Aug. 17, 2004 – Management at a Manhattan Starbucks, employees of which fought to be the first unionized Starbucks in the country, has threatened a worker and union organizer with termination, according to union officials. Daniel Gross received a two page "final warning" last Thursday, charging him with obstructing the entrance and exit of customers during a union rally. International Workers of the World (IWW) organizers, who are leading the Starbucks fight, dispute the allegations and say they have video footage from the rally showing that the charges are false.
The warning letter comes after Gross publicly condemned the National Labor Relations Boardâ€™s decision to allow an appeal by Starbucks contesting legality of the union drive. He has consistently talked to the media about the organizing effort, providing his name even while other workers requested anonymity.