[act-ma] Monday! 7/25 11:30 a.m., Central Sq Cambridge: Action in Support of Chilean Strikers, Starbucks Baristas

Geoff Carens geoff.carens at gmail.com
Sun Jul 24 17:41:28 PDT 2011


*Dear All,

Please join members of the IWW as we participate in a coordinated action
supporting squeezed Chilean Strikers, and Starbucks baristas facing
discrimination in the US. Help fight union-busting at home & abroad! We will
meet this Monday, July 25 at 11:30 a.m., at 655 Mass. Ave., Central Sq. T
stop, on the #1 and other bus lines. More info is below.

In Solidarity,

Geoff Carens
Boston General Membership Branch, Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)
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*200 STARBUCKS BARISTAS ARE STILL ON STRIKE IN **CHILE**, AT HOME THE
COMPANY CONTINUES THEIR ATTACK ON WORKING MOTHERS WHO UNIONIZE*

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

IWW Starbucks Workers Union

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*Media Contacts:*

*Liberté Locke (IWW, NYC) 917-693-7742, liberte.angrybarista at gmail.com *

[English Only]

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*Andrés Giordano (President of El Sindicato de Trabajadores de Starbucks en
**Santiago**, **Chile**) 011-569-918-19467, sindicatosbux at gmail.com*

[English and Spanish Speaking]

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*July 22. 2011*

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*IWW Starbucks Workers **Union** Declares Global Week of Action against
Starbucks Union Busting in Solidarity with the Chilean Starbucks Strikers*

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*Union** Seeks to Hold Starbucks Accountable for their **Union** Busting at
Home and Abroad*

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*NEW YORK** – *Monday, July 25th, the IWW Starbucks Workers Union will
launch a Global Week of Action in support of their separate but sister union
El Sindicato de Trabajadores de Starbucks en Chile (Starbucks Workers Union
in Chile).



Over 200 baristas and shift supervisors that work in the 32 Chilean
Starbucks locations went on strike on July 7th.  They are striking in an
effort to have their demands met.  Their most crucial demand is earning a
higher wage.  Currently baristas at Starbucks in Chile make $2.50/hr. while
the drinks are still sold for US prices, and they haven’t received raises in
8 years.  The baristas are also asking for a lunch stipend in order to eat
during their shifts, this is something managers in Chile are provided.



Two weeks, to the day, after the strike began a New York City barista and
mother of two young children was fired for announcing her membership in the
IWW Starbucks Workers Union.  The company gave no official reason for her
termination but did fire her when she refused to meet with higher ups
without her attorney and union representative present, which was a previous
agreement between the union and management.  Tiffany White-Thomas has worked
at the Canal/Broadway Starbucks for over two years. She was up for a
promotion when her store manager, Rafael Fox, told her that, being a mother,
she would not have the time necessary to dedicate to the company so he would
not be promoting her.  A letter given to Tiffany’s managers made reference
to the collective efforts of the IWW Starbucks Union and the Chilean
Strikers.  Both unions feel that that this solidarity across borders  is
seen as a threat to the company and is, in part, what led to Tiffany’s
termination.



In New York City, the first solidarity action will be a press conference and
picket in front of the Canal and Broadway Starbucks location, 405 Broadway
between Walker and Canal St., starting at 12pm on Monday, July 25th.  The
IWW is demanding full reinstatement of Tiffany White-Thomas and that
Starbucks negotiate in good faith with their brothers and sisters of El
Sindicato de Trabajadores de Starbucks en Chile.



Similar actions in support of the Chilean Strikers are expected in various
cities throughout the US and the world throughout next week.



The IWW Starbucks Workers Union is a grassroots organization composed
entirely of current and former Starbucks employees who have fought for
respect, security, affordable health care and a living wage since 2004.
Working together, SWU members have improved working conditions for
Starbucksemployees and won legal victories against unfair labor
practices.



www.StarbucksUnion.org <http://www.starbucksunion.org/>



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