Submitted by x359437 on Wed, 06/12/2013 - 10:15pm
The trial to seek a court order for IWW Sisters Camelot Canvass Union member shugE Mississippi to be rehired and be awarded back pay took place last week on June 6 & 7. Both sides called witnesses and cross-examined them in a courtroom in front of an administrative law judge at the Minneapolis NLRB office.
The most surprising testimonies came when NLRB lawyers representing shugE Mississippi cross-examined Sisters' Camelot managing collective member Eric Gooden and ex-managing collective member Clay Hansen.
Near the end of the trial's first day Eric Gooden admitted under oath that shugE Mississippi was never fired from Sisters' Camelot in 2009, contradicting a claim given in the written statement approved by the managing collective and read aloud on the March 4th, 2013 when shugE Mississippi's contract was terminated. Gooden also clarified in testimony that the language of the firing statement did mean to assert that shugE Mississippi was fired in 2009, which clarifies that the managing collective approved lying publicly about the events of 2009.
Submitted by IWW.org Editor on Mon, 06/03/2013 - 5:16am
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Submitted by x359437 on Tue, 05/28/2013 - 1:47pm
Union Claims Victory And Presses Owner John Wolf To Rehire 5 Employees
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Almost two months after 5 employees at Chicago-Lake Liquors were fired for presenting a petition to management asking for higher wages, the National Labor Relations Board indicated yesterday that it found merit in the charges that the firings were a violation of federal labor law, as well as two other charges against the employer relating to ongoing organizing. The fired workers are now calling for Chicago-Lake’s owner, John Wolf, to respect the law and rehire them. The workers and their supporters will picket outside the store at 7:30PM on Friday, May 24th, asking customers to shop elsewhere for the evening in solidarity with the campaign for higher wages and union rights.
Submitted by x359437 on Wed, 05/22/2013 - 3:23pm
The Sisters' Camelot Canvass Union is asking supporters to call/text/email the remaining Sisters' Camelot collective members demanding they turn over information regarding their contractually owed back wages. For weeks, the striking canvassers have been confronting their bosses requesting this information. The wages owed to them come from their share of online donations. The collective has not paid the canvassers share of these funds since October 2012.
1. Ask they turn over information for online donations and 'call backs' to the Canvass Union.
2. If they say they don't have access to the information because the only person with access has not been responding to other collective members phone calls for the last several weeks, remind them they can contact PayPal and Network for Good themselves requesting access to the information.
3. If they say the canvassers contracts do not explicitly say they are owed these funds, remind them this has been policy at Sisters' Camelot for many years, regardless of how vague the contracts are worded.
Submitted by IWW.org Editor on Thu, 05/16/2013 - 1:23pm
By x363464 - May 16, 2013
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