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Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition Staff Joins the IWW

Tue, 03/16/2021 - 10:06

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2021
Contact: communications@iww.org

 

OHIO VALLEY ENVIRONMENTAL COALITION STAFF JOINS THE IWW

HUNTINGTON, West Virginia — The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) is excited to announce that workers of the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (OVEC) have recently organized with majority support as the OVEC Union (OVECU) under the IWW. As of March 4, OVECU has submitted a request for voluntary recognition to the OVEC Board of Directors. OVECU is excited to begin the process of negotiating their contract. Their key demands include a standardized pay scale, an equitable discipline policy, and the right to union representation at any meeting wherein matters affecting staff pay, hours, benefits, advancement, or layoffs may be discussed or voted on.  

The workers of OVEC decided to unionize to honor their organizational values of empowerment and justice. OVEC’s mission to organize for environmental justice is informed by the belief that Appalachians — and all workers, everywhere — benefit from the right to union representation in their place of employment regardless of current working conditions. OVECU believes it is particularly important for employees to have union support during times of transition with administration, board, and staff, and is eager to move forward collaboratively with members of the board and administration as the 34-year-old organization grows and changes.

“Having a union is a logical next step in supporting our organization as our organization continues to support our communities. Unionizing only strengthens our commitment to the vital work we do at the crossroads of environmental, social, and labor justice,” said OVEC Project Coordinator Dustin White.

OVECU is asking for you to endorse their unionization efforts by calling 304-522-0246 and leaving a message of congratulations and support, or dropping a note at info@ohvec.org.

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The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition Union is committed to protecting and preserving the quality of work conditions for employees of the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition.

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Socialist Rifle Association Workers Join IWW

Sat, 03/13/2021 - 12:52

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 13, 2021
Contact: communications@iww.org

SOCIALIST RIFLE ASSOCIATION WORKERS JOIN IWW

WICHITA, Kansas — The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) is excited to announce that workers of the Socialist Rifle Association (SRA) have recently organized with majority support as the Socialist Rifle Association Workers United (SRAWU) under the IWW. As of March 13, SRAWU has submitted a request for voluntary recognition, which is guaranteed by the SRA’s bylaws. SRAWU is thrilled to begin the process of negotiating their contract. Their key demands include a Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) policy and the right of union representation at any Assembly meeting wherein matters affecting staff pay, hours, benefits, advancement, or layoffs may be discussed or voted on.

The reputation of the Socialist Rifle Association is that of radical democracy and a vigorous pro-labor attitude. The workers of the SRA have gone too long without workplace guarantees against harassment as well as a lack of representation in matters concerning their working conditions. This has too often led to wonderful, hard-working and talented individuals experiencing burnout and in some cases quitting. Given this, unionizing the SRA workspace is the next logical step in the existence of the organization.

“In 2018 when we started the Socialist Rifle Association, I could never have imagined it growing to the point that it has. So many amazing people have poured their sweat and tears into this organization, and unfortunately many of them have been burned in the process. It’s time for the staff and volunteers of the SRA to unite and organize for their own wellbeing while we continue to do everything we can to support our chapters and membership,” said Faye Ecklar, Director of Mutual Aid.

Socialist Rifle Association workers hold dear the belief that the best and most productive way to advance the goals of the SRA is to work collaboratively on making a productive, safe and healthy workplace.

Nikol Heathcock, Chapters Director, stated, “I am excited about the opportunity to be involved in building something like this for our staff, and personally I’m looking forward to being a union member!”

The Socialist Rifle Association Workers United is asking that you show your support for their unionization efforts by engaging on the union’s Twitter, as well as telling the SRA how excited you are that their workers are unionizing!

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Socialist Rifle Association Workers United is a coalition of paid staff and volunteers of the Socialist Rifle Association, who are committed to providing a safe space for marginalized communities to explore firearms education and mutual aid.

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Thu, 03/11/2021 - 11:25

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IWW Supports Arrested Striking Workers

Tue, 01/19/2021 - 17:15

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, essential workers striking for a $1 an hour raise were harassed and arrested by New York City police while picketing the truck entrance of the Hunts Point Market. The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) stands in solidarity with these fellow workers who are organized under the Teamsters Local 202.

According to a statement from the Teamsters, about 1,400 warehouse workers and drivers employed by Hunts Point Market (772 Edgewater Rd, Bronx, NY 10474) are on strike for the hazard pay increase following confirmation that the business owners have received a $15 million Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan from the government. Hunts Point Market is considered the largest wholesale produce market in the world, spanning a million square-feet of interior space.

“It is outrageous that after being called essential heroes for months, several of our members were arrested while peacefully protesting for a raise today,” said Local 202 President Daniel Kane, Jr. “These are the essential workers who went to work every day through the worst of the pandemic to feed New York.”

Not surprising is the fact that the company website even boasts about the expertise of its workers as a selling point for customers, stating: “Every year, more than 210 million packages of produce pass through the market, thanks to some of the most streamlined logistics in the business. Our stock is handled with care to ensure the highest degree of food safety.”

Liss Waters Hyde, IWW General Executive Board (GEB) Chair, said it is imperative that all workers unite against these infringements upon any worker’s right to organize for better pay and working conditions.

“Fellow workers everywhere are facing unparalleled challenges due to this pandemic. Being called essential or hero does nothing for the real, material needs of these workers who are putting themselves and their families at risk everyday they show up to keep food distribution flowing throughout the New York City region,” Hyde said. “And for this to happen on MLK day is adding insult to injury.”

The IWW is famous for refusing to support the unionization of police specifically because of how the police are regularly utilized to silence workers in favor of capital.

“The Teamsters have made it clear that regardless of the Hunts Point Market owners using riot cops to get trucks moving in and out of the warehouse, these workers will remain on strike until they receive the pay they deserve,” Hyde said. “The IWW finds it unconscionable that money given to a business for payroll then doesn’t flow down to the paychecks. As such, I encourage all members who are able to join the picket or provide other support to these workers to do so.”

For ongoing information about the strike, including video from the night of the arrests, please see https://twitter.com/TeamstersJC16. To read the full press release from the Teamsters Local 202 visit http://teamsters.nyc/2021/01/19/teamsters-condemn-arrests-peaceful-hunts-point-strikers/.

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