Lunchtime Panel: Organizing Starbucks Workers under US Labor Law

Date: 

Monday, November 21, 2022, 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Location: 

Hybrid event: WCC 1015 and Zoom

Zoom registration link: https://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUqf-2tqT8oG9ZCdcENgsV3TYTVh5_...    

The Harvard Law School Labor and Worklife Program and LEAP will be hosting a lunchtime panel event on the remarkable wave of union organizing sweeping through Starbucks stores across the country. Join us for a discussion on what the implications of labor law have been for worker power and unionization efforts at Starbucks and how this movement may shape the future of labor organizing in the US. 

Panelists 

  • Jaz Brisack, Starbucks Workers United 
  • Rafi, Starbucks Workers United  
  • Marina Multhaup (HLS ‘21), Associate Attorney, Barnard Iglitzen & Lavitt LLP 

Introductory Remarks: Sharon Block, Executive Director of the Labor and Worklife Program and Professor of Practice, Harvard Law School 
Moderator: Benjamin Sachs, Kestnbaum Professor of Labor and Industry, Harvard Law School 

Panelist Bios 
Jaz Brisack, Organizer – Starbucks Workers United 

Jaz Brisack is an organizing committee member with Starbucks Workers United and was a barista at the Elmwood Starbucks in Buffalo, New York, which was the first unionized Starbucks in the United States. Jaz was the first woman Rhodes Scholar from the University of Mississippi, and she studied labor history at the University of Oxford. She was a Pinkhouse Defender at the Jackson Women’s Health Organization in Mississippi before moving to Buffalo to work with Workers United Upstate New York. 

Rafi, Barista and Organizer – Starbucks Workers United 

Rafi is a barista of 4 years with Starbucks as well as a regional leader for Starbucks Workers United in Greater Boston. He has co-led the Support and Education team in Massachusetts since June of 2022. 

Marina Multhaup (HLS ‘21), Associate -- Barnard, Iglitzen & Lavitt 

Marina Multhaup is a second year associate at Barnard, Iglitzin & Lavitt, a union-side labor law firm in Seattle Washington. She has represented Starbucks Workers United since January, 2022. She now represents Starbucks workers at over 20 unionized stores in the Pacific Northwest and also represents the Union on its failure to bargain and store closure charges. Marina graduated from HLS in 2021 where she RA’d for Professor Sachs, acted as the co-chair of the National Lawyers Guild HLS chapter, and was a mentor for the Prison Justice Project.