Vor ca. einem Monat erklärten Baristas bei Starbucks in Omaha ihre Mitgliedschaft bei den Industrial Workers of the World,worauf Starbucks eine aggressive Kampagne gegen das gewerkschaftliche Organisationsrecht startete, wie auch versucht durch Einschüchterung und Drohungen, vor allem gegen Fellow Worker Tylor Swain, die Verankerung einer kämpferischen Gewerkschaft in diesem Betrieb zu verhindern und den Kampf um eine 20%ige Loherhöhung, wofür die IWW in diesem Betrieb kämpft, von Beginn an entgegenzuwirken. Dies zeigt, welche Angst die weltweit größte Kaffeehauskette vor der IWW hat, da sich Starbucks nicht das erstemal mit erfolgreichen Kämpfen der IWW um Lohnerhöhungen um die 20% konfrontiert sieht.
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Take Action to Defend IWW Baristas in Omaha!
Since Starbucks baristas at the 15th and Douglas store in Omaha
announced their membership in the IWW one month ago, Starbucks has
unleashed an aggressive union busting campaign on the workers with a
particularly extreme effort to intimidate and threaten FW Tyler Swain. In
response to this, all members of the Omaha SWU have voted unanimously to
send out an appeal for solidarity to the broader IWW and labor movement.
Please show Starbucks that an injury to one is an injury to all by taking
the following actions:
1. Call Partner Resources Representative Shari Rugi, (314)607-4180
Shari Rugi is coordinating a campaign of intimidation and harassment
against union members at the 15th and Douglas Starbucks. This intimidation
has included fabrication of sexual harassment allegations and
interrogation of union members at the store over these accusations
concocted by management. Furthermore, Shari Rugi as directed the store
manager at 15th and Douglas, Missy Kemp, to tighten policy and increase
disciplinary actions against workers, in particular against FW Tyler
Swain. Rugi has forced Store Manager Missy Kemp to write up FW Tyler Swain
twice since going public for alleged violations of policy, contriving
allegations of insubordination, and illegally tightening the time and
attendance policy. weeks after these alleged violations have occurred.
Union members at the 15th and Douglas location have, on multiple
occasions, overheard conversations taking place between the store manager,
Missy Kemp, and the partner resource manager, Shari Rugi, in which she has
insisted FW Swain be written up for these alleged infractions, regardless
of the store managers opinion of the events.
It’s time to let Shari Rugi know that we as an organization will not
tolerate the unfair and discriminatory treatment of public union members,
and that we, as a global organization are well aware of her actions.
2. Call District Manager Jennifer Rojas, (402)319-2760
The District Manager has repeatedly disrespected workers in her area.
Based upon this level of disrespect, the final demand in the letter
presented to management, including the 15th and Douglas store manager
Missy Kemp, district manager Jennifer Rojas, and Regional Director of
Operations Brett Battes, was a request that Jennifer Rojas resign from her
position. A month after the delivery no mention of this demand has been
made, despite targeted attempts to separate public union members from the
company. It’s time to let Jennifer Rojas know that her disrespect to
workers in her area does not go unnoticed, and that she needs to be
working for noticeable improvements in the working environment she
oversees or resign immediately. Specific demands are: the immediate back
pay of wages owed to FW Samantha Cole which were promised to her the
morning of August 6th in a phone conversation that took place between
Jennifer Rojas and Samantha Cole, an open and cooperative dialogue between
levels of management and the Starbucks Workers Union, an open environment
for members of the union to organize without fear of retaliation, and an
increased effort to put into place the district wide 20 percent wage
increase that the union is fighting for.
3. Send Letters of Support to the 15th and Douglas Store
We humbly request all union members to send letters directly to the 15th
and Douglas store (222 S. 15th St. Omaha Ne. 68102) addressed specifically
to The Barista’s of the Starbucks Workers Union, as well as a separate
letter, jointly addressed to both our Store Manager, Missy Kemp, and our
District Manager, Jennifer Rojas. These letters should express support for
the public campaign as well as public members in the store, as we fight
for improved working conditions that include more reliable scheduling, a
safer work environment and better compensation.
It would also be appreciated if some attention would be given to our
rights to organize as workers, and an immediate stop to all intimidation
to public union members on the job.
Thank you for your support and solidarity. Together we will win!
The Barista’s of the Omaha SWU.