An attempt to find out the IWW's actual involvement in the Seattle General Strike of 1919, which has been hampered by myths caused by the capitalist press and AFL union leaders of the time.
The Seattle General Strike is an event very important in the history of the Pacific Northwest. On February 6, 1919 Seattle workers became the first workers in United States history to participate in an official general strike. Many people know little, if anything, about the strike, however.
The general strike packet that the education committee of the South Central Federation of Labor distributed to its affliate unions in Wisconsin.
Taken from scfl.org
March 9, 2011
TO: All Affiliates of the South Central Federation of Labor
SUBJECT: SCFL Motions on the General Strike and the Governor’s Budget Repair Bill
This is a call out from the Committee for a De-Nuke General Strike in Japan.
I can’t cope OH OH I can’t cope, Anymore……
John E Jacobson gives a summary of the movement against Gov Walker's attack on pay, conditions and collective bargaining for state workers in Wisconsin and argues support for a general strike.
“This has been a life experience we will never forget. I feel like all of these people are family.”
Union Supporter and protester, Neporsha Hamlin, of Madison, WI.
Friday 14 January 2011 -- After a dramatic 24 hours when Tunisia's dictator president Ben Ali first tried promising liberalisation and an end to police shootings of demonstrators and then, this evening at 16:00, declaring martial law, he has finally fallen from office. While the rumours are still swirling, one thing is clear, Ben Ali has left Tunisia and the army has stepped in. The comments after this article contain continuous updates of the uprising.
The day began with a mass demonstration called by Tunisia's trade union federation, the UGTT, in the capital Tunis. Between 10 and 15,000 people demonstrated outside the Ministry of the Interior.
Round-up of events from around Greece during the December 15th general strike which saw fighting between workers, students and supporters against police as well as an attempted occupation of the headquarters of one Greece's major trade unions.
No doubt remains, not even for the most naive, that the State – in close cooperation with all its supporters and mechanisms – has decided to wage a full-scale war against society. They are afraid of the natural social rage, that expressed so far, but also the rage to come.
Battleships on the Mersey, riots in Wirral, and almost everyone refusing to work! Adam Ford takes a look at the role played by Merseysiders in the biggest strike the UK has ever seen, and launches a new internet archive about those ten incredible days.
It was just eighty years ago - within living memory - and it took place on the streets where we walk every day, but it seems like a different world. Merseyside came to an almost total standstill as workers downed tools and joined together to fight against the rich and the government that represented them.