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Industrial Worker - Issue #1729, October 2010

Industrial Worker - Issue #1729, October 2010

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* Jimmy John’s Workers Form Union, Demand End To Low Pay
* London IWW, Labor Activists Unite In Support Of Swedish SAC Union
* Squeezed Baristas Shut Down Starbucks In Omaha, Nebraska

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* Special: Report from the 2010 General Convention
* Update on imprisoned Fellow Worker Marie Mason
* Bangladesh Labor Activists Released from Jail
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* Jimmy John’s Workers Form Union, Demand End To Low Pay
* London IWW, Labor Activists Unite In Support Of Swedish SAC Union
* Squeezed Baristas Shut Down Starbucks In Omaha, Nebraska

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* Special: Report from the 2010 General Convention
* Update on imprisoned Fellow Worker Marie Mason
* Bangladesh Labor Activists Released from Jail

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Industrial Worker PO Box 180195Chicago, IL 60618, USAISSN 0019-8870ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED
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INDUSTRIAL WORKER 
Special: Report fromthe 2010 GeneralConvention 6-7
Otob 2010 #1729 Vo. 107 no. 8
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Update onimprisoned FWMarie Mason 8
Jimmy John’s Workers Form Union, Demand End To Low Pay
By the Starbucks Workers Union
Omaha, NE – Baristas and com-munity supporters shut down the 15thand Douglas Starbucks on the morningof Aug. 5, demanding that management
reverse all cuts to healthcare, stafng,and benets that have been imposed
during the recession. The baristas claim
that executives have no justication to
squeeze working families with Starbucks
raking in prots of $977.2 million in thepast four scal quarters.
“We are being squeezed, and wecan’t take it anymore. Since the reces-sion began, Starbucks executives haveruthlessly gutted our standard of living.They doubled the cost of our health in-
surance, reduced stafng levels, cut our
hours, all while demanding more work 
London IWW, Labor Activists Unite In Support Of Swedish SAC Union
from comrades in Germany from theFAU (
 Freie Arbeiterinnen- und Arbe-iter-Union
) and the IWW, who wereengaging in similar solidarity actions.London Regional has so far deniedall responsibility and association withBerns, a Swedish nightclub/company re-sponsible for severe mistreatment of itscleaning staff, having made some clean-
ers work up to 22-hour shifts, six or so
days a week. The dispute between Bernsand the SAC continues, though LondonRegional will not engage in dialogue withthe IWW, CDC, or any of the individualsand groups who have phoned them withtheir complaints.But the message to London Region-al/Berns is loud and clear: We will neverignore the mistreatment of workers
Continued on 8
Photo: Diane Krauthamer
from us. Starbucks is now more than
protable again. It’s time for manage
-ment to give back what they took fromus,” said Sasha McCoy, a shift supervisorat the store.Since the onset of the recession,Starbucks imposed a series of deep cuts
on its workforce. Starting in 2008, as
the economic downturn began, the cof-fee giant shuttered over 800 stores andslashed over 18,000 jobs. The remainingskeleton crew workforce was stretchedout, forced to push VIA and other pro-motional products while keeping the
stores running with insufcient stafng
levels. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultzthen doubled the cost of the company health insurance plan in September
Continued on 9
 Workers picket the 9th Street Jimmy John’s on Sept. 4.
By John O’Reilly 
MINNEAPOLIS – Jimmy John’s workers have had enough. Low wages,poor treatment by management and alack of basic decency have led them toorganize the IWW Jimmy Johns Work-ers Union (JJWU) to stand up for theirrights. The workers are demanding thattheir management recognize the unionand negotiate with them immediately.The Jimmy John’s sandwich franchise, which the union says pays “wages so low  you’ll freak.” The company is owned by MikLin Enterprises and operates ninestores—seven in Minneapolis and two inSt. Louis, and have plans to expand by nearly 50 percent in the next two years.
