IWW’s & Allies Support 7/19/14 Die-In Protesting Israel’s Massacre in Gaza

This Saturday hundreds of activists held a die-in at Boston’s central Park Street MBTA Station to protest the Isreali state’s cruel assault on Palestine. Participants held signs memorializing the names of recent victims of Isreal’s attacks, many of them children, and what they were doing when they were killed by Israel, which of course is funded and supported by the US government. Wobs took a break from our successful union organizing training to support the action. When right-wing pro-Israel counter-demonstrators (who were likely paid provocateurs) tried to shut down the speeches, IWW’s and others physically prevented them from intimidating speakers, moving between them and their intended targets.

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Join the IWW, become a union organizer! 11 am – 5 pm, 7/19-20

Boston’s Industrial Workers of the World is holding Organizing Training 101 this weekend. OT 101 covers the basics of union organizing including: how to pick strategic targets for union drives, gathering contacts, mapping workplaces, holding one-on-one discussions with potential union members, asking workers to join, and going public with a union drive. OT 101 is open to all IWW members, so feel free to show up at the training if you want to join the IWW but are not yet a member. OT 101 will be held this Saturday and Sunday, July 19-20, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. at encuentro 5, 9 Hamilton Place, Suite 2A, in Boston, at the Park St T stop and 2 blocks from Downtown Crossing.101 Trainer's Manual v2.3

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Boston IWW meets, Sunday July 13, 2 pm, 9 Hamilton Place, Suite 2a, Boston

Local IWW’s (also known as Wobblies) are actively engaged in solidarity campaigns, supporting other workers in struggle like Boston’s embattled school bus drivers! We are training Wobbly organizers and building our capacity to launch more IWW union drives, concentrating on super-exploited service sector workers. All members of the working class (including the unemployed and those who labor unpaid at home) are eligible to join the IWW. If you’re sick of inequality, workplace injustice and an inhumane, profit-driven economic system, come check out the One Big Union! We meet at Encuentro 5, 9 Hamilton Place, Suite 2a, steps from the Park St. T and two blocks from Downtown Crossing. join_the_iww_by_party9999999-d5mg3oy

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Wobs & Allies Support Boston School Bus Drivers!

On June 30, local IWW’s turned out to support Boston’s school bus drivers, who are facing down union-busting Veolia Corporation (notorious for running segregated bus services to illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, as well as for poor workmanship on projects for the city of Lynn MA (which caused sewer overflows and flooding & left the city $22 million poorer), among many other scandals). United Steelworkers’ Local 8751 brought hundreds of drivers and supporters to this important rally. Veolia, aided and abetted by pro-big business, anti-worker politicians (including Boston’s Mayor Walsh) is trying to destroy the union. But drivers have been fighting back for months, and are determined to preserve their rights and their union. The IWW will stand with them until they win!ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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July 4 Annual Anti-imperialist picnic!


Annual Anti-imperialist picnic!

Annual Anti-imperialist picnic!
Friday, July 4
at 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Charles River in Brighton (near Charles River Canoe & Kayak)

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Not feeling red white and blue? Left cold by summertime glorifications of militarism and empire? Bring your loved ones and friends to the annual Anti-Imperialist Picnic, held on the banks of the Charles River near Charles River Canoe & Kayak <http://www.paddleboston.com/boston/directions.php&gt;.

This will be a family-friendly celebration featuring fun, food and games. Please feel free to bring a dish or snack to share, or just show up!

The 2014 Anti-Imperialist Picnic is sponsored by Boston’s Industrial Workers of the World.

This event will be smoke-free.

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Jake and the Infernal Machine CD release


WEDs * July 2nd * 6PM

At the Burrow in Lower Allston (Email trenchesfullofpoets (AT) riseup.net for the address).


Evan Greer: Radical genderqueer singer/songwriter, parent, and community organizer based in Boston. She writes and performs high-energy acoustic songs that inspire hope, build community, and incite resistance! – http://www.evangreer.org/

Jake and the Infernal Machine: Boston rebel punk and folk. Releasing a new CD – “Rise Like Fire!” http://www.JakeandtheInfernalMachine.com/

The Old Edison: HoodFolk from Boston, MA.


Radical Apathy: Local anarcho-syndicalist punk.


