Submitted on Fri, 08/08/2014 - 1:41pm
By the IWW Gender Equity Committee
August 1, 2014
Events of harassment, sexual violence, abuse and misogyny have transpired in many branches and projects of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). A recent job survey showed that 1 in 6 people experience sexual harassment in the workplace. This survey goes on to say that 51% of those harassed say it was from a peer, not their boss. However grassroots and radical our union's purpose, as a union made up entirely of peers, without bosses, we are not exempt from societal norms—such as the subjugation of people based on sex, gender identity, race, disability, sexual orientation and class. Women and gendered minorities within this union are intensely and disproportionately affected and victimized by these incidents which are without a doubt the rotten fruit of patriarchy.
Submitted on Fri, 08/08/2014 - 1:08pm
From the IWW - Rio Grande Valley, South Texas
Members and Friends of the IWW: It was decided at the last IWW-RGV (South Texas) General Membership meeting to affiliate ourselves with the Human Rights Coalition of South Texas. This is a declared autonomous group "committed to the dialogue and movement for Human Rights in our Border Communities".
Submitted on Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:30pm
At the close of Work People's College Europe, fellow workers show solidarity outside Tegel prison in Berlin with the prisoners union, founded there at the end of May with the involvement of our incarcerated fellow worker Oliver Rast.
The prisoners union needs solidarity now.
Write to the Speakers of the prisoners union:
Speaker: Oliver Rast, Deputy: Attila-Aziz Genc
Submitted on Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:27pm
I.W.W. organizer Frank Little was in Butte, Montana, in the summer of 1917, organizing for the OBU after the disastrous Granite Mountain - Speculator Mine fire that killed 168 miners earlier that year. Early in the morning of August First, agents of the Copper Trust forced their way into his rooming house, dragged him out, and lynched him from a railroad trestle. He's buried in a Butte cemetery.
Fellow Workers will meet at Stodden Park in Butte (directions below) at noon on August 2nd for a potluck lunch and to get acquainted or re-acquainted, maybe have a brief organizing meeting; and maybe, if we're so inclined and anyone brings instruments, some music.
Then, after the potluck we'll convoy a mile or so down to the cemetery where FW Little is buried, have a brief ceremony, and hopefully some inspiring soapbox speeches and more music; and if necessary, do a little tidying up around FW Little's gravesite.
All this will be pretty informal, without a formal program or a rigid time schedule.
Remember, this will be a potluck, so bring something to eat, and enough extra to share !
Submitted on Tue, 07/22/2014 - 11:00am
By Lawrence Goun and Biko Koenig
Workers at Tom Cat Bakery sharpened their resistance against company attacks this summer with a solidarity BBQ in front of the Queens-based factory. Tom Cat's private equity owners, Ancor and Merit Capital, are seeking devastating health care cuts and other takeaways from workers in contract negotiations with the Bakery Union. Dual-card IWW members are leading a struggle to build long-term power and secure a good contract, after beating back a de-certification attempt from a mob-dominated union earlier this year.
“These out-of-town investors already have their mansions, while we barely can support our families. The cuts they're demanding are impossible and we're united against them,” said Marino Aquino, a night-shift packer at Tom Cat and a member of the IWW. “Our unity is our strength and we will keep the pressure on until justice prevails.”