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.
- Bakers Rising: NYC IWW Bakery Workers Fight For Better Jobs
- Starbucks Workers Take Global Action
- Police Brutality At IWW Picket In Boston
- Special: Miners’ Struggles & British Syndicalism
- Organizing: Life And Labor In The Day Labor Industry
- Obituaries: Farewell FWs Justin Vitiello & Mick Renwick
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By Nathaniel Miller, X343337
Justin Vitiello grew up in New York City and lived for many years in Philadelphia where he taught Italian at Temple University involving himself with various local anarchist activities. He was a published poet and spoke at least three languages fluently. Justin traveled extensively and lived in Italy, Spain and Algeria. He attended the Port Huron conference, organized with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the Poor People’s Campaign, established anti-mafia collectives with Sicilian anarchists, and devoted his life to working-class struggle. Justin was an IWW member for years, always made sure to pay his dues well in advance, and served on the IWW’s International Solidarity Commission with whom he traveled to Mexico, Haiti and Palestine. It was during the later two ISC delegations that I came to love and respect him.
- Fast-Food Unionism: The Unionization Of McDonald’s & The McDonaldization of Unions
- Starbucks Workers Union Strike In Chile
- Wobblies Fight Neo-Nazis In North Dakota
- Perspectives on IWW Strategy & Tactics
- How I Got Fired And Won My Job Back
- Nonviolent Direct Action & The Early IWW
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By Rebecca Hayes, NYC IWW
On a blustery November morning before Thanksgiving, new IWW members, a diverse group of bakers at Amy’s Bread, kicked off an organizing campaign by marching to the site of the prominent food factory in Queens, New York, to voice their demands. Amy’s Bread supplies many of the city's most exclusive markets, restaurants, and grocery stores. The company is enjoying enormous success with an image of responsibility, sustainability, and community orientation. Now, after many long months of organizing in secret, the workers and their allies are joining together to ask Amy’s Bread to live up to their promises.
By: Ashley Jackson, Portland IWW
On the morning of November 15th in New York, 28 year old hackivist Jeremy Hammond was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for violation of Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. He used his computer skills to hack into and release over 5 million files of the private security firm Strategic Forecasting, Inc., or “Stratfor” exposing the corporate and government spying on activists domestically and abroad amongst other discoveries.
Existing prisoner support groups Portland Anarchist Black Cross, Oregon Jericho, Radical Prisoner Support Portland, and newly formed Portland IWW General Defense Committee (GDC) Local 1 had already had a benefit planned for him the next evening at The Red & Black Cafe. There was music by Irie Idea, Intentional Overtones, and Years of Lead, as well as a raffle, and readings of Jeremy’s own words in his plea and sentencing statements.
By the International Solidarity Commission, 28.11.13
Whereas workers of the International Alliance in Support of Workers in Iran (IASWI) have asked us to issue a statement in solidarity with imprisoned union activist Reza Shahabi,
Be it resolved that the International Solidarity Commission send the following Statement of Solidarity to IASWI and publish it in IWW media (iww.org, the General Organization Bulletin, social media, etc.).
The Industrial Workers of the World protest the continued incarceration of Reza Shahabi, the Treasurer and Executive Board member of the Syndicate of workers of Tehran and Suburbs Vahed Bus Company, and join his family's demand for his immediate release.
Reza was charges with “gathering and colluding against national security” and “spreading propaganda against the system”. These are all sham charges. Reza Shahabi is a worker and labour activist.
The roof of Maxima supermarket collapses in Riga, Latvia. Leaves 52 dead, 30 injured.
Due to grevious breaches of work and construction safety the roof of a supermarket collapsed on itself in Riga, the capital of Latvia, killing and burying workers and shoppers beneath the rubble. In addition to that three rescue workers were killed when the building collapsed for the second time.