Where do baristas fit on the class pyramid?

13 01 2008

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I knew the IWW has been trying to organize Borders for years. I did not know about Starbucks. From the Wall Street Journal:

The Industrial Workers of the World, or IWW, has been trying to organize workers at Starbucks since 2004 and has been able to organize only several dozen at a handful of stores in New York and a few other cities.

According to several emails, in early 2006, Starbucks managers discovered that two pro-union employees in New York were graduates of a Cornell University labor program. According to an email, managers took the names of graduates from an online Cornell discussion group and the school’s Web site and cross-checked them with employee lists nationwide. They found that three employees in California, Michigan and Illinois were graduates of the program and recommended that local managers be informed.

Gee, I wonder why they thought their managers should be informed? To talk about Ithaca’s gorges during breaks?

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22 03 2008
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