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Whole Foods Concedes To IWW Demands To Increase Wages!

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 15:15

Update: Join Whole Foods Workers for a 24 Hour Picket at Whole Foods' Northern California Distribution Center This Weekend! Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/517441525025495/

Whole Foods Union Wins Raise for San Francisco Stores’ Lowest-Paid Employees

By Tim Maher - Whole Foods Workers Union, November 14, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - A fledgling union of workers at the South of Market Whole Foods in San Francisco used workplace actions to compel Whole Foods management to implement a $1.25 per hour wage increase for those employees at the lowest wage tier.

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Don't mourn, ORGANIZE!

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:45

On this day, Nov. 19, 1915, Joe Hill was murdered by the State of Utah.

A songwriter, itinerant laborer, and union organizer, Joe Hill became famous around the world after a Utah court convicted him of murder. Even before the international campaign to have his conviction reversed, however, Joe Hill was well known on picket lines and at workers’ rallies as the author of popular labor songs and as an Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) agitator. Thanks in large part to his songs and to his stirring, well—publicized call to his fellow workers on the eve of his execution—”Don’t waste time mourning, organize!”—Hill became, and he has remained, the best—known IWW martyr and labor folk hero.

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IWW Greece Solidarity With Prisoner On Hunger Strike

Sun, 11/16/2014 - 16:27

On Nov. 10, 2014, anarchist prisoner Nikos Romanos began a hunger strike laying claim to educational passes from prison, in order to be able to take classes in the university that he has succeeded to enroll.

His application to the Prison Council - that is formed by attorney general Nikolaos Poimenidis, headmistress Charalambia Koutsomichali as well as the social worker - still remain unanswered, while the appealing interrogator Eftichis Nikolopoulos, who has been claiming up to today not to be tasked with this matter, has sent a document to the Council, reporting that the application for administration of educational passes from prison has been denied.

Iraklis Kwstaris that has begun a hunger strike on the 29th of October for being given his educational passes from prison to take classes at his university TEI of Piraeus, is receiving the same denying documents from the Council.

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Toronto’s Harm Reduction Workers Unite!

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 13:39

TORONTO, ON - Harm reduction workers from across the city announced today that they have formed the Toronto Harm Reduction Workers Union (THRWU), an affiliate of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Workers from South Riverdale Community Health Centre and Central Toronto Community Health Centres are the first to announce their affiliations with the union, and have demanded that their managements recognize the union and commit to negotiating with them. Already claiming over 50 members, the Toronto Harm Reduction Workers Union is the first of it’s kind in the world.

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Whole Foods Workers Demand Higher Wages and Union

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 15:09

Delegation Delivers Petitions to Whole Foods Management as Supporters Rally Outside San Fran Whole Foods

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - This afternoon a delegation of 20 cashiers, stockers, and cooks at Whole Foods Market initiated a temporary work stoppage to deliver a petition to Whole Foods management demanding a $5 an hour wage increase for all employees and no retaliation against workers for organizing a union. After the delegation presented the petition to management, workers and supporters held a rally outside the store, located at 4th and Harrison Streets in San Francisco’s South-of-Market district.

A worker must earn $29.83 an hour to afford a market-rate one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco, according to a 2014 report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Workers at the store currently earn from $11.25 to $19.25 per hour. The new minimum wage ordinance just approved by San Francisco voters will raise the City’s minimum to $12.25 an hour next year, less than half of what is needed to rent an apartment.

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Farewell, Fellow Worker Frederic S. Lee (1949-2014)

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 08:50

 Former IWW General Executive Board chair Frederic Lee died Oct. 23. A member of the IWW for 29 years, FW Lee was also a leading economist, founder of the Heterodox Economics Newsletter, and at the time of his death president-elect of the Association for Evolutionary Economics. His rigorous scholarship, international reputation, and commitment to organizing networks of solidarity helped open a space for alternative approaches in a field long dominated by worshippers of markets and wealth.

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Shop Card Design Contest (Deadline for submissions is December 13th)

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 13:43

The IWW is calling on all artists and graphic designers to come up with new designs for our Union Shop Cards that are issued to workers who decide to organize and affiliate with the IWW (IWW shops, Sole-Proprietors, and Co-ops).

When the IWW recognizes shops they may use the union label on their products and they are issued an IWW Union Shop Card to publicly display. Since the union is beginning to run low on previous, older Shop Cards, the General Executive Board and the General Secretary Treasurer decided it would be in good form to update the Shop Cards and get fresh designs.

