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IWW Union Struggle at Starbucks in Grand Rapids. Michigan


See theYou Tube links (a single word ago and more below) on the current IWW union struggle and illegal firing (for reasons of union membership) at Starbucks Coffee (a supposedly "socially responsible employer") in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Good clip at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvA3o9OqRq0

"What’s disgusting? Union busting/"

"What’s outrageous? Starbucks wages"

Some background at http://news.infoshop.org/article.php?story=2009011004354319 and at http://grsbuxunion.blogspot.com/2008/06/june-14-avenue-for-arts-marketk.html

We need 10 more of these kinds of struggles, then 100 more, then 1000 more and then….

Related Starbucks/IWW (Grand Rapids and global) links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgSWw_ZBGmk&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfpGkJj5PvM&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34pWD9VaURI&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOksE1UaUD0&feature=related

Note the demand of stable and predictable work schedules.  Note also the success of Paul Dorsey and other IWW Grand Rapids activists in getting actually decent coverage from local corporate television. "A different take on the coffee mega giant…[activists] say workers need more rights and more pay."  …."more than coffee-making at Starbucks.  We’re talking controversy." Note the quickness and ease of the local tv station’s connection between the illegal firing of Paul in Grand Rapids and the firing of Maria – a barista in Spain.   And note the pictures of protests against Starbucks in other countries around the world.  Damn.

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