In this issue:
- BLACK LIVES MATTER: Protests erupt worldwide in response to racist police shootings
- WORKPLACE ORGANIZING: Workers at Portland fast food chain Burgerville unionize with the IWW
- SOCIAL WAR IN FRANCE: CNT-F reports on the wave of popular protests sweeping the country
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Compiled by x344543 - July 20, 2016
The following news items are culled from various other IWW (and other) internet news portals:IWW 2016 Delegate Convention:
- IWW members, officers, and branch delegates - Register Now for the 2016 Delegate Convention, September 2-5, Oakland, California
- History Made Real: How I Became a Wobbly - By David Feldmann, The Organizer, June 3, 2016
- From Conspiracy Theorist to Co-Conspirator: How I Became a Wobbly - By Micah Robin, The Organizer, June 1, 2016
- From Green to Red: How I Became a Wobbly - By shugE Mississippi, The Organizer, June 1, 2016
- Hacking the Planet: How I Became a Wobbly - By Dade Murphy, The Organizer, May 19, 2016
- Misery Breeds: How I Became a Wobbly - By W.H. Glazer, The Organizer, May 3, 2016
- Je suis serveuse, en quoi le 15-5-7 ça me concerne? Et comment y arriver? - By SITT-IWW, Syndicat Industriel Des Travailleuses et Des Travailleurs, July 7, 2016
- Aperçu du camp de formation 2016 - By SITT-IWW, Syndicat Industriel Des Travailleuses et Des Travailleurs, July 4, 2016
- TRAVAIlLEUSES ET TRAVAILLEURS DU COMMUNAUTAIRE (Ré)AFFIRMONs NOUS! - By SITT-IWW, Syndicat Industriel Des Travailleuses et Des Travailleurs, June 29, 2016
- Se solidariser dans une industrie où la performance est la valeur de base - By SITT-IWW, Syndicat Industriel Des Travailleuses et Des Travailleurs, June 27, 2016
- I’m Forming a Burgerville Union Because I’m Barely Getting By - By Eli Fishel, Portland IWW, June 26, 2016
- Sweatshop Prisons: the Civil War Didn’t End Slavery After All - By Lauren Karaffa, CounterPunch, June 16, 2016
- Travailler Intelligemment - By SITT-IWW, Syndicat Industriel Des Travailleuses et Des Travailleurs, June 16, 2016
- Exploitation carcérale, riposte syndicale! - By SITT-IWW, Syndicat Industriel Des Travailleuses et Des Travailleurs, June 13, 2016
- Voyage to the 1970’s; our Encounter with a Macho Boss: VICTORY - By Bristol Comms Officer, Bristol IWW, June 12, 2016 | Viaje a los años 70; nuestro encuentro con el “Jefe Machirulo”: VICTORIA - By Bristol Comms Officer, Bristol IWW, June 12, 2016
- IWW opens hall in Providence - By Tom Hoffman, Common Ground, June 10, 2016
- Raid on IWW at Boulder Dam - By Raven Rakia, Yes!, June 7, 2016
- Proposition syndicale pour un communautaire solidaire - By SITT-IWW, Syndicat Industriel Des Travailleuses et Des Travailleurs, June 6, 2016
- Brève syndicale - By SITT-IWW, Syndicat Industriel Des Travailleuses et Des Travailleurs, June 3, 2016
- Making Black Lives Matter in the Mall of America - By Erik Forman, New Inquiry, June 3, 2016
- NEPA IWW Delivers A Message to Wendy's: We Want Fair Food - By Alex Lotorto, IWW Local 570, June 3, 2016
- Quel syndicalisme pour le secteur communautaire? - By SITT-IWW, Syndicat Industriel Des Travailleuses et Des Travailleurs, June 1, 2016
- Le SITT-IWW appuie l’arrêt de travail dans le milieu carcéral du 9 septembre 2016 - By SITT-IWW, Syndicat Industriel Des Travailleuses et Des Travailleurs, May 26, 2016
- IWW supports UCU HE action on pay, anti-casualisation and gender pay gap - By staff, IWW Scotland, May 25, 2016
- Travailleuses et travailleurs du communautaire, jetables après usage? - By SITT-IWW, Syndicat Industriel Des Travailleuses et Des Travailleurs, May 18, 2016
- Burgerville opposes union, but Bernie Sanders supports it - By staff, NW Labor Press, May 17, 2016
- Burgerville workers aim to take Fight for $15 to next level - By Shane Burley, Waging Nonviolence, May 10, 2016
- Sisters’ Camelot: NLRB Classifies Canvassers as Employees, Not Independent Contractors - By Harv. L. Rev, Harvard Law Review, May 10, 2016
- Brève syndicale - By SITT-IWW, Syndicat Industriel Des Travailleuses et Des Travailleurs, May 9, 2016
- Boycott Supporters Speak Out for Food & Farmworkers Justice this May Day - By staff, Boycott Sakuma Berries, May 6, 2016
- Burgers, fries, and a union? - By staff, NW Labor Press, May 3, 2016
- NEPA Wobblies Celebrate May Day in Scranton - By staff, IWW Local 570, May 1, 2016
- NOUS NE NOUS LAISSERONS PAS APPAUVRIR SANS BRONCHER - By SITT-IWW, Syndicat Industriel Des Travailleuses et Des Travailleurs, April 29, 2016
- Solidarity with migrant communities after Brexit - By Bristol Comms Officer, Bristol IWW, June 25, 2016 | Solidarność z migrantami po Brexit - By Bristol Comms Officer, Bristol IWW, July 10, 2016 | Solidarietà con migranti post-Brexit - By Bristol Comms Officer, Bristol IWW, July 6, 2016 | Solidaridad con migrantes tras Brexit - By Bristol Comms Officer, Bristol IWW, July 3, 2016
- A womyn’s place is in her union - By Bristol Comms Officer, Bristol IWW, June 9, 2016 | El lugar de una mujer es en su sindicato - By Bristol Comms Officer, Bristol IWW, June 29, 2016
- Masters of Mankind: American Power Under Challenge - By Noam Chomsky, CounterPunch, June 16, 2016
- Noam Chomsky on US Military Presence in Europe and the Case of Edward Snowden - By Zain Raza, Truthout, May 13, 2016
- Noam Chomsky on the true costs of the War on Terror - By Noam Chomsky, Alternet, May 10, 2016
- Digging into IWW history: South Africa – John Philips - By Juan Conatz, Libcom.Org, June 24, 2016
- Helen Keller: Socialist, Pacifist, Women’s & Workers’ Rights Advocate - By Rivera Sun, CounterPunch, June 24, 2016
- Raid on IWW at Boulder Dam - By Juan Conatz, Libcom.Org, June 13, 2016
- A review of Left of the left: my memories of Sam Dolgoff by Anatole Dolgoff - By Juan Conatz, Libcom.org, July 19, 2016
