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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:47 PM

With IWW Help Starbucks Workers In Massachusetts Win A Million Dollar Concession

Source: Workers Independent News

By Doug Cunningham

: “There’s a new fighting spirit in the working class in the low-wage service sector. Five years ago this kind of thing wouldn’t have happened. Nobody would have thought, oh they’re gonna take away twenty percent of our pay, lets organize a statewide strike. Now workers are and they’re reaching out. So the question is, is the labor movement going to be there to back them when workers start fighting back?”

International Workers of The World (IWW) organizer Erik Forman. Using direct action organizing Starbucks workers in Massachusetts have won a victory that will get them more than a million dollars annually in raises and bonuses. Starbucks shift supervisors reached out to the IWW for help when they faced a 20 percent pay cut due to Starbucks took away their tips in the wake of a Massachusetts legal decision. The workers organized using an online petition and a possible strike. Starbucks conceded – agreeing to pay $350 bonuses and increase supervisor wages from $11 to $13.59 an hour to compensate them for the loss of tips. Forman says what low-wage workers are doing at Starbucks, Wal-Mart, fast food restaurants and other low-wage service jobs could be the salvation of the labor movement.

: “I think this is the shape of things to come. Workers deciding to take action on the job, partnering with labor organizations, fighting the battles and unions incrementally rebuilding through what we call in the IWW solidarity unionism. We need to look to models which don’t depend on the law. They don’t depend on favorable political or legal environment and instead rely on the threat or the actual execution of direct action that hits bosses where it hurts. Capital is destroying the legal framework that unions have existed (under) in the U.S. since 1935 – in the public and private sector. But that doesn’t mean the end of workers struggle. In fact it probably means we’re about to se the beginning of an entirely new wave of rebellion. I think it’s important for us as people who’ve had experience organizing to be there for workers who are starting to fight back.”

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Reply With IWW Help Starbucks Workers In Massachusetts Win A Million Dollar Concession (Original post)
Omaha Steve Jan 2013 OP
RufusTFirefly Jan 2013 #1
jerseyjack Jan 2013 #2
Fire Walk With Me Jan 2013 #3
DBoon Jan 2013 #4
cstanleytech Jan 2013 #5
marble falls Jan 2013 #17
cstanleytech Jan 2013 #18
marble falls Jan 2013 #19
cstanleytech Jan 2013 #20
another_liberal Jan 2013 #6
DBoon Jan 2013 #7
another_liberal Jan 2013 #8
lunasun Jan 2013 #9
another_liberal Jan 2013 #11
Th1onein Jan 2013 #10
another_liberal Jan 2013 #12
Omaha Steve Jan 2013 #14
another_liberal Jan 2013 #16
lunasun Jan 2013 #21
another_liberal Jan 2013 #23
defacto7 Jan 2013 #13
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socialist_n_TN Jan 2013 #22

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:41 PM

1. A big K & R!! n/t

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 11:23 PM

2. GO WOBS !!!

 

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 11:57 PM

3. Big K&R!

 

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 12:07 AM

4. Joe Hill is smiling down from heaven

nt

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 12:08 AM

5. This wont solve the problem *shakes head*

Yes, ok its good they got a raise but all starbucks or any company will do is pass that cost onto the consumer so was this really a win? No, not imo.
What would really be a win would be something to lower the amount those at the corporate level are getting and redirecting it to the employees, that would be a win and a huge one at that.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #5)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 08:41 AM

17. You're worried about paying 10% more for your overpriced coffee? You'd rather ....

the baristas made poverty wages? Explain how its the Wobblies fault and not the owners? At any time Starbucks could have started cutting executive wages and profit shared but they didn't and waiting for their attitude to change while their workers made paltry wages like you seem to suggest hasn't worked and won't work ever. The supervisors didn't loose their tips, they were stopped from cutting 20% of the workers tips off the top of the tip pool which violated state and federal law. If it took the Wobblies and the law to get this change and Starbucks still hasn't applied fairness to how it spreads it's profits around - what agency would make it more equal? Maybe raising your coffee price might do it.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #17)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 09:07 AM

18. Actually I am not worried since I havent ever bought coffee from starbucks as

they are way to expensive for my meager amount of money.
No, my point is that this doesnt address the very real problem of wage equality in this country.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #18)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 09:11 AM

19. And unions are the best tool we have. The law gets applied differently by changing administrations..

W sure made it apparent with his selective enforcement of law.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #19)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 09:46 AM

20. The unions can help get higher wages for their workers sure

but the employers will probably just do what they usually do which is raise prices on their products and give themselves a pay raise.
If we dont figure out a way to reduce and or stop that then the whole things moot in the long run.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 12:16 AM

6. Is there still an I.W.W. active?

You aren't pulling my leg, are you? I thought they were finished off by the H.U.A.C. hearings in the early fifties.

Don't get me wrong, if they are still out there it's great news. I just may have to run away from home, and see if I can help with the "Organizing."

