URGENT SOLIDARITY NEEDED – FELLOW IWW WORKERS INCARCERATED: LEMAR & SABRINA

URGENT SOLIDARITY NEEDED – FELLOW WORKERS LEMAR & SABRINA,  IWW INCARCERATED WORKERS’ ORGANIZERS, ARRESTED IN ALLENTOWN, PA

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Hybachi and Sabina were arrested in Allentown, PA in July 2015

Please show some solidarity and donate to their legal fund <https://fundly.com/free-sabrina-and-lemar>, attend their court date, or participate in the phone Zap supporting them – updated details on the situation provided by Lehigh Valley IWWs bellow:

“Hybachi Lemar, who has recently done a lot of work in Chicago but has roots in the LV, was arrested while back in Allentown. He did work with IWOC (Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee of the IWW) toward organizing prisoners and fought the evictions of working class people in Chicago and elsewhere.

Hybachi was arrested and charged with weapons possession — as an ex-felon he is facing steep charges. He and his partner Sabrina (who was arrested with him) are undoubtedly victims of systemic oppression. There are many private details of Lemar’s initial felony charge in the 90’s and the most recent charges against both him and Sabrina that illustrate the inequality within our system. Lemar is being subjected to “Strip Cell” segregation conditions which amount to torture, and he was frequently subjected to segregation when attempting to organize prisoners when previously incarcerated.

What can we do now to help Sabrina and Lemar? We’re working on getting people to turn out for support for his hearing on Tuesday, 7/21 at 2PM. There’s also a Fundly fundraising campaign and call for a phone zap to the warden of Lehigh County Prison.

1) The Hearing:
The hearing will be held at Lehigh County Courthouse (455 Hamilton St, Allentown, PA) on Tuesday, 7/21 at 2PM in the courtroom of Judge Michael Faulkner. You do have to go through a metal detector to get into the building and the line can get long, so it’s recommended to arrive by 1:30PM and to not bring a lot of things into the courthouse. It’s apparently being held in courtroom 1C, but it would be a good idea to meet in the foyer just beyond the metal detector (in front of the elevator) and enter as a group. It would also be pretty great to wear wobbly attire and/or the color black in solidarity.

2) The Fundly Account:
We’re trying to raise a retainer so that Lemar and Sabrina have access to competent legal counsel — please donate if possible or share widely – https://fundly.com/free-sabrina-and-lemar/

3) Phone Zap:
Call Lehigh County Jail Warden Janine Donate in Allentown, PA, at (610)782-3175. Tell her or whomever you speak to that Bondi DeBooth (Lemar’s “legal” name), prisoner #54971, is a respected community activist, is not suicidal, should be immediately be removed from “suicide watch” and placed in the jail’s general population.”

PERMANENT LINK TO STORY:
http://tinyurl.com/HELPLEMAR

-​- For the One Big Union –

       Alison Olhava
x373679
(847) 707-5181
alisonmarie2214@gmail.com

 

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IWW Toronto Members: How Students & Faculty get it Done

Sandwiched between Mayday and The Anniversary of Kent State, and nestled on a bed of Chicago Spring, we packed the Que4 Radio studio with industrial unionists and old friends to discuss labor, higher education, and environmental justice. We were joined by Brianne Bolin of Precaricorps, Max Baru and Katie Leonard of the IWW. We also are joined by Bret Hamilton of Save Columbia here in Chicago. Our friend and past co-broadcaster, Mike Nowak, sat in to provide his extremely knowledgeable perspective, as well as our fav fem-fatale Catherine “Povs” Povineli. There was also a pleasant surprise visit from Chicago 1st Ward aldermanic challenger and civil rights lawyer Anne Shaw. We even had live breaking updates from the UK concerning the arrival of the recent royal seed. All this on the defiantly unique and original programming provided by AM1680, Que4 Radio, in Chicago. Stream this original programming at www.que4.org. Follow our blog here at www.revolutionandbeer.com.

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May Day May Day – Cooptation Confrontation – Revolution & Beer Weekend – May 3rd 2014

We had a full studio for this show. Poet and new Que 4 radio host Larry Sawyer sat down with us. We also had our old friend Earnest James, blogger, working dad, and radio personality at WCPT joined us for his take on recent issues.

