From the Chicago IWW
Freshii Workers’ Union members and supporters staged a picket on Monday to demand an end to abuses by Freshii franchise owner Peter Irie.
The assembled group demanded that Irie re-hire illegally fired workers, cease union-busting tactics and attacks on union supporters, and officially recognize the Freshii Workers’ Union (FWU).
“Peter thinks that he can continue to abuse and disrespect his workers with no repercussions,” former Freshii employee Heather Sprigler said.
With Sprigler’s help, the FWU recently won back nearly $2,000 in unpaid back wages for store employees. Sprigler was subsequently fired for concerted activity. Irie officially cited Sprigler’s role in the campaign to recover unpaid wages as a reason for her termination.
Below is an announcement from the IWW Greece regarding the events and the march planned for the memory of the one year of the murder of the P. Fyssas, an antifascist worker and artist by the members of Golden Dawn (the Greek Neo Nazi party).
Fascism is the unholy alliance of capitalism
Sept. 18, 2014 will mark one year since the murder of Pavlos Fyssas by thugs of the Golden Dawn. Under no circumstances should we forget this sacrifice, first because it is political assassination and secondly, because the cowardly assassination was primarily an effort of the political underworld to hit critical humanism and social consciousness.
The battle against fascism can give it successfully only united antifascist action and coordination within each neighborhood and workplace. The class struggle against the fascists, is inseparable from the struggle for the overthrow of capitalism and social emancipation.
By the IWW Freshii Workers Union
Last month, Freshii workers at 200 w Randolph in Chicago marched on their boss to demand the return of nearly $2,000 in stolen wages and union recognition. Of the two demands, the stolen wages were returned to the workers. While the fight for union recognition continues, Heather Sprigler has been illegally fired in retaliation for her role in the organizing efforts. Last week, Alison Olhava fell ill and her boss, Peter Irie, cut her hours from a normal 35 a week to a dismal 8. Peter has refused to meet with Alison and her IWW representatives to discuss this change in scheduling.
IWW member Chris "Max" Perkins has been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia. An experienced journeyman carpenter (and apprentice plumber & electrician), Max now takes chemotherapy. He is disabled from working due to symptoms and side effects like joint pain, nausea, lethargy and sleeplessness. He has spots on his lung and recently underwent a brain scan. Max's very small income means he urgently needs support with housing costs. His friends in the Boston GMB appeal to all Wobs who can contribute any funds to please consider supporting Max in a difficult time.
The IWW Survey & Research Committee (part of the Organizing Department Board) has just launched our 2014 member survey. We hope you can take 5-10 minutes of your time to complete this survey, and to share it with as many of your fellow workers as possible. Paper copies are also available upon request. The survey can be found at: http://bit.ly/Yg2SwA
The information you share with us will be vital in moving forward with organizing efforts around the world. This year, we are especially focused on understanding where fellow workers are organizing, as well as past efforts and future goals. The more comprehensive this survey is (i.e. the more people who respond!) the better we will be able to plan strategically and provide necessary trainings and resources. If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback about the survey, or are otherwise interested in the work of the SRC, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Baltimore Jimmy John’s Workers Announce IWW Membership
- Portland Canvass Workers Walk Off The Job, Demand Unpaid Wages
- Work People’s College Europe: A Huge Success
- Fighting Patriarchy In The One Big Union
- Review: Case Studies Of Worker Self-Organization
- John Reed’s First Labor Love: The IWW
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Starting on Friday, August 22nd, IWW workers at a UPS sorting facility in Minneapolis began organizing against their and their coworkers' labor supporting the ongoing police violence against the population of Ferguson, Missouri in the aftermath of the murder of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man. In a series of actions aimed at a local company shipping questionable shooting-range targets to law enforcement agencies nationwide, workers stood up to the idea that they should have to support racism, brutality, or murder in order to make ends meet. This action was organized in conjunction with, and under the banner of Screw Ups, a rank-and-file newsletter published by IWW workers at the facility for the past year.
On Labor Day - Monday, Sept. 1st - workers at a Jimmy Johns franchise in Baltimore, Maryland are taking action with their union - the IWW Jimmy Johns Workers Union! They will be flyering outside of their store today in order to press for their demands. Lets give their action a little more oomph and show the bosses that we union members stick together! We will be in front of the store from noon (12:00) EST until 2:00 EST, lets keep the phones ringing! A couple of ground rules: no threatening, try to avoid profanity, and most importantly call often!
Here are the numbers to call:
Mike Gillett (franchise owner): 410-404-5684
Daniel Dolch (franchise owner): 443-797-2472
And here is what you should say (feel free to add more though!):
The IWW Starbucks Workers Union (SWU) has been working with the media since August 10th to bring attention to scheduling practices in the Food and Retail Industry, and Starbucks in particular.
BALTIMORE, MD- On Friday morning, August 22nd, Jimmy John’s workers at Pratt Street engaged in a short work stoppage and marched on the boss to demand the right to organize without retaliation. They gathered in front of the store at approximately 10:30 AM. Workers and supporters made speeches outside of the store. The workers told stories of their working conditions and retaliation for organizing.