On Thursday, Sept. 2, workers in all nine
stores went public with their demands. At press time, Mike and Rob Mulliganof MikLin Enterprises have refused torecognize the union or negotiate with the workers. When Palmer Johnson, a delivery  biker at the downtown Minneapolisskyway Jimmy John’s store heard aboutthe expensive golf trips that the ownersof his franchise had been taking over-seas, he could barely believe it. “Herethe workers are on food stamps and theowners keep getting richer,” he said.Having worked at Jimmy John’s forthree years, Johnson thinks that it’s timefor equality and respect for workers athis store. “I’m here for delivery driverslike myself,” he says, “but even more forthe inshoppers who make sandwiches. I want to see them being treated better.”The workers, many of whom earn aminimum wage, are demanding higher wages and tip jars in their stores. “Welive in a service economy these days,”said Jake Foucault, a delivery driver atthe Dinkytown and Riverside stores.“We’ve been pushed into these jobs, butthey don’t need to be like this.”
Consistent scheduling is also difcult
to come by, with workers complainingof shifts as short as one or two hoursor having hours drastically cut for noapparent reason. “Our union is a tool tochange the power on the job betweenthe workers and the people making themoney,” Foucault added.Conditions at the sandwich shops arealso an important piece of the workers’
demands. Employees must nd replace
-ments when they are sick, so they are
Squeezed Baristas Shut DownStarbucks In Omaha, Nebraska
London Wobblies and labor activists demonstrate on Aug. 13.
Photo: Jose Sagaz
By X355622
On Aug. 13, the Cleaners’ DefenceCommittee (CDC) of the London IWW General Membership Branch were joined by supporters at a demonstration
outside the ofces of London & Regional
Properties (London Regional) in solidar-ity with the SAC (
 Sveriges ArbetaresCentralorganisation
, or Central Orga-nization of the Workers of Sweden) fortwo hours, handing out information tothe staff and passersby. The turnout was good as support came in from othergroups, including branches of the Railand Maritime Transport Union (RMT)Solidarity Federation, Feminist Fight- back, Latin American Workers Asso-ciation, and London Coalition AgainstPoverty, amongst others.Letters of support were read outfrequently forced to servefood to customers whileill. Basic dignity is anissue for Jaim’ee Bolte,an inshopper at the 9thStreet store in Minne-apolis. “There is no paidtraining for new employ-ees and new hires needto pay for their uniforms with their own paycheck,meaning that their earn-ings drop below minimum wage,” she said. For her,conditions at work needto be improved. “My coworkers and I are hav-ing issues. The union is agreat way to get everyonetreated fairly, especially on issues like sick daysand fair scheduling,”Bolte saidThe JJWU has beenstanding up to change thedeplorable conditions thatits members face. AyoCollins, a delivery biker
Continued on 5
 
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Industrial Worker
• October 2010
Australia
