Submitted on Thu, 12/11/2008 - 6:18pm
By Richard Becker - Tuesday, December 9, 2008, Originally posted at Party for Liberation and Socialism.
A sit-in and protest was held in San Francisco on Dec. 9 as an act of
solidarity with workers who have been sitting-in since Dec. 5 at the
Republic Windows and Doors factory in Chicago . Four people were
arrested after sitting in at a downtown office of the Bank of America
during the protest in San Francisco.
Bank of America, which has received tens of billions in taxpayers
money from the bank bailout, triggered the plant closing by cutting off
credit to the company to pay workers their wages and ongoing expenses.
The shutdown of the plant without notice is a violation of federal law.
The workers, members of the United Electrical Workers union, have
refused to leave the factory until they are paid in full for wages,
unused vacation time and other compensation due to them. They are also
demanding that Bank of America extend credit so that the plant can
remain open and they can keep their jobs.
Submitted on Thu, 12/04/2008 - 8:45pm
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Submitted on Sat, 08/09/2008 - 11:23am
The workers and management at Stonemountain & Daughter, a Berkley California based Fabric Store, have signed a new contract. Tentative agreement on the contract was reached in the final bargaining session on the night of June 26th, the shop vote was unanimous in favor of the contract, and the contract was officially ratified on July 22nd.
The gains for all the workers in the shop are huge: a raise in the starting wage from $9.25 per hour to $10.60 per hour, employer funded health care for employees working over 24 hours per week, a 35% raise in paid time off, new holidays, and even an easy chair in the break room. In a win for the campaign to retain the eight hour day, all overtime is now guaranteed to be voluntary, meaning that anyone who chooses to work only eight hours cannot be disciplined for refusing overtime.
Submitted on Fri, 07/11/2008 - 3:08am
By J. Pierce and Steve O.
The Bay Area IWW held an informational leafleting at a Starbucks cafe in Alameda, CA., at the busy intersection of Park Street and Central Avenue on Sunday July 6. Making good contact with the baristas inside, and a few passers-by who happened also to be Starbucks employees, we expressed our solidarity and offered our support in their efforts to gain more control over their jobs.
The demonstration was small, as it was organized at the last minute. The IWW members present made sure that the workers inside were aware that this demonstration was in solidarity with Grand Rapids, Michigan IWW member and Starbucks Barista Cole Dorsey and CNT Starbucks Barista, Monica. The organizers also made it clear to the baristas in Alameda that this demonstration did not target them and that the Starbucks Union is not (yet) calling for a boycott of Starbucks.
Submitted on Tue, 05/20/2008 - 4:09am
By: J. Pierce with Adam Welch
Independent truckers in California's San Joaquin Valley shut down their rigs on Friday, May 2nd declaring an open-ended strike. At $4.80 a gallon, sky-rocketing diesel prices top the list of grievances. As their main demand, drivers insist on doubling the rates paid for hauling a container. The second biggest demand is a fuel surcharge of upwards of 55%. The brokers currently pay surcharges varying from 30-40%. If drivers can keep the trucking bosses from stealing it, the increased surcharge would help place the burden back on those who can afford it.
"We're fighting for survival." That's how Gerardo Cordoba explains the struggle. He's been driving for 10 years and raises a seven year-old on what he brings home after costs. The rates haven't seen an increase in a decade and most truckers bring home less than $30,000 year. In fact, when asked how much an average driver earns, Dewey Obtinalla, a Filipino driver who regularly does long haul up the coast, replied, "If you're making $30,000, that's good, very good... With fuel, insurance, and registration, I don't know a lot of people who are doing that well." Brave strikers don't need to look far
for others willing to fight.