This past Fall after protracted pressure from the IWW, Starbucks issued yet another nationwide wage increase. While the combination of precarious hours and a still-low wage leaves many baristas in poverty, it’s gratifying that more money is ending up in workers’ pockets because of the IWW campaign. Indeed, many New York City baristas have seen an unprecedented wage gain of almost 25% in just over two and a half years of Wobbly organizing.
They fought back against Starbucks union-busting attempts and won a settlement agreement, publicized the high-fat and sugar content of too many Starbucks products, and were successful in stopping Starbucks from firing an employee for wearing a Wiccan pentagram (she’d worn it for years, Starbucks only made it an issue after she joined the union.) They are expanding and now have the union in Chicago as well as NYC.
The Wobblies were a legendary labor union in the early 1900’s, known for their militancy and successful tactics. Looks like the current Wobblies have the same spirit and organizing chops.