Regional Organising Committee: P.O. Box 1866,Albany, WAAlbany: 0423473807, entropy4@gmail.comMelbourne: P.O. Box 145, Moreland, VIC 3058.0448 712 420Perth: Mike Ballard, swillsqueal@yahoo.com.au
British Isles
British Isles Regional Organising Committee (BI-ROC): PO Box 7593 Glasgow, G42 2EX. Secretariat:rocsec@iww.org.uk, Organising Department Chair:south@iww.org.uk. www.iww.org.ukIWW UK Web Site administrators and Tech Depart-ment Coordinators: admin@iww.org.uk, www.tech.iww.org.ukNBS Job Branch National Blood Service: iww.nbs@gmail.comMission Print Job Branch: tomjoad3@hotmail.co.ukBuilding Construction Workers IU 330: construc-tionbranch@iww.org.ukHealth Workers IU 610: healthworkers@iww.org.uk, www.iww-healthworkers.org.ukEducation Workers IU 620: education@iww.org.uk,www.geocities.com/iwweducationRecreational Workers (Musicians) IU 630: peltonc@gmail.com, longadan@gmail.comGeneral, Legal, Public Interest & Financial OceWorkers IU 650: rocsec@iww.org.ukBradord: bradord@iww.org.ukBristol GMB: P.O. Box 4, 82 Colston street, BS15BB. Tel. 07506592180. bristol@iww.org.uk,bristoliww@riseup.netCambridge GMB:
 
IWWCambridge, 12 Mill Road,Cambridge CB1 2AD cambridge@iww.org.ukDorset: dorset@iww.org.ukHull: hull@iww.org.ukLeeds: leedsiww@hotmail.co.uk, leeds@iww.org.ukLeicester GMB: Unit 107, 40 Halord St., LeicesterLE1 1TQ, England. Tel. 07981 433 637, leics@iww.org.uk www.leicestershire-iww.org.ukLondon GMB: c/o Freedom Bookshop, Angel Alley,84b Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX. +44 (0) 203393 1295, londoniww@gmail.com www.iww.org/en/branches/UK/LondonNottingham: notts@iww.org.ukReading GMB: reading@iww.org.ukSheeld: sheeld@iww.org.ukTyne and Wear GMB (Newcastle +): tyneand-wear@iww.org.uk www.iww.org/en/branches/UK/TyneWest Midlands GMB: The Warehouse, 54-57 AllisonStreet, Digbeth, Birmingham B5 5TH westmids@iww.org.uk www.wmiww.orgYork GMB: york@iww.org.uk www.wowyork.org
Scotland
Clydeside GMB: c/o IWW, P.O. Box 7593, Glasgow,G42 2EX. clydeside@iww.org.uk, www.iw-wscotland.orgDumries and Galloway GMB: dumries@iww.org.uk , iwwdumries.wordpress.comEdinburgh GMB: c/o 17 W. Montgomery Place, EH75HA. 0131-557-6242, edinburgh@iww.org.uk
Canada
Alberta
Edmonton GMB: P.O. Box 75175, T6E 6K1. edmon-tongmb@iww.org, edmonton.iww.ca
British Columbia
Vancouver GMB: 204-2274 York Ave., Vancouver,BC, V6K 1C6. Phone/ax 604-732-9613. gmb-van@iww.ca, vancouver.iww.ca, vancouverwob.blogspot.com
Manitoba
Winnipeg GMB: IWW, c/o WORC, P.O. Box 1, R3C2G1. winnipegiww@hotmail.com. Garth Hardy,del., garthhardy@gmail.com
Ontario
Ottawa-Outaouais GMB & GDC Local 6: P.O. Box52003, 390 Rideau Street, Ottawa, K1N 5Y8French: ott_out_r@yahoo.ca. Fred Maack, del.,maack@hotmail.com.Ottawa Panhandlers Union: Andrew Nellis,spokesperson, 613-748-0460. ottawapanhandler-sunion@sympatico.caPeterborough: c/o PCAP, 393 Water St. #17, K9H3L7, 705-749-9694Toronto GMB: c/o Libra Knowledge & InormationSvcs Co-op, P.O. Box 353 Stn. A, M5W 1C2. 416-919-7392. iwwtoronto@gmail.com
Québec
 Montreal: iww_quebec@riseup.net. Paul Lespeance, del., 7673 Saint-Denis, H2R2E7. 514-277-6047, paule_lesperance@yahoo.ca
Europe
Finland
Helsinki: Reko Ravela, Otto Brandtintie 11 B 25,00650. iwwsuomi@helsinkinet.
