The workers at a Chicago Starbucks are now represented by a union that is not actually recognized by anyone.
The baristas at the Logan Square Starbucks store joined the IWW Starbucks Workers Union Tuesday night, the union said. They issued a set of demands that included a living wage, guaranteed work hours and the reinstatement of IWW baristas fired for organizing activity.
They're caffeinated Wobblies! The union also claims to represent the workers at a "handful" of New York City Starbucks, but is not recognized by the National Labor Relations Board and has not actually negotiated anything with the Starbucks corporation.
Daniel Gross, a former barista who has led union organizing efforts at Starbucks, has refused to disclose how many members the union has, characterizing it only as a "modest-sized group" with "positive membership growth."
Step one: we organize. Then step 2. And finally, step 3: revolution!
Starbucks is known for offering good benefits to part-time workers, but apparently that isn't enough for our neo-Wobblies. Like the organization they work for, they are too pretentious to realize they are working at a fast food joint.