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What do Wal-Mart and Starbucks Have in Common? Both Have a Long Track Record of Breaking Labor Law

Brave New Foundation Is Asking Howard Schulz to Put His Beans Where his Mouth Is

LOS ANGELES - Brave New Foundation has launched "" an online video
and campaign. Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks touts Starbucks as being
at the forefront of progressive corporate responsibility: except of
course when it comes to allowing its workers to organize. In the state
of Washington for example, Starbucks employees filed local, state and
federal changes against Starbucks for coercion, discrimination, health
and safety violations and intimidation of workers. In the past few
years, Starbucks has settled five labor complaints in New York,
Michigan, and Minnesota that threatened to expose their labor

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"If they are in the business of making coffee why are they so
vehemently fighting workers trying to form a union? It just doesn't
make any sense." Eric Forman, Former Starbucks Barista

As recent as 2008, the National Labor Relations Board found Starbucks
guilty of terminating three workers in retaliation for union activities
and repeatedly discriminating against union supporters. Howard Schultz
has repeatedly said, "If they had faith in me and my motives, they
wouldn't need a union."  It is now Howard Schultz turn to trust his
employees and allow them to organize.

Howard Schultz is one among several CEOs that has actively lobbied
against the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) which would require 70% of
workers to sign a union authorization card to form a union.

"You cannot tout yourself as a progressive while at the same time break
labor law to prevent your workers from joining a union. Progressive
values begin at home." Robert Greenwald, Producer, Brave New Foundation


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