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Riot Cops Detain IWW Starbucks Workers Union Supporters in Train at Mall of America
Baristas at the Mall of America Starbucks joined the Starbucks Workers Union in July 2008. Starbucks fired Barista Erik Forman in an effort to stymie the union drive. Through a campaign of direct action, legal pressure, and media advocacy, we won Erik's job back. On August 31st, the IWW held a rally to celebrate the union victory. After the rally, union supporters accompanied Erik Forman to his first shift back at the Mall of America. Things did not go as planned.
an after-the-confrontation interview at http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/09/01/18531590.php
related pics at http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/09/01/18531607.php
and there's a good photo of riot cops at train station at http://twincities.indymedia.org/2008/sep/happy-labor-day-riot-police-defend-mall-america-workers / http://twincities.indymedia.org/imagegallery/2008/sep/welcome-mall-america