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SF Protest At Veolia To Back USW Local 8751 Boston Bus Drivers
Boston Say No To Veolia.jpgSan Francisco bus and transit workers rallied to demand the rehiring of the five Boston USW Local 8751 union leaders and an end to union busting by Veolia. They picketed the San Francisco office of Veolia and also attacked Veolia for trying to bust the BART workers during their struggle for a contract.
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31 Oct 2013 | Filed under: News / Labor
Demand Letter Delivery to Insomnia Cookies
inny.jpgReposted from the Boston IWW blog

IWW’s, members of Harvard’s Student Labor Action Movement (SLAM), and the Boston Solidarity Network (BSOL), delivered a demand letter to Insomnia Cookies (with cc to CEO Seth Berkowitz), insisting on reinstatement of strikers Niko and Jonathan with full back pay.
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26 Oct 2013 | Filed under: News / Labor : Organizing
Workers’ unity, struggle puts brakes on firing of School Bus Union 5
boston3_1031.jpgReposted from workers.org

Boston, Oct. 23 — In an impressive display of strength and unity in the face of a state attack against a militant union, hundreds of Boston bus drivers, bus monitors and community supporters came out tonight in support of the School Bus Union 5: Andre Francois, Steven Gillis, Stevan Kirschbaum, Richard Lynch and Garry Murchison. Today’s events put the Veolia transnational corporation on the defensive, thwarting its hell-bent plan to break the union by attempting to unlawfully fire these long-time, respected members of Steelworkers Local 8751, the Boston School Bus Drivers Union.
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26 Oct 2013 | Filed under: News / Labor : Organizing
Cops Fail to Stop Successful October 10 Picket of Insomnia Cookies
insomnia14.jpgReposted from the IWW Boston blog

On October 10, IWW members, with help from Harvard’s SLAM, the Bangladeshi Solidarity Network and the CP, picketed Insomnia Cookies’ Harvard Square location. Ridiculous numbers of Cambridge cops attempted to order protesters off the sidewalk to absolutely no effect. Picketers stood firm in their determination to expose Insomnia’s shocking labor practices and pressure the company to adopt a neutral stance towards union organizing.
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11 Oct 2013 | Filed under: News / Labor : Organizing : Police and Prisons
Fast Food Workers Win a Union…through Zoolidarity
Union members have watched in awe as fast food workers struck over the last year, calling for “$15 and a union.” Despite the slogan, however, the prevailing wisdom has been that union recognition isn’t really the goal; that’s too hard against giant employers insulated by a layer of franchises, with a part-time and transient workforce.
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09 Oct 2013 | Filed under: Commentary / Labor
Don’t Quit, Strike! A Letter from an Insomnia Union Member to Insomnia Workers Everywhere
The following letter was written by a member of the Insomnia Workers Union, who are currently on strike against Insomnia Cookies in Harvard Square. For more information see the Boston IWW blog and Boston Indymedia's previous coverage of the strike.
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08 Oct 2013 | Filed under: News / Labor : Organizing
Boston Bus Drivers on Wildcat Strike
1375964_684950348183160_535105802_n.jpgThe Boston School Department announced today that bus drivers are conducting an "illegal" work stoppage. It remains unclear how many drivers are participating in the strike, but the number appears to be substantial.

The bus drivers, members of United Steelworkers of America local 8751, list multiple grievances on their Facebook page, including short paychecks, forced off-the-clock work, harassment by school officials, violation of the terms of the union's contract, and more. Since September the bus drivers have been employed by Veolia Transportation, who took over the contract from 1st Student.
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08 Oct 2013 | Filed under: News / Labor : Organizing
What Can We Learn from 25 Years of Jobs with Justice?
It’s no secret that the last 30 years have seen a brutal corporate assault on U.S. workers. Incomes and union membership rates have plummeted, unemployment is soaring, and the two corporate parties have joined forces to go after our previously untouchable historic gains.
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06 Sep 2013 | Filed under: Review / Labor
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