-8921 rebelgurley@yahoo.com



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