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Liverpool IWW Demonstrates For Precarious Workers

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 07:56

Pro-Claimant Demo Gets Great Public Support in West Derby

By the Liverpool IWW

Members of Liverpool IWW joined around a dozen activists, including people from the benefits advice group Reclaim, outside West Derby job centre on Eaton Road this lunchtime. This was part of a national day of action in solidarity with Scottish Unemployed Workers Network activist Tony Cox. Tony was arrested on 29th January after Arbroath job centre management called police to stop him representing a vulnerable jobseeker. We protested to drive home the message that ‘advocacy is not a crime’, and aiming to build towards smashing sanctions against unemployed workers.

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Whatcom-Skagit Wobblies Help Spread Berry Boycott

Sun, 02/22/2015 - 14:52

By X331980

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Montreal IWW Holds Disruptive Action at Canada Post

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 08:23

Laval -- On the morning of Monday, February 16, 2015, the IWW Montreal, the Student Workers Union of the University of Quebec at Montreal, as well as several other citizens, took part in the disruption of a Canada Post distribution center in Laval, Quebec.

This action in solidarity with postal workers is set in a current context of struggles against austerity, and in the scope of the campaign for a social strike on May 1st 2015.

Today, many workers are directly confronted with the effects of budget cuts to health services, to municipal employees, to firemen and firewomen, to postal workers, to students, to workers in the private sector...

Yet, resistance is organizing itself everywhere. We will not let different governments (whether conservative or liberal) and the bosses impose their anti-social measures on us. The time of a minority enriching itself on the back of an impoverished majority is finished.

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Toronto Harm Reduction Workers Union & Toronto IWW Win Termination Pay For Fired Organizer

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 17:56

On January 7, 2015, two days before the end of her 6 month probationary period, THRWU member S. was terminated from her job as a Senior Harm Reduction Worker at Syme Woolner Neighbourhood and Family Centre.

S. was terminated immediately and without cause, which is reprehensible but legal in Ontario within a probationary period. During her 6 months-less-two-days at Syme Woolner, S. had advocated for better treatment of workers and against discrimination and disrespect of workers and service users. She was the third person to occupy her position in less than a year.

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Support the IWW Toronto Harm Reduction Workers!

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 11:59

Close, oh so close. How about helping the Fellow Workers at Toronto Harm Reduction Worker Union - IWW reach their goal? Every dollar that you can spare helps. Show your support!: http://www.gofundme.com/THRWU


Harm reduction saves lives.

Harm reduction workers make harm reduction work.

Over the last year, harm reduction workers across the city of Toronto have been organizing the world’s first harm reduction workers’ union. We are the kit makers, outreach workers, community workers, and coordinators that reduce the harms associated with bad drug laws, poverty and capitalism.

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London IWW To Hold Fifth Action in Suport of Sacked Zero-Hours Workers at Friends House

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 18:30

Fellow workers, this Thursday London IWW will be holding our fifth demonstration in support of the three sacked zero-hours workers at Friends House London.

When: Thursday, 5th February, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Where: Friends House, 173 - 177 Euston Road, London

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/595381487230430/
For the latest news and background to the campaign check out our website:

Last Thursday we had a fantastic, loud demonstration outside Friends House. The Quaker boss, Recording Clerk Paul Parker, refused to come out and meet us (more on this soon), so we'll be back this week to up the ante.

Management’s tactic so far has been to ignore us and hope the problem will disappear, so we intend to make this difficult by being as loud and as visible as possible.

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Report: IWW Picket Leicester Square School of English

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 10:17

From Trade Onion

London’s busy Leicester Square was the scene on Saturday, January 17th, for a picket organised by the IWW London general membership branch with the support of the Angry Language Brigade. The Leicester Square School of English (LSSE) was closed down over the Christmas period leaving workers out of work and out of pocket.

Workers decided to occupy the workplace in the hope of getting the money that they’re owed in unpaid wages, holiday pay and redundancy. Whilst they were there a group of students arrived expecting to be taught English only to find that the school had closed. The bosses had taken their money and not told them they were closing the school down. The workers have helpfully provided information for any students that turn up in future.