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Response to another_liberal (Reply #6)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 12:36 AM

7. I think they were actually finished off by the mid 1920s

Maybe by the Palmer Raids.

Though I think some individuals used their hard earned organizing skills to help start the CIO unions in the 1930s

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Response to DBoon (Reply #7)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 12:47 AM

8. I guess that's right . . .

I guess that's right, during the original "Red Scare." Still, I'm glad someone revived the old name. It has an almost magic ring to it!

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Response to another_liberal (Reply #6)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 12:51 AM

9. Workers of the World unite!!

In 2012 the IWW moved its General Headquarters offices to 2036 West Montrose, Chicago
As of 2005, the 100th anniversary of its founding, the IWW had around 5,000 members.

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Response to lunasun (Reply #9)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 12:58 AM

11. Excellent!

As the saying goes:

"From a tiny seed the mighty Redwood does grow."

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Response to another_liberal (Reply #6)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 12:55 AM

10. There is. I am a Wobbly.

We're still here.

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Response to Th1onein (Reply #10)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 01:01 AM

12. I got to your web site.

Last edited Sat Jan 26, 2013, 02:02 AM - Edit history (1)

I do hate faux pages, but this one seems genuine.

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Response to another_liberal (Reply #6)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 03:15 AM

14. Federal Judge Finds Jimmy John's Guilty of Illegally Firing Whistleblowers in Sick Day Campaign


The IWW is also organizing Jimmy Johns in several cities.

http://www.iww.org/en/content/federal-judge-finds-jimmy-johns-guilty-illegally-firing-whistleblowers-sick-day-campaign-lon

Federal Judge Finds Jimmy John's Guilty of Illegally Firing Whistleblowers in Sick Day Campaign : Long Delay in Legal Process Demonstrates Dysfunction of US Labor Law

Posted Mon, 04/23/2012 - 7:06pm by IWW.org Editor

Branches:
Twin Cities GMB
Campaigns:
Jimmy Johns
Union News:
Foodstuff Workers Industrial Union 460

MINNEAPOLIS- A federal judge has ordered Jimmy John's to reinstate six workers fired by franchise owners Mike and Rob Mulligan over a year ago for blowing the whistle on company policies that expose customers to sandwiches made by sick workers. Jimmy John's workers can be written up or fired if they take a day off without finding a substitute when they are sick. A union survey revealed that this policy, in conjunction with minimum-wage workers' inability to afford to take a day off, result in an average of two workers making sandwiches while sick every day at the Minneapolis franchise of the chain. The judge's ruling requires that Jimmy John's reinstate the six workers with back pay within 14 days, but the employer could manipulate the appeal process to stall resolution of the case for several more years.



While the workers hail the judge's ruling as a victory for whistleblower rights, they point out that justice delayed is justice denied. “It has already been over a year since we were illegally fired for telling the truth. For all the hard work and dedication of the NLRB's civil servants, employers like Jimmy John's prefer to break the law and drag cases through the courts for years rather than let workers exercise their right to win fair pay, sick days, and respect through union organization,” said Erik Forman, one of the fired workers, “The dysfunctional US labor law system gives Mike and Rob Mulligan and their cronies in the 1% carte blanche to trample on workers rights. Jimmy John's workers, and the rest of the 99%, will only be able to win a better life by taking our fight from the courtroom back to the shopfloors and the streets."

The story of the unionization effort at Jimmy John's reads like a cautionary tale about the inefficacy of labor law in the United States. A majority of Jimmy John's workers demanded union recognition in September 2010, primarily seeking a pay increase above minimum wage. In response, the company spent over $85,000 on a vicious anti-union campaign with the help of outside union-busting consultants. In spite of rampant illegal intimidation, the workers came within a hairs-breadth of victory in an 85-87 vote that the NLRB later threw out due to over 30 employer violations of federal labor law in the election period.

FULL story at link.

Industrial Workers of the World
General Headquarters
PO Box 180195, Chicago, IL 60618, USA
tel: (773) 728-0996
Email - ghq iww.org
Website - www iww.org

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Response to Omaha Steve (Reply #14)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 07:51 AM

16. It's like an early Birthday present!

I can not tell you how tickled I am that I.W.W. is up and running, and kicking some boss butt once again! And, yes, I have already sent a request about membership requirement/procedures to the nearest contact listed on your web site.

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Response to another_liberal (Reply #16)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 10:13 AM

21. it never really went away just the red scare in the 50's pushed it out of favor even with the worker

to an all time low then picked up again after publications in Chicago
I think in the 90's they worked with some Starbucks but not sure of time line
wiki will tell you some general info
I dont have time right now to look
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industrial_Workers_of_the_World

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Response to lunasun (Reply #21)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 01:33 PM

23. Thanks for the link.

American workers united can bring the bosses to their knees!

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 01:37 AM

13. Big K&R n/t

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 03:53 AM

15. K&R

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 11:00 AM

22. Kick for the Wobblies....

Even this old Trot likes my comrades in the IWW. They're what a union SHOULD be, not the weak sauce of the AFL-CIO.

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