Saturday, March 15, 2008

The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) are the longest lasting expression of North American syndicalism. Nowadays they are resurgent as younger people inspired by the anarchist movement flood into the union in hopes of doing something practical. The result is that the IWW is organizing as never before. One of the most active sections is the food services sector. Here is a report from the IWW website about a recent victory in the USA....
IWW to picket Handyfat Trading in celebration of jury award for 6 fired workers of $360,000 in back pay!
Workers from Handyfat Trading founded IWW Industrial Union 460 in December 2005. They were instrumental and active in organizing all the other food service shops that have joined IU 460 since then (ten shops). In addition, these workers along with the workers from EZ Supply/Sunrise Plus achieved the first collective bargaining agreements in this segment of the food industry.
In December 2006 and January 2007, all union members from both Handyfat and EZ Supply were fired. After winning orders of reinstatement and back wages at the NLRB, the workers now begin to win the court battles for their stolen backwages. The IWW will be holding a picket and press conference this Saturday at Handyfat. Saturday - March 15th, 2008 at 10am
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