German Language Area
IWW German Language Area Regional OrganizingCommittee (GLAMROC): Post Fach 19 02 03, 60089Frankurt/M, Germany iww-germany@gmx.net.www.wobblies.deAustria: iwwaustria@gmail.com. www.iw-waustria.wordpress.comFrankurt am Main: iww-rankurt@gmx.netGoettingen: iww-goettingen@gmx.netKoeln GMB: IWW, c/o BCC, Paelzer Str. 2-4, 50677Koeln, Germany. cschilha@aol.com
Munich: iww.muenchen@gmx.deLuxembourg
:
0352 691 31 99 71, ashbrmi@pt.luSwitzerland
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IWW-Zurich@gmx.ch
Netherlands
: iww.ned@gmail.com
United States
Arizona
Phoenix GMB: P.O. Box 7126, 85011-7126. 623-336-1062. phoenix@iww.orgFlagsta: Courtney Hinman, del., 928-600-7556,chuy@iww.org
Arkansas
Fayetteville: P.O. Box 283, 72702. 479-200-1859.nwar_iww@hotmail.com
DC
DC GMB (Washington): 741 Morton St NW, Wash-ington DC, 20010. 571-276-1935
California
Los Angeles GMB: P.O. Box 811064, 90081.(310)205-2667. la_gmb@iww.orgNorth Coast GMB: P.O. Box 844, Eureka 95502-0844. 707-725-8090, angstink@gmail.comSan Francisco Bay Area GMB: (Curbside andBuyback IU 670 Recycling Shops; StonemountainFabrics Job Shop and IU 410 Garment and TextileWorker’s Industrial Organizing Committee; Shat-tuck Cinemas; Embarcadero Cinemas) P.O. Box11412, Berkeley 94712. 510-845-0540. bayarea@iww.org.IU 520 Marine Transport Workers: Steve Ongerth,del., intextile@iww.orgEvergreen Printing: 2335 Valley Street, Oakland,94612. 510-835-0254. dkaroly@igc.orgSan Jose: sjiww@yahoo.com
Colorado
Denver GMB: 2727 W. 27th Ave., Denver 80211.Lowell May, del., 303-433-1852. breadandroses@msn.comFour Corners (AZ, CO, NM, UT): 970-903-8721,4corners@iww.org
Florida
Gainesville GMB: c/o Civic Media Center, 433 S.Main St., 32601. Jason Fults, del., 352-318-0060,gainesvilleiww@riseup.netPensacola GMB: P.O. Box 2662, Pensacola 32513-2662. 840-437-1323, iwwpensacola@yahoo.com,www.angelre.com/f5/iwwHobe Sound: P. Shultz, 8274 SE Pine Circle, 33455-6608. 772-545-9591, okiedogg2002@yahoo.com
Georgia
Atlanta: M. Bell, del.,404.693.4728, iwwbell@gmail.com
Hawaii
Honolulu: Tony Donnes, del., donnes@hawaii.edu
Idaho
Boise: Ritchie Eppink, del., P.O. Box 453, 83701.208-371-9752, eppink@gmail.com
Illinois
Chicago GMB: 2117 W. Irving Park Rd., 60618.773-857-1090. Gregory Ehrendreich, del., 312-479-8825, labrat@iww.orgCentral Ill GMB: 903 S. Elm, Champaign, IL, 61820.217-356-8247. David Johnson, del., unionyes@ameritech.netFreight Truckers Hotline: mtw530@iww.orgWaukegan: P.O Box 274, 60079.
Indiana
Laayette GMB: P.O. Box 3793, West Laayette,47906, 765-242-1722
Iowa
Eastern Iowa GMB: 114 1/2 E. College Street, IowaCity, 52240. easterniowa@iww.org
Maine
Barry Rodrigue, 75 Russell Street, Bath, 04530.207-442-7779
Maryland
Baltimore IWW: P.O. Box 33350, 21218. balti-moreiww@gmail.com
Massachusetts
Boston Area GMB: PO Box 391724, Cambridge02139. 617-469-5162Cape Cod/SE Massachusetts: thematch@riseup.netWestern Mass. Public Service IU 650 Branch: IWW,P.O. Box 1581, Northampton 01061
Michigan
Detroit GMB: 22514 Brittany Avenue, E. Detroit48021. detroit@iww.org. Tony Khaled, del., 21328Redmond Ave., East Detroit 48021Grand Rapids GMB: PO Box 6629, 49516. 616-881-5263. Shannon Williams, del., 616-881-5263Central Michigan: 5007 W. Columbia Rd., Mason48854. 517-676-9446, happyhippie66@hotmail.com
Minnesota
Duluth IWW: Brad Barrows, del., 1 N. 28th Ave E.,55812. scratchbrad@riseup.net.Red River IWW: POB 103, Moorhead, 56561. 218-287-0053. iww@gomoorhead.comTwin Cities GMB: 79 13th Ave NE Suite 103A, Min-neapolis 55413. twincities@iww.org.
