Monday, January 19, 2009

The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), an American syndicalist union, has been organizing truckers in the states of North Carolina and Virginia for the last little while. Now these workers are becoming the victims of retaliation on the part of the bosses. Here is an appeal from the IWW website for solidarity with these workers.

Emergency Appeal – Funds Needed Immediately For IWW Truckers:
As many of you know the IWW has been organizing Truck Drivers in Eastern North Carolina and Virginia for much of the past year. In response to our growing power and planned founding convention this upcoming weekend, the bosses have begun firing the union's leadership. Two log drivers and five container haulers have lost their job over the past two days.
The union is already discussing legal and direct action means to fight these unjust firing, but right now we need funds to support our fired drivers. These drivers have families to support and this is a part of the country where economic opportunities are very limited. Please offer whatever you can, drivers are counting on you.
Checks can be sent to the Freight Truckers Organizing Committee at PO Box 274, Waukegan, IL 60079. Please include "emergency relief" in the memo line.
We are in the process of setting a PayPal Acct for online donations. You will be informed as soon as it is ready.
Thank you and please be generous.

***Past Press Releases from the Freight Truckers Organizing Committee:NC Truckers Form Union, Hold Work Stoppage - United Truckers Cooperative to Picket Outside of Weyerhaeuser Mills
***NC Truckers to Formalize Union Over MLK Weekend - Negotiating Committee Already Formed in Preparation for Talks
Related Links
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