Submitted on Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:44am
From the Chicago IWW
Freshii Workers’ Union members and supporters staged a picket on Monday to demand an end to abuses by Freshii franchise owner Peter Irie.
The assembled group demanded that Irie re-hire illegally fired workers, cease union-busting tactics and attacks on union supporters, and officially recognize the Freshii Workers’ Union (FWU).
“Peter thinks that he can continue to abuse and disrespect his workers with no repercussions,” former Freshii employee Heather Sprigler said.
With Sprigler’s help, the FWU recently won back nearly $2,000 in unpaid back wages for store employees. Sprigler was subsequently fired for concerted activity. Irie officially cited Sprigler’s role in the campaign to recover unpaid wages as a reason for her termination.
Submitted on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 3:05pm
Below is an announcement from the IWW Greece regarding the events and the march planned for the memory of the one year of the murder of the P. Fyssas, an antifascist worker and artist by the members of Golden Dawn (the Greek Neo Nazi party).
Fascism is the unholy alliance of capitalism
Sept. 18, 2014 will mark one year since the murder of Pavlos Fyssas by thugs of the Golden Dawn. Under no circumstances should we forget this sacrifice, first because it is political assassination and secondly, because the cowardly assassination was primarily an effort of the political underworld to hit critical humanism and social consciousness.
The battle against fascism can give it successfully only united antifascist action and coordination within each neighborhood and workplace. The class struggle against the fascists, is inseparable from the struggle for the overthrow of capitalism and social emancipation.
Submitted on Tue, 09/09/2014 - 2:27pm
By the IWW Freshii Workers Union
Last month, Freshii workers at 200 w Randolph in Chicago marched on their boss to demand the return of nearly $2,000 in stolen wages and union recognition. Of the two demands, the stolen wages were returned to the workers. While the fight for union recognition continues, Heather Sprigler has been illegally fired in retaliation for her role in the organizing efforts. Last week, Alison Olhava fell ill and her boss, Peter Irie, cut her hours from a normal 35 a week to a dismal 8. Peter has refused to meet with Alison and her IWW representatives to discuss this change in scheduling.
Submitted on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 5:42pm
IWW member Chris "Max" Perkins has been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia. An experienced journeyman carpenter (and apprentice plumber & electrician), Max now takes chemotherapy. He is disabled from working due to symptoms and side effects like joint pain, nausea, lethargy and sleeplessness. He has spots on his lung and recently underwent a brain scan. Max's very small income means he urgently needs support with housing costs. His friends in the Boston GMB appeal to all Wobs who can contribute any funds to please consider supporting Max in a difficult time.
Submitted on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 10:04am
The IWW Survey & Research Committee (part of the Organizing Department Board) has just launched our 2014 member survey. We hope you can take 5-10 minutes of your time to complete this survey, and to share it with as many of your fellow workers as possible. Paper copies are also available upon request. The survey can be found at: http://bit.ly/Yg2SwA
The information you share with us will be vital in moving forward with organizing efforts around the world. This year, we are especially focused on understanding where fellow workers are organizing, as well as past efforts and future goals. The more comprehensive this survey is (i.e. the more people who respond!) the better we will be able to plan strategically and provide necessary trainings and resources. If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback about the survey, or are otherwise interested in the work of the SRC, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.