Missouri
Kansas City GMB: c/o 5506 Holmes St., 64110.816-523-3995
Montana
Two Rivers GMB: PO Box 9366, Missoula 59807.406-459-7585. tworiversgmb@iww.orgConstruction Workers IU 330: Dennis Georg, del.,406-490-3869, tramp233@hotmail.comBillings: Jim Del Duca, del., 406-860-0331,delducja@gmail.com
Nevada
Reno GMB: P.O. Box 40132, 89504. Paul Lenart,del., 775-513-7523, hekmatista@yahoo.comIU 520 Railroad Workers: Ron Kaminkow, del., P.O.Box 2131, Reno, 89505. 608-358-5771. ronka-minkow@yahoo.com
New Jersey
Central New Jersey GMB: P.O. Box 10021, NewBrunswick 08906. 732-801-7001. iwwcnj@gmail.com. Bob Ratynski, del., 908-285-5426
New Mexico
Albuquerque GMB: 202 Harvard Dr. SE, 87106.505-227-0206, abq@iww.org.
New York
Binghamton Education Workers Union: bingham-toniww@gmail.com. http://bewu.wordpress.com/New York City GMB: P.O. Box 7430, JAF Station,New York, 10116, iww-nyc@iww.org. www.wobblycity.orgStarbucks Campaign:
 
44-61 11th St. Fl. 3, LongIsland City 11101 starbucksunion@yahoo.comwww.starbucksunion.orgUpstate NY GMB: P.O. Box 235, Albany 12201-0235, 518-833-6853 or 518-861-5627. www.upstate-nyiww.org, secretary@upstate-ny-iww.org, Rochelle Semel, del., P.O. Box 172, Fly Creek13337, 607-293-6489, rochelle71@peoplepc.com.Hudson Valley GMB: P.O. Box 48, Huguenot 12746,845-342-3405, hviww@aol.com, http://hviww.blogspot.com/
Ohio
Ohio Valley GMB: P.O. Box 42233, Cincinnati45242.Textile & Clothing Workers IU 410: P.O. Box 317741Cincinnati 45231. ktacmota@aol.com
Oklahoma
Tulsa: P.O. Box 213 Medicine Park 73557, 580-529-3360.
Oregon
Lane County: Ed Gunderson, del.,
541-953-3741.gunderson@centurytel.net,
www.eugeneiww.orgPortland GMB: 2249 E Burnside St., 97214,503-231-5488. portland.iww@gmail.com, pdx.iww.orgPortland Red and Black Cae: 400 SE 12th Ave,97214. 503-231-3899. redandblackbooking@riseup.net. www. redandblackcae.com.
Pennsylvania
Lancaster GMB: P.O. Box 796, 17608.Philadelphia GMB: PO Box 42777, 19101. 215-222-1905. phillyiww@iww.org. Union Hall: 4530Baltimore Ave., 19143.Paper Crane Press IU 450 Job Shop: 610-358-9496. papercranepress@verizon.net, www.papercranepress.comPittsburgh GMB : P.O. Box 831, Monroeville,15146. pittsburghiww@yahoo.com
Rhode Island
Providence GMB: P.O. Box 5795, 02903. 508-367-6434. providenceiww@gmail.com.
