Baristas are putting up pressure on Starbucks Corporation to come to terms with 200 unionized workers in Chile who have been on strike for more than two weeks. Employees belonging to the IWW Starbucks Workers Union kicked off a “global week of action” on Monday in solidarity with their Chilean colleagues by picketing in front of a Starbucks in New York City. The IWW baristas, who are not affiliated with the Chilean workers’ union, have announced that union workers will be handing out flyers outside Starbucks stores in Phoenix, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, London and Melbourne, Australia. The IWW also plans an event in Starbucks’ hometown of Seattle this week.
Starbucks entered Chile in 2003 and is the only country where the company has a sizeable union presence, with less than a third of the company’s 670 baristas organized in Chile. The strike in Chile is over wage increases along and other stipends that Starbucks doesn’t consider standard business practices such bonuses for weddings and birth of children. 07-26-2011. Summarized from The Wall Street Journal.