labor protest


The people who worked for Trump’s labor secretary pick are in the streets opposing him

  • In 24 cities on Monday, fast food workers took to the streets, hung banners from the tops of buildings and even shut down a corporate office in St. Louis. 
  • They had one simple goal: to stop Trump from making fast food CEO Andrew Puzder the top government official for protecting workers’ rights.
  • Puzder serves as the CEO of CKE Restaurants, the umbrella company that owns Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. burger chains.
  • Less than a month ago, cooks and cashiers filed 33 legal complaints against CKE. One complaint says that the company surveilled employees and sent out intimidating memos warning them not to speak to the press. 
  • One woman fought off advances from a manager who, after he was rejected, allegedly told her, “If you don’t start giving me what I want, I’m going to have to start taking it from you.” Read more (2/13/17 8:12 PM)

‘Day Without Immigrants’ protests across the U.S.

Immigrants across the United States stayed home from school and work on Thursday to show how critical they are to the nation’s economy and way of life.

“A Day Without Immigrants” actions took place in a number of cities, including Philadelphia, Boston, Houston, Chicago, New York, and Washington, D.C. The protest gained momentum on social media and by word of mouth.

It comes in response to the policies and proposals of President Trump, whose administration has pledged to increase the deportation of immigrants living in the country illegally. Trump campaigned on a vow to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and blamed high unemployment on illegal immigration. As president, he has sought to bar people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.

Organizers expect thousands of people to participate or show solidarity with workers during the day of protest. (AP)

(Photos: Steven Senne/AP, Todd McInturf /Detroit News via AP, Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters, Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images, Jim Bourg/Reuters)

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Vancouver Women’s Library protest.

The Vancouver Women’s Library is an amazing beautiful space built (literally!) by a couple magical women who you can tell put their heart and souls into it. I’m so glad they made such a perfect space and sourced so many amazing books! I can’t wait to take full advantage and to get reading. Also met so many great women on Friday who all contribute so much to their communities. I feel so inspired by this place and the women! 

Friday night was the launch party. I arrived, and had to push through protesters just to get to the door. They were rude and blocking the entrance. Then they followed me up to the library. Pushing themselves in and their offensive signs, calling the women in the space “Terfs” and “swerfs” despite some of the women being exited. They yelled in our faces while we attempted to create dialogue. A large man began intimidating the women and when we told him to stop speaking over women, we were accused of  “misgendering” and that he was in fact a “Trans woman” despite him being a fully gender conforming clearly “””cis””” male. But then he got violent, ripping one of the poster off the wall and throwing it on the ground. Calling us names, pointing and shouting at one of the organizers. Throughout the night they would harass us, steal our wine that was brought by one of the women and splash wine on our books. They had men outside who physically attempted to bar women from the space, they surrounded one woman and terrorized her when she tried to talk to them and understand them, they stole one the sign, they pulled the fire alarm on us and they vandalized our property. They forced us to call the cops on them then claimed we were the ones instigating police violence against trans women - All clearly read males. 

The most important thing that they did though, was strengthen our resolve, and show who they truly are. We have an amazing group of radical women who make things, fight for things, and build! <3 This Library is a stand of female resilience. It is going to be terrorized, and protested and it is not going to shut down!

In January 1912, textile mill owners refused to adjust wage rates to maintain workers’ take home pay after the legislature cut the work week from 56 to 54 hours. Over ten thousand textile workers, mostly women and immigrants, walked off their jobs in Lawrence, MA. Strikers were clubbed, beaten, murdered, and had children taken from them. Congress intervened, and hearings were held where President Taft’s wife attended to listen to striker testimony. Because of the national reaction to the brutality, and public sympathy, the strike was eventually won. The 1912 “Bread and Roses” strike is remembered as the first major labor protest lead by women, and as one where workers overcame ethnic differences. It set the stage for gains in the struggles against child labor, subsistence-only wages, workplace safety, and the right to organize – important markers in labor’s long fight for justice.


A Virginia public school system will be closed on March 8th after 300 staffers take off for Women’s Strike

  • The Women’s Strike is already working its intended effect in Alexandria, Virginia, where public schools will close on March 8 after 300 employees requested the day off.
  • The Alexandria City Public Schools system announced Monday that March 8 would serve as a “teacher work day for ACPS staff,” WTTG reported.
  • A statement from ACPS noted that the “unusually high number of requests” for time off on Wednesday “may be attributed to the observance of International Women’s Day," WTTG reported.
  •  There are a number of actions planned for March 8, among them the International Women’s Strike and A Day Without a Woman, both of which call for women to abstain from all forms of labor in protest of economic inequality. Read more (3/6/17 4:50 PM)
The Speech I Got Arrested For (But Not Really) [shared with permission]

So my best good pal who walked out of the pokey earlier this afternoon gave this speech at the thing, a couple whiles before the cops decided to assault peaceful protesters and then haul people off to jail for the crime of not running away fast enough (seriously; they’re calling not getting away “resisting a police officer”).  They told me I could share it wherever I pleased to, so this here’s me using what little voice I’ve got.

As some of you may have heard, I’ve recently been released from being locked up in the men’s processing center of the Marion County Jail. Which, as a non-binary trans person with gender non-conforming proclivities, would not have boded well had I not had the company of good comrades nearby, and the knowledge that people were still fighting for us on the outside. Also, there were neo-nazis. So there’s that. And to top it all off, I’ve been repeatedly deadnamed in the media. So, please, don’t read the names of the arrests, out of respect for me as your friend and as a person. But, in its full, uncut glory, I present to you the call-to-arms I issued last night: 

 Good evening. My name is Cambria. I organise locally in several Leftist, Labour, and Trans liberation circles, and tonight I am speaking on behalf of the Michiana and Central Indiana IWW’s General Defence Committee. The mission of the GDC is to provide defense and relief to members of the working class who are being persecuted for their activity in the class struggle, and to aid those who find themselves persecuted by the powers that be in their struggle for justice and freedom. This aid may include bail, bond, or legal aid, and may take the form of a grant or a no interest loan. Members may also rest assured of solidarity from the organization, including motions of support, letters writing, and public education as to the case (or cases) in question. Such gestures of solidarity are offered to political prisoners, regardless of membership in the IWW or GDC. 

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Police clash with pro-labor protesters in South Korea

One day after an estimated 60,000-80,000 people rallied in the streets of Seoul against conservative President Park Geun-Hye’s policies, the South Korean government has announced there will be zero tolerance for any more violent protests. The protesters were fighting back against business deregulation and big change to history textbooks in schools.


Scenes from India’s massive general strike on September 2, 2015

Yesterday 150 million workers and millions of students in India went on strike against austerity and privatization, led by a united front of communist organizations.

Why is the U.S. media censoring it? Because they don’t want workers and students here to take up this great idea.

Photos: SUCI-C and AIDSO comrades (Special thanks to  Sarwan Kumar Gupta for helping to compile photos from different cities and regions)


March 9 2016 - Thousands of students and workers marched through Paris against the proposed new labour law, which would make the standard work week longer and make it easier for employers to fire workers. [video]
(the sign in the last gif says “Take a good look at your Rolex… It’s the hour of the REVOLT”)