Company Enriches Shareholders While Maintaining Inadequate Working Conditions
NEW YORK, NY - The Industrial Workers of the World, Starbucks Workers Union released a report today, “Low Wages and Grande Profits at Starbucks” with an analysis of company performance over the last decade. The report describes how Starbucks has dramatically improved profitability at the company since the Great Recession of 2008-2009, and that the company has enriched shareholders at the expense of its nearly 200,000 workers.
BALTIMORE, MD - Workers at Jimmy Johns have announced their membership in the IWW Jimmy John's Workers Union and have asked management to recognize their union and negotiate. This decision was prompted by the actions of Mike Gillett and Danny Dolch, owners of the Jimmy Johns franchise, who have targeted workers for their desire to have a more fair workplace.
Workers and supporters leafleted the Pratt Street location and presented demands this morning, declaring their membership in the IWW Jimmy Johns Workers Union.
The demands of the IWW Jimmy Johns Workers Union include union recognition and wage parity with their landlord hotel, the Hilton. Wage parity would bring Driver's wages to $10.75 an hour, In-shop wages to $11.34 an hour, and Persons In Charge wages to $12.34 an hour. They are also demanding that wage parity with the Hilton be maintained.
Today, workers at a Jimmy Johns franchise in Baltimore, Maryland are going public with their union - the IWW Jimmy Johns Workers Union! They will be conducting a job action today in order to win tip jars for in-shop workers. Lets give their action a little more oomph and show the bosses that we union members stick together! The store is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (EST), so lets keep the phones ringing all day if you can call in multiple times. If you only have time to make one or two calls, focus your calls during the lunch rush (11-2) and right before the Orioles games (3-4 p.m.). A couple of ground rules: no threatening, try to avoid profanity, and most importantly call often!
Here are the numbers to call:
Pratt Street store: 410-685-3377
Mike Gillett (owner): 410-404-5684
Erik (Pratt st GM): 443-925-9153
And here is what you should say (feel free to add more though!)
By the IWW Gender Equity Committee
August 1, 2014
Events of harassment, sexual violence, abuse and misogyny have transpired in many branches and projects of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). A recent job survey showed that 1 in 6 people experience sexual harassment in the workplace. This survey goes on to say that 51% of those harassed say it was from a peer, not their boss. However grassroots and radical our union's purpose, as a union made up entirely of peers, without bosses, we are not exempt from societal norms—such as the subjugation of people based on sex, gender identity, race, disability, sexual orientation and class. Women and gendered minorities within this union are intensely and disproportionately affected and victimized by these incidents which are without a doubt the rotten fruit of patriarchy.
Rio Grande Valley, South Texas IWW Declares Commitment to the Dialogue and Movement for Human Rights in Our Border Communities
Members and Friends of the IWW: It was decided at the last IWW-RGV (South Texas) General Membership meeting to affiliate ourselves with the Human Rights Coalition of South Texas. This is a declared autonomous group "committed to the dialogue and movement for Human Rights in our Border Communities".
At the close of Work People's College Europe, fellow workers show solidarity outside Tegel prison in Berlin with the prisoners union, founded there at the end of May with the involvement of our incarcerated fellow worker Oliver Rast.
The prisoners union needs solidarity now.
Write to the Speakers of the prisoners union:
Speaker: Oliver Rast, Deputy: Attila-Aziz Genc
I.W.W. organizer Frank Little was in Butte, Montana, in the summer of 1917, organizing for the OBU after the disastrous Granite Mountain - Speculator Mine fire that killed 168 miners earlier that year. Early in the morning of August First, agents of the Copper Trust forced their way into his rooming house, dragged him out, and lynched him from a railroad trestle. He's buried in a Butte cemetery.
Fellow Workers will meet at Stodden Park in Butte (directions below) at noon on August 2nd for a potluck lunch and to get acquainted or re-acquainted, maybe have a brief organizing meeting; and maybe, if we're so inclined and anyone brings instruments, some music.
Then, after the potluck we'll convoy a mile or so down to the cemetery where FW Little is buried, have a brief ceremony, and hopefully some inspiring soapbox speeches and more music; and if necessary, do a little tidying up around FW Little's gravesite.
All this will be pretty informal, without a formal program or a rigid time schedule.
Remember, this will be a potluck, so bring something to eat, and enough extra to share !
By Lawrence Goun and Biko Koenig
Workers at Tom Cat Bakery sharpened their resistance against company attacks this summer with a solidarity BBQ in front of the Queens-based factory. Tom Cat's private equity owners, Ancor and Merit Capital, are seeking devastating health care cuts and other takeaways from workers in contract negotiations with the Bakery Union. Dual-card IWW members are leading a struggle to build long-term power and secure a good contract, after beating back a de-certification attempt from a mob-dominated union earlier this year.
“These out-of-town investors already have their mansions, while we barely can support our families. The cuts they're demanding are impossible and we're united against them,” said Marino Aquino, a night-shift packer at Tom Cat and a member of the IWW. “Our unity is our strength and we will keep the pressure on until justice prevails.”
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- Boston Wobblies Defend Harvard Workers And Local Bus Drivers
- Kentucky GMB Officially Chartered!
- History Of The IWW In Grand Rapids, Michigan
- The Disunited Food & Commercial Workers
- France: The Long Strike At La Poste
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