We in the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) have been approached by a group of hundreds of people currently incarcerated in Alabama who are launching a nonviolent prison strike beginning this Sunday April 20th to demand an end to slave labor, the massive overcrowding and horrifying health and human rights violations found in Alabama Prisons, and the passage of legislation they have drafted.
This is the second peaceful and nonviolent protest initiated by the brave men and women of the Free Alabama Movement (F.A.M.) this year building on the recent Hunger Strikes in Pelican Bay and the Georgia Prison Strike in 2010. They aim to build a mass movement inside and outside of prisons to earn their freedom, and end the racist, capitalist system of mass incarceration called The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander and others. The Free Alabama Movement is waging a non-violent and peaceful protest for their civil, economic, and human rights.
At this time the Citizens Co-op Workers Union is asking all supportive Co-op Members and Concerned Community Members to call and email management to express your feelings, comments and questions about the unfair labor practices and termination of 5 union workers. We want your voices heard and for you to hear the explanations for their actions!
Featuring: Way Down in the Hole and The Ludlow Massacre, video documentaries, and comments by union members and Scott Martelle, author of Blood Passion, The Ludlow Massacre and Class War in the West.
When: Friday, April 18, 7-10 p.m.
Where: The Mercury Café, 2199 California St., Denver
The Ludlow Massacre from the coal miners’ point of view is the theme of an evening program in central Denver on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre.
By the Denver IWW
Penny Lynne-Diane Pixler was born July 9, 1947 to Ivan and Doris (Gardner) Pixler in Spencer, Iowa. She graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Psychology in 1969. She also attended George Washington University’s graduate school. Whether she brought her political activism to Washington, D.C. with her or honed it there in the capitol, she actively participated in the anti-Vietnam War movement. After living in Berkeley, Calif. for a time, she moved to Chicago where she continued her activist activities. As a member of the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union (CWLU), she traveled with one of the first American tourist groups allowed in to China after former President Richard Nixon’s opening of relations in 1972.
- Striking Workers At Boston Insomnia Cookies Win Settlement
- Portland IWW Fights Wage Theft
- Indiana IWW Celebrates One Year As A Branch
- Miami IWW: Fighting Back In High-End Hotels
- Exposed: The Adjunctification Of Higher Educationn
- Solidarity Unionism In Iceland
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From the Gainesville IWW
This month 7 of the 10 Citizens Co-op Workers in Gainesville, Flordia, petitioned to have a union with the IWW. In response Citizens Co-op fired 5 of them and 2 of them are now on strike. The Gainesville IWW has created a strike fund to help support both fired and on strike workers while they stand up for their rights and the values of a cooperative. Donate to the strike fund and find out more on Facebook and Tumblr.
From the Boston IWW
On Sunday, March 9, just six days after a settlement between Insomnia Cookies and four workers who went on strike last August, the company suspended bicycle delivery “driver” and union organizer Tasia Edmonds. Quick action by the Industrial Workers of the World, which represents Edmonds, the four strikers, and several other area workers, forced the company to reinstate Edmonds. Two dozen IWW members and allies picketed the Boston Insomnia Cookies location, where Edmonds is employed, on Friday, March 14. Organizers planned another rally for Saturday, March 22, after student allies from the abutting Boston University return from Spring Break, but the company capitulated, agreeing on March 20 to bring Edmonds back to work.
By Jake Carman, Boston IWW
Picket lines have returned to Insomnia Cookies, less than two weeks after the company settled with four workers who struck in August 2013. On Friday, March 14, two dozen union members and supporters rallied in front of the Boston location of Insomnia Cookies, demanding the reinstatement with back pay of union organizer and bicycle delivery “driver,” Tasia Edmonds. On March 9 the company suspended Edmonds without pay for a month, alleging insubordination, while the union maintains she was disciplined for her union-building efforts.
Insomnia Cookies has suspended IWW Organizer Tasia Edmonds w/o pay for a month, falsely claiming she was "unprofessional" and neglected to serve her any formal written notice. You're invited to take action against union-busting by the boutique cookie business. Join IWW and our allies as we picket in support of Tasia!
Please also email the company at email@example.com, & call CEO Seth Berkowitz at 877 632-6654. Suggested message: "It is intolerable that IWW Organizer Tasia Edmonds has been suspended without pay for her union activity. Please take immediate action to bring Tasia back to work, and compensate her for any loss in pay. Union-busting is disgusting!"
The International Solidarity Commission of the Industrial Workers of the World is outraged to learn of the continued violence by the Evin Prison authorities against Reza Shahabi, member and officer of the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company (Sherkat-e Vahed).
Reza’s work on behalf of the bus drivers of Tehran, demanding pay increases to end the hunger, poverty, and misery of his fellow workers, remains as the sole reason for his continued confinement and abuse. Reza has battled the prison authorities for his very life ever since he was unjustly arrested and imprisoned under trumped up charges of “crimes against the State” in June of 2010. Due to torture and neglect in prison, Reza suffers from critical injuries to his spinal cord and needs serious and effective medical treatment. The supposed treatment for which he was briefly released in 2013 and February of 2014 was ineffective or non-existent.
