NEW YORK CITY:
TOP CITY IWW WORKERS LOCKED OUT-SUPPORT URGENTLY NEEDED:
Five workers from Top City produce were recently fired from their jobs. The 'Gang of Five'- Osvaldo, Mario, Diego, Esau and Carlos- have been some the strongest and most active members of the IWW since they joined the unions almost two years ago.
After one of the workers was suspended on Saturday, the other four approached the boss in an attempt to discuss the situation. On Monday morning the boss told them all to wait outside and then never allowed them back in. They continue to be locked out.
Before joining the union Top City workers consistently pulled 72-hour weeks with no overtime and no benefits. Conditions improved once the shop went union. Workers filed a lawsuit against Top City for wage violations and negotiated a contract with the boss. They were waiting for the boss to sign the contract when they were fired without warning on Monday.