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Industrial Worker - Issue #1776, July/August 2015

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 19:54

Headlines:

  • Incarcerated Workers’ Uprising In Nebraska
  • Kansas City IWW Member Released From Prison
  • Syndicalists Organize And Win In Berlin!

Features:

  • Building Workers’ Power in the United Kingdom
  • Summer Special: Reviews, Wobbly Entertainment
  • New Austerity Measures To “Liberate” French Workers From Regulations

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IWW Greece Announcement Regarding The Referendum

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 08:02

Do the times hold dilemmas?

The appeal to the referendum by “for the first time” Left government was the natural outcome of a futile political negotiation which aimed “to have its cake (capital) and eat it too” (to satisfy both its needs and those of institutions). To be sure, this frame of negotiations took place without the real subject that shall pay the cost of remaining in Europe, whether in Euro or drachma, that is the working class, the unemployed, the precarious workers, the immigrants and the pensioners. The point is that, despite the Left tone of dignity that the Left governmental administrators use, this is a one-way blackmail. We need a radical change of shift, not in words but in action.

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Happy 110th Anniversary Fellow Workers!

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 12:25

The IWW was founded on June 27, 1905, and we haven't aged a bit! Read more on the history of the One Big Union, as well as minutes from the founding convention: http://www.iww.org/history/founding.

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Who's Really to Blame for Train Wrecks?

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 14:33

By Ron Kaminkow - Labor Notes, June 16, 2015

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are not the official position of the IWW (or even the IWW’s EUC) and do not necessarily represent the views of anyone but the author’s.

The news media have been full of speculation about what caused an Amtrak train to derail east of Philadelphia on May 12, killing at least eight people and injuring hundreds.

Train #188, operated by lone engineer Brandon Bostian, entered a curve with a speed limit of 50 miles per hour, at over 100.

Was this excessive speed the result of fatigue, inattentiveness, a projectile that hit the train (and possibly the engineer), or some other factor? The investigation may eventually pinpoint the cause—or we may never know.

But we do know this: had there been a second crew member in the cab, it’s very likely that person would have taken action to prevent the tragedy when, for whatever reason, the engineer at the controls could not.

And blaming a worker just distracts the public from eliminating the real hazards. There exists simple, affordable technology that Amtrak could and should have implemented years ago—which could have prevented this terrible wreck.

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Industrial Worker - Issue #1775, June 2015

Sun, 05/31/2015 - 15:32

Headlines:

  • #ResistenciaMovistar: A Strike Of This Century In Spain
  • IWW Statement On Baltimore Uprising And Police Repression
  • Amtrak Wreck Could Have Been Prevented

Features:

  • May Day Celebrated Around The World
  • Staughton Lynd Reviews New Saul Alinsky Biography
  • Call To Support Migrant Workers In Europe

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Solidarity w/ Goldsmiths Students' Union Officer Facing Persecution

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 07:52

From iww.org.uk

SUPPORT BAHAR MUSTAFA - The 2015 annual IWW Conference strongly approved an emergency motion proposed by London IWW to stand in solidarity with Bahar Mustafa, a Goldsmiths students' union officer who has faced persecution in the mainstream media and death threats from the right wing for organising a meeting for BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) women and non-binary people. We support Bahar and the right of the oppressed to self-organise, and we encourage our members and supporters to sign this petition to defend Bahar.

Here is the URL of the petition in support of Bahar: https://www.change.org/p/goldsmiths-college-and-beyond-open-letter-in-solidarity-with-bahar-mustafa-welfare-and-diversity-officer-goldsmiths

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Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School workers organize into the IWW

Sat, 05/16/2015 - 18:07

From the PFSJC IWW

The following was read by several workers at the Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, 05/11, as a means of publicly informing the board and administration of our forming a union:

Whereas, we come to you today as an intergenerational community that has chosen to collectively act upon its longstanding concern about the disconnect between the principles of Paulo Freire and the practices of the social justice charter school we have come to love that bears his name. And as such, we appreciate this opportunity to be heard, because as Freire said, “Any situation in which some men prevent others from engaging in the process of inquiry is one of violence;… to alienate humans from their own decision making is to change them into objects.”

