Submitted on Śro, 01/21/2015 - 4:48pm
The Cambridge, MA Police are persecuting a union activist merely for picketing. Click here to donate to his legal & living expenses.
On November 14, 2013, Cambridge cops, aided by the HUPD*, attacked a peaceful picket of union-busting Insomnia Cookies, where workers had gone on strike for $15/hr, paid health care, and a union. The cops grabbed IWW member Jason by the throat, threw him on the ground and pinned him partially under a car. Jason was cuffed and dragged away, charged with with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assaulting a cop, even though the only assault committed was by the police against him.
Submitted on Czw, 01/15/2015 - 8:54pm
The London IWW branch and the Angry Language Brigade will be holding a protest picket at Leicester square School of English:
When: 11:30am until 2:00pm on Saturday 17th Jan
Where: 22 Leicester Square, WC2H 7LE (map - https://goo.gl/maps/JeBKl )
Click here for Facebook Event Page
THE STORY SO FAR
Having already occupied their school, staff at the Leicester Square School of English are organising a picket this Saturday, 17th of January. Here's why.
Since the Christmas holidays, workers at the Leicester Square School of English have been in a major wage theft dispute with the school and its owner, Craig Tallents. Both the Angry Language Brigade and the IWW have been organising the dispute.
Submitted on Pon, 01/12/2015 - 9:28pm
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- Strange Encounters: World Meeting Of Popular Movements In Vatican City
- Windsor Wobblies Build Street Solidarity
- The Centennial Commemoration Of Joe Hill
- Review: Doing (And Making) History From Below
- Prisoner Letters: Crime And Punishment
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Submitted on Pon, 01/12/2015 - 5:27pm
On the Beaches of Santa Monica, Temp Workers Organize With the IWW
By Shyolanda Montana, Labor Notes
There’s a hidden underside to Santa Monica, California’s idyllic exterior.
Santa Monica is a beautiful beachfront city: breezes from the Pacific Ocean, a year-round Mediterranean climate, 3.5 miles of beaches. Seven million visitors a year flock here—generating $1.63 billion.
But the workers who maintain the city are hired on an as-needed basis, earning poverty-level wages, lacking benefits and the ability to form a union.
I am one of them. I’ve been employed as a temporary employee in beach bathroom maintenance for four years. I struggle to earn a living and hold an extra job so I can earn enough money to survive.
Submitted on Wto, 01/06/2015 - 12:50pm
For the last year-and-a-half, the IWW in Windsor has been working on a campaign to organize panhandlers and buskers in the downtown core of this border city. The campaign started out as the Windsor Street Solidarity Committee and in late 2014 has expanded to form the Windsor Panhandlers and Buskers Union.
In late November 2014 I had the pleasure of sitting down with Fellow Worker (FW) Richard from the Windsor General Membership Branch (GMB) and one of the main organizers in the Windsor Panhandler and Buskers Union. He explained how the campaign started: “At first we really just did what were basically patrols with branch members around downtown.” At this point they called themselves the “Street Solidarity Committee.”