By Benjamin Charles - Baltimore IWW, May 26, 2016
FREDERICK, MD-- Workers at True Technical Experts LLC (TTX), an IT subcontractor for major retailers, have gone on strike today demanding an end to wage theft and harassment, and demanding recognition of their union, the Industrial Workers of the World. The workers have submitted a list of demands, which includes raising wages to the industry standard, regular hours, and an anti-harassment pledge from the business’s owner, David Gerlak. IWW workers at TTX have struck twice in the past two months over unpaid wages, winning their back pay both times, although Gerlak has refused to recognize the union. Minutes after being contacted by an IWW representative, Gerlak declared that he had fired two striking employees, in obvious violation of federal labor law.
TTX is a small IT subcontractor whose workers install cabling and other hardware for some of the nation’s largest retailers, such as Target and CVS. As is often the case, their work is handled by a complex chain of contractors and subcontractors, producing a “race to the bottom” where wage theft and poor working conditions are common. For over a year, workers at TTX have organized underground for job stability, respect at work, and an end to substandard wages and conditions.
“We’re tired of being treated like machines,” said TTX field technician Andrew K. “If David won’t treat us like human beings, with basic respect and dignity, we’ll just have to force him to. We are prepared to stay out on strike for as long as it takes.”
This is not the first time these major retailers have had labor issues with their subcontractors. Following years of protests and strikes by a Minneapolis-based workers’ center representing janitorial workers, Target agreed to language stipulating that “cleaning companies it works with cannot interfere with workers’ organizing rights, must follow wage-and-hour laws and must establish worker safety committees.” While no such language currently exists for their IT subcontractors, TTX workers are confident that, with a little encouragement, Target will soon extend its ideals to them as well.
Gerlak has made repeated threats to fire two workers who are members of the IWW, and even threatened to shut down the business in retaliation for union activity. The Baltimore IWW is filing Unfair Labor Practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board against TTX for these blatantly illegal threats.
The workers are asking supporters to stand in solidarity by donating to their strike fund. Donations can be made at https://www.crowdrise.com/support-trutech-workers-organizing
By Admin - Portland IWW, May 1, 2016
Portland, OR – In a historic move, workers at Portland-area fast food chain Burgerville announced at a rally in the Clinton Street Theater on April 26th that they were forming a union, the Burgerville Workers Union, in affiliation with the Portland branch of the IWW. They marched from the theater to the Burgerville location at Southeast 26th and Clinton to present their demands:
- an immediate $5 an hour raise
- affordable, quality healthcare
- a safe and healthy workplace
- fair and consistent scheduling with ample notice
- a supportive, sustainable workplace including paid maternity/paternity leave
- free childcare and transportation stipends
A typical Burgerville worker makes only $9.60 an hour, and is typically scheduled just 26 hours a week, just under the 30 hours a week which would make them eligible to receive benefits. That equals out to about $990 a month before taxes. To put that into perspective, the average apartment rent in Portland is $1,275 a month for a one bedroom apartment, and most apartment complexes require prospective tenants income to exceed 3 times the amount of the rent.
“Most people can’t even afford to have an apartment. In Portland, everyone knows that the cost of living is insane. It basically took me a second job to be able to have a place of my own. I couldn’t afford it with what Burgerville pays me,” said Greg, Burgerville worker and union member.
Other workers cited problems with management’s uncaring attitude toward their employees: “I need to be able to take a sick day without fear of retaliation,” stated Robert, a Burgerville worker at the Powell location.
The workers forming the Burgerville Workers Union represent a cross-section of the community – young people, seniors, mothers, fathers, students, and grandparents. They put passion into their work, and want to improve their workplaces for themselves, their co-workers, and the community.
“We’re trying to make Burgerville a better place – I just want to be able to do my job and be paid a living wage. This is going to make Burgerville better, by having happy employees that work hard and are proud of their jobs” said Debbie, Burgerville Worker Union member.
The Burgerville Workers Union is supported by the Portland IWW and endorsed by a coalition of local unions and community groups, including ILWU Local 5, IATSE Local 28, SEIU Local 49, Portland Association of Teachers, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Portland Solidarity Network (PDXSol), Portland Jobs with Justice, Blue Heron Collective (Reed College), Portland Central America Solidarity Committee, Alberta Cooperative Grocery Collective Management, Hella 503 Collective, Marilyn Buck Abolitionist Collective and People’s Food Co-op.
To lend your support and solidarity, check out the Burgerville Workers Union website.
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- HOUSING STRUGGLES: Portland Tenants United organize against eviction and displacement
- ....and more!
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