Daniel Gross, an organizer and workers’ rights attorney, is the founder and executive director of Brandworkers. Based in New York City, Brandworkers helps food production and distribution workers develop their own direct action campaigns to overcome wage theft, anti-immigrant abuse, and reckless disregard for worker health & safety. He is the co-author with Staughton Lynd of Labor Law for the Rank & Filer: Building Solidarity While Staying Clear of the Law and Solidarity Unionism at Starbucks. As a Starbucks barista in 2004, he co-founded the IWW Starbucks Workers Union, which continues to break new ground in fast food organizing outside of formal government certification or employer recognition.
He serves on the steering committee of the National Lawyers Guild Labor & Employment Committee and was a Stein Scholar for Public Interest Law and Ethics at Fordham Law School. He can be reached through www.Brandworkers.org.
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