We talked a lot about the ICIRR/SEIU situation at May Day Chicago this year, and what the dynamics on the street level were for those advocating clashing positions on Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Brian had just witnessed the arrests of past guest Ze Garcia and his friend Anne Wooten during the May Day Chicago march.

Our friends Sarah Finkel, Rising Tide Chicago, and Ergoat, Occupy CA, enlightened our discussion on street-level citizen rights and the patterns of tactics by NGO protest marshals and police. We covered a lot of ground, and the conversation was very beneficial for everyone involved. One thing that came from it was a very inspired and reflective piece from WC Turck, entitled “Attack of the Suburban Middle-aged White Guy.” This is also well worth a read.

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IWW & Mobile Rail Workers Union Stands Strong

Right now, there is an important local fight going on for quality of work and the right to organize in Chicago; a fight that shows on many levels how history always brings back around it’s unfinished business. An appropriate balance of power between labor and owners/management is a condition that has never been sustainable for so many reasons. It takes organizing and diligence on the side of workers to make sure the imbalance doesn’t hit an exponential curve in favor of management.

The Mobile Rail Workers Union, a diverse and committed group of workers, is quickly taking form at  Mobile Rail Solutions near 14th and Western in Chicago. Workers there became frustrated and concerned when management refused to provide them with some of the basic materials that they needed to protect themselves on the job, like gloves and masks. The situation grew more severe, and the employees there decided to organize themselves into a union. In late July, management at Mobile Rails Solutions fired three workers, Eric, Dwayne, and Brian; for their attempts to organize their fellow workers. After the firings, 25-30 workers walked off the job in solidarity with their fellow workers.

The workers and the larger Union, the IWW, are now fighting for fair labor practices that will build the environment to nurture the kinds of jobs we all know are vital for working class communities across Chicago. If we want to fix our economy, and we value the role of our labor in it, then there’s a lot to learn from the Wobblies.

The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) stands out from a lot of trade-based unions in the history of the labor movement in our country. They believe in organizing across all sectors of the economy, and actually view trade unionism as one of the circumstances easily exploited by unscrupulous power elites to divide and weaken the working class. As part of their critique of trade unions, they will quickly point out how they often push for deep one-sided compromise from their rank and file during a labor dispute. Their belief in the autonomy and development of each worker as a “leader” speaks to a strong faith in the capacity of each human being, and it places them in alignment with socialist libertarian political traditions that are very uncommon in the United States nowadays. This has made them rather unpopular with both moderate liberals and right-wingers at times throughout history. However, it’s also made them very successful as the “One Big Union” has played key rolls in such historic victories as the eight-hour work day, and the laws established banning child slave labor in the U.S. Their historic creativity and antics have been illuminated far wide by the likes of Woody Guthrie, Utah Phillips, and Pete Seeger.

This fight for the right of the Mobile Rail Workers to organize is a fight that can and should be won. The workers are united in their desire for a union and feel empowered by that unity. They are also realistic and aware of the difficulty of the fight. The win of a contract by the Mobile Rail Workers Union and the IWW will have a ripple effect, and will be considered an historic event that provides a stark contrast in vision to the neo-liberal policies of Rahm Emanuel and corporate lobbying groups like ALEC.

While the corporate narcissist parade known as ALEC visits Chicago this week to throw themselves a 40th birthday party, we’d all be wise to join in solidarity with this scrappy union. Getting your card certainly wouldn’t hurt either. Together, we can deliver a message to all negligent bosses and smarmy politicians by winning this fight. Consider it a local birthday spanking to send ALEC on its way certain that Chicago workers will stand their ground. Please read the release and call to action from the union below.

DEFEND FIRED RAIL WORKERS’ JOBS!!

ONGOING UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICES (ULP) STRIKE.

LOCATION:
1425 S Western, Chicago, IL
Now accepting fresh food, baked goods, love, and support.

We encourage all supporters and union members to join in solidarity with these brave men by joining the picket line at 1425 S. Western from 6 am to 8pm. For more information, contact Sam Green:
773-728-0996
ghq <at> iww.org

SOLIDARITY SATURDAY: Support The One Big Union That Could

Sat. Aug 10th 2013
Time: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
1425 S Western, Chicago, IL

This strike is about the illegal firings if 3 workers for their successful campaign to form a union. The workers have 3 main demands:

1- The immediate reinstatement of

2- Management ceases all of its threats of firing and its attempts to disrupt the NLRB union election by dividing workers with bribery, and that they treat workers with dignity and respect.

