Here is a brief look at the Portland Solidarity Network and their Don't Shop Fubonn campaign.
Rush hour is being colored with the fury of workers scorned. The Portland Solidarity Network and the Portland IWW have now announced the Fridays of Fury at Fubonn, a weekly picket and rally to target the abuses and repressions taking place at the Fubonn Shopping Center.
This piece was written in 2004-2005 in the wake of a strike at a behavioral health facility. Through the immediate eyes of those experiences it grapples with a number of forces in working life we find ourselves up against today.
[i]This piece was written in 2004-2005 in the wake of a strike at a behavioral health facility. Through the immediate eyes of those experiences it grapples with a number of forces in working life we find ourselves up against today.
Striking workers peacefully picketing at Insomnia Cookies, Harvard Square, MA, have been attacked and arrested by the local police.
Picketers were asked to stop using a PA system, which they did, but were then attacked for no apparent reason. IWW member, Jason Freedman, was ‘punched and bloodied before being ‘thrown onto the trunk of a car’.
- Police and thieves: The British miners' strike of 1984-85 (Field, John)
- The battle for Britain: Four contrasts in the Miners' Strike (Sutcliffe, Bob)
- We danced in the miners' hall: An interview with "Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners" (Goldsmith, Larry Flynn, Brian Sutcliffe, Bob)
What we stand for: Worker and student rights and self-organisation / Opposition to casualisation/precarious work / A vision for education / Full funding / Industrial (sector-wide) organising / Actions and campaigns / International contacts / Equality and diversity / Countering bullying, harassment, and discrimination / Research, scholarship and knowledge creation
1. Worker and student rights and self-organisation
Central to our world-view as education workers and radical unionists are respect, comradeship, internationalism, equality, creativity, experimentation, joy, useful work, grass-roots organisation, democratic decision-making, and the care and sharing of resources.
- Changes in world capitalism and the current crisis of the U.S. economy (MacEwan, Arthur)
- Black cats, white cats, wildcats auto workers in Detroit (Glaberman, Martin)
- Niggermation in auto company policy and the rise of Black caucuses (Georgakas, Dan Surkin, Martin)
- Poetry (Flanigan, B. P.)
- Motown ... and the heart attack machine (Wovoka)
Issue 2 of the first volume of Radical America published in September-October 1967, most articles concern the Industrial Workers of the World.
- They didn't suppress the Wobblies (Thompson, Fred)
- Wobblies and draftees The I.W.W.'s wartime dilemma, 1917-1918 (O'Brien, James P.)
- American liberalism in transition, 1946-1949 an annotated bibliography (Buhle, Mari Jo)
- Toward history a reply to Jesse Lemisch (Scott, Joan Scott, Donald)
- New left elitism a rejoinder to the Scotts (Lemisch, Jesse)
The British Medical Association, the national trade union for doctors, pays its workers who clean BMA House the minimum wage of £6.19/hour. The cleaners are demanding the London Living Wage, £8.55/hour. BMA Tower Hamlets Division and the BMA London Regional Council which have both submitted motions to the BMA Annual Representatives Meeting supporting the cleaners demand for the London Living Wage. On Friday (21st June) London IWW leafleted outside BMA House to urge BMA members and passes by to help get motions 482 and 483 on the Table. You too can help right now. Please email the BMA in Scotland and demand that these motions are heard.
The British Medical Association, the national trade union for doctors, pays its workers who clean BMA House the minimum wage of £6.19/hour.
The cleaners are demanding the London Living Wage, £8.55/hour. To date the BMA have used the cop out that it is their subcontractor, Interserve, who set the rate of pay. However, the BMA awards the cleaning contract and so holds ultimate responsibility.
Leaflet on the birth and history of the Canadian section of Industrial Workers of the World.
Established in 1886, the American Federation of Labor had by the
turn of the century secured its domination over North American
organized labour. True, the federation was still a shaky affair;
the AFL - interested primarily in "respectable" craft unions --
refused to organize the great bulk of industrial workers. But
An attempt to curb the American centric focus of the IWW by giving a brief chronology of significant events made possible by Wobblies outside of the United States.
By F.N. Brill - January 1999
Special Thanks to: Gary Jewell (Canada), Alexis Buss, Tim Acott, Jon Bekken, Fred Chase, Gwion, Steve Kellerman and Robert Rush (US), Kevin Brandstatter (UK).
F.N. Brill's Introduction: