Submitted on Tue, 06/14/2005 - 5:38pm
BERKELEY, CA - At 1:45 PM on Tuesday June 14, the recycling yard at Community Conservation Centers, Inc., better known as Buyback, grew suddenly silent. The paper line stopped, followed by glass and plastic. The forklifts and trucks pulled into parking spaces, and the roar of their engines died.
The workers gathered in the parking lot in front of the office, donning IWW pins and hats. They chanted ¡Sí se puede! and filed into General Manager Jeff Belchamber’s office. FW Jose Alvarez stepped to the front of the group.
“Yo Jeff, we’ve got some things we want to say to you,” Jose said.
Shop steward Randy Addison read the workers’ list of demands: a pay raise, an end to the job classification system that keeps some workers making far less then their fellow workers, more paid holidays (an issue that had resulted in a wildcat strike on MLK Day of this year), an end to the co-payment workers pay to see a doctor, more vacation time, and more opportunity for training and advancement.
Submitted on Wed, 05/11/2005 - 3:45pm
Meet Joe Hill, By Tom Walsh - Sacramento News and Review
"You've got to get down here right away. They're tearing down the
Morrison grocery building."
"And the significance of that is ..."
"Geez. You don't know the story of the Wobblies and Joe
I didn't, but I would. I was working as a reporter in Salt
Lake City, and soon I would be fascinated by the Joe Hill arrest and
execution. Like many people my age, I was woefully under-informed about
the history of the radical labor movement in this country.