Posts tagged ‘strike’

May 3, 2014

Seattle Solidarity Against Superbugs

microbe skull and crossbones

By Jim Fromm


In the week prior and on May Day, activists passed out hundreds of fliers on antibiotics resistance at Seattle McDonald’s restaurants, calling on McDonald’s workers and customers to strike and boycott. Shortly after the Seattle immigrants’ rights march, half a dozen people were kicked out of the McDonald’s on Third and Pine for leafleting. The flier’s text is below.

August 2, 2013

IWW Rail Service Workers Go on Strike Demanding an End to Illegal Firings


From July 26th to 29th, Management at Mobile Rail Solutions fired three workers actively engaged in unionizing efforts. The termination of these organizers is a direct attack on their Union drive and apparent retaliation for their recent OSHA filings. Management then threatened to continue firing workers showing no respect for their employees or labor law.

July 6, 2013

Youth at Green Hill prison in Chehalis to go on strike, noise demo in solidarity


Monday, July 8, 2013 – 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Recreation Park, Chehalis, WA
Across the street from Green Hill
Carpools leaving from the artesian well in Olympia at 2pm

Prisoners in Pelican Bay’s Secure Housing Unit have called for a hunger and work strike beginning July 8th.

May 30, 2013

Striking Back at the Sequester


By Erik Forman, originally on In These Times:

“Joe Genova, Joe Genova, where are you, where are you? Hiding from the workers, hiding from the workers, shame on you, shame on you.”

Manhattan rang with a labor-themed rendition of Frère Jacques yesterday morning as over 100 members of the Legal Services Staff Association and their supporters picketed the offices of corporate law firm Milbank Tweed. But it wasn’t sung in the low tones of a lullaby. The workers wanted to make their voices heard 40 floors up by one of the partners of the firm, Joe Genova, chair of the board of Legal Services New York City.

May 10, 2013

Largest fast food strike yet as workers walk out in Michigan


By Ned Resnikoff of NBC:

Detroit—a city under emergency management in a state that has recently adopted harsh right-to-work laws—on Friday joined the wave of cities across the nation to see fast food workers on strike for the right to form a union and receive a higher base pay.

October 9, 2012

Walmart strikes spread to more states


For the second time in five days – and also the second time in Walmart’s five decades – workers at multiple US Walmart stores are on strike. This morning, workers walked off the job at stores in DallasTexas; Miami, Florida; Seattle, Washington; Laurel, Maryland; and Northern, Central, and Southern California. No end date has been announced; some plan to remain on strike at least through tomorrow, when they’ll join other Walmart workers for a demonstration outside the company’s annual investor meeting in Bentonville, Arkansas. Today’s is the latest in a wave of Walmart supply chain strikes without precedent in the United States: From shrimp workers in Louisiana, to warehouse workers in California and Illinois, to Walmart store employees in five states.

September 11, 2012

On the Chicago Teachers Union Strike

From First of May Anarchist Alliance

The following is from a Chicago member of First of May Anarchist Alliance. It is an overview of the situation and was drafted over the weekend in the lead up to the strike that has started today.

It is looking increasingly likely that the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teachers will go on strike on Monday, for the first time in 25 years. I’m biased, as my wife is an active member of the union, but I will try to offer some perspective as an anarchist, as well as a parent of two CPS students and the spouse of a potential strike captain.

July 4, 2012

Workers take on D’Ambra

Clinton McBride reports on a fight by iron workers working for a Texas contractor.

July 4, 2012

Striking workers and activist supporters including Occupy Dallas members, moved into the offices of the Parkland Hospital construction office with a local news crew on hand.

WORKERS AT D’Ambra Steel in Texas are involved in a heated battle to win basic rights on the job.

D’Ambra is a Texas-based construction subcontractor, which is working on several projects to install rebar (steel reinforcement in concrete) throughout the Southwest, including hospitals, parking garages, highways and skyscrapers in Dallas, Houston, El Paso, and Austin. The company prides itself on its “unique service” and timely work, according to its website.

The company also declares that “safety is the number one job and responsibility of each and every employee” and that “the best and most complete safety rules in the world will not prevent accidents. People cause accidents by taking unnecessary personal risks.”

If that sounds like D’Ambra doesn’t care, the company also insists it “will not compromise accident and injury prevention for profit or production.”

April 4, 2012

Rare Rolling Sympathy Strike Beats Garbage Company That Tries to Trash Its Promise

Photo Credit: International Brotherhood of Teamsters

AlterNet / By Josh Eidelson

Thursday, 250 Teamsters in Seattle went on strike against Republic Services, the second-largest waste disposal company in the United States. Workers in Buffalo, New York, and Columbus, Ohio struck Republic for three days earlier this week. These workers weren’t responding to moves by local management. Instead, they went on strike in solidarity with 24 striking co-workers in Alabama. The kind of strike they pulled off has become all too rare in the modern labor movement – and it’s usually illegal. On Friday, it won them a settlement the union hails as a triumph.

“We’ve made this company what it is,” said Mobile, Alabama striker Michael McLean Wednesday. “And then you have these people who come in and basically just poop on us. No respect for us.” But after taking workers for granted, said McLean, “they’re seeing it now: There’s garbage still all on the ground.” Striking Alabama workers – all male, majority African-American — wore signs that read “I Am a Man,” echoing the sanitation workers strike that Martin Luther King was assassinated while supporting. So do their children.

February 2, 2012

Californian nurses strike over patient care and pensions

By Workin Class Self Organization, at LibCom:

Thousands of nurses across California have gone on strike to fight for their pensions which are being slashed by Kaiser Permanente. They have been joined on the picket line in a ‘sympathy’ strike by nurses from a union with a ‘no strike’ policy, and by maintainence workers.

An estimated 4,000 nurses employed by Kaiser Permanente in California have gone on strike across eighty of the state’s hospitals and clinics.


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