Rochester Wobblies Picket against Starbucksâ€™ Union Busting on Global Day of Action
On July 5, the Rochester branch of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) participated in an international day of solidarity against the union busting practices of Starbucks Coffee Company. Approximate 15 members of the union local showed up to distribute flyers, talk to customers, pedestrians, and workers, waved union flags, sang, danced to music, and picketed in the spirit of worker solidarity. Members handed out nearly 200 pieces of information to interested parties.
The global day of action was announced by the Confederacion Nacional de Trabajadores (CNT-AIT) in Sevilla, Spain and the Grand Rapids, Michigan Starbucks Workers Union (IWW) in response to two recent anti-union terminations. Starbucks has exhibited a pattern of firing outspoken, union baristas ever since the advent of the Starbucks Workers Union in 2004, and evidently, is initiating the same strategy against the CNT in Spain. Click the "more" button to read the whole article.
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