What do Starbucks and Wal-Mart have in common?

Uploaded by bravenewfilms on 19.05.2009


we're not in the business of filling bellies, we're in the business of filling souls.
-Oh now come on, no wait a minute
that's to--this is a company -this is how we feel -this is a corporation...

If a guy really wants a free choice, why would you spend so much money and so much effort
and time to stop the rights of workers
when you're really just trying to produce a good cup of coffee aren't you?

I was working in a Chicago store when the first Chicago store in Logan Square
went public with their Union affiliation. And when that happened, immediately
there were notices put up at my store. The manager said that the Union is just
a bunch of anarchists and communists, they want to destroy the government.

My district manager came into our store
pulled me off the floor, she starts asking me how I've contacted workers
at other stores, if there's anything I'd like to talk with her about.
It's an interrogation. I refused to answer her questions
I asked her if she'd ever heard of the National Labor Relations Act,
and she said no. And at that point she pulled out termination papers
and told me I was being fired.

The union-busting attorney didn't really interact with the workers alot, what they did
was trained management how to deal with us.
And he's got millions to put in it. That firm you're talk about is Akin & Gump
and the attorney is Dan Nash.

And they're a union-busting law firm, and he's really good at what he does.
But also, it gave, uh, me
Jeff and quite a few other reps around here a heck of an education
uh, how to deal with things, what to look for. It was great, thank you again Dan.

So it was lies about the union to
paint us as this horrible group, that was from the outside not made up of the workers within,
and was out to get us.

As, as employees
of a company, you want to be valued and appreciated. -Howard also
had an incident, which is public record, on a
HR person that was forced to throw applications from anyone that had
ever worked a union job in their life in the garbage can.
And when she refused to do it, they terminated her.

I grew up in Brooklyn New York in federally subsidized housing, my dad never made more than
$20,000 a year, and I kinda saw first hand
the fracturing of the American Dream. -I thnk that
the Free Choice Act will make it a little easier
for people -When the Employee Free Choice Act passes,
places like Starbucks will organize, they can build up some retirement,
and get some health benefits, better family life
it will make a difference in many places, including Starbucks.
But for a company that claims to be socially conscious, all I can say is
shame, shame on you Mr. Schultz