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AT&T Workers, You Are Not Alone! Strike Flyer Handout

Fri, 19 May 2017 21:18:47 +0000


If you are reading this then over 40,000 CWA union members have walked off their jobs as part of a three day strike against AT&T. The strike at the telecommunications giant is just one of the latest in a string of strikes by workers in the industry that have all pushed back against attacks on wages, health care, job outsourcing, and corporate globalization.

Despite tough talk from both major capitalist parties and Trump in particular, since the economic meltdown of 2008, the only thing that has changed is that billions of dollars have moved out of the hands of poor and working-class people and into the hands of the billionaires – who are now running the government.

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Boston IWW Joins Striking Verizon Workers on the Picket Line

Wed, 10 Aug 2011 00:12:05 +0000

Members of the Boston IWW joined striking Verizon workers for their second day of pickets at the regional headquarters in downtown Boston. Striking members of IBEW local 2222 were pleased with the show of solidarity as we marched together in the sometimes driving rain. The strikers were in good spirits as they walked the all-day picket line and confronted scabs at the local Verizon Headquarters. 

The workers went on strike after Verizon, taking advantage of the current economy and widespread attacks on the working class, demanded concessions from the workers while the company and its top executives have taken in billions of dollars in profits. In fact, the company has made more than $15 billion in profits in the past four years while at the same time paying no federal income tax from 2009-2010 and instead receiving over $1 billion in tax refunds. The company was demanding that workers contribute more to healthcare costs, the elimination of pensions, a reduction in sick pay and elimination of Veteran’s and Martin Luther King day as paid holidays. Further, the company was pushing to have more work outsourced to non-union workers. As a result of these demands the negotiations broke down and 45,000 workers from CWA and IBEW walked out, including 6,000 in Massachusetts. 

At times tensions rose during the picket as scabs exited the building. At one point food was delivered to the workers inside by the notoriously exploitative Upper Crust Pizza, who previously had their windows smashed on May Day because of their abuse of workers. Picketers attempted to block the delivery of the food while police protected those making the delivery. Tempers flared and at one point 100s of sodas were knocked from a palate and later thrown at the delivery van. Workers also attempted to encircle and block the van until finally cops and union bosses convinced them to let the van flee the scene. The picketers showed a degree of militancy and class outrage not commonly seen at other pickets and labor rallies. One Verizon worker who was not familiar with the IWW was given a flyer explaining the position of the IWW and was very receptive. The Verizon workers plan on being out on the picket lines every day for at least two weeks. The Boston branch plans on supporting them as long as the strike continues while at the same time spreading the idea of revolutionary unionism to the rank and file workers.

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IWW.ORG Wins Shmoop "Best of the Web" Award!

Wed, 05 May 2010 07:53:26 +0000

(image) On April 5, 2010, won Shmoop's Best of the Web History of Labor Unions!

"Shmoop is an education website for students and teachers (middle school through college ages). [Their] mission is to make learning fun and relevant for today's students. Each of [their] learing guides includes a "Best of the Web" section, where [they] point teachers and students to quality, reliable websites for further exploration, and [they] picked [our] site!

"[Their] writers (who are mostly Ph.D. students at Stanford, Harvard, Berkeley, etc.) pick the sites that go into their Best of the Web section. Teachers and students rely on [their] expert writers to point out only the highest quality websites. . ."

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Workers at AT&T Poised to Strike - Job action would be biggest U.S. strike in recent years, and first under Obama

Tue, 14 Apr 2009 05:45:03 +0000

(image) By x359209 - IU 560 Job Shop (dual card CWA)

IWW/CWA dual-carders in the heart of the struggle
At midnight April 5, 2009 contracts for most of the component groups represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) at the telecom giant AT&T have expired. After weeks of mobilizing, around 90,000 workers are poised to strike one of the largest and most profitable multinational corporations. A job action by CWA would be the largest and among the most significant labor action in the United States since the UPS strike in 1997. It would also be the first major strike under the Obama regime. The brewing confrontation could set the tone for class struggle in the U.S. for the near future.

