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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
Video/Photos: Fast Food Workers Strike and Protest low wages-Boston Protest-Aug. 29, 2013
fast food strike-boston-8-29-13.jpgDowntown Boston-Aug. 29, 2013:
Boston fast food low wage workers protested for a $15 an hour wage and good benefits.

Photos:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/protestphotos1/sets/72157635287554833/detai
Video:
http://youtu.be/97cgJxv6BMM
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30 Aug 2013 | Filed under: News / Labor
NO JUSTICE, NO COOKIES! PICKET SUPPORTING INSOMNIA COOKIE STRIKERS
iww114.jpgThe IWW was joined by Harvard’s Student Labor Action Movement (SLAM), Common Struggle and other allies in a lively demonstration in front of Harvard Square’s Insomnia Cookies, where striking workers are fighting back against poverty pay, zero job security and long shifts without any breaks
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29 Aug 2013 | Filed under: News / Labor
Boston Wobblies turn up the heat on Insomnia Cookies!
iww107.jpgOn August 22 at Harvard Square, Wobblies, students, radicals, community members, and workers from Insomnia Cookies hit the picket line hard. Roughly about forty people came out to show solidarity with workers who are struggling for better pay, better working conditions, and respect. Many passersby showed solidarity with the striking workers by offering kind words. Some even joined the picket line. When curious people found out about the disgustingly low wages, and the disrespect workers receive, they where appalled. We turned away many a customer at a time when the shop gets increased business from tourists and college students. Fast food employees across the nation are starting to resist their oppressive work situations. The staff at Insomnia Cookies has joined this common front that been developing against very exploitative corporate food chains. Wobblies are helping fast food workers to organize. We call on all workers to show solidarity with this struggle.

An Injury to One is an Injury to All !!!
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23 Aug 2013 | Filed under: News / Labor
Three Insomnia Workers Fired for Striking, Call for Picket and Phone Blast
Striking Insomnia Cookies workers are calling for a phone and email blast, along with a picket and rally tomorrow, to demand the reinstatement of three of their number who were fired last Sunday. The strikers, who were working at Insomnia's Harvard Square location, are also demanding a pay raise, health insurance, improved working conditions, and a halt to management interference with union organizing.

Phone numbers: (347)366-0991 and (877) 632-6654

Email addresses: chris (at) insomniacookies.com and harvard (at) insomniacookies.com

Picketing starts at noon at the Insomnia store on Mt. Auburn Street, rally at 6:00 PM.

Today the strikers released the following statement:
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21 Aug 2013 | Filed under: News / Labor : Organizing
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