Labor News for November 2019

Remember when Amazon announced they would increase the minimum wage of their workers to $15 an hour in order to head off multiple union drives and undermine the popularity of the Stop BEZOS Act? Well, Amazon’s uncharacteristic fit of forced humanity is officially over. Amazon owned Whole Foods recently announced that all part-time workers will … Continue reading Labor News for November 2019

Know Your Rights: Washington Equal Pay and Opportunites Act

Starting July 28, 2019, the "Washington Equal Pay and Opportunities Act" went into effect. From now on, when interviewing for a job, your potential future boss can't ask you how much money you make (or even how much you have made in the past) until after they have made you a job and compensation offer. … Continue reading Know Your Rights: Washington Equal Pay and Opportunites Act

The Reinvigoration of Labor Organizing in the IWW

The IWW is now stronger than it has been in eight decades. At our historic peak in 1917, the IWW claimed 150,000 members. State repression helped destroy the union, but it never fully disappeared. With a worldwide membership of 6,600 (3,900 in North America, 2,700 internationally), we are far from that high watermark now. But … Continue reading The Reinvigoration of Labor Organizing in the IWW

Labor News for September 2019

The law firm Simpson, Thacher, and Bartlett has represented just about every major company in the US at one time or another including Facebook, GM, and Google. Now one of their recently retired partners, Jamie Gamble, has had a brainstorm. Mr. Gamble has come to the conclusion that corporate executives are "legally obligated to act … Continue reading Labor News for September 2019

Let’s Roll: An RPG Guide to Organizing Characters

In a roleplaying game, we get to choose the kind of character we want to be, like a fighter, a mage, or a bard. We decide our character’s defining traits. And we get to work with other players to decide on the makeup of our party--­­characters who are good at lockpicking, healing, stealth, combat. We … Continue reading Let’s Roll: An RPG Guide to Organizing Characters

Notes from the Field

By James Smith The United Auto Workers have been trying for years to crack the notoriously anti-union South by organizing at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In 2014, after a ridiculously strong and blatantly illegal anti-union campaign which saw the participation of federal and local politicians, the UAW narrowly lost a union election. Afterward, … Continue reading Notes from the Field

The Centralia Tragedy and the Lessons of the Past

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