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Tuesday, November 27th, 2007
11:33 am
Dealing With Problem Landlords
Most of you probably have had or are currently having a rental experience. We want to hear about it over at our community if you have something to say:


Please stop by and share your stories, opinions and insight.  

Current Mood: chipper
Sunday, January 21st, 2007
6:05 pm
starbucks in rockville..
For Immediate Release:
IWW Starbucks Workers Union [www.StarbucksUnion.org]
Contact: starbucksunion@yahoo.com

January 19, 2007

Starbucks Workers Union Expands to Maryland in Spite
of Harsh Anti-Union Effort

Barista Struggle for Fair Wages and Secure Hours
Extends Across Three States

Rockville, Maryland- Employees at a Starbucks store
here announced their membership in the IWW Starbucks
Workers Union [www.StarbucksUnion.org] today and
served a
Sunday, August 13th, 2006
12:56 pm
(Updated) STARBUCKS INFAMY: IWW Organizer Daniel Gross Terminated for Union Activity!
Submitted by intexile on Sun, 08/13/2006 - 1:12am.


The Starbucks "investigation" of IWW member Daniel Gross concluded today with his termination after more than three years of organizing at the company.

Daniel's expression of solidarity at a union picket line with co-worker and fellow union member, Evan Winterscheidt, was deemed threatening by Starbucks despite multiple eyewitnesses who confirm that Daniel merely asserted to District Manager Allison Marx that Evan should not be fired. With the termination of IWW members Daniel Gross, Evan Winterscheidt, Joe Agins Jr., and Charles Fostrom in less than a year, Starbucks has demonstrated conclusively its intense hostility to the right of workers to join a union.

To provide additional cover for the unlawful termination, Starbucks issued Daniel a blatantly discriminatory performance review today with negative ratings for things like, "not communicating partner morale issues to the Store Manager." The manager confirmed that morale issues included complaints about wages and working conditions. Last we checked, an employer may not mandate an employee to engage in surveillance of co-worker's protected activities.

Far from breaking our campaign, Starbucks has done the opposite. The current and former Starbucks workers who proudly carry the red Industrial Workers of the World membership card vow to redouble our efforts to achieve an independent voice on the job. The right to free association at work is fundamental and not subject to compromise. But to vindicate our right to union membership, we need support from you, the working class; the class that built this society with our sweat and indeed with our blood.

The multinational retailers like Wal-Mart, Starbucks, and Borders seek totalitarian control of the workplace. The way forward to reign in these massive corporations is a social movement of workers and community members. The Wobblies at Starbucks have proven that by taking direct action against the company over issues of concern to workers and by avoiding the skewed certification process of NLRB elections, baristas can improve their lives on and off the job. This strategy only works however, if the company incurs significant economic, political, and social costs when it violates the right to organize by terminating workers for union activity.

Take action with us sisters and brothers. Together we will win:

1) Do not spend your hard earned money at Starbucks until the company respects the right of workers to organize and reinstates Daniel Gross and the rest of the IWW baristas. Let the company know you are taking a stand by participating in the email action: http://starbucksunion.org/node/1015

2) Obtain a resolution or pledge from your community group, labor union, or house of worship agreeing to stay way from Starbucks products until justice is done. Please send copies to starbucksunion@yahoo.com.

3) Hold a rally or leafleting action at Starbucks in support of the right to organize and in defense of the fired union baristas if you feel that's appropriate in your local community. Please check in with the baristas at the store before hand to involve them in the action.

4) If you are a student, join the Justice from Bean to Cup! campaign launching this Fall to ensure Starbucks doesn't operate on campuses without reinstating the IWW baristas, respecting the right to organize, and making a meaningful commitment to Fair Trade. Get involved by e-mailing starbucksunion@yahoo.com.

5) Make a financial contribution to the IWW Starbucks Workers Union to ensure a continued independent voice for employees at the world's largest coffee chain. Send checks made out to "IWW Starbucks Workers Union" or well-concealed cash to:

IWW Starbucks Workers Union
347 Maujer St. Apt. #C
Brooklyn, NY 11206

For more information, visit www.starbucksunion.org
Monday, July 31st, 2006
10:19 pm
Monday, February 20th, 2006
12:12 am
Hey yall. Just found this group tonight and immediately wanted to join.

I just started at Wal Mart here in PCB Florida a month and a half ago (at the beginning of January). I was placed in the best department I could ever have been assigned to: Toys! I love toys, I love kids, and I love people, so this department is right up my alley. What isn't my cup of tea, however, is the fact that there is only one person working in my department and two of the three departments around me (with the other one being electronics, where everyone is needed to keep watch on things). I keep hearing how hard it is to find people to work in toys, yet other departments keep getting (and losing) people.

*quickly realizes I"m on my soapbox and jumps off, dusting myself off*

sorry... that's my intro.. hope to hear from yall
Tuesday, May 24th, 2005
1:01 pm
I guess I'll post something to this group and introduce myself a little.

I've been working at kinkos for almost a decade now and have been trying to get an organizing campaign started for the past 2. I helped start Kinkos Workers Unite with my coworkers in hopes that there may be more like us out there wanting to organize our workplace on a company-wide level. We have realized and learned quite a bit in the past couple of years.

One thing, is that everyone will be interested in changing their workplaces for the better. What this doesn't mean, is that they are willing to risk their jobs in order to do it. So, we have been trying to come up with ways that we can organize with coworkers that will have an effect while also protecting us from retaliation. We also learned that organizing will take alot more time an energy than we originally thought.

One thing that looks promising on the retail organizing front is the use of solidarity unions. My IWW local is starting one specifically for retail workers modeled somewhat off of the montpellier city union, the South St. workers campaign and the precarious workers movement in Europe. We are in the stages of mapping out retail districts in hopes that we will find good retail districts that want to organize.

What this does for our organizing campaign is create a group where people from other companies can help us organize on a district level. Individual workers within a specific company can't really risk reaching out to people working at other stores. People from other companies can very easily. We have quite a few people from alot of different workplaces interested in organizing with us. Hopefully, we can turn this into something that will flourish.

What are other peoples experiences? How can we work together better to create the lives we want? What are peoples opinions about individual unions? Say for instance, the UFCW. I think we will be seeing alot more attempts by them to organize our industry based on the recent restructuring of the AFLCIO. Which, for better or worse probably wont be enough to get us organized.
Monday, May 23rd, 2005
11:47 pm
hi! welcome to retail workers unite!
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