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So much for Solidarity - ICTU and sex workers

Labor

In 2012 The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) made a submission to the Irish government’s public consultation on the prostitution laws. Most of it was just a cut-and-paste job of text sent to them by the Turn Off The Red Light campaign, which seeks the introduction of the Swedish model. But there is one part of ICTU’s original contribution which I found remarkable. A few paragraphs down the submission cites – clearly for the purpose of endorsing – the view of the Technical, Electrical & Engineering Union‘s General Secretary that “prostitution could not be considered work”.

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Insomnia Cookies Organizer Tasia Edmonds reinstated

On Sunday, March 9, just six days after a settlement between Insomnia Cookies and four workers who went on strike last August, the company suspended bicycle delivery “driver” and union organizer Tasia Edmonds. Quick action by the Industrial Workers of the World, which represents Edmonds, the four strikers, and several other area workers, forced the company to reinstate Edmonds.

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Long Shore Workers in Portland Honoring Honduran Picket Line

On Mach 4th 2014, at the Port of Portland workers associated with the International Long Shore and Warehouse Union, the ILWU, have refused to cross the picket lines set up by Honduran workers. The Port of Portland Terminal is operated by ICTSI Oregon, Inc., a subsidiary of a Philippines-based company that also operates a port in Honduras. This Port in Honduras is in is currently in the middle of dispute with their workers, who are suffering form job loses, violence and port militarization. The Honduran workers are members of the Sindicato Gremial de Trabajadores del Muelle or SGTM union, and chose that location because it was owned and operated by the ICTSI.

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Emergency Picket & Phone Zap For Insomnia Cookies Workers

Insomnia Cookies has suspended IWW Organizer Tasia Edmonds w/o pay for a month, falsely claiming she was "unprofessional" and neglected to serve her any formal written notice. You're invited to take action against union-busting by the boutique cookie business. Join IWW and our allies as we picket in support of Tasia!

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Days After Settlement, Pickets Return to Insomnia Cookies

Labor

Picket lines have returned to Insomnia Cookies, less than two weeks after the company settled with four workers who struck in August of 2013. On Friday March 14, two dozen union members and supporters rallied in front of the Boston location of Insomnia Cookies, demanding the reinstatement with back pay of union organizer and bicycle delivery “driver,” Tasia Edmonds. On March 9 the company suspended Edmonds without pay for a month, alleging insubordination, while the union maintains she was disciplined for her union-building efforts.

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New "boss-napping" incident at a French factory

Labor

Paris (Alliance News) - Workers at a French factory were holding three managers captive for a second day Thursday, after its owners announced that it would be shut down. The managing director, technical director and financial director of Depalor, a company that produces wood panels in the north-eastern Lorraine region, were being held in an office building.

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Insomnia strikers win back pay

LaborFour workers at Insomnia Cookies’ Cambridge store went on strike on August 19, protesting poverty pay and wretched working conditions, and demanding $15/hr, health benefits and a union at their workplace. The company illegally fired all four. For the next six months strikers, IWW members, allies, and student organizations at both Harvard and Boston University held pickets, marches, rallies, forums, phone blitzes, and organized boycotts, while workers continued organizing at both the Cambridge and Boston locations. The union also pursued legal charges through the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
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Anarcho-Syndicalist Waiters in Germany Strike Against Dismissals

The FAU gastronomy section struggles for a strong movement in this branch. Waiters of a trendy leftist club in Dresden are on strike. All of them are members of an anarcho-syndicalist group and have been fired for dubious reasons. Now the local branch union fights for re-employment including a company agreement or alternatively the collectivisation of the business.

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Train blockaded at Amazon Headquarters

Labor

On Tuesday, February 11th, 2014, a group of people blocked the train line that leads into the Amazon HQ in South Lake Union. They blocked the tracks with a banner that read CIAmazon, a reference to the corporation's recent decision to provide cloud services for the CIA. Two smoke signal flares were lit in order to attract the attention of the workers inside the Day 1 South building of the campus. The contents of a flier were read over a megaphone and hundreds of fliers were distributed The action lasted around half an hour and group dispersed before the police arrived.

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Turkish Unionists: 'We Are Not Terrorists'

Labor

The right-wing government is using anti-terror laws to crack down on an old enemy—the union movement. But unionists could lead Turkey's development in a democratic and secular direction. Photo: DISK. You can meet leaders from KESK and the Turkish metalworkers union at the Labor Notes Conference in Chicago, April 4-6. –Eds.

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