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Industrial Worker - Issue #1773, April 2015

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 19:21


  • Work: What Is It Good For?
  • Syndicalist Union Protests Migrant Worker Exploitation In Berlin
  • Eclipse The Past. Usurp The Future.


  • How I Spent My Permanent Vacation
  • The Joe Hill Centenary Takes To The Road
  • Is The Work ‘Ethic’ Really Ethical?

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London IWW Petition: Reinstate the sacked zero-hours workers at Friends House

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 12:27

Click here to sign the petition!

By the London IWW

3 of us – hospitality workers employed on zero-hour contracts – have lost our jobs. This is at Friends House London, the head office of British Quakers where – despite the organisation’s reputation as a ‘good employer’ – senior managers responded to objections to the use of zero-hour contracts by getting rid of the three remaining workers employed on them!

Two of us were elected Unite the Union workplace representatives, and a third is a Quaker. One worker has been subject to intimidatory disciplinary processes; we all feel we’ve been targeted for being principled and outspoken at work; and our health has suffered. With the support of the London IWW union, we are calling for:

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IWW Greece: International Call for Revolutionary Solidarity with the Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike

Fri, 03/27/2015 - 11:45

By IWW Greece

At the present moment, the imprisoned anarchists, members of DAK (Network of imprisoned social fighters), A. Stampoulos, A. Theofilou, G. Karagianidis, D. Politis, F. Charisis, A. Dalios, D. Mpourzoukos, G. Sarafoudis, G. Michailidis, the members of the “Revolutionary Struggle” N. Maziotis and K. Gournas, the member of “17th of November” D. Koufontinas, a number of Turkish political prisoners and the prisoners G. Sofianidis and M. S. Eltsibach, are on a hunger strike, fighting against the repressive legal state of exception which has been established by the Greek state since the beginning of 2000.

Starting on March 2nd, along with the comrades outside the prison walls, we commenced a struggle for the abolition of type C high security prisons, the abolition of “antiterrorist” law, the abolition of the “hoodlaw”, the radical change in the process of taking and identification of DNA samples, the release of the seriously sick member of 17N S. Ksiros.

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Free Kansas City IWW Member Keith Brown El

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 08:26

You may donate money for a lawyer here: https://fundly.com/free-keith-brown-el

And keep up with developments here: https://www.facebook.com/events/800882379992714/

Keith has been arrested on purely fabricated charges...

Keith Brown El is a dear friend to many. He is an active member of Missouri Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE), the IWW, and the Ida B. Wells Coalition (IBWC,) as well as a volunteer programmer on 90.1 FM/KKFI's Jaws of Justice radio program and a tenacious advocate for homeless people and people in prison. Mr. Brown El has been imprisoned in Jackson County Detention Center since February 10th for a completely bogus weapon’s charge.

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IWW Montreal Occupies Quebec's Minister of Family and Seniors' office building

Wed, 03/11/2015 - 16:26

On Monday, March 9th, the Industrial Worker of the World Union - Montreal (IWW / SITT), as well as several citizens, occupied Quebec's Minister of Family and Seniors' office building. This action is part of the movement against austerity measures and in our campaign for a social strike on May 1, 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.against austerity measures and in our campaign for a social strike on May 1, 2015.

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IWW Greece Supports Hunger Strike

Sun, 03/08/2015 - 16:36

The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) in Greece support and countersigned the demands of political detainees that went on hunger strike:

1. Abolition of the Anti terrorist Law Α’,article 187, Law 2001 (criminal organization).
2. Abolition of the Anti terrorist Law B’, article 187A, Law 2004 (terrorist organizations).
3. Abolition of the “hoodie law” (acts committed with concealed physical characteristics).
4. Abolition of the legal framework for type C prisons
5. The immediate release from prison of Savvas Xiros (convicted for his participation in the R.O. 17 November) on health grounds.
6. Against the criminalization of political and social relations

Solidarity is our strength

Athens 5th of March
Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) - Greece
IU 610 & 613

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International Working Women's Day: Portrait of Penny Pixler, Feminist and Wobbly

Sun, 03/08/2015 - 16:13

By Patrick Murfin, March Industrial Worker

I was stunned and flattered when Nicki Meier asked me to profile my old friend and Fellow Worker Penny Pixler for this special Women’s Issue of the Industrial Worker. I was a bit intimidated too. I haven’t been asked to contribute to the paper I once helped edit for over three decades, and I fretted how some might respond to a man profiling one of the leading Wobbly women of the last 40 some odd years. Mostly I fretted about how to paint a human portrait that transcended biography or a hagiographic obituary. I started and stopped half a dozen times.

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Washington Post: DC Bike Shop Organizes With The IWW

Thu, 03/05/2015 - 10:55

Why a D.C. bike shop is joining a radical socialist union: The staff of Capitol Hill Bikes organized in solidarity with the hard-fought campaign at Capital Bikeshare.

By Lydia DePillis, Washington Post
Original story: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/05/why-a-d-c-bike-shop-is-joining-a-radical-socialist-union/

Call it copycat unionism: Sometimes one workplace’s organizing efforts spread to another.

That at least seems to be what's happening at Capitol Hill Bikes, whose nine-person staff voted in January to form the District Bicycle Workers' Union after watching the struggles of Capital Bikeshare workers to do the same.

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Industrial Worker - Issue #1772, March 2015

Sun, 03/01/2015 - 10:15


  • Fired Hospitality Workers Fight Back With The London IWW
  • Montreal Wobblies Participate In Disruptive Action At Canada Post
  • IWW Toronto Harm Reduction Workers Win Pay For Fired Organizer


  • Why Incarcerated Workers Should Join The IWW
  • Celebrating (Working) Women’s History Month
  • Review: Staughton Lynd On War & National Identity

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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.

Read more from The Independent Florida Alligator.

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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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