New York, NY - The Industrial Workers of the World Starbucks Workers Union won a watershed victory yesterday...
...in the first National Labour Relations Board conflict over unfair labour practices between the world's largest coffee chain and the baristas who work there.
Faced with the prospect of having its widespread union-busting campaign exposed in a public hearing, Starbucks agreed to remedy all of the myriad violations committed against workers who have organised a union.
"We hope Starbucks' decision to settle reflects a strategic assessment to cease what has been a relentless anti-union campaign and accept the right of baristas to gain a voice on the job by joining together," said Laura De Anda, one of the union members that prevailed in the proceedings. "The IWW Starbucks Workers Union is here to stay."
Some highlights of the National Labour Relations Board settlement with Starbucks include:
· The reinstatement of IWW members, Sarah Bender and Anthony Polanco, who had been discharged for their union activity in order to discourage other workers from making a free and fair choice about whether to join the union.
· The invalidation of Starbucks' national policy that prohibited the sharing of written union information and joining the union on company property.
· The invalidation of Starbucks' national no-pin policy. Workers had been banned from wearing IWW pins and had been sent home from work without pay for refusing to take them off.
· An agreement by Starbucks to end threats, bribes, and surveillance of union members.