Does anybody know how to embed this? I'm not very good with that stuff apparently.
That is a fucking turnout!
Also, great choice of music.
the music made it like a hood vid
I've embedded the video for you. Basically put the video ID from the youtube url between tags like this (youtube)dMhipJeMCP8(/youtube), only using square brackets (if you quote your post you can see the code). Nice work!
Edit: just seen that monson thing. looks like SeaSol's starting to rattle the propertied class...
So SeaSol seems to be getting some level of media heat on this one, huh?
Activism or Intimidation? Protestors threaten historic Seattle bakery
Dori wants YOUR help supporting a local bakery
Seen this going around on Facebook:
HEY EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTS SEASOL! If you haven't heard yet, right wing talk show radio host Dori Monson has been trying to fuck with Seattle Solidarity by urging folks to shop at a bakery we're currently fighting. The bakery (Borrachini's on Ranier) has not been providing many of their employees with their legally required breaks, and we are demanding back pay in response.
PLEASE! IF YOU SUPPORT THE CONCEPT OF GETTING BREAKS AT WORK, COME STAND WITH US THIS SATURDAY ON THE PICKET LINE!!! Saturday, April 7th from 11:30am-1:30pm. Meet up at the corner of 23rd and S. Walker (1 block west of Rainier Ave. S)
Might be worth Seasol getting in touch with this person if they haven't already.
Wow. Good luck y'all, sounds like you've a fight on your hands. Anything we can do, just let us know...
Dueling groups descend on South Seattle bakery
Not sure the accuracy of this but,
Bakery protest turns violent after clash over cookies
Best comment on that news article.
"Indeed. The communist left feels energized w/ one of their own in The Oval Office. How ironic. My late father, a WWII vet, would roll over in his grave to see what has become of America."
Would love a tea and a chat with this person, imagine what other gems they'd come out with!
Here's a full list of media links:
Any updates on the bakery case? Or is there anything that we can do to help?
Thanks for the offer of help. It's ongoing... there will be another picket soon. If we need help with phone blasts or anything I'll let you know.
Fight Begins Against Borracchini’s Bakery's No-Breaks Policy
Friday, 06 April 2012 20:25
Remo Borracchini's bakery has been around since 1922, and when it comes to workers' rights, Remo thinks it's still 1922. If you work there, you can forget about your legally-mandated 10 minute breaks, unless you are one of the favored few employees who are close to the Borracchini family. Need to use the bathroom? If the store is busy, you might just have to hold it for up to four hours until the unpaid lunch period or until quitting time.
SeaSol member Gladys worked under these conditions for nine years. Like many of her co-workers, she talked about wanting to be allowed to take her breaks, but knew that if she took a stand for her rights, Remo would fire her. Once, she had to sit down for 17 minutes due to a terrible headache. When Remo saw this on his surveillance tapes (yes, he watches his employees on surveillance tapes), she was reprimanded for it.
Finally, when Gladys suffered an on-the-job injury and Remo wanted her to cover it up, she took a stand, informing Washington State Labor & Industries about her injury and claiming her worker's compensation. After this, Remo retaliated by cutting Gladys's hours, and later fired her on a flimsy excuse involving an improperly wrapped order. Remo later made up the false claim that he had fired Gladys for being rude to a customer.
Since Gladys was not allowed to take her 20 minutes per day (that's 10 minutes for every four hours) of legally-mandated paid break time, that means she was putting in an extra 20 minutes of work each day. From nine years of working without breaks, we calculated that Gladys was owed several thousand dollars for that extra working time.
When Gladys presented our demand to Remo, surrounded by dozens of SeaSol members, he refused to even look at her. Afterwards, out of sight of Remo's cameras, his employees thanked us.
A Very Borracchini Response
Instead of admitting their mistakes, and trying to make amends, the Borracchinis did everything in their power to bully their former employee into silence. They enlisted the support of their friends and managers to call and email death threats to Gladys and SeaSol. They called on right wing talk show host Dori Monson (the same man who has publicly declared that global warming is a hoax perpetrated by a cult) to denounce Gladys and her supporters as "thugs". Monson called on his thousands of listeners to descend on Borracchini's to counter SeaSol's first planned picket line on the Saturday before Easter.
The result was underwhelming. Roughly 40 management supporters - mostly Borracchini family members, friends, and managers - gathered in the parking lot to counter-protest against at least 80 SeaSol picketers. To make up for their small numbers, management supporters screamed abuse at picketers - calling them "bitch," "faggot," and everything else they could think of. When the insults failed to incite the SeaSol picketers, Remo Borracchini's middle-aged nephew, a company executive, punched a woman in the face. After this, the police closed off the entrance to the bakery's driveway as a crime scene, most management supporters withdrew from the area around the SeaSol crowd, and the picket continued until its scheduled ending time. Very few customers entered the bakery during the action.
In spite of management's best efforts, they have failed to silence Gladys. Their threats, violence, and media smear campaign have only increased SeaSol’s determination and encouraged even more former Borracchini’s employees to speak out against this abusive boss.
The Fight Continues
During the pre-Easter picket, Gladys announced that she would happily yield all of the back pay Borrachini's owed her to her charity of choice, St Jude's Children's Hospital. Two days later, Borracchini's management announced their first major concession: they would be donating $10,000 to St Jude's. However, they would not be putting Gladys's name on the donation, nor had they instituted a decent break policy.
Given the company's disgusting actions in response to our campaign, we cannot be satisfied with this gesture. We want Gladys's name added onto the donation, and we will continue our fight until all Borracchini's employees get their scheduled 10-minute breaks every four hours.
Any update on this?
Pickets and other activities are continuing... Not that much else to report right now
We set up a website... Nobreaksnocakes.com.
It has videos of former employees and a former manager telling about the working conditions of this place. The bakery is on a very busy street, and at every picket we have a real big banner with the website address.
There will be a write up soon on our site soon!
Oh actually it's up at seasol.net
Borracchini’s fight ends, as does long tradition of no breaks
Friday, 07 September 2012 05:17
We are happy to announce that, after six months of protest, Borracchini's has finally begun to allow all workers their 10-minute breaks. (Here's more background on the fight.)
Our many actions have included picketing, postering and even a bake sale of "Cakes Made With Breaks." At every action we reached new people in the neighborhood who told us they wouldn't be shopping at Borracchini's because of the conditions there for workers.
We will be suspending our campaign, as long as workers continue receiving their breaks.
We remain disgusted with Remo Borracchini for publicly pledging $10,000 to Children's Hospital as a public relations move in response to our campaign, and then donating only a tenth of that amount.
Let's celebrate this improvement in working conditions at Borracchini's. Stay tuned for details.
Nah - the earlier story above explains the gist of the fight. We didn't think it was worth picketing to make them donate the full amount that they pledged to this hospital.
Personally I have to say that this fight made apparent the limits of our current model (though I do love it) There is only so much we can do at a workplace from the outside of course. Thinking of any given model as a tool, it can only be used for certain things...
That said, we still clobbered these idiots for the most part!