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News :: Labor : Organizing
Wildcat Strike at Insomnia Cookies in Harvard Square
by Boston IWW
20 Aug 2013
Strike! Calling all Allies of Low-Wage Workers
Turn Out to Support Striking Workers at Insomnia Cookies!
Tues, Weds, and Thurs: Noon pickets at the Harvard Square location, 65 Mt
Auburn St Cambridge, MA 02138.
At 12:00 am on Sunday, August 18, the night shift at the Harvard Square
Insomnia Cookies voted to initiate a strike for higher wages, healthcare,
better job stability, and freedom to build a union. Insomnia Cookies, with
around 30 locations in the Northeast and Midwest, caters to college
students and runs late night deliveries of warm cookies and milk to dorm
rooms. Still delivering cookies until 2:45 am, Insomnia workers who
double-duty as bakers and cashiers receive only 9$ an hour, while
"drivers," who are expected to deliver cookies by bicycle within a half
hour, receive only 5$ an hour plus tips. Neither receive healthcare, at a
job where turnover is so high, the typical employee lasts only a few
months. Insomnia workers have had enough, and they need your help if they
can keep their jobs and achieve their goals.
Picketing, which began Sunday afternoon, will continue tomorrow, Tuesday,
August 20 at noon. Workers will picket at noon on Wednesday and Thursday
as well, and also hold a mass rally at 6pm Thursday evening. Workers will
hold their picket at the Harvard Square location, 65 Mt Auburn St
Cambridge, MA 02138. The company also plans to open a new location near Boston University at 708 Commonwealth Ave in the near future.
Check the Boston IWW website for updates: http://iwwboston.org/
From the Strikers:
Harvard Insomnia Strike Agreement
The following Employees of Insomnia Cookies hereby vote to go on Strike on
August 18, 2013 at 12:00am.
1) Higher Wages.
2.) Benefits to Include Health Care and Dental.
3.) Union Membership.
We stand in solidarity with all those low wage workers across the country
who are oppressed and exploited.
Long Live the Workers Movement!
(signed by four workers, a shift leader, 2 bakers, and a driver).
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