Fwd: [PEN-L:12728] (Fwd) FW: CAW Unstrike at Starbucks in B.C.

Macdonald Stainsby mstainsby at SPAMhotmail.com
Thu Oct 14 16:13:11 MDT 1999






>From: phillp2 at Ms.UManitoba.CA
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>------- Forwarded Message Follows -------
>From:                  Donald_Swartz <DonaldSwartz at pigeon.carleton.ca>
>ubject:                FW: CAW Unstrike at Starbucks in B.C.
>Date sent:             Thu, 14 Oct 1999 16:24:15 -0400
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>
>
> > Subject:    CAW Unstrike at Starbucks in B.C.
> >
> >
> > > CAW Canada Local 3000 - Starbucks UnStrike
> > >   October 7th, 1999
> > >
> > > Send Starbucks A Message
> > >
> > > Dear Friends:
> > > We need your help to win our CAW UnStrike against Starbucks Coffee
> > > which started October 4th, 1999. At the end of this leaflet are sites
> > > to contact both ourselves and Starbucks' CEO Howard Schultz - Please
> > > Send Starbucks A Message.Thank you for reading this leaflet and for
> > > taking the time to Send Starbucks A Message.
> > >
> > > We are 120 members of the Canadian Auto Workers Local 3000. We work at
> > > 12 unionized Starbucks stores:  11 in Vancouver and 1 in Westbank,
> > > British Columbia. Our 12 unionized stores are the only unionized units
> > > out of Starbucks' some 2,200 stores worldwide. Our economic impact
> > > within the Starbucks empire is obviously limited. But with your help
> > > our public relations impact can be significant. We are truly in a
> > > David and Goliath battle for the hearts and minds of the public in our
> > > dispute with the worlds' largest coffee retailer. That's why we are
> > > UnStriking at this time. The issues on the bargaining table are very
> > > basic: fair wages, earned sick leave, scheduling of work and training
> > > procedures.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > What the heck is an UnStrike?
> > > By now most of you are asking 'what the heck is an UnStrike?'.
> > > Well...while legally meeting the definition of a strike under
> > > provincial labour law, unlike a traditional strike, in an UnStrike we
> > > continue to work, get paid and provide service to our customers, but
> > > with a difference. In order to draw attention to our dispute we are
> > > refusing to adhere to the Starbucks dress code. Instead we are wearing
> > > what we please, including one member who served customers wearing a
> > > dressing gown and bedroom slippers, others with brilliantly coloured
> > > hair, tatoos and more. And 'wearing what we please' includes our
> > > 'Warbucks Coffee' buttons and t-shirts. The buttons and the shirt
> > > front bear the 'Warbucks Coffee' logo in the top right of this letter.
> > > The shirt backs bear red lettering that reads "I didn't have any sick
> > > leave so I phoned in dead. Now my boss wants a Coroners' Certificate
> > > before I come back to work". We think a little humour goes a long way.
> > >
> > >
> > > As well we are handing out leaflets to the public, in the stores and
> > > on the streets, similar in tone to this letter, with an addressed and
> > > postage paid tear-off addressed to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz which
> > > says:
> > >
> > > Dear Mr. Schultz:
> > > I am writing to let you know that I support the members of CAW Local
> > > 3000 in their UnStrike against Starbucks Coffee Corporation to achieve
> > > a renewed collective agreement inclusive of fair wages and earned sick
> > > leave. Your corporate success depends on your employees. Please show
> > > you care.
> > >
> > > Sincerely,
> > >
> > > We achieved our historic first collective in July 1997 and made some
> > > significant gains in the areas of seniority as a key factor in
> > > scheduling of hours of work and vacations, language to maximize the
> > > length of shifts through the work week, anti-harassment language, a
> > > grievance-arbitration procedure and across the board wage increases
> > > that totaled $1.00 over the life of the agreement. Starbucks' response
> > > after our historic agreement was to extend the monetary gains to all
> > > non-union stores in Canada to undermine employee interest in
> > > unionizing - 'all the gain without the pain', or so Starbucks would
> > > have people believe.
> > >
> > > Starbucks is again resisting union gains at the bargaining table this
> > > time round as we bargain our second collective agreement. They want to
> > > avoid having to give improvements to non-union stores 1) because they
> > > don't want to have to pay, and 2) they don't want to give the union
> > > additional credibility in the eyes of non-union Baristas. They fear
> > > that if they do more Baristas will see the sense in building a
> > > stronger base of strength to bargain against Starbucks. In effect we
> > > are having to bargain for all Starbucks Baristas, union and non-union
> > > alike, on the strength of our 12 units. It a tough struggle but one we
> > > feel is worth fighting, but we need your help.
> > >
> > > A Living Wage Not "Nickels and Dimes"
> > > Starbucks has offered "nickels and dimes" in wages - less than the
> > > rate of inflation. Despite Starbucks' carefully constructed public
> > > image of 'the-small-L-liberal- enlightened-employer', what we see at
> > > the bargaining table is a heavy dose of good old fashioned corporate
> > > arrogance and greed. Our income is far from 'enlightened' or
> > > 'liberal'. Most of us work part-time, average around $ 8.60 per hour