Attack on Healthcare
AT&T has been pressing hard for major concessions from its call center, billing & ordering, and technical workers, especially in the area of health care. The company is demanding harsh cost shifting in the form of premiums and huge deductables for current employees and even steeper cuts for “second tier” workers hired going forward. AT&T is also demanding concessions in areas of seniority, over-time, and discipline. Raises would be replaced for the first two years by one-time lump payments.

Billions in Profit
AT&T corporate PR hacks have been spinning that healthcare must be reduced to avoid a repeat of what has happened to the U.S. auto industry. But AT&T is not General Motors. It is in a growing, innovative industry - one where AT&T bosses made $12.9 Billion in profits in 2008 alone. Besides, the U.S. healthcare crisis and its skyrocketing costs are not the fault of workers and their families and we should not be made to shoulder its burden. Workers at AT&T are furious that such a rich company would attack their families’ access to healthcare.

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Court Ruling on Blog could Make Employers Sweat

Wed, 20 Feb 2008 22:47:16 +0000

Disclaimer - The opinions of the author do not necessarily match those of the IWW. This article is reposted in accordance to Fair Use guidelines.

By Rick Haglund - Thursday, February 14, 2008, Grand Rapids Press, Detroit Bureau

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Online Campaigning Under Threat

Thu, 23 Mar 2006 17:43:00 +0000

Reposted from Laborstart.Org - Not officially endorsed by the IWW; posted in solidarity. 

We can only do these campaigns if we can send out emails for free.  If we need to pay for each email we send out, we won't be able to match the amount of money corporations can spend. 

Right now, America Online (AOL) and other internet service providers are considering imposing charges on email sent to their subscribers.   This is no problem for Wal-Mart and McDonalds -- but it is a problem for those of us fighting against Wal-Mart and McDonalds.  We must bring pressure to bear to compell AOL and others to change their minds, and to keep email free.

This is why LabourStart was proud to join the AFL-CIO, the Communication Workers of America, the United Farm Workers, Working America, and American Rights at Work as one of the 50 original sponsoring organizations backing this call:

There are now over 500 groups will have endorsed this campaign -- is your union among them?

Communicate or Die: American Labor Unions and the Internet

Thu, 23 Mar 2006 01:23:00 +0000

The latest news from 

Welcome to everyone who has registered with the CoD for the past few months.    If you haven't been to the site recently, here's some recent must-read blog posts:

Opening Labor's Minds to Internet Communication by Wayne Langley

Cleveland AFL-CIO President's Blog Provides Stage for Union Bashing by Steve Dondley

New Web Site Brought to You by Union Busters, Inc. by Steve Dondley

Using internet-driven tech for more than just publishing/publicity? by Franciso Cendejas

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Labour Website of the Year 2005 - IWW Comes in 6th

Sun, 15 Jan 2006 22:41:00 +0000

Well the results are in.  Although disappointing that the IWW didn't win the competition for its centenary year, it is notable that the IWW beat all AFL-CIO union sites hands down.  

(image) In this year's competition, 6,848 votes were cast for hundreds of trade union websites around the world. 5,578 (81%) of these confirmed their choice by email and only those votes are counted in this year's competition -- the first time we have ever undertaken this precaution.

This year, among the top 10 websites we have four from Canada, two from the USA, and one each from South Africa, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. These ten websites come from unions representing a total of nearly 3,000,000 workers. The winning site this year received more votes than any other site ever received in one of our annual competitions.

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The 9th annual Labour Website of the Year competition

Fri, 16 Dec 2005 10:56:00 +0000

(image) Disclaimer:  Eric Lee's article is reposted here not as an endorsement for as Labourstart Website of the Year--although is a candidate, and is mentioned in the article.  It is posted here to emphasize the growing impact that the Internet, labor websites, and have on organized labor.  The Internet--while currently dominated by capitalist interests nevertheless hold enormous potential for those of us fettered by capitalism (at least 99% of humanity) to emancipate ourselves from its yoke.

For the ninth year in a row, LabourStart is once again organizing the Labour Website of the Year competition.

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