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Starbucks Workers Strike Over Discharge of Shift Supervisor at the Starbucks Montclair

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the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Monclair NJ, Starbucks workers in Montclair, Summit, Ledgewood and Danbury, CT went on an unfair labor practice (ULP) strike to protest the discharge of Celeste Cruz, Shift Supervisor at the Starbucks Montclair, NJ location.

“Today’s ULP strike is in protest to the unfair discharge of Celeste Cruz, employed by Starbucks for over five years, and her right to assemble seeking better working conditions, and to be treated with dignity and respect,” said Albert Arroyo, Co-Manager of Laundry, Distribution and Food Service Joint Board, Workers United, SEIU. “These four stores in New Jersey and Connecticut stand in solidarity with her because an injury to one is an injury to all.”

“I finally feel important, I finally feel seen. There were no goodbye balloons or streamers from Starbucks when I left, but my union gets it. They will stop working, make noise and hear my last cry for a better workplace and better working conditions.” They will make sure management knows why I had to leave.” …Celeste Cruz, Montclair, NJ.

In an open letter to store and District Managers, workers enumerated points of disapproval regarding the discharge of Ms. Cruz in retaliation for her union activities and demanded her prompt reinstatement.

“This Strike is about Celeste Cruz’s discharge. We are tired of partners being pushed out, by being offered less hours, receiving unjust discipline or unjustly fired like Janeisha Allen- Adlam (NJ). There are others on this campaign that have been subjected to unjust terminations and discipline because of their support of the union. We the partners at Starbucks are not going to stand for it.” …Niah Baker, Montclair, NJ.

”Our national union effort demands that we stand with our partners everywhere to protest Starbuck’s unfair labor practices, which affect all of us in our fight for good faith bargaining and a contract that addresses our needs as workers.” …Theresa Buchta, Danbury, CT.

“We are striking today to tell Starbucks that we are not going anywhere; we support Celeste Cruz. We support all the illegally fired union organizers. Our movement will not be slowed down by corporate’s unfair labor practices.” …Jordan Williams, Succasunna, NJ.

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One thought on “Starbucks Workers Strike Over Discharge of Shift Supervisor at the Starbucks Montclair

  1. ok.
    easily replaced.

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