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Labor Board Sides With Fired Workers At Chicago-Lake Liquors

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Editor Note: This is the press release from last week’s picket. A video of the picket can be seen at the end of this post.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – Almost two months after 5 employees at Chicago-Lake Liquors were fired for presenting a petition to management asking for higher wages, the National Labor Relations Board indicated yesterday that it found merit in the charges that the firings were a violation of federal labor law, as well as two other charges against the employer relating to ongoing organizing. The fired workers are now calling for Chicago-Lake’s owner, John Wolf, to respect the law and rehire them. The workers and their supporters will picket outside the store at 7:30PM on Friday, May 24th, asking customers to shop elsewhere for the evening in solidarity with the campaign for higher wages and union rights.

The workers were fired the first week of April 2013, days after a majority of Chicago-Lake employees signed a petition asking management to raise the starting wage from $8 to $9 an hour, give a $1 raise to all workers in the store, and increase the wage cap from $10.50 to $13 an hour. The firings were a clear case of retaliation for organizing activities and an attempt to intimidate other workers in the store. Since then, the fired workers have announced their union membership and have remained a visible presence outside Chicago-Lake, handing out fliers to customers and picketing the store on several occasions with community support.

The Labor Board’s decision comes as a victory for the fired workers, but they note that it does not mean they will be walking into work tomorrow. “We are thrilled that the Labor Board found merit with our charges,” said fired worker Joe Giwoyna, “but we also know that the legal system can take a long time to turn that determination into action. We’re calling on Mr. Wolf to settle with us and get us back on the job, but we also are not going to forget why he fired us in the first place: because we believe that our coworkers should be able to live decent lives and deserve a raise.” He added that the workers will continue to bring attention to the situation until they get their jobs back. The union has vowed that it will mobilize the community for a boycott of the store on July 4th, an important sales day for the store, if the fired workers have not returned by then.

Chicago-Lake is one of the highest volume liquor stores in the state and is estimated to make millions of dollars a year for Mr. Wolf, who relies on his workers to deal with the high intensity environment of an incredibly busy store in a low-income neighborhood. “The reality is that the working class people who shop at Chicago-Lake make John Wolf rich, and he disrespected that community by firing some of the very people who keep him so wealthy just for asking for a slight wage increase,” pointed out fired worker Arella Vargas, “It’s insulting and now it’s time for John to do the right thing. If we’re not at work by July 4th, he’ll see exactly how the working class in Minneapolis can stand together.”

The campaign at Chicago-Lake Liquors represents a new step for Food and Retail Workers United, an organizing committee of the Industrial Workers of the World labor union. Gaining prominence in recent years for organizing Starbucks and Jimmy John’s workers, the IWW is a global union founded over a century ago for all working people.

Absolut Picket at Chi-Lake Liquors 5/24

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Help us turn away customers, demand management pay a living wage to all of the workers at Chicago Lake Liquors, and demand they stop union-busting!

MEET AT NW CORNER OF POWDERHORN PARK at 7:00PM

Background of picket:

On the week of April 1st, five workers at Chicago-Lake Liquors were fired for respectfully asking management for raises. This is wrong and illegal. All workers have the right to come together to improve their job conditions, and these firings are a clear attack on their rights and dignity.

On April 6th, the five fired workers announced their membership with
Food and Retail Workers United (FRWU), an organizing committee of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) labor union.

We are demanding that management:
-Rehire the 5 fired workers
-Pay a living wage to all employees
-Stop union busting

Short video of April 6 thpicket: http://youtu.be/37N73QAcQr8

Short video of April 13th picket: http://youtu.be/B04Uc7weqS8

CityPages coverage: http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2013/04/chicago_lake_liquors_employees_petition_for_raises_five_fired_two_days_later.php

We Are Not Machines! Foxconn workers struggles in China

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Foxconn employs more than one million people in China alone. As the world’s largest contract manufacturer, it works for Apple and many other electronics brands. Foxconn workers are the iSlaves who face horrendous conditions while producing communication tools like iPhones and iPads.

In 2010, a series of worker suicides shook the Chinese Foxconn factories and drew world-wide attention. Management promised to improve conditions and increase wages, but the situation has not changed much since: Foxconn accelerated the relocation of factories to the Chinese hinterland, employs student interns as “cheap” labor, covers up work accidents, and still relies on its militaristic management regime.

However, Foxconn workers are far from being passive victims. They have used everyday forms of resistance against the rhythm of the assembly line and have been able to stage strikes in various Foxconn factories around China.

This talk is based on gongchao.org‘s collective research and activity around the struggles of Chinese migrant workers and will use words, photos, and films to present the situation at Foxconn. The discussion will focus on ways to support the iSlaves of Foxconn and relate their struggles to our own.

Sponsored by IWW International Solidarity Commission

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May 4th Picket and BBQ (DETAILS UPDATED)

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Back in our parents’ and grandparents’ day, the unions of the Twin Cities organized picnics and events that brought out the family, friends, coworkers and neighbors of the union members. This concept of unionism as being in the community, as well as the workforce, is something we believe in.

So join the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) on May 4th for a picket of Chicago-Lake Liquors, followed by a BBQ in the park. Musical acts, exact location of BBQ and more details to be announced, as we get closer to the date.

Picket at Chicago-Lake Liquors 3PM (Meet at NW corner of Powderhorn Park at 2:35)

BBQ at 3525 10th Ave S 5PM

Background of picket:

On the week of April 1st, five workers at Chicago-Lake Liquors were fired for respectfully asking management for raises. This is wrong and illegal. All workers have the right to come together to improve their job conditions, and these firings are a clear attack on their rights and dignity.

