Posted on November 28, 2012 by dsalaborblogmoderator
by Jim Nichols
(Nov 24) So I’ve got final papers for class to write so I don’t really have time to do the kind of in-depth structured/well-edited blog post I want to write on yesterday’s historic Walmart strike and the solidarity picket lines held all across the country.
Instead I’m going to throw out some of my thoughts and some of the pictures I shot from yesterday’s action here in Atlanta. Hopefully it’ll come out clear and coherent enough for you.
Pardon my ramble…
As someone who was watching the Occupy Wall Street movement quite closely from right out of the gate I can say that I’m feeling the same level of excitement with what transpired all across the nation yesterday that I felt with Occupy.
I remember sitting at the Occupy Atlanta General Assembly the weekend before OA voted to occupy the park being simply overwhelmed with enthusiasm.
I also remember quite clearly driving back into the suburbs that evening to meet up for dinner with the wife and some friends and being struck with internal confusion about the fact that neither my wife nor friends could really care less, nor quite catch on from my slight pokes and prods about the reasons for my jovial excitement in regards to what was about to blow up here in Atlanta.
I feel a similar sense of excitement about the efforts by employees at Walmart @ForRespect.
Filed under: Labor and Occupy, Low wage workers, Organizing | Tagged: @ForRespect, occupy, Our Walmart, Walmart, Walmart strike | 1 Comment »
Posted on September 1, 2012 by dsalaborblogmoderator
Laundry Workers Center
Hot and Crusty occupation starts–photo courtesy Bryan Sargent
New York, NY, August 31, 2012 – Following news of an impending store closure, workers at the 63rd street location of Hot and Crusty bakery have called for a 24-hour picket and store occupation, alleging the company has deliberately withheld rent payments following a hard-fought and successful unionization drive in May 2012. The company, owned by private equity partner Mark Samson, gave the Hot and Crusty Workers Association 11 days notice of eviction from the property, informing employees that August 31st would be their last day.
The union, led by grassroots labor organization Laundry Workers Center and a contingent from Occupy Wall Street, students, faith and community members are occupying the workplace and holding an around-the-clock picket demanding the company discontinue its union-busting tactics, pay its rent immediately, and continue to negotiate a fair contract with its workers. The company has used several bait-and-switch tactics during negotiations, threatening workers’ immigration status to deter their commitment to continuing the fight.
Filed under: Labor and Occupy, Low wage workers, Strikes and work action, Worker Centers | Tagged: Hot and Crusty, Hot and Crusty Workers Association, Laundry Workers Center, occupy Wall Street | Leave a comment »
Posted on May 9, 2012 by dsalaborblogmoderator
by Josh Eidelson
Sotheby’s New York auction house made international headlines last week, selling Edvard Much’s painting “The Scream” for a record $119.9 million. But few stories mentioned what was happening outside the auction: picketing by 150 artists, activists, and locked-out art handlers.
“Tonight, the irony persists,” said Sotheby’s worker Julian Tysh. “Sotheby’s is selling a copy of the scream – an artful interpretation of human anguish and suffering – and they’re going to profit tremendously tonight, while at the same time they continue to create anguish and suffering among their own workforce.”
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Posted on April 20, 2012 by dsalaborblogmoderator
(Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO)Public school teachers, union organizers, non-profit staffers, a yoga teacher, a think tank fellow, and retirees all came together at the AFL-CIO yesterday to participate in DC Jobs with Justice’s 99% Spring training, a part of the nation-wide 99% Spring which aims to train 100,000 people in non-violent direct action. Both seasoned organizers and people new to political action attended the training, where they watched the movie “Heist” about the causes of the economic collapse and participated in role-plays about direct actions from leafleting to escalated actions. “With this training, we can really put together some great actions” said Coleson Breen, a participant in the training and the Co-Chair of the Metro DC Democratic Socialists of America. “I’m feeling very optimistic about the spring.”
report/photo by Ben Kreider from LiUNA
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Posted on April 11, 2012 by dsalaborblogmoderator
Posted on April 10, 2012 by dsalaborblogmoderator
by Mike Hall
This is the 99% Spring and you can join with more than 100,000 activists from unions, community, faith and other progressive groups to take the economy back from the 1% and challenge corporate greed.