To Benefit:
Prison Action News – Prisoner writings about resistance behind bars distributed for free to prisoners.


WEDs * July 2nd * 6PM
Abolition-FestAt the Burrow in Lower Allston (Email trenchesfullofpoets (AT) riseup.net for the address).

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IWW Canvassers Strike Over Unpaid Wages

IWW Canvassers Strike Over Unpaid Wages

By Shane Burley, Labor Notes

A crew of nine marijuana legalization canvassers walked off their jobs and into the Portland office of the Industrial Workers of the World June 5, looking to form a union.

The workers at the Oregon Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp had been refused paychecks they were owed. This was on top of several past bounced paychecks. After their checks did not arrive on the late schedule and management would not even discuss it, they walked out.

With IWW support, the canvassers have formed the United Campaign Workers. In a joint statement they pointed to a “culture of secrecy and information repression that make incidents like this an ongoing problem.”

Before they will return to work, they want a written agreement from management offering them the $15-an-hour pay rate and correct overtime they were promised when they were hired.

After a first march on the boss, they started a call-in campaign, asking supporters and union partners to phone the campaign headquarters and express support. Meanwhile, the campaign has hired other canvassers to replace them.

A second demonstration June 13 brought dozens of supporters from the Portland IWW, Portland Solidarity Network, Jobs with Justice, and Rose City Resistance, who marched up the street and into the campaign office. A worker spokesperson tried to present the demands to canvass director Kyle Purdy—who screamed and swore at the protesters, claiming he represented a “real grassroots” campaign.

“Grassroots doesn’t mean you’re held to a different [lower] standard than everyone else,” said worker Misha Litvak. “It means you should hold yourself to a higher standard.”

Three Thousand Signatures a Day

The campaign has been gathering signatures for I-21, the Oregon Cannabis Amendment, which would end all legal penalties for marijuana products and extend growing permissions to adult Oregonians. It’s paired with the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, I-22, which would override existing laws to create a new regulatory framework and funnel money from marijuana sales into state programs.

Workers say they support the campaign and would like to see it pass. The crew repeatedly asked to go back to work, and noted that this crew alone pulled in 600 signatures a day. That meant the campaign had so far lost an estimated 3,000 signatures due to the strike.

Though the initiative campaign has large nonprofit and union support, the local Jobs with Justice presented a community petition demanding that it negotiate with the newly formed union.

Precarious work is the norm in canvassing jobs, whether fundraising for nonprofits or promoting specific legislation or candidates. Many of these projects are underfunded, and bounced paychecks are a common complaint. So are other issues that come with unstable employment, like a lack of say in scheduling.

The Working Families Party has had similar issues with canvassers. During a 2012 campaign in support of Democrat Ted O’Brien’s run for New York State senate, many canvassers raised accusations of missed paychecks. With double and triple shifts coming up closer to election time, a group arranged a march on the boss demanding back pay and a bonus for election day.

But in recent labor disputes at the Twin Cities food justice nonprofit Sisters’ Camelot, board members have used connections in the local progressive scene to diminish support for striking workers.

Replacements Too Were Promised $15

At the Oregon campaign, newly hired workers were completely confounded by the June 13 action: they didn’t know they’d been brought in to replace strikers. They’re being offered the same wage that the striking workers were originally offered, but never actually granted.

After managers threatened to call in the police, workers and community supporters took the demonstration outside.

In an effort to get management to the table, workers have already backed off some of their earlier demands, including health care, and a bonus for workers with dependent children who were not able to purchase groceries after paychecks bounced.

Workers say a manager made the argument that it was “heteronormative” to provide the bonus for people caring for small children.

“As a member of the LGBT community, I find that highly offensive,” said worker Ken Kautz. “It is not ‘heteronormative’ to have dependents, to have children.”

A larger contingent plans to return to the campaign headquarters this morning.

Shane Burley works with the IWW, the VOZ Workers Center, and the Portland Solidarity Network on wage-theft campaigns. He recently completed a documentary about housing justice movements, Expect Resistance.

To find out more about the campaign or how to help, contact the United Campaign Workers at unitedcampaignworkers@gmail.com.

– See more at: http://labornotes.org/blogs/2014/06/pro-marijuana-canvassers-strike-over-unpaid-wages#sthash.uMxjreX9.dpuf

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