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Friday, November 21 2014 @ 06:04 PM CST

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Poland: Workers win strike at Belchatow Hospital

Workers who recently lost their jobs may be back to work soon as boss promises to re-establish pre-cut employment levels. Although we should wait until the contracts are actually signed to celebrate, workers won significant demands after refusing to work on Monday. 130 cleaners and meal servers gathered in the hospital lobby at 7AM, delivering their demands to the hospital director and demanding that the boss of the cleaning service company come to the hospital to negotiate.

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Professor Power! Educators Sock It To Anti-Union Retailer

Labor

New York, NY - Low-paid workers at the Utrecht Art Supplies store near Union Square got a big boost in their 8-month-old contract fight with the largest art supplier in the country on Tuesday, when a group of supportive professors marched into the East 13th Street store and served management with a petition calling on the Blick conglomerate to stop stalling, and improve employee working conditions now.

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Iron Workers Wildcat Strike in San Francisco

A wildcat strike took place in San Francisco on September 11th. The striking workers are affiliated with the Iron Workers Union. Local 377 of the Iron Workers Union struck against San Francisco Bay Area building contractors. The Ironworkers were upset that the union leadership had singed a deal with the contractors that did not give them much of anything. The contract gave the workers benefits with only a sixty-cent rise spread out over the period of a year while prices in the area were climbing.

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Jimmy John’s Workers Picket In Baltimore

Baltimore Jimmy John’s worker and veteran James Hegler was fired on Sept. 5 in retaliation for organizing a union at his workplace and participating in concerted activity against low wages and appalling working conditions. On Sunday, Oct. 19, workers and supporters picketed outside the Pratt Street Jimmy John’s to demand both the reinstatement of James Hegler and an end to illegal retaliation against workers.

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United Campaign Workers Challenge the Predatory Tactics of Grassroots Campaigns Inc.

LaborThe United Campaign Workers, a project of the Portland IWW, showed the depth of its campaigns as it organized at Grassroots Campaign Inc., where workers are raising money for "progressive" organizations like Planned Parenthood and The Nature Conservancy. The shocking working conditions were matched by union busting tactics against a workplace that saw 100% IWW membership.
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Santa Monica Beach Bathroom Workers Demand Union Recognition

As a volunteer organizer with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), I am proud to announce that a supermajority of the 11 "as needed" beach maintenance workers in Santa Monica just signed Industrial Workers of the World petitions to collectively bargain with the city of Santa Monica for permanent employment. This is a big deal, considering the degree of past exploitation of "as needed" which is a term for "temporary" employment, even when the employment is not temporary. In essence these workers are fighting for rights long denied in a city with a reputation for progressive policies.

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Phone / Email Blast to Fight Union Busting

Labor

On September 29th Insomnia Cookies fired union organizer Colin James for his union activity under the guise of company theft. Colin has been a model employee without a single write-up and has been organizing at Insomnia Cookies for over 6 months. This is the same union busting tactic this company used late last year, firing union organizer Tommy Mendez in Nov. of 2013.

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Klan-Baiting the Wobblies: Unreasonable

Labor

About the only thing A. Barton Hinkle gets right about the Industrial Workers of the World in “Meet the Left-Wing Extremist Running for U.S. Senate” is not calling them the “International Workers of the World”. Although at least Reason likening the “Wobblies”, whose founding antedates the Russian Revolution by over a decade, to “warmed-over Lenin” is not the most anachronistically wrong description published by a major libertarian organization. After all, the Ludwig von Mises Institute has called them Stalinist.

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Port trucker strike in Ningbo, China

On 18 August 2014 over 10,000 port truckers in Ningbo, China, went on strike, not having had a raise in over 8 years. The strike lasted almost a week, with management offering a 12% raise. It involved nearly the entire trucking fleet of Ningbo, which is China's 3rd busiest port and the world's 6th busiest. During the strike, the port was paralyzed and ships were diverted to Shanghai.

Throwing rock at truck August 2014

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Chicago: Freshii Union Busting Continues; Workers Picket

Freshii Workers’ Union members and supporters staged a picket on Monday to demand an end to abuses by Freshii franchise owner Peter Irie. The assembled group demanded that Irie re-hire illegally fired workers, cease union-busting tactics and attacks on union supporters, and officially recognize the Freshii Workers’ Union (FWU).

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