Sunday, April 29, 2007

The IWW Starbucks Union (recently added to our links section under anarcho-syndicalist links) has recently debated a sympathizer of the Starbucks Corporation on the US National Public radio. The corporation itself declined to send a representative to debate the IWW so their side was represented by Joseph Michelli, author or 'The Starbucks Experience: 5 Principles for Turning the Ordinary into the Extraordinary'. Michelli is a "business consultant" (one of the more useless occupations in the universe whose only function is to waste business peoples' money), but he also has a real job as a talk radio host in Colorado Springs. The other side was represented by Daniel Gross, an IWW organizer who was fired by Starbucks last year, John Bowman of the Canadian Auto Workers Union who have organized Starbucks in Vancouver in the past and Matt McCarten of the Unite Union in New Zealand who have been organizing Restaurant Brands in that country. Restaurant Brands operates Starbucks, Pizza Hut and KFC in that country.
To tune in to the debate go to the Starbucks Union site where you can access the show in either real audio or MP3 format.

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