By Lindsay Mimir On November 11, 1919, during the first celebration of Armistice Day following the conclusion of the First World War, a violent confrontation between the American Legion and the IWW occurred in the logging town of Centralia, Washington. The various accounts of the event—dubbed either the Centralia Massacre (by the Legion) or the … Continue reading The Centralia Tragedy and the Lessons of the Past
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The editorial team behind the Seattle Worker wishes you happy holidays! We would like to take this end-of-the-year edition of the SW to say a few things about 2018 and our plans for the next year. First, thank you to all of our readers and subscribers. Your donations and kind words keep this publication running. … Continue reading Letter from the Editors of the Seattle Worker (November 2018)
By Anonymous Friend, now there’s a riot. Watch the bald guy with the Pinochet shirt who punches through the black bloc with haymakers and hate and the phalanx of cops does nothing. He bleeds and doesn’t care. His name is Tiny, and he’s a real bastard that’s for damn sure. Tiny’s the kind of guy … Continue reading A Politics of Pain
By x388133 Last summer brought another record wildfire season to the Pacific Northwest. Smoky air from fires in the region caused hellish air quality around the entire Northern Hemisphere. The causes of the forest fires and the destruction of our forest ecosystem generally are incontrovertible. Over one hundred years of fossil-fueled capitalist development and hundreds … Continue reading Confronting the Carbon Capitalists
Five Things to Watch for in the Labor Movement By Lexi Owens The effects of the Janus case may not be felt for several years. The continued rollback of union rights and the landmark Janus decision will undoubtedly pressure the labor movement’s conservatives to redouble their efforts to expand their influence, so the leftist community … Continue reading Five Things to Watch for in the Labor Movement
By X390433 After years of on-the-job harassment, poor working conditions, and low pay nearly 8,000 Marriott hotel workers have gone on strike in 8 different cities including Seattle's Westin, which is owned by Marriott. Negotiations have reportedly been tense but fruitful in various cities, and the workers have been backed by thousands of supporters. The … Continue reading In the News: Notes from around the Northwest
By Lindsay Mimir Paul Allen, one of Seattle’s foremost business leaders, philanthropists, and rapacious capitalists died on October 15. Like many of the outrageously wealthy, he was widely celebrated in the media. He was a co-founder of Microsoft, one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in back-to-back years (2007 and 2008), owner of the … Continue reading What should we say when a capitalist dies?
[Originally published in issue 3 of the Seattle Worker]
By Lindsay Mimir We should stop thinking about unions from the boss’ perspective. The bosses love at-will employment, where they can fire anyone for any reason. Unions force bosses to establish just cause to fire someone, a very reasonable demand that unions make to employers. If the bosses can’t even get enough evidence to establish … Continue reading Do Unions Really Protect Bad Workers from Getting Fired?