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Starbucks: Give us a fair work week!

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 07:46

Please sign and share our petition calling on Starbucks to provide fair schedules for their employees!

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.

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Baltimore Jimmy John’s Workers Stop Work, March on Boss

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 15:37

By the IWW Jimmy John's Workers Union

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.

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IWW Starbucks Workers Union Releases Critical Report on Starbucks

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 15:55

By the IWW Starbucks Workers Union

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.

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Baltimore Jimmy John's Workers Announce IWW Membership, Present Demands to Management

Sun, 08/10/2014 - 12:06

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.

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Lend a hand to Jimmy Johns workers!

Sat, 08/09/2014 - 08:42

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!)

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Industrial Workers of the World - Gender Equity Committee Statement / Call to Action

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:41

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.

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Rio Grande Valley, South Texas IWW Declares Commitment to the Dialogue and Movement for Human Rights in Our Border Communities

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:08

From the IWW - Rio Grande Valley, South Texas

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".

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Solidarity with Prisoners Union, Tegel!

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:30

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
Seidelstr. 39
13507 Berlin
Germany

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August 2nd: the Second Annual Frank Little Memorial!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 14:27

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 !

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Wobblies at Prominent New York Baking Company Heighten Struggle Against Private Equity Owners

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:00

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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Industrial Worker - Issue #1767, July/August 2014

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 10:16

Headlines:

  • Work To Rule: Organizing The One Big Union At Starbucks
  • Boston Wobblies Defend Harvard Workers And Local Bus Drivers
  • Kentucky GMB Officially Chartered!

Features:

  • History Of The IWW In Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • The Disunited Food & Commercial Workers
  • France: The Long Strike At La Poste

Download a Free PDF of this issue.

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IWOC Statement Against The Felony Question On Job Applications

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 11:11

The IWW Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee opposes all forms and methods of exploitation that the ruling class use to disempower and disenfranchise working people. IWOC stands in solidarity with those individuals that are released from prison only to find that they are effectively barred from obtaining employment due to the question “Have you ever been convicted of a felony?”, which is found on most job applications.

The IWW Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee recognizes that the felony question does not serve the interests of working people, nor does the question improve or fix the work, social, and economic conditions that plague our society. Therefore, our union opposes the employers’ practice of using the generalized felony question on job applications.

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IWW Canvassers Strike Over Unpaid Wages

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 08:36

By Shane Burley, Labor Notes

A crew of nine marijuana legalization canvassers walked off their jobs and into the Portland office of the Industrial Workers of the World June 5, looking to form a union.

The workers at the Oregon Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp had been refused paychecks they were owed. This was on top of several past bounced paychecks. After their checks did not arrive on the late schedule and management would not even discuss it, they walked out.

With IWW support, the canvassers have formed the United Campaign Workers. In a joint statement they pointed to a “culture of secrecy and information repression that make incidents like this an ongoing problem.”

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Support the Struggle of the BIOME Workers in Greece!

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 08:25

From the IWW International Solidarity Commission (ISC)

BIOME Thessaloniki workers are fighting a recent court action that is attempting to expel them and return their worker-run factory back to its former employer – bosses who had vanished two and a half years ago!

The former employers were given a total of 126 months of imprisonment for debts to workers. Now, however, in collaboration with the appointed trustee, they are asking that BIOME be given a “bankruptcy” status to avoid paying what they owe to the employees, to Social Security, and to the public. They are also requesting that the plant be evacuated of all workers.

This is an outrage to the workers of Greece!

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IWW Statement on Operation Centurion

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 16:18

By the IWW European Regional Administration (ERA)

The IWW condemns the intensification of immigration raids across the UK under Operation Centurion. We believe that all workers, regardless of their place of origin or legal status, need to support one another in order to fight the common enemy; the present system that upholds the interests of business and other elites at the expense of ordinary working and unemployed people.

The undercutting of the pay and conditions of British workers by migrant labour is not caused by the immigrants themselves but by business owners, managers and government who seek to maximise their profit by forcing working and unemployed people to compete for an ever-diminishing number of jobs. This 'race to the bottom' forces us to work harder for less money, and all workers suffer from this - while bosses happily rake in their profits.

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Solidarity With Building Cleaners In Greece!

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 12:21

From the IWW International Solidarity Commission

The Industrial Workers of the World stand in solidarity with the workers in Athens, Greece who clean the buildings of the Ministry of Economics and who face imminent firing, doubtless as a result of the ongoing implementation of austerity measures. These firings affect about six hundred working people.

We support the Libertarian Syndicalist Association ESE (Ελευθεριακή Συνδικαλιστική Ένωση, EΣE), in its efforts to back the workers in their struggle.

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Industrial Worker - Issue #1766, June 2014

Sun, 06/01/2014 - 10:54

Headlines:

  • Reaching Out To Prisoner-Workers: The New IWW Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee
  • Wages Of Class War: Reflections On Portland’s May Day
  • IWW Environmental Unionist Caucus Protests Koch Brothers

Features:

  • Wobblies Participate In May Day Actions Worldwide
  • The Chicago Teachers Union Strike: Beyond Mythology
  • Review: “Lines Of Work” Shares Workers’ Experiences, Invites Us To Share Ours

Download a Free PDF of this issue.

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Kentucky GMB Officially Chartered

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 08:24

By Mick Parsons (X373896), Secretary-Treasurer KY GMB

Louisville, KY – The statewide General Membership Branch for Kentucky received it’s charter from GHQ. The GMB, which grew out of a Facebook discussion group with the diligent work of delegate JP Wright (bottom, left). Elected Officers include Secretary-Treasurer Mick Parsons (upper, 2nd from left), and Press Relations Officer Regan Sova (bottom, center).

The Kentucky GMB has already been in front of the public, setting up an informational table/store at the Mighty Kindness Festival, held Saturday, April 26 at Waterfront Park's Brown-Forman Amphitheater. Members have also participated in the Informational Action against Insomnia Cookies, a Jobs for Justice Rally in the West End, and the May 24th March Against Monstanto.

Anyone interested in being a part of the Kentucky GMB should contact Secretary-Treasurer Mick Parsons at papamick.iww@gmail.com

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