> > > and take home less than $ 800 per month. Even our highest paid
> > > members, Shift Supervisors, take home about $ 1,000.00 per month. We
> > > need a living wage not "nickels and dimes"!
> > >
> > > Salaried managers have a comprehensive sick leave plan. Hourly
> > > employees have no paid sick leave at all. When we get sick, even for a
> > > day, we are scrambling to to buy groceries and make the month's rent.
> > > Most of us are economically compelled to work when we are sick. In
> > > saying NO to earned sick leave Starbucks is really saying to us 'Hey!
> > > Get sick on your own time 'partner'!".Some 'partnership'. We need
> > > earned sick leave proportional to hours worked - the more hours
> > > worked, the more sick leave earned.
> > >
> > > Phenomenal Revenues- Phenomenal Growth
> > > Starbucks may be offering us just "nickels and dimes" but their
> > > 'bottom line' is quite another story. This Spring Starbucks raised
> > > prices on blended beverages as much as 25%. For the 3 months ending
> > > June 27th net revenues increased 27% to $ 424 million ($US) in just 13
> > > weeks, over the same period last year. Through 1999, on average, a new
> > > Starbucks store opened every 16 hours of every day of every week to
> > > bring the world wide total to about 2,200 stores. Starbucks is poised
> > > to earn well in excess of $1 billion in revenues this year. Virtually
> > > all of Starbucks' phenomenal grow has been financed out of phenomenal
> > > revenues.
> > >
> > > The hard work of hourly Baristas, both union and non-union, have
> > > helped make Starbucks the tremendous financial success story that it
> > > is. Hourly employees deserve genuine respect and to share in that
> > > success.
> > >
> > > Elevating the Service Sector
> > > The nature of work has changed dramatically over the last several
> > > decades. As we approach the new millennium there are relatively fewer
> > > jobs in the resource, manufacturing and construction sectors and
> > > relatively more jobs in the service sectors. The reasons are varied:
> > > advanced technology, exploitation of cheap off-shore labour, free
> > > trade and more. With some exceptions, service sector jobs generally
> > > pay lower wages, provides fewer benefits and generates lower tax
> > > revenues than is the case in the more traditional sectors of our
> > > economy. This directly impacts service sector workers. It also
> > > indirectly impacts the whole of our society.
> > >
> > > As more of our population is employed in the service sectors we need
> > > to consciously and systematically elevate both the earning power and
> > > social status of service sector workers. If we fail to do this we will
> > > erode the collective purchasing power which drives our economy. We
> > > will undermine the our collective capacity to provide the high quality
> > > public services we want and need for ourselves and our families. We
> > > will reduce our capacity to ensure our environment is protected and
> > > restored. In the end we will all lose. It may sound simple, but it is
> > > true: good jobs are critical to a healthy society.
> > >
> > > Our fight for a living wage and earned sick pay is a small but
> > > nevertheless important part of the struggle to elevate the service
> > > sector and strengthen our society. We hope you agree.
> > >
> > > Send Starbucks A Message
> > > Please take some time to Send Starbucks A Message:
> > >
> > > Log on to our CAW National Union web site at www.caw.ca and check out
> > > the Starbucks UnStrike prompt which will allow you send an email to
> > > Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. You can also check out lots of other CAW
> > > information in text and images, real audio and real video as well as
> > > lots of good links to other progressive sites. [Note: this site will
> > > accessible by November 11th - Remembrance Day.]
> > > You can Send Starbucks' CEO Howard Schultz A Message anytime at
> > > hschultz at starbucks.com . Please copy your message to Christian
> > > Codrington, Starbucks' Manager of Partner Relations for Western Canada
> > > at ccodring at starbucks.com and copy us or send a message of support to
> > > us at cawbc1 at caw.ca .
> > > Howard Schultz,
> > > President and CEO,
> > > Starbucks Coffee Corporation,
> > > 2401 Utah Ave. South,
> > > Seattle, Washington,
> > > U.S.A., 98124
> > > tel: (206) 447-1575
> > > fax: (206) 447-3432
> > > email: hschultz at starbucks.com
> > >
> > > Christian Codrington,
> > > Manager Partner Relations - Western Canada,
> > > Starbucks Vancouver Offices,
> > > 200 - 128 West 6th Ave.,
> > > Vancouver, B.C.,
> > > V5Y 1K6
> > > tel: (604) 708-9233
> > > fax: (604) 708-2216
> > > email: ccodring at starbucks.com
> > >
> > > CAW Local 3000 - Starbucks UnStrikers,
> > > 326 12th St.,
> > > New Westminster, B.C.,
> > > Canada, V3M 4H6
> > > tel: (604) 526-3038
> > > toll free:1 800 862-3088
> > > fax: (604) 524-6762
> > > email: c/o cawbc1 at caw.ca
> > >
> > > Copy this material and circulate it as broadly as possible. Email it,
> > > snail mail it, post it, reprint it, pass it to family, friends and
> > > co-workers. Help us get to as many fair minded people as possible.
> > > Help us Send Starbucks A Message. Thank you for taking time to Send
> > > Starbucks A Message .
> > >
> > > In Solidarity,
> > >
> > > CAW Canada Local 3000 - UnStriking Starbucks Workers
> > >
> >
>

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