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How To Write For The Industrial Worker

Mon, 11/03/2014 - 10:50

Check out this newly-revised guide on how to effectively write for the Industrial Worker, official newspaper of the Industrial Workers of the World. 

Click here to download!

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Industrial Worker - Issue #1769, November 2014

Sat, 11/01/2014 - 10:59

Headlines:

  • Portland IWW Battles With Non-Profits Over Union Busting
  • Fellow Worker Arrested In People’s Climate March
  • In November We Remember Penny Pixler

Features:

  • Making Our Voices Heard Against Sexism In The IWW
  • In November We Remember U.S. Labor Struggles
  • Understanding The Role Of Prisoner Intellectuals

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Jimmy John’s Workers Picket In Baltimore

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:50

By the Baltimore IWW

Baltimore Jimmy John’s worker and veteran James Hegler was fired on Sept. 5 in retaliation for organizing a union at his workplace and participating in concerted activity against low wages and appalling working conditions. On Sunday, Oct. 19, workers and supporters picketed outside the Pratt Street Jimmy John’s to demand both the reinstatement of James Hegler and an end to illegal retaliation against workers.

By firing James, Jimmy John’s management made it clear that they are willing to violate federal labor law in order to punish workers for organizing a union. By ignoring attempts to meet and discuss terms for his reinstatement, Jimmy John’s management hopes to break the organizing drive through intimidation and contempt for the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Workers responded with a picket to show Jimmy John’s that this behavior will not be tolerated.

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Baltimore IWW: To the Picket Line for Jimmy Johns Workers!

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 11:37

Join the IWW Jimmy John's Workers Union for a picket on:

Sunday, October 19 at 11:00 am
Jimmy John's, 401 W Pratt St, Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Click here to RSVP

The Jimmy John's bosses are at it again. Despite previous warnings they continue to retaliate against our members for wanting dignity, respect, and more of the good things of life on the job.

Danny Dolch and Mike Gillett are attacking our members through retaliatory scheduling and through the firing of one of our members, fellow worker James Hegler.

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Phone / Email Blast to Fight Union Busting

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 14:59

Click here to RSVP to the phone/email blast on Facebook!

On September 29th Insomnia Cookies fired union organizer Colin James for his union activity under the guise of company theft. Colin has been a model employee without a single write-up and has been organizing at Insomnia Cookies for over 6 months.

This is the same union busting tactic this company used late last year, firing union organizer Tommy Mendez in Nov. of 2013. (http://openmediaboston.org/content/another-worker-fired-insomnia-cookies-unionization-effort-boston-location-picketed-2784).

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Help IWW General Headquarters Recycle!

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 12:55

Chicago does not provide a public recycling scheme, but we can recycle for about $400 per year, working with a non-profit environmental education organization. Help General Headquarters "recycle as feasible," as our constitution suggests for all IWW shops. Click here to donate!

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Industrial Worker - Issue #1769, October 2014

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 11:00

Headlines:

  • IWW UPS Workers Organize Against Police Brutality
  • The 2014 IWW General Convention: Learning From Our Mistakes, Moving Forward
  • Baltimore Jimmy John’s Workers File ULP Lawsuit

Features:

  • A Labor Day Weekend For The Unseen Laborers
  • New Survey Of Online IWW Sign-Ups: A Wake-Up Call And Call To Action
  • Review: Wobbly Poet Keeps Tradition Of Labor Poetry Alive

Download a Free PDF of this issue.

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Clydeside, Scotland: Wobblies call for Morning Star boycott

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 13:07

From Libcom.org

The Clydeside branch of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) union call for a boycott of leftist daily newspaper the Morning Star over allegations of mishandling domestic abuse reporting.

In a statement released on their blog, the group said:

Quote:
The Clydeside branch of the Industrial Workers of the World fully supports one of its members, Rory MacKinnon, in his dispute with the Morning Star. Fellow worker MacKinnon was disciplined by the Morning Star for asking questions — just what a journalist should do. We urge all members of the IWW, and the progressive Left, to join us in a boycott of the Morning Star until this issue is satisfactorily resolved.

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Tue, 09/16/2014 - 13:12
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Chicago: Freshii Union Busting Continues; Workers Picket

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 08:44

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.

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IWW Greece Commemorates One-Year Anniversary of Anti-Fascist Activist's Murder by Neo-Nazis

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 13:05

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.

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Help Needed for Chicago IWW Freshii Workers' Union Organizers! Donate Today!

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 12:27

By the IWW Freshii Workers Union

http://www.tinyurl.com/FreshiiWorkers

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.

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Financial Appeal for a Wobbly with Leukemia

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 15:42

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.

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