Submitted on Fri, 05/30/2014 - 10:24am
By Mick Parsons (X373896), Secretary-Treasurer KY GMB
Louisville, KY – The statewide General Membership Branch for Kentucky received it’s charter from GHQ. The GMB, which grew out of a Facebook discussion group with the diligent work of delegate JP Wright (bottom, left). Elected Officers include Secretary-Treasurer Mick Parsons (upper, 2nd from left), and Press Relations Officer Regan Sova (bottom, center).
The Kentucky GMB has already been in front of the public, setting up an informational table/store at the Mighty Kindness Festival, held Saturday, April 26 at Waterfront Park's Brown-Forman Amphitheater. Members have also participated in the Informational Action against Insomnia Cookies, a Jobs for Justice Rally in the West End, and the May 24th March Against Monstanto.
Anyone interested in being a part of the Kentucky GMB should contact Secretary-Treasurer Mick Parsons at email@example.com
Submitted on Wed, 05/07/2014 - 6:19pm
By the Twin Cities IWW
On May 4th 2014, members of the Twin Cities IWW and supporters withstood a violent and deliberate attack on a picket of Sisters’ Camelot, whose canvass workers went on strike in March of 2013 and have endured vicious union-busting efforts from the organization ever since. After some twenty minutes of peaceful picketing, Sisters’ Camelot supporters organized an escalating series of attacks and attempts to break the picket line, eventually tackling an IWW member to the ground and beating him until other Wobblies pulled them away.
Submitted on Wed, 05/07/2014 - 6:12pm
The International Solidarity Commission (ISC) of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) sends our solidarity to all workers occupying the Greif-Sanjut factory, a division of the US enterprise, Greif, since February 10. We condemn the police and gendarmerie raid in the early daylight hours of April 10. Due to this attack many workers have been taken into custody and abused, including, Mehmet Ali Karabulut, who was reporting for the left publication Kizil Bayrak.
The Greif factory, a manufacturer of packaging products, has been occupied by 500 workers who are members of the Confederation of Revolutionary Trade Unions in Turkey (DİSK). Workers at the Greif factory are struggling for several issues. The most urgent problems are: low wages, which are currently below the poverty line; 44 subcontractor companies working for the Greif bosses, and excessive workplace accidents. Workers, including the core workforce and subcontracted workers, decided to occupy the factory after the managers refused to negotiate concerning their problems.
Submitted on Tue, 05/06/2014 - 7:07pm
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Submitted on Wed, 04/30/2014 - 10:46pm
By Staughton Lynd
This article originally appeared in the May 2014 Industrial Worker
On May 1, 1886, the first general strike in U.S. history brought workers into the streets on behalf of one simple demand: an eight-hour working day. Their anthem was:
“We want to feel the sunshine;
We want to smell the flowers;
We’re sure (that) God has willed it
And we mean to have eight hours.
We’re summoning our forces from
Shipyard, shop and mill;
Eight hours for work, eight hours for rest,
Eight hours for what we will.”
As is the case in the movement of low-wage workers today, the movement for eight hours was characterized by skilled and less-skilled workers, and workers in different trades, making common cause.