Author Archives: IWW Bellingham

Strikes expand and continue in Yakima Valley

There are now 6 fruit packing houses on strike in Yakima and Selah. Workers at Matson Fruit in Selah walked out Friday AM. Safe working conditions in the crowded packing sheds is the immediate concern, but other safety and wage … Continue reading

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Fruit industry workers go on a wave of strikes in the Yakima area

There has been a wave of strikes and job actions by largely Hispanic fruit packing house, winery, and other farm workers in the Yakima area. A 5-day strike at Allan Bros Winery in Naches won pay raises today. Workers at … Continue reading

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(Labor Notes) Safety: Bosses Want to Fix the Worker, Unions Want to Fix the Job

Unions and bosses have different outlooks on safety. Employers say illnesses and injuries are caused by worker carelessness: he didn’t wash his hands enough; she touched her face. That’s the way the boss wants you to think, too. But the … Continue reading

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Do You Feel Essential… or Expendable?

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Noam Chomsky: Bosses Are Making Coronavirus ‘Worse, for Their Benefit’

“Well, first of all, we should recognize that unless we get to the roots of this pandemic, it’s going to recur, probably in worse form, simply because of the manipulations of the capitalist system which are trying to create circumstances … Continue reading

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Restaurant Staff Fight for Coworkers Left out of Pandemic Relief

[Via organizing.work.] Marianne Garneau interviews a restaurant worker organizing support for migrant coworkers who cannot access government assistance in the wake of pandemic-related layoffs The restaurant industry in New York runs on migrant labor – especially the “back of house” … Continue reading

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IWW’s ORGANIZER TRAINING 101

IN BELLINGHAM February 29- March 1, 2020. 9AM-4PM both days. $10 donation requested at the door A two day workshop for workers gearing up to plan or help out with a union campaign on the job, whether formal or ‘guerilla … Continue reading

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