After months of fierce union busting from Starbucks, including the firing of dozens of pro-union workers, organizing workers are fighting back with a new solidarity fund that will aid Starbucks workers who are facing the company’s anti-union crusade.
Workers announced on Monday that they’re partnering with Coworkers Solidarity Fund to launch the Starbucks’ Workers Funda mutual aid fund that will assist workers who are unionizing their shops. Starting this fall, these funds will go toward aiding workers who have been affected by the company’s anti-union moves. Starbucks employees will be the independent committee that decides who benefits from this fund. The union encourages people to donate.
The fund will go a long way to support workers in the face of the company’s aggressive campaign to stem the tide of unions that is sweeping Starbucks locations across the country, the union says. Many of the union-busting tactics that the company has employed directly affect workers’ incomes; the company has been cutting workers’ hours, firing workers en masse and even closing stores, including unionized locations.
Starbucks Workers United reports that the company has fired over 50 union-supporting workers. seemingly spurious reasons. In at least two instances so far, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has found that pro-union workers’ terminations constituted illegal union busting; earlier this year, The board demanded that the company reinstate workers in Phoenix, Arizona, and Memphis, Tennessee, in hopes of chilling the company’s tirade against its pro-union workers.
“As Starbucks reaches historic levels of union busting, like closing stores and firing over 50 partners, workers are terrified of being targeted next by the company in their war against us,” Alicia Humphrey, a barista from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, said in a statement.
“Having this solidarity fund means that not only do we have solidarity amongst our communities but that we will be able to support ourselves while taking risks to stand up to this billion-dollar company that is infringing on our right to organize,” Humphrey said.
The company closed 16 stores around Seattle recently. Ithaca, New YorkWorkers received little notice about closures at work, in particular at other locations. Workers had the option to move to another location or lose their jobs. Many stores were unionized. filed an unfair labor practice complaintIt is clear that the union will be retaliated against or disrupted by what it says.
With inflation at an all-time high, With workers saying that they’re facing cuts to their hours of between two and 15 hours a week, the company Recently announced that it would be raising wages for its workers — but only for workers who aren’t organizing or part of a union. The union also filed a complaint about this action.
Despite the company’s union busting, organizers have been scoring victory after victory. Friday was Workers won their 200th union. 87 percent of stores that have had their votes counted have won their union thus far.