Texas
Dallas & Fort Worth: 1618 6th Ave, Fort Worth,76104.South Texas IWW: rgviww@gmail.com
Utah
Salt Lake City: Tony Roehrig, del., 801-485-1969.tr_wobbly@yahoo .com
Vermont
Burlington GMB: P.O. Box 8005, 05402. 802-540-2541
Washington
Bellingham: P.O. Box 1793, 98227. 360-920-6240.BellinghamIWW@gmail.com.Tacoma GMB: P.O. Box 2052, 98401.TacIWW@iww.orgOlympia GMB: P.O. Box 2775, 98507. Sam Green,del., samthegreen@gmail.comSeattle GMB: 1122 E. Pike #1142, 98122-3934.206-339-4179. seattleiww@gmail.com. www.seattleiww.org
Wisconsin
Madison GMB: P.O. Box 2442, 53703-2442. www.madisoniww.inoLakeside Press IU 450 Job Shop: 1334 Williamson,53703. 608-255-1800. Jerry Chernow, del., jerry@lakesidepress.org. www.lakesidepress.orgMadison Inoshop Job Shop:1019 Williamson St.#B, 53703. 608-262-9036Just Coee Job Shop IU 460: 1129 E. Wilson,Madison, 53703. 608-204-9011, justcoee.coopGDC Local 4: PO Box 811, 53701. 608-262-9036.Railroad Workers IU 520: 608-358-5771. railal-con@yahoo.com.Milwaukee GMB: P.O. Box 070632, 53207. 414-481-3557.
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Boron Was No Victory
I wanted to thank FW Steve Ongerthfor making the point about claim-ing victories in struggles that haven’tresulted in victories in his piece “Victory In Boron? I Think Not,” which appeared
on page 4 of the August/September
 IW 
. Much of the “the left,” and espe-cially labor movements, are too quick to celebrate moments that are far fromDear Readers of the
 IW 
,I'm grateful for the work FW Ken-neth Miller has been doing on theGeneral Defense Committee (GDC), animportant component of our union'smission. Kenneth mentioned my situa-
tion in in the Deant Spirit column onpage 4 of the August/September
 IW 
.
 While it is true that the ramica
-
tions of the attack I experienced in 2007
continue, I am almost certainly morereasonably situated than FW Alex Svo- boda, and would like to urge all support-ers to send their monies, along with themilitant support, to the GDC, earmarkedfor the support of FW Svoboda.In solidarity,Erik Davis
Support Alex SvobodaThe Football Debate
 Editor’s Note: Due to space limitations,the
IW 
was unable to publish all re-sponses to the August/September Soap-box letter, “NFL Players Are Not Work-ers: The Debate Continues” by X365465,but we will be publishing them in futureissues. In the meantime, try to limit  further discussion of this topic in your  Readers’ Soapbox submissions.
X365465 raised some worthwhile
points in last month’s Readers’ Soapbox(“The Debate Continues”). Foremostly,it’s right to criticize football playersfor crossing picket lines and generally showing a lack of solidarity. However,there are three criticisms of “The DebateContinues” that need to be made. The
rst is that lots of workers (no matterhow narrowly we dene the category)
cross picket lines, and generally show a lack of solidarity. This doesn’t meanthey’re not workers. Second, there’s being victorious. Not only does this setour standards low but it also plays into aculture of misrepresentation that leadspeople to be dismissive of publicationsthat claim progress in social movements.Chris AgendaPortland, OR nothing inherently wrong with watchingor playing sports. Sure, they can be a dis-traction or even an anesthetic. But undercapitalism, sometimes we need a bit of escapism to survive. And it’s not likesports are going to disappear after therevolution. There’s nothing objectively  wrong or pro-capitalist about a bit of “team spirit,” exercise, friendly rivalry,or watching world-class athletes do whatthey do best. If anything, working classpower is about workers getting more of “the good things in life” and this meansentertainment, like watching sports on your days off.The third and most important pointis that income does not determine class.Class is determined by one’s relationshipto the means of production. Hence, the
absurdity of X365465’s claim that indi
- viduals like Henry Ford or John Rock-efeller could ever be considered workers.Football players work for a wage.Their labor creates wealth and they only receive a certain percentage of it. In thiscase, marketing, advertising and spon-
sorship grossly inate the wealth gener
-ated, but it’s still the labor of footballplayers—as workers—that enables theNFL to bring in so much revenue. The
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The working class and the employingclass have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and wantare found among millions of workingpeople and the few, who make up the em-ploying class, have all the good things of life. Between these two classes a strugglemust go on until the workers of the worldorganize as a class, take possession of themeans of production, abolish the wagesystem, and live in harmony with theearth.