3- Management must meet with the workers to discuss job-related issues and concerns.

More info:

Rail Service Workers Go on ULP Strike Demanding an end to illegal firings

From July 26th to 29th, Management at Mobile Rail Solutions fired three workers actively engaged in unionizing efforts. The termination of these organizers is a direct attack on their Union drive and apparent retaliation for their recent OSHA filings. Management then threatened to continue firing workers showing no respect for their employees or labor law. The company is also known for seldom firing workers at all.

In response, the workers have self-organized a strike and will be picketing at Union Pacific’s Global 1 location in Chicago, Illinois. They demand a meeting with Mobile Rail’s general manager to discuss the recent wave of Unfair Labor Practices and for the reinstatement of their three fired workers. With most workers coming to the picket line, they expect locomotive servicing will come to a halt.

The workers at Mobile Rail solutions have organized with the Industrial Workers of the World. Several weeks ago they filed for an NLRB election and hoped to have their voices heard in a secret ballot election on August 14th. With the string of three firings over the course of three business days and threats of more firings to come, they feel that only an Unfair Labor Practice Strike can protect their livelihoods and ensure that all workers get the right to vote for Union representation.

How We Can Win:

1. Write an email of support from your organization and send to ghq@iww.org
2. Write a letter demanding that Mobile Rail Management meet with workers. (Please email a copy to ghq@iww.org) 6530 S Laramie Ave, Bedford Park, IL 60638
3. Contribute to the rail workers strike fund: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/mobile-rail-workers-strike-fund
4. Call Mobile Rail Management and politely but firmly demand they rehire both Eric, Brian and Dwayne. We ask that you further demand that all drivers are accompanied by a helper.
5. You can reach Mobile Rail Solutions management at 847-551-9767 or call Tim, the general manager, directly at 224-622-3016.

Further Information about the strike:

Industrial Workers of The World:
http://www.iww.org/

Mobile Rail Workers Union:
https://www.facebook.com/MobileRailWorkersUnion

Support Committee:
https://www.facebook.com/Mobilerailsolidarity

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EMERGENCY RALLY 3PM TODAY For IWW Mobile Rail Workers

EMERGENCY RALLY- Sat, 8/3, 3pm
Defend Fired Rail Workers’ Jobs!
Saturday August 3rd 2013
Location: 1425 S Western, Chicago, IL
Time: 3:00 p.m

Wear RED and BLACK!

Join us as We Demand:

– The immediate reinstatement of Eric, Dwayne, and Brian.

– Management ceases all of its threats of firing and its attempts to disrupt the NLRB union election by dividing workers with bribery. Treat workers with dignity and respect.

– Management must meet with the workers to discuss job related issues and concerns.

CONTRIBUTE TO THEIR STRIKE FUND HERE.

More info:

Rail Service Workers Go on Strike Demanding an End to Illegal Firings

From July 26th to 29th, Management at Mobile Rail Solutions fired three workers actively engaged in unionizing efforts. The termination of these organizers is a direct attack on their Union drive and apparent retaliation for their recent OSHA filings. Management then threatened to continue firing workers showing no respect for their employees or labor law.

In response, the workers have self-organized a strike and will be picketing at Union Pacific’s Global 1 location in Chicago, Illinois. They demand a meeting with Mobile Rail’s general manager to discuss the recent wave of Unfair Labor Practices and for the reinstatement of their three fired workers. With most workers coming to the picket line, they expect locomotive servicing will come to a halt.

The workers at Mobile Rail solutions have organized with the Industrial Workers of the World. Several weeks ago they filed for an NLRB election and hoped to have their voices heard in a secret ballot election on August 14th. With the string of three firings over the course of three business days and threats of more firings to come, they feel that only an Unfair Labor Practice Strike can protect their livelihoods and ensure that all workers get the right to vote for Union representation.

We encourage all union members and supporters to show solidarity and come join the picket at 1425 S. Western from 6 am to 8pm.Contact: Sam Green, 773-728-0996, ghq@iww.org

This past Thursday, WC was able stand on the picket line with Mobile Worker’s Rail Union, on strike over dangerous work conditions, and labor abuses by management. We’ll reach out to Mobile management for there side of the story, and video will be up shortly, but an alarming pattern emerged regarding our interviews with workers. Stay tuned for more on this at Revolution and Beer.

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