Category: Labor

Lunch Lady Land: reflections on a unionization drive from a radical food service worker

By Fnordie It was sometime in late February, 2011 when we let the cat out of the bag.  I was working the swing shift in the college’s main cafeteria – “The Den” as it was known.  It was starting to get dark, and I had just clocked out for my lunchbreak and stepped outside onto the […]

The state of the union is …unequal

By Mike Harris OK, so  the “little person” has been fighting against wage theft, low wages, and harsh working and living conditions for years. Sometimes alone and lonely, sometimes collectively and in a self-managed way. For the past year or so, mainstream labor, through various grass-roots and top-down efforts has tried to coordinate the fight against […]

The Elk River Spill — Capitalism at its “best”

By G. On the morning of Thursday, January 9, 2014, 7500 gallons of a coal cleaning chemical known as Crude MCHM (principally composed of 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol) leaked from a storage tank and then from a containment wall at a facility on the banks of the Elk River in West Virginia. The chemical, distinguished by a strong odor of licorice, soon reached […]

Starbucks union strike in Chile

Update (Nov 13, 2013): this post has now been updated to include the formal announcement of the end of the strike. Editorial Note: In September of this year US based member of the IWW were able to meet and connect with members of the Starbucks Union in Chile. They are now waging a strike over […]