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Victory! Citizens Co-op in Gainesville, FL rehires fired IWW workers

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 19:53

By Carla Vianna, Alligator Staff Writer

The controversial dismissal of several Citizens Co-op employees last year led to an almost yearlong labor dispute, but a much-anticipated settlement is now on the horizon.

An agreement to rehire four of the five workers who were fired last year has been reached between the co-op’s new board of directors and the Gainesville Industrial Workers of the World — the union representing the employees — said Thomas Hawkins, board chairman.

The tentative agreement would rehire four of the five workers, pay them a collective $10,000 and recognize Gainesville Industrial Workers of the World as their union.

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Put an End to Jimmy John's Retaliation: Picket and call-in to support fired IWW organizer!

Wed, 01/28/2015 - 09:23

Picket: Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at 11:45 AM
Jimmy John's, 401 W Pratt St, Baltimore, Maryland
RSVP on Facebook!

Nothing scares the bosses more than workers standing up for dignity and a better life on the job. From day one the bosses have conducted a campaign of retaliation against union members at the shop.

On Friday, January 23rd, Jimmy Johns fired one of the IWW organizers in the shop.

We need your help to show the bosses that such action against our members is unacceptable! Join the picket line with us and let your voice be heard! We won't let management silence our voices and attack our members.

Our picket will take place during Orioles FanFest, and you can help us hit the boss where it hurts the most: his wallet!

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First Issue of the Incarcerated Worker

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 15:02

Introducing a new publication from the Industrial Workers of the World, the Incarcerated Worker! Over the last year or so, some prisoners in the U.S. and outside supporters have gotten together and formed the IWW Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee to address concerns such as prison labor and conditions.

Click here to download the PDF!

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#Caravana43 – Friends and Family of the Ayotzinapa 43 Plan U.S. Tour

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 18:16

By Greg Rodriguez
Rio Grande Valley, South Texas IWW

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CALLOUT: 24-Hour Email Campaign to Target Wage-Stealing Boss

Sun, 01/25/2015 - 10:18

What: 24-hour email campaign to the Smallford Residents Association

When: Monday 26th January

Action: Send an email to smallford.res@btinternet.com and info@smallford.org
Complete the contact form here: http://smallford.org/contact-us/

NOTES (Please read!): The Smallford Residents' Association is not the enemy. Keep it polite. One email per person is fine. DO NOT make any phone calls, ONLY send emails to the email addresses listed above.

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Rail Workers and Environmentalists to Teach Each Other

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 15:18

By Ron Kaminkow - Labor Notes, January 21, 2015

Disclaimer: The views expressed here are not the official position of the IWW (or even the IWW’s EUC) and do not necessarily represent the views of anyone but the author’s. Several IWW branches have, however, endorsed this effort.

With public attention focused on the railroads in a way it hasn’t been for decades, the cross-craft solidarity group Railroad Workers United is seizing the opportunity to teach the general public “railroading 101”—and teach rail workers “environmental politics 101.”

Both those workshops, among others, will be offered at one-day conferences on “The Future of Railroads: Safety, Workers, Community, and Environment,” March 14 in Richmond, California, and March 21 in Olympia, Washington. (See below) for details.)

“My excitement about the conference is having railroaders, who on a daily basis are moving these really dangerous, volatile, flammable materials, having a dialogue with communities who want it to be made safe,” says activist Gifford Hartman.

“To my knowledge it’s never been done,” says Seattle switchman-conductor Jen Wallis. “Rail labor hasn’t worked with environmentalists to the degree that steelworkers and longshoremen and Teamsters have. It’s all very new.”

RWU is partnering with the Backbone Campaign and other groups to organize both events. The idea is to bring together rank-and-filers, environmentalists, and the general public.

Just as important as learning each other’s issues, Wallis says, is that “we get to know each other… So we have people we can call on when we have an issue on the table, and they can do the same with us.”

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IWW Insomnia Cookies Worker in Cambridge Needs Your Support!

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 13:48

The Cambridge, MA Police are persecuting a union activist merely for picketing. Click here to donate to his legal & living expenses

On November 14, 2013, Cambridge cops, aided by the HUPD*, attacked a peaceful picket of union-busting Insomnia Cookies, where workers had gone on strike for $15/hr, paid health care, and a union. The cops grabbed IWW member Jason by the throat, threw him on the ground and pinned him partially under a car. Jason was cuffed and dragged away, charged with with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assaulting a cop, even though the only assault committed was by the police against him.

