It's a fact, no time left for eternity. Peripatetic tumblog of Kevin Slavin.
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Four workers at Insomnia Cookies’ Cambridge store went on strike on August 19, protesting poverty pay and wretched working conditions, and demanding $15/hr, health benefits and a union at their workplace. The company illegally fired all four. For the next six months strikers, IWW members, allies, and student organizations at both Harvard and Boston University held pickets, marches, rallies, forums, phone blitzes, and organized boycotts, while workers continued organizing at both the Cambridge and Boston locations. The union also pursued legal charges through the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
On March 3, a company representative signed an agreement promising almost $4,000 in back pay to the four strikers (two of whom had given notice before going on strike; and all of whom had moved on to more rewarding jobs or pursuits). The company also agreed to post a notice in the Cambridge store, promising not to fire or otherwise retaliate against workers for taking collective action, including joining the union and going on strike. The company was also made to revise a confidentiality agreement that improperly restricted workers’ rights to discuss their conditions of employment with one another and third parties (including union organizers and the media). All references to the terminations have been removed from strikers’ personnel files.
“Since the first utterance of the word ‘strike’ that late August night, it has been an uphill battle for all of us,” says striker Chris Helali. “The Industrial Workers of the World answered the call when no other mainstream union was interested in organizing a small cookie store in Harvard Square. We picketed, we chanted, we sang. I thank my fellow workers, the IWW and all of our supporters for their continued work and solidarity through this campaign. I am proud to be a Wobbly!”Jonathan Peña says.
The IWW vows to continue organizing efforts at Insomnia Cookies. Helali says, “I am extremely pleased with the settlement, however, it does not end here. This is only the beginning. The IWW along with our supporters will continue to struggle until every Insomnia Cookies worker is treated with respect and given their full due for their labor. There is true power in a union; when workers come together and make their demands unified voices and actions.”
I don’t know anything about Insomnia Cookies or what’s gone on here. But my grandfather was a Wobbly, and I think it’s one of the only reasons he was able to stay alive during a (different) dark period of American labor.
First VICE NEWS video dispatch from Ukraine
It’s a wonderful and extremely fucked up world that it’s VICE providing some of the closest-to-ground coverage of what’s going on in the Ukraine.
Which is independent of the news they are covering; the news is only fucked up, and not wonderful at all. I see this going the way Ossetia went, but without a leader for US/UN/NATO to back.
Not telling you anything new. Just saying.
Back when I could really speak German — which is a LONG time ago — this was one of the only stories I could understand, because I knew it in English. But it’s quite different in German because Kafka’s sentence structure is so precise. Putting the verb at the very end doesn’t change the meaning, but it changes the impact of reading it. So beautiful.