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.”
- Work To Rule: Organizing The One Big Union At Starbucks
- 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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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.
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.”
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!
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.
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.
- 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
- 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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
On May 4th 2014, members of the Twin Cities IWW and supporters withstood a violent and deliberate attack on a picket of Sisters’ Camelot, whose canvass workers went on strike in March of 2013 and have endured vicious union-busting efforts from the organization ever since. After some twenty minutes of peaceful picketing, Sisters’ Camelot supporters organized an escalating series of attacks and attempts to break the picket line, eventually tackling an IWW member to the ground and beating him until other Wobblies pulled them away.
The International Solidarity Commission (ISC) of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) sends our solidarity to all workers occupying the Greif-Sanjut factory, a division of the US enterprise, Greif, since February 10. We condemn the police and gendarmerie raid in the early daylight hours of April 10. Due to this attack many workers have been taken into custody and abused, including, Mehmet Ali Karabulut, who was reporting for the left publication Kizil Bayrak.
The Greif factory, a manufacturer of packaging products, has been occupied by 500 workers who are members of the Confederation of Revolutionary Trade Unions in Turkey (DİSK). Workers at the Greif factory are struggling for several issues. The most urgent problems are: low wages, which are currently below the poverty line; 44 subcontractor companies working for the Greif bosses, and excessive workplace accidents. Workers, including the core workforce and subcontracted workers, decided to occupy the factory after the managers refused to negotiate concerning their problems.
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Portland IWW banner (Read "Wages of Class War: Reflections on Portland’s May Day")
By Staughton Lynd
This article originally appeared in the May 2014 Industrial Worker
On May 1, 1886, the first general strike in U.S. history brought workers into the streets on behalf of one simple demand: an eight-hour working day. Their anthem was:
“We want to feel the sunshine;
We want to smell the flowers;
We’re sure (that) God has willed it
And we mean to have eight hours.
We’re summoning our forces from
Shipyard, shop and mill;
Eight hours for work, eight hours for rest,
Eight hours for what we will.”
As is the case in the movement of low-wage workers today, the movement for eight hours was characterized by skilled and less-skilled workers, and workers in different trades, making common cause.
We in the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) have been approached by a group of hundreds of people currently incarcerated in Alabama who are launching a nonviolent prison strike beginning this Sunday April 20th to demand an end to slave labor, the massive overcrowding and horrifying health and human rights violations found in Alabama Prisons, and the passage of legislation they have drafted.
This is the second peaceful and nonviolent protest initiated by the brave men and women of the Free Alabama Movement (F.A.M.) this year building on the recent Hunger Strikes in Pelican Bay and the Georgia Prison Strike in 2010. They aim to build a mass movement inside and outside of prisons to earn their freedom, and end the racist, capitalist system of mass incarceration called The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander and others. The Free Alabama Movement is waging a non-violent and peaceful protest for their civil, economic, and human rights.
At this time the Citizens Co-op Workers Union is asking all supportive Co-op Members and Concerned Community Members to call and email management to express your feelings, comments and questions about the unfair labor practices and termination of 5 union workers. We want your voices heard and for you to hear the explanations for their actions!