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Submitted on Sun, 03/08/2015 - 6:13pm
By Patrick Murfin, March Industrial Worker
I was stunned and flattered when Nicki Meier asked me to profile my old friend and Fellow Worker Penny Pixler for this special Women’s Issue of the Industrial Worker. I was a bit intimidated too. I haven’t been asked to contribute to the paper I once helped edit for over three decades, and I fretted how some might respond to a man profiling one of the leading Wobbly women of the last 40 some odd years. Mostly I fretted about how to paint a human portrait that transcended biography or a hagiographic obituary. I started and stopped half a dozen times.
Submitted on Thu, 03/05/2015 - 1:55pm
Why a D.C. bike shop is joining a radical socialist union: The staff of Capitol Hill Bikes organized in solidarity with the hard-fought campaign at Capital Bikeshare.
By Lydia DePillis, Washington Post
Original story: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/05/why-a-d-c-bike-shop-is-joining-a-radical-socialist-union/
Call it copycat unionism: Sometimes one workplace’s organizing efforts spread to another.
That at least seems to be what's happening at Capitol Hill Bikes, whose nine-person staff voted in January to form the District Bicycle Workers' Union after watching the struggles of Capital Bikeshare workers to do the same.
Submitted on Sun, 03/01/2015 - 1:15pm
- Fired Hospitality Workers Fight Back With The London IWW
- Montreal Wobblies Participate In Disruptive Action At Canada Post
- IWW Toronto Harm Reduction Workers Win Pay For Fired Organizer
- Why Incarcerated Workers Should Join The IWW
- Celebrating (Working) Women’s History Month
- Review: Staughton Lynd On War & National Identity
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Submitted on Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:56am
Pro-Claimant Demo Gets Great Public Support in West Derby
By the Liverpool IWW
Members of Liverpool IWW joined around a dozen activists, including people from the benefits advice group Reclaim, outside West Derby job centre on Eaton Road this lunchtime. This was part of a national day of action in solidarity with Scottish Unemployed Workers Network activist Tony Cox. Tony was arrested on 29th January after Arbroath job centre management called police to stop him representing a vulnerable jobseeker. We protested to drive home the message that ‘advocacy is not a crime’, and aiming to build towards smashing sanctions against unemployed workers.
Submitted on Sun, 02/22/2015 - 5:52pm
By X331980, The Sakuma Brothers Farms, Inc. berry boycott campaign spread to yet another grocery store in Bellingham, Wash. on Feb. 21. A large group of Wobs and friends picketed a Haggen Foods grocery store on behalf of the Familias Unidas por la Justicia farm workers union. This was the first of these boycott pickets organized by the Whatcom-Skagit IWW, and it drew a good crowd. A large, bright red “Boycott Berries” banner attracted attention from the busy street in front of the store. Other picketed on the busy street corner two blocks down. Some pickets held signs supporting the nationwide boycott of Driscoll’s berries and Häagen-Dazs ice cream, large purchasers of berries grown at Sakuma Farms in Burlington, Wash. Some signs urged drivers to “honk your support farm worker justice” and drivers did. Others leafleted customers entering the parking lot with information about the boycott.