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Subject Brewing up a Red Cup Rebellion at Starbucks
Date November 18, 2022 10:47 AM
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Brewing up a Red Cup Rebellion

National Apprenticeship Week comes to DMV

The Solidarity Center Podcast: Union Women Key to Ending Gender-Based Violence at Work

ICYMI: What We're Reading

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Brewing up a Red Cup Rebellion

Baristas at five unionized Starbucks in Virginia and Maryland yesterday walked out as part of the 1-day strike by Starbucks Workers United at more than 100 stores across the country. The workers were demanding that Starbucks fully staff all union stores and begin bargaining in good faith. "Basically if we ever get Starbucks lawyers for negotiation into a room, they're not staying more than like a minute, minute and a half before they're leaving," Arlington Courthouse Starbucks barista Sam Dukore said on the Your Rights At Work radio show yesterday. "I've heard that some of the people on the bargaining committee have been told that you might as well read your demands in another room because we're not gonna listen to 'em, and that's honestly just insulting." "Conditions like these are what led Starbucks partners nationwide to begin unionizing, and the Company has only responded with disdain and disregard for its employees," said the union.

photos: top left: Arlington strikers; top right: 4.30 am at Falls Church Starbucks; middle right: NFLPA's George Atallah at the Arlington Courthouse Starbucks; bottom right: UFCW 400 supports strike.

National Apprenticeship Week comes to DMV

The Baltimore DC Building Trades and NoVA Labor helped kick off National Apprenticeship Week last weekend by co-sponsoring a union job fair with the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, VA. More than 200 people met with representatives of IBEW Local 26, Carpenters Local 197, and Plumbers Local 5, to learn about union apprenticeships. Participants included a number of Afghan refugees. The trades are working with several refugee organizations to acquaint the new immigrants with opportunities with the union building trades.

- Ginny Diamond, NoVA Labor; photos: Top left: Lou Spencer, Plumbers local 5; top right: Don Slaiman (IBEW Local 26); bottom: Nelson Aguilar (UBC Local 197).

The Solidarity Center Podcast: Union Women Key to Ending Gender-Based Violence at Work

For more than 10 years, union women who work at factories, on farms, in restaurants, taxis and offices campaigned for an international treaty to end gender-based violence at work. In 2019, they achieved a huge success when the International Labor Organization (ILO) adopted Convention 190 to end violence and harassment at work. Authors of a new book share these women's stories on the latest Solidarity Center Podcast and describe the powerful movement they created collaborating with human rights, feminist, disability rights and other organizations around the world. "Only through collective action with freedom of association and collective bargaining is it really possible to truly prevent and eradicate gender-based violence and harassment in the world of work," co-author Robin Runge tells podcast host and Solidarity Center Executive Director Shawna Bader-Blau. [link removed] Listen to this episode and all Solidarity Center episodes herehttps://www.solidaritycenter.org/podcast/in-midst-of-war-ukrainian-parliament-attacks-worker-rights/ or at [link removed] Spotify, [link removed] Amazon, [link removed] Stitcher, or wherever you subscribe to your favorite podcasts.


ICYMI: What We're Reading

[link removed] There's `An End in Sight' for the Lengthy Contract Fight Between DCPS and the Teachers' Union. But Plenty of Bad Blood Remains

Labor Quote: "Joe Hill," sung by Paul Robeson

I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night
Alive as you and me
Says I "But Joe, you're ten years dead"
"I never died" said he
"I never died" said he

Joe Hill, labor leader and song writer, was executed in Utah on this date in 1915 in what many believe was a framed charge of murder. Before he died he declared: "Don't waste any time mourning. Organize."

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Today's Labor History

This week's Labor History Today podcast: [link removed] For Gene Debs. Last week's show: [link removed] Who belongs in the labor movement?

November 18
The nation's first automatic toll collection machine is used at the Union Toll Plaza on New Jersey's Garden State Parkway - 1954

November 19
The time clock is invented by Willard Bundy, a jeweler in Auburn, N.Y. Bundy's brother Harlow starts mass producing them a year later - 1888

November 20
A fire at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas kills 85 hotel employees and guests and sends 650 injured persons, including 14 firefighters, to the hospital. Most of the deaths and injuries were caused by smoke inhalation - 1980

David Prosten

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