Solidarity with Health Care Workers in Greece: Neo-liberal "Adjustments" Destroy the Healthcare System
The International Solidarity Commission of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) stands in solidarity with the struggle of all health care workers, doctors, and nurses in Greece against the regime of "availability" imposed on the public sector, supposedly to reduce debt. This availability regime, or mobility reserve system, entails the collective redundancy of 4,000 public sector workers and the transfer of 25,000 workers to part-time pay for eight months with subsequent dismissal or re-location.
While these changes aim to spread fear and reduce the workers’ collective agency, these public sector workers won't let the government intimidate them while they stick together to fight against this clear injustice.
The Gender Equity Committee (GEC) is both honored and excited to reflect on the impact working women have had on the labor movement and working-class struggle, contributing to the creation of International Women’s Day (IWD).
IWD, for more than a century, has been and continues to be a day of working-class women’s resistance and organizing, bridging the women’s movement and the working-class labor movement.
From the Boston IWW
Four workers at Insomnia Cookies' Cambridge store went on strike on August 19, protesting poverty pay and wretched working conditions, and demanding $15/hr, health benefits and a union at their workplace. The company illegally fired all four. For the next six months strikers, IWW members, allies, and student organizations at both Harvard and Boston University held pickets, marches, rallies, forums, phone blitzes, and organized boycotts, while workers continued organizing at both the Cambridge and Boston locations. The union also pursued legal charges through the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
- Being A Woman Organizer Isn’t Easy
- Mobile Rail Workers Win, Wobblies Organize Worldwide
- International (Working) Women’s Day
- Staughton Lynd: A Tribute To Rosa Luxemburg
- Jane LaTour: Toward Equal Employment For Women
- Addressing Sexual Violence In The IWW
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New records obtained by the Defending Dissent Foundation prove that the United States Army used a multi-agency spy network to gather intelligence on nonviolent, antiwar protesters and to disseminate their findings to both the FBI and local police departments.
Activists filed a lawsuit against Thomas Rudd and John Towery — Panagacos v. Towery — in 2007, alleging that the U.S. Army had directed operatives to infiltrate and collect information about the activist movement in the Washington area.
According to the newly released documents, the U.S. Army paid Towery, a Criminal Information and Systems Officer, to spy on the antiwar group Port Militarization Resistance (PMR), as well as the Students for a Democratic Society, the Industrial Workers of the World, and Iraq Veterans Against the War.
By Transcona Slim, The Winnipeg Wobbly
The IWW’s Organizer Training 101 (OT101) is fundamentally different from any of the union trainings I’ve ever participated in with my business union. In 2010, I went to the United Food and Commercial Workers’ (UFCW) Prairies Youth Activist Retreat. It was five days long and held in a smaller vacation town in Manitoba. We spent the first two days learning the UFCW version of labor history and why we needed to vote for the New Democratic Party (NDP). We had a provincial NDP functionary (the Minister of Justice) come and speak to us about “our” issues. Incidentally, he side-stepped my question about why the NDP cancelled the university tuition freeze. We were told that, because of elections in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, we might be expected to act as volunteers for the NDP’s electoral campaigns and that the skills we learned were going to be put into that project. (Read more)
On Feb. 10, Mobile Rail Solutions—a small railroad servicing company based in Illinois—decided to settle out of court for $159,791. As part of the settlement Mobile Rail admitted that the IWW members were unfair labor practice strikers and not economic strikers. The workers went public with the IWW on July 8, 2013. Click here to read more about the Mobile Rail Workers Union, and find out more about the settlement on Facebook.
On November 14, IWW member Jason Freedman was attacked, punched, grabbed by the throat, thrown on the trunk of a car and then on the ground by the Cambridge Police as he participated in a legal and peaceful picket of Insomnia Cookies*. Jason was also arrested & faces charges including assaulting a cop, although the only assault that took place was by the police on Jason. Please come show your support at a court appearance Jason has to make, tomorrow, Tuesday February 11, at 9 am, Cambridge District Court, 4040 Mystic Valley Parkway in Medford, a ten minute walk from the Wellington MBTA stop on the Orange Line. The Facebook event is here.
IWW Survey & Research Committee Presents "Introduction to Research Justice: A Live Broadcast Webinar"
The Research Justice Collective presents
in collaboration with the Data Center, the Dream Resource Center, and the Industrial Workers of the World Survey & Research Committee
Introduction to Research Justice:
How Does Research Aid Revolution?
A Live Broadcast Webinar
Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Time: 1:00-2:00pm ET / 12:00-1:00pm CT / 10:00-11:00am PT
Live Web Broadcast: www.researchjustice.com
The International Solidarity Commission of the Industrial Workers of the World sends its revolutionary greetings and solidarity to all the workers of Cambodia as they struggle against oppression, murder, and the everyday violence of low wages and overwork.
We are outraged by the murder of protesters in the streets on Friday, January 3rd, and hope for a day when the murderers will be held accountable by the workers themselves.
We stand in solidarity with the workers demanding higher wages, and urge workers to do everything in their power to prevent factories from moving equipment and materials out of the country.