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Downstate NY Starbucks Worker Solidarity Fund

A regional fund to support Starbucks workers fighting retaliation & union-busting


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$716 USD

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$270 USD

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$200 USD


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Venti Solidarity

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Today’s balance

$2,055.89 USD

Total raised

$2,915.30 USD

Total disbursed

$859.41 USD

Estimated annual budget

$3,557.80 USD


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First Fired partner in the Downstate NY, Astoria Ditmars

Here's an article explain Austin Locke's experience with retaliation for union organizing at his location in Astoria Queens....
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Published on August 8, 2022 by Brandi Alduk


Starbucks Workers Need Your Solidarity

When Starbucks workers won their first union in Buffalo, NY, they started an unprecedented union drive that swept the entire nation. However, Starbucks has responded with retaliation—cutting worker hours and firing union supporters even after being issued warnings by the National Labor Relations Board.

Over 200 Starbucks stores have filed for union elections and every union supporter in those stores is at risk of retaliation from Starbucks. Can you help us sustain support for workers exercising their rights?

This fund was started by Starbucks workers and community supporters (no affiliation with Starbucks Workers United, Workers United, or SEIU) to centrally raise aid for these workers and distribute it in an equitable manner across the country.

Expense Policy: 

  1. The Downstate NY Starbucks Worker Solidarity Fund will have no administrative expenses and will solely be used for Starbucks workers who are facing economic troubles due to retaliation from Starbucks for union organizing.
  2.  In order to be eligible for reimbursement, the worker must have filed an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) prior to applying for reimbursement.  
  3. The total amount for eligible workers to be reimbursed from this fund will be determined by their average hours worked before experiencing retaliation from Starbucks. The limit for reimbursement will be calculated for each individual worker. It would be equivalent to half of the workers wages of 3 months. 
  4. Reimbursements will be given in proof of expenses through either a receipt or copy of the workers credit or debit statement. Workers may show multiple statements but the total amount reimbursed will not exceed the amount they are eligible for according to Section 3.
  5. Approval of reimbursement requests will be made by a vote of an approval committee of rank-and-file Starbucks workers. A simple majority of the approval committee is sufficient to release reimbursement funds. This committee is unaffiliated with Starbucks Workers United (SBWU), Workers United (WU), or the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
  6. Disbursement of funds is subject to the policies of the Open Collective Foundation, which will review expenses to ensure they have valid receipts before approval and payment. Reimbursements are made either via PayPal or wire transfer via TransferWise. Please review the Submitting Expenses documentation page for more information.

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