 We nd that the centering of the man
-agement of industries into fewer and fewerhands makes the trade unions unable tocope with the ever-growing power of theemploying class. The trade unions fostera state of affairs which allows one set of  workers to be pitted against another setof workers in the same industry, thereby helping defeat one another in wage wars.Moreover, the trade unions aid the employ-ing class to mislead the workers into the belief that the working class have interestsin common with their employers.These conditions can be changed andthe interest of the working class upheldonly by an organization formed in sucha way that all its members in any one in-dustry, or all industries if necessary, cease work whenever a strike or lockout is on inany department thereof, thus making aninjury to one an injury to all.Instead of the conservative motto, “A fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work,” wemust inscribe on our banner the revolu-tionary watchword, “Abolition of the wagesystem.”It is the historic mission of the work-ing class to do away with capitalism. Thearmy of production must be organized,not only for the everyday struggle withcapitalists, but also to carry on production when capitalism shall have been over-thrown. By organizing industrially we areforming the structure of the new society  within the shell of the old.
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he IWW is a union for all workers, a union dedicated to organizing on the job, in our industries and in our communities both to win better conditionstoday and to build a world without bosses, a world in which production anddistribution are organized by workers ourselves to meet the needs of the entire popu-lation, not merely a handful of exploiters. We are the Industrial Workers of the World because we organize industrially –that is to say, we organize all workers on the job into one union, rather than dividing
 workers by trade, so that we can pool our strength to ght the bosses together.
Since the IWW was founded in 1905, we have recognized the need to build a truly international union movement in order to confront the global power of the bossesand in order to strengthen workers’ ability to stand in solidarity with our fellow  workers no matter what part of the globe they happen to live on. We are a union open to all workers, whether or not the IWW happens to haverepresentation rights in your workplace. We organize the worker, not the job, recog-
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IWW Constitution Preamble
The Battle Of Mahomet: Teachers Strike, Win Demands
Teachers picketing.
By Neil Parthun
Students and educators in Mahomet,Ill. were back in class on Monday, Aug.
23, after the Mahomet Seymour Educa
-tion Association (MSEA) and the school board were able to settle on a new con-
tract on Aug. 20. The settlement markedan end to a two-day strike, the rst strike
ever in their union’s history.MSEA secured a one-year contract
 with 2.6 percent pay raise for teachers
and a 3.5 percent raise for aides andother support staff. “I’ve negotiatedseveral contracts and this has been themost contentious process I have ever been through,” said MSEA PresidentJoan Jordan on the two-day strike andthe negotiations.
Building Up to The Battle
The strike was an eruption of con-tinuing disagreement between the unionand the district over issues related toemployment. Board President Terry Greene said, “The MSEA president has been quoted as saying ‘[The districtschool board’s] got the money and thepower and we want some of both.’ The board of education has quite a different view.” Although this quote was utteredin the days before the strike, it aptly encapsulated the heart of the struggle between MSEA and the school boardprior to the strike.
In the summer of 2009, the Mahom
-et school board, led by President Terry Greene, had demanded that educationalstaff perform medical procedures likeinsulin shots and inserting catheters.The board refused to negotiate the issue
 with MSEA despite signicant pressure.
Ultimately, the issue went to a mediator who ruled against the union. With this victory fresh in mind andupcoming contract negotiations looming
at the end of the 2009-2010 school year,
the board announced in February that
the 2010-2011 school year would see$643,211 in pay cuts, and some staff that
 would be released. The district blamedthe economic downturn and Illinois’
scal nightmare as they spoke about aprojected decit budget, however, thedistrict would not be running a decit
 budget. As the union pointed out, thedistrict would not be “in the red” butrather only less “in the black.” Furtherundercutting the district’s cries of pov-erty was the fact that all cut staff, exceptfor those on one-year contracts, wererehired by the end of March.Having seen the bogus cuts for whatthey were, the union became even moreadamant in their demands for appropri-ate and fair compensation, as the district
had $2.5 million in its general work 
-
ing fund and another $1.5 million in its
education fund.Ultimately, the disagreement be-tween MSEA and the school board wasnot totally about money. It was, moreimportantly, about the power dynam-ics between the workers and the board.Throughout these previous struggles, itappeared that Greene and the district wanted to bust the union’s strength andprove that the administration and board were running the district.
