Submitted by x359437 on Mo, 04/22/2013 - 5:10pm
From the Industrial Worker
Happy Earth Day fellow workers! To celebrate, Wobblies in the Bay Area today protested the Keystone XL pipeline. Read more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/247835108693864/
Submitted by x359437 on Do, 04/18/2013 - 4:45pm
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On April 1st, 5 workers were fired at Chicago-Lake Liquors, Minnesota's highest volume liquor store, for asking for better wages. Two days prior, they presented a petition signed by co-workers to management asking for a $1 raise in the starting wage from $8 an hour to $9 an hour, an across the board $1 raise, and a raise in the starting wage from $10.50 an hour to $13.
The five fired workers, Joe Giwoyna, Davis Ritsema, Max Specktor, Arella Vargas, and Hallie Wallace went public as members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and Food & Retail Workers United, an organizing committee of the IWW.
They have filed Unfair Labor Practices (ULPs) with the National Labor Relations Board and have been doing actions at Chicago Lake Liquors demanding they be rehired, that their wage demands be met, and that their bosses stop union busting.
Submitted by x359437 on So, 04/14/2013 - 4:53pm
From the Indiana IWW
Wobblies showing solidarity at the Indiana University strike! In all we had 21 FWs come out to IU Bloomington to support the effort.
Submitted by x359437 on Di, 04/09/2013 - 12:21pm
The I.W.W. Sisters' Camelot Canvass Union has been on strike now for 39 days, since management refused to recognize their right to unionize and negotiate with the worker's union. Last week the striking worker's union offered management a package deal in hopes of ending the strike and returning to work. In this deal all issues related to pay were taken off the table, leaving only the bare minimum terms needed by the workers to have enough workplace democracy to end the strike. This offer included 8 of the original 18 terms of unionization intended to be worked out at the negotiating table.
Since the canvassers at Sisters Camelot went public as a union, the management has simply refused to attempt any negotiation to recognize the workers right to be unionized, and even illegally fired a union member in retaliation. This last deal was an attempt by the canvass union to offer the management the easiest possible deal for them to accept so canvassers can return to work and continue discussion about the issues they took off the table at a later time.
Submitted by x359437 on Sa, 04/06/2013 - 10:17am
*Picket Supporting IWW Liquor Store Workers Fired for Union Activity, 7PM, Intersection of Chicago Ave and Lake St, Minneapolis, MN*
On Saturday, April 6th, passers-by will be treated to the sight of a large picket outside of Minnesota’s highest volume liquor store, Chicago-Lake liquors. Picketers will hold signs and chant slogans of support for the workers of the store, five of whom were fired after asking for higher wages as a part of a union drive with the Industrial Workers of the World.