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London IWW: Picket the Leicester Square School of English this Saturday!

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 17:54

The London IWW branch and the Angry Language Brigade will be holding a protest picket at Leicester square School of English:

When: 11:30am until 2:00pm on Saturday 17th Jan
Where: 22 Leicester Square, WC2H 7LE (map - https://goo.gl/maps/JeBKl )

Click here for Facebook Event Page


Having already occupied their school, staff at the Leicester Square School of English are organising a picket this Saturday, 17th of January. Here's why.

Since the Christmas holidays, workers at the Leicester Square School of English have been in a major wage theft dispute with the school and its owner, Craig Tallents. Both the Angry Language Brigade and the IWW have been organising the dispute.

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Industrial Worker - Issue #1771, January/February 2015

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 18:28


  • Anti-Police Brutality Protest Shakes Things Up At The Mall Of America
  • Strange Encounters: World Meeting Of Popular Movements In Vatican City
  • Windsor Wobblies Build Street Solidarity


  • The Centennial Commemoration Of Joe Hill
  • Review: Doing (And Making) History From Below
  • Prisoner Letters: Crime And Punishment

Download a Free PDF of this issue.

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Workers of the Beach, Unite!

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 14:27

On the Beaches of Santa Monica, Temp Workers Organize With the IWW

By Shyolanda Montana, Labor Notes

There’s a hidden underside to Santa Monica, California’s idyllic exterior.

Santa Monica is a beautiful beachfront city: breezes from the Pacific Ocean, a year-round Mediterranean climate, 3.5 miles of beaches. Seven million visitors a year flock here—generating $1.63 billion.

But the workers who maintain the city are hired on an as-needed basis, earning poverty-level wages, lacking benefits and the ability to form a union.

I am one of them. I’ve been employed as a temporary employee in beach bathroom maintenance for four years. I struggle to earn a living and hold an extra job so I can earn enough money to survive.

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Windsor Wobblies Build Street Solidarity

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 09:50

By x353319

For the last year-and-a-half, the IWW in Windsor has been working on a campaign to organize panhandlers and buskers in the downtown core of this border city. The campaign started out as the Windsor Street Solidarity Committee and in late 2014 has expanded to form the Windsor Panhandlers and Buskers Union.

In late November 2014 I had the pleasure of sitting down with Fellow Worker (FW) Richard from the Windsor General Membership Branch (GMB) and one of the main organizers in the Windsor Panhandler and Buskers Union. He explained how the campaign started: “At first we really just did what were basically patrols with branch members around downtown.” At this point they called themselves the “Street Solidarity Committee.”

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IWW International Solidarity Commission Extends Solidarity to Workers in South Africa & Nigeria

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 11:10

Solidarity with the CSAAWU

In support of the South African farmer workers and their supporting union, the Commercial, Stevedoring, Agricultural and Allied Workers Union (CSAAWU) the IWW International Solidarity Commission (ISC) issued the following statement:

After the rebellion of South African farmworkers who stood up and fought for their rights and working conditions in 2012/13, the CSAAWU defended dismissed and victimized workers and took cases to the Labour Court where farmworkers were heard the first time since 1994.

Two cases were lost and the CSAAWU has been issued with cost orders in excess of R 600,000 ($ 53,500) for supporting the farmworkers struggle.

The charge is unacceptable but not surprising. This case shows again in which favors Labour courts act and make decisions. The voice of the working class has never been welcome in any legal or administrative office in a system based on exploitation and violence.

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Local IWW Branch Newsletters

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 17:17

Check out some of the latest news from IWW General Membership Branches (GMBs) throughout the world!

Download Black Cat Moan, published by the Upstate New York GMB.

Read up on latest efforts by the Pittsburgh branch in the January/February/March 2015 issue of Solidarity!

Click here to view the Yule 2014 issue of Prairie Fire, newsletter of the Madison IWW GMB.

Does your branch have a newsletter to share with the world? Send it to iw@iww.org! 


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