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

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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 Starbucks Worker Solidarity Fund (SWSF) will have no administrative expenses and will solely disburse funds to reimburse workers facing economic distress as a result of retaliation from Starbucks.

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 eligible for workers to be reimbursed from the SWSF will be determined by their average work hours prior to the retaliation they experienced from Starbucks. There are two reimbursement limits, full-time and part-time, defined as:
  • Full-time (X hours per week): $X,XXX total
  • Part-time (Y hours per week): $X,XXX total
4. Reimbursements should be submitted in the form of receipts for living expenses. These may include, but are not limited to: rent bills, utility bills, grocery receipts, transportation receipts, childcare receipts, etc. Workers may submit multiple receipts for larger reimbursement, but the total amount reimbursed will not exceed the amount they are eligible for according to Section 3. A valid receipt contains:
  1. Name of the vendor (person or company you paid) 
  2. Transaction date (when you paid) 
  3. A detailed description of goods or services purchased (what you bought) 
  4. Amount paid 
  5. Form of payment (cash, check, or last four digits of the credit card)
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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