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Tuesday, Jun 2, 2009, 3:19 pm

A Bitter Brew at Starbucks

By Adam Case

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Maybe it's the Great Recession, or perhaps the National Labor Relations Board, but Starbucks is taking a lot of heat. The World’s largest coffee retailer is now the subject of a viral campaign: The Stop Starbucks website posted this video chronicling the company's union-busting activities:

Apparently, being rated one of the best places to work by Fortune magazine has convinced Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz that his employees really don’t need a union. Now if he could only force his workers and the incorrigible Starbucks Workers Union to see eye-to-eye. Anti-EFCA lobbyists and firings might help. But Howie, did we really need to suggest those tactics?

Adam Case, a former In These Times editorial intern, is a San Diego-based I.W.W. organizer and freelance writer. He has traveled extensively throughout Latin America, encountering guerrillas, intellectuals and change-makers. But most of the time he tries to indulge his passions, which include surfing, social justice and a good Philly Cheesesteak.

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