Starting Monday, April 9, and running through April 15, hundreds of training sessions around the country are set for activists to learn how to take back the economy. The sessions will prepare you to tell the story of what happened to our economy and who’s responsible and learn nonviolent direct action tactics. Click here to find a training session near you.
Participants in the training sessions will focus actions on Tax Day (April 17), when across the nation they’ll raise their voices to demand the 1% pay their fair share. To find local Tax Wealth not Work events, go to www.americawantstowork.org.
The 99% Spring activists will focus on at least 40 companies, including Verizon and Wells Fargo. In what’s been dubbed Shareholders’ Spring, activists will protest at shareholder meetings—including Bank of America’s annual meeting in Charlotte, N.C.
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Posted on April 7, 2012 by dsalaborblogmoderator
by Bob Simpson
Callng mass transit “a genuine civil rights issue,” the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), which represents transit workers across the nation, joined with the Occupy Movement, community organizations and transit riders to demand a revitalization of our transit systems. Citing such problems as “older vehicles, deferred maintenance and longer wait times for overcrowded buses and trains,” the ATU was also critical of service cuts and higher fares which have hit working class riders the hardest.
ATU national president Larry Hanley was inspired to ally ATU with the Occupy Movement when he learned of a proposal from Occupy Boston for a national day of protest around transit issues. Occupy Boston had issued this statement:
“In Boston and in cities around the country, our hard-won and necessary transportation systems are under attack. Their viability is being threatened by savage cuts and fare hikes in a calculated push toward privatization by corrupt and unresponsive politicians and their corporate benefactors.”
Filed under: Labor and Occupy | Tagged: Amalgamated Transit Union, ATU, CTA, Occupy Chicago | 1 Comment »
Posted on April 5, 2012 by dsalaborblogmoderator
By Roger Sikes
On the morning of March 26 Atlanta Jobs with Justice, Communications Workers of America Local 3204 and Occupy Atlanta united to declare victories. The groups announced a historic victory in preventing over 255 layoffs at AT&T, a result of community and worker pressure. AT&T workers whose jobs were saved by the campaign as well as key organizers will speak out. Following the press conference, the coalition of groups will close the 42 day long tent occupation.
AT&T workers had previously received a letter from the company in December 2011 informing them that there would be 740 layoffs in the southeast. AT&T’s announced slashing of good, middle class jobs followed an email graciously thanking its employees for creating record profits for the telecommunications giant while CEO Randall Stevenson was paid out a record $27 million.
On February 13th, activists staged a sit-in at AT&T’s Atlanta corporate offices in protest to the announced layoffs. The next day, hundreds of community supporters rallied outside the complex and launched over a month long occupation demanding that AT&T stop the layoffs and those scheduled to occur on March 15th.
Filed under: Labor and Occupy, Strikes and work action | Tagged: Atlanta, Atlanta Jobs with Justice, Atlanta JwJ, ATT, CWA | Leave a comment »
Posted on March 20, 2012 by dcampbell1
by Laura Clawson
Here we go again: Occupy Wall Street, I love much of what you do, but you don’t call a general strike unless you have some reason to believe—like, say, months of organizing and a ton of people committed—that people will actually stay out of work in response to your call. But no, Occupy Wall Street is calling for a general strike on May 1.
New York City’s unions aren’t on board even to the extent they’d be legally allowed to be. Their answer, even those most supportive of Occupy during the fall, is a pretty flat no—or would be if they’d been consulted about it. But at least some Occupy organizers say that doesn’t matter:
“Frankly there’s not enough union people in this country anyway, so even if you made every union person strike, you still couldn’t have everyone not working,” said Jeff Smith, an organizer since the beginning of Occupy.
Filed under: Labor and Occupy, Strikes and work action | Tagged: general strike, May Day, occupy | 4 Comments »
Posted on March 20, 2012 by dsalaborblogmoderator
by Amy Dean
An interview with Amy Schur of the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment.
Amy B. Dean
As one of the more promising offshoots of the Occupy movement, Occupy Our Homes – the grassroots effort to prevent evictions and foreclosures – has continued to organize throughout the winter. With millions of Americans underwater on their home loans or otherwise facing distress about their mortgages, the issue has the power to give the Occupy movement’s concerns concrete resonance for millions of people.
At the same time, organizers must make difficult strategic decisions about how to best take on the foreclosure crisis and how to scale up activism in order to make a national impact.
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