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Barista Fight-Back! The Struggle to Unionize Starbucks

Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. The Struggle to Unionize Starbucks: Join us as Starbucks organizer/barista, Anja Witek, discusses the truth about life behind the counter at Starbucks!

She explains how innovative solidarity unionism organizing has enabled the Starbucks Workers Union/Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) to establish a foothold in an industry with the lowest union density in the United States. She discusses strategies behind the recent organizing at fast food franchise Jimmy John’s sandwich shops in Minneapolis.

Begun in 2004 by Starbucks workers for Starbucks workers, the Starbucks Union is a worker-run democratic union dedicated to organizing on the job. Working together, we have won improvements in wages and working conditions and remedied individual grievances with management. Despite a vicious union-busting counter-offensive initiated by Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, the workers’ movement continues to gain strength as workers around the world join the campaign.

For information call 617-469-5162. Talk sponsored by the Industrial Workers of the World Boston General Membership Branch (PO Box 391724, Cambridge, MA 02139); mail; For more information about the organizing campaign at Starbucks go to