On April 6th, the five fired workers announced their membership with
Food and Retail Workers United (FRWU), an organizing committee of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) labor union.

We are demanding that management:
-Rehire the 5 fired workers
-Pay a living wage to all employees
-Stop union busting

IWW Picket of Chicago-Lake Liquors 4/13/13

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MEET AT NW CORNER OF POWEDERHORN PARK (32nd Ave & 10th St) at 7:45PM

On the week of April 1st, five workers at Chicago-Lake Liquors were fired for respectfully asking management for raises. This is wrong and illegal. All workers have a right to come together to improve their job conditions, and these firings are a clear attack on their rights and dignity.

On April 6th, the five fired workers announced their membership with Food and Retail Workers United (FRWU), an organizing committee of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) labor union.

Join us for the second picket of Chicago-Lake, demanding that management

-Rehire the 5 fired workers
-Pay a living wage to all employees
-Stop union busting

Short video of last week’s picket and interview with one of the fired organizers
http://youtu.be/37N73QAcQr8

City Pages article on the situation
http://blogs.citypages.com/blotter/2013/04/chicago_lake_liquors_employees_petition_for_raises_five_fired_two_days_later.php

Press release from last week
http://tcorganizer.com/2013/04/06/iww-liquor-store-workers-fired-for-union-activity/

 

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/219183161539506/

Picket Event at Sisters’ Camelot

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We apologize for this information being so last minute.

TOMORROW, April 1, 2013

9:15 AM in front of the entrance to Sisters’ Camelot (right at the intersection of 37th AVENUE & 27th STREET, in the Seward Neighborhood)

PICKET EVENT. Come down and help us make a showing of people in support of the Striking I.W.W. Sisters’ Camelot Canvassers Union.

We will be gathered with signs as the Sisters’ Camelot Managing Collective walks past us to have their 10 AM weekly decision-making meeting.

We encourage as many people who can make it out on this Monday morning to come show support for us and solidarity with us. We ask that people not be rude or abrasive towards the collective members, but remind them with our presence that the community is watching and waiting for them to do the right thing. The basic message is still the same: REHIRE THE FIRED UNION MEMBER & NEGOTIATE WITH THE UNION.

We will then walk quietly and respectfully in to the Sisters’ Camelot office and deliver a stack of hand-written letters from people in the neighborhood urging them to rehire the fired worker and negotiate with the union. We will also deliver a printed copy of the Community Statement of Support for our union with the long list of names who have signed on to it.

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Sisters’ Camelot Phone & Email Zap!

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The Sisters’ Camelot Canvass Union are doing a phone and email zap on the Sister’s Camelot collective. There are three phone numbers and one email to contact.

Please call Eric Gooden (SC Collective member) at 612-823-0647
Please call Dave Senn (SC Collective member) at 612-296-0677 <— Twin Cities people only for this guy!
Please call the SC Collective office number at 612-746-3051
Please email sisterscamelot@gmail.com

Please tell them to:

1. Rehire the fired union member.
2. Negotiate with the union.

Below is a sample email that can also be used as a script for calling as well.

*Dear Sisters’ Camelot,

I’m contacting you about the canvassers’ strike that’s been happening. I love the work your organization does, but, I’m deeply disappointed that you fired a union member, and now you won’t rehire him and negotiate in good faith with your workers. It’s shameful that your workers have been on strike for a month, and you still haven’t rehired the worker and come to an agreement with the union. I urge you to stop and reconsider your position. Rehire the fired worker, negotiate with ALL of the union, end this conflict and get back to the work you do that we all love and believe in.

Sincerely,*

Please call them every day, multiple times a day, and don’t stop until they agree to the union’s two demands.

Sisters’ Camelot Canvass Union Open House Vol. 2

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The Sisters Camelot Canvass Union was formed by the workers who raise funds in order to make possible the programs of the organization we love. We want to do this in an atmosphere where our work is respected, supported, and we are given the trust to use our knowledge and experience to better further its mission.

Since Friday, March 1st, the Sisters Camelot Canvass Union has been on strike until the collective which manages the organization decides to sit down and all of us in good faith.

We are holding an open house so that the striking workers can explain their stories and reasons for for unionizing and going on strike and answer any questions that you might have.

This is the second open house that we have held for the public. The first was a success, so we are holding another in the hopes of bringing out more members of the community to learn about this struggle.

Sunday, March 24 @ 7PM
Mayday Bookstore
301 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454

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Sisters’ Camelot Canvass Union Open House on Sunday, March 10

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The Sisters Camelot Canvass Union was formed by the workers who raise funds in order to make possible the programs of the organization we love. We want to do this in an atmosphere where our work is respected, supported, and we are given the trust to use our knowledge and experience to better further its mission.

Since Friday, March 1st, the Sisters Camelot Canvass Union has been on strike until the collective which manages the organization decides to sit down and all of us in good faith.

We are holding an open house so that the striking workers can explain their stories and reasons for for unionizing and going on strike and answer any questions that you might have.

Sunday, March 20, 2013, 7PM @ CWA Local 7250, 3747 Minnehaha Ave S, Minneapolis (enter in back)

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Picket Jimmy John’s Tomorrow! (4/24/12)

May Day is coming early this year.

Jimmy John’s bosses Mike and Rob Mulligan have been found guilty of illegally firing 6 workers for blowing the whistle on company policies that force workers to make sandwiches while sick. These 1% white collar criminals will probably appeal the case for years to delay justice. Join us for an Unfair Labor Practices picket show them that their money might buy them time, but they can’t buy off the 99%!

Come tell Mike and Rob to stop pushing workers around!

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