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Jewish tailors – the East End’s forgotten sweatshop strikers

Here's a piece I've written for Union-News to mark the centenary of the 1912 Jewish tailors strike, inspired by Rudolf Rocker:…Continue

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Tom Mann in Australia

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Comment by Joe Balkis on December 16, 2012 at 13:41

Recently, CPD has focused on building solidarity with the Greek popular struggle against draconian austerity. In July CPD Co-Directors Joanne and Tom went to Greece, where we met with activists and leaders from left-wing political parties and organizations. Our article, The Greek Grassroots Challenge to the Politics of Austerity, described the desperate conditions we observed and the inspiring movements of radicalism and resistance that have emerged there. We are deeply grateful to everyone who gave special contributions that made the trip possible.

       We promised our Greek friends that we would do all we could to enlist people in the U.S. and elsewhere in support of their critical struggle. Our sign-on statement "We Stand with the Greek People Fighting Austerity -- For Their Sak... has been circulated widely and signed by hundreds; it was published as an ad in The Nation and The Progressive and was translated into Greek and publicized in Greece. Its also been translated into Spanish, Italian, French and Czech.
       One of the most alarming developments in Greece has been the emergence of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn, which has gained strength as the countrys economic situation has deteriorated. GD thugs have violently attacked immigrants and menaced gays and leftists. When it tried to open an office in New York City, CPD joined with Greek and U.S. organizations in a public campaign to expose the Golden Dawn for what it is, and to make it clear that they are not welcome here.
       In October CPD organized a public forum in New York City, "The Political and Humanitarian Crisis in Greece," featuring Dr. Alexis Benos from the leading left-wing Greek political party SYRIZA, with discussants Marina Sitrin, Costas Panayotakis and Dr. Matthew Anderson. In November we joined with Aristeri Kinisi NY (Greek American Left Movement) and others to organize a rally at the United Nations in solidarity with the general strike against austerity in Greece and the EU, and to oppose the Greek government's human rights violations and protection of Golden Dawn.
Comment by Iww Montréal on May 2, 2012 at 23:50

70 pictures of Mayday 2012 all around the world! http://wp.me/p1nN2H-3os

Comment by Matthew Allen on February 16, 2012 at 7:32

Will do!

Comment by Mike Harris on February 16, 2012 at 0:48
Forwarding this important solidarity appeal to all friends. Please
take a few minutes to help Nick out. This is an important campaign!

Sorry for any duplicate postings.


> The postal worker that honked his horn, when occupy was not allowed on
> campus has been terminated from his work. His termination was based on
> one attitude to cops. Two a ticket for stunting (honking his horn).
> Three being out of his delivery area. And four activity on a wild cat
> strike when he was on vacation. The plan for tuesday is to fill their
> managers emails with letters of outrage over the conduct of firing
> this worker based on these charges.
> thankyou, solidarity, and lets fight to win. An injury to one is an
> injury to all.

> please begin sending emails and letters to the following people
> in response to Nick Driedgers termination.
> Wesam Haymour
> -Location: 9808 103 A AVE, T5J 2T6
> Edmonton Alberta
> - Email : wesam.haymour@canadapost.postescanada.ca
> Brenda Young
> -Title MGR SHIFT
> -Location:12135 149 ST, T5L 5H2
> Edmonton Alberta
> -Email: brenda.young@canadapost.postescanada.ca
> Robert Mccutcheon
> - Location: 12135 149 ST T5L 5H2
> Edmonton Alberta
> - Email: Doug.sinclair@canadapost.ca
> Azam Bacchus
> -Location: 12135- 149 ST T5L 5H2
> Edmonton Alberta
> -Email: azam.bacchus@canadapost.postescanada.ca

Template email wrote:

To _____:
I am writing out of concern over the recent treatment of Shop Steward Nick Driedger, who has recently been dismissed. It is my understanding that Mr Nick Driedger advances the welfare and safety of his fellow workers in this role. It is hard to believe that someone as honest, positive, and hard working as Nick should be dismissed, especially in light of the charge discussed below.
Mr Nick Driedger has been accused of stunting, a charge of which hehas not been found guilty. According to eyewitness testimony, he was merely honking his horn, which could only make him more visible as he drove through an area with many police and protestors. Also, according to eyewitnesses, he ceased after hearing shouting from the officers in question. The eyewitness testimony in his favour is substantial, and it is disturbing that Canada Post Corporation would find Nick Driedger guilty in advance of the verdict of a court of law.

I, ______ request that Nick Driedger be reinstated as a full time mail service courier with no harm to his seniority. I also request the cessation of any targeting of him due to his activities as a CUPW shop steward.
Comment by Serge Forward on December 27, 2011 at 2:05

For any of you based in the UK, you are cordially invited to join the UK rank and File group: http://www.unionbook.org/group/uk-rank-file


Comment by Joe Balkis on December 26, 2011 at 14:26

Sotheby's wrapper

Luis Baucage and SonLuis Baucage’s five-month old son is too young to understand Christmas or Santa, but it doesn’t make it any easier for Baucage to know that he cannot shower his family with gifts this coming Christmas.
Baucage is one of the 42 art handlers Sotheby’s kicked out in the streets when the auction house locked them out in late July. 
December will mark five months without a paycheck for Baucage and his fellow art handlers. To make matters worse, their health insurance will expire at the start of the New Year.
Working Americans everywhere deserve health care and job security, but companies like Sotheby’s want to milk the middle class for cheap labor. With a flood of signatures, we’ll put pressure on Sotheby’s to do the right thing and end the lockout before these art handlers lose their health care.
On July 29, Sotheby’s locked out its art handlers, and demanded to reduce their hours, cut their overtime and replace union positions with temporary ones. The proposal came in the midst of the company’s most profitable quarter in its 267-year history. 
Sotheby’s continues to break sales records and has even given its CEO, William Ruprecht a $3 million raise, when the total cost of the art handlers’ proposed contract is $3.3 million.
Please add your name to the petition asking Sotheby’s to end the lock-out before January 1 so Baucage and his fellow art handlers can get back to work and provide a good living and health care for their families. 
Jason Ide
President, Teamsters Local 814

Comment by Donnacha DeLong on July 1, 2011 at 1:22
People might be interested in my essay looking at the enduring relevance syndicalist period and the anti-globalisation movement http://www.scribd.com/doc/56975151
Comment by Matthew Allen on June 30, 2011 at 21:52
Great message, Paul. But I only got down to half of number vi. Can you post the rest here?
Comment by Gordon Glick on March 23, 2011 at 21:59
Comment by Matthew Allen on March 23, 2011 at 21:31
Great point, Mike.

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