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News :: Labor : Organizing
08 Oct 2014
Last week IWW member Colin was fired from his job as a baker at Insomnia Cookies in Harvard Square. A trained organizer, Colin was working to unionize the company, which has been dogged by charges of racism, wage theft, failure to provide breaks and retaliation against union activists. Last year Insomnia was forced to pay back wages to four IWW members illegally fired for striking. Colin is the sixth IWW member unfairly fired by the company in less than two years.
Colin protested the store's failure to provide any break time when he worked a 9-hr shift. He complained in writing about his manager's homophobic and sexist remarks, including his directive that female employees should flirt with customers. Colin's reward for pushing back against these abuses was to be terminated, although he has been a model worker. Colin's manager, who knows he is a union activist, falsely claimed he had video evidence of Colin stealing, but he's refused to show the video, or even say when the alleged theft supposedly took place. In reality the whole "incident" was concocted to give management an excuse to fire Colin for his organizing.

Please tell CEO David Lasus and Regional Manager Liam Halloran to an end to Insomnia’s union-busting practices (please no profanity):

David Lasus: (917) 603-0629

Liam Halloran: (718) 610-9681

Or email dave (at), and liam (at)

Suggested message (please feel free to use your own words):

“I am contacting you to voice my support for the IWW campaign currently underway at your Harvard Square location. I demand the immediate reinstatement of union organizer Colin, and no retaliation against any worker for their union activity, and recognition of the IWW Insomnia Workers’ Union. Failure to do so will invite further consequences.”

The Facebook event is here. Feel free to share this campaign as widely as possible!

To help Colin pay rent and survive, please consider making a donation here.

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