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IWW Statement on Baltimore Uprising & Police Repression

Mon, 05/04/2015 - 08:31

We the undersigned declare our solidarity with the struggle for justice in the case of Freddie Gray and all other victims of police brutality. While we celebrate the May 1st announcement that the six police officers responsible for the death of Freddie Gray will face criminal charges (an outcome that would not have happened if not for the massive resistance in the streets of Baltimore and other cities) we also recognize that this is only a tiny step toward addressing the underlying causes that led to this injustice. As long as entrenched poverty, institutional racism, lack of educational and recreational opportunities, and an unaccountable and increasingly militarized police force continue to exist, there will be no justice or safety for people of color or the working class in general in Baltimore or anywhere else. We believe that these root causes must be addressed both in the streets and in the workplace.

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Industrial Worker - Issue #1774, May 2015

Thu, 04/30/2015 - 13:13

Headlines:

  • Harvard Workers Got The Cold Shoulder This Winter
  • NYC IWW: Beverage Plus, Pay Up!
  • Strikes, Worker Revolts Worldwide

Features:

  • May Day: Remembering Our Past, Looking Toward The Future
  • How To Be A Life-Long Wobbly: Six Tips
  • Review: Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Modern Revolutionary

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Western Regional IWW Gathering

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 16:43

Fellow Workers!

Please register now for the Western Regional IWW organizing summit, to be held June 20 and 21, 2015 in the San Francisco Bay Area at the Bay Area IWW office & union hall in Berkeley, California.

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Toronto IWW: May 16-17 2015: Organizing 101: Build the Committee Training

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 09:29

Toronto IWW is pleased to announce opening of registration for the Spring 2015 edition of Organizing 101: Build the Committee Training, our crash course on grassroots, direct action-driven solidarity unionism. 

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NYC IWW: Beverage Plus, Pay Up!

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 08:31
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Industrial Worker - Issue #1773, April 2015

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 19:21

Headlines:

  • Work: What Is It Good For?
  • Syndicalist Union Protests Migrant Worker Exploitation In Berlin
  • Eclipse The Past. Usurp The Future.

Features:

  • How I Spent My Permanent Vacation
  • The Joe Hill Centenary Takes To The Road
  • Is The Work ‘Ethic’ Really Ethical?

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London IWW Petition: Reinstate the sacked zero-hours workers at Friends House

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 12:27

Click here to sign the petition!

By the London IWW

3 of us – hospitality workers employed on zero-hour contracts – have lost our jobs. This is at Friends House London, the head office of British Quakers where – despite the organisation’s reputation as a ‘good employer’ – senior managers responded to objections to the use of zero-hour contracts by getting rid of the three remaining workers employed on them!

Two of us were elected Unite the Union workplace representatives, and a third is a Quaker. One worker has been subject to intimidatory disciplinary processes; we all feel we’ve been targeted for being principled and outspoken at work; and our health has suffered. With the support of the London IWW union, we are calling for:

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IWW Greece: International Call for Revolutionary Solidarity with the Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 11:45

By IWW Greece

At the present moment, the imprisoned anarchists, members of DAK (Network of imprisoned social fighters), A. Stampoulos, A. Theofilou, G. Karagianidis, D. Politis, F. Charisis, A. Dalios, D. Mpourzoukos, G. Sarafoudis, G. Michailidis, the members of the “Revolutionary Struggle” N. Maziotis and K. Gournas, the member of “17th of November” D. Koufontinas, a number of Turkish political prisoners and the prisoners G. Sofianidis and M. S. Eltsibach, are on a hunger strike, fighting against the repressive legal state of exception which has been established by the Greek state since the beginning of 2000.

Starting on March 2nd, along with the comrades outside the prison walls, we commenced a struggle for the abolition of type C high security prisons, the abolition of “antiterrorist” law, the abolition of the “hoodlaw”, the radical change in the process of taking and identification of DNA samples, the release of the seriously sick member of 17N S. Ksiros.

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Free Kansas City IWW Member Keith Brown El

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 08:26

You may donate money for a lawyer here: https://fundly.com/free-keith-brown-el

And keep up with developments here: https://www.facebook.com/events/800882379992714/

Keith has been arrested on purely fabricated charges...

Keith Brown El is a dear friend to many. He is an active member of Missouri Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE), the IWW, and the Ida B. Wells Coalition (IBWC,) as well as a volunteer programmer on 90.1 FM/KKFI's Jaws of Justice radio program and a tenacious advocate for homeless people and people in prison. Mr. Brown El has been imprisoned in Jackson County Detention Center since February 10th for a completely bogus weapon’s charge.

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