The Contract
During the early negotiations, thedistrict’s offer was very negative. Unionpresident Joan Jordan said “[the boardoffering was offering] zero percent andno vertical or horizontal movement. So, we weren’t going to get any money forexperience for being here another yearnor were they offering any money if youhad gotten more education. And we haveto pay for our own education, which weneed for our credentials and also to getpaid more.” After little to no movement by the board throughout the spring and intothe summer, despite the union’s goodfaith negotiations, the MSEA called for astrike. This was overwhelmingly sup-
ported with a 211-25 vote to authorize
the work stoppage.Quickly, the union began organizing.Illinois Education Assocation UniServ Director Gene Vanderport elaborated:“Our folks organized themselves to makethis strike work…so we’re well organizedand that is key.” Many members of theunion volunteered for a number of com-mittees to ensure that a potential strike would likely be successful.
The nal district offer was a 2.1percent pay raise for teachers, and a 2.5
percent raise for aides and for other sup-
port staff. Based on the nal salary pro
-posal, union members making as little as
$16,500 would actually suffer pay cuts
due to their rising insurance costs, sothis proposal was not tenable.
The Strike Begins
Before the last bargaining sessionprior to the scheduled start of the school year, the district canceled classes untilfurther notice because of the potentialstrike. Board President Greene and thedistrict unilaterally left the negotiations without even looking at a proposal by the union. MSEA members were vis-ibly upset as Greene went to the mediademanding that the union accept thelowest offer seen in that district for years. The school board president also wanted to make the agreement bindingfor two years. Some felt that the preemp-tive canceling of school meant that thedistrict was not interested in negotiating but rather in having the union settle foronly the board’s proposals.
The board contended that their $1.5million education fund and $3 million
in working cash fund were for “rainy days,” but not for the largest economicmeltdown since the Great Depressiondoes not apply. It was also recently announced that the district can expect
nearly $700,000 from the Federal Edu
-cation Jobs bill which is meant to pay teachers and support professionals. Any of these revenue streams would haveallowed the district to settle a fair andequitable contract with the educators.The MSEA hit the ground running with coordinated committees ensur-ing that picketers were transported,given water and fed. Others worked onproducing press releases and speakingto the media about the realities of thestrike. The union was quite prepared andhad a very effective presence. Outside
of a few middle ngers or catcalls, the
overwhelming reception to the strike was positive as many honked horns and waved. Some students even joined therallying workers with signs like “Ourteachers rock!”The negotiations at the end of the
strike’s rst day failed to bring a settle
-ment, as Board President Greene and thedistrict unilaterally walked out of nego-tiations for the second time that week.Many observers noticed the irony of the board demanding a settlement in thepress and then walking out of negotia-tions multiple times.Day two of the strike continued the
successes of the rst day. A rally was
held prior to the start of negotiations aschanting cries for a fair contract echoed
in the air. By 2:30 p.m. that day, a con
-tract settlement between the sides had been reached.
“It’s a Major Victory”
 After negotiating one of the mostcontentious contracts in her career,MSEA President Joan Jordan said “It’sa major victory for us. The victory camein [the school board] understanding that we are a union and we are going to standup for ourselves and we will do what ittakes to get some action out of the school board.”The union recognized that the con-tract was about more than sick days andmoney. It was also about the power re-lationship between the union and boardover the conditions of employment.“Part of it was personal. The chief negotiator and I have been active unionmembers our entire careers and [theschool board] just wanted to make therest of the union know that you shouldn’t be following them,” said Jordan.The struggle of Mahomet educatorsmarks another victory for organizedlabor and educators within the state of Illinois.
Photo: Neil Parthun
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