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THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO WORKERS MOVEMENT

Wednesday, Oct 16th 2013 at 6:30pm

Margarete Lawrence Room #201, Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould St, Toronto

Flyer Hitchhiker

Overworked and underpaid: our current working conditions rely on standards from a period of struggles. But they are getting worse year by year. Lots of complains but little resistance to keep some of our labour standards. However, more militant strikes take place in some areas of Europe.

What are the differences in workers organizing between N/A & the old world?
How do grassroots unions work over there?
Does an international workers movement still exist?

This workshop will guide you through the history of class struggle and workers movement. We will analyze key events of anarchist and syndicalist organizing in the Ukraine and Spain. We will follow the evolution of international workers movement from the beginnings of basic democracy to the current trade union structures of representatives. We will stress out the special union situation in Germany as a prototype for liberal economies and a challenge for grassroots unions.

We will finish our round trip through the ages and places of workers movement with the discussion whether and how this experiences can be applied to develop strategies for our current situation.

Presented by the IWW Toronto and World in Exile

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Toronto IWW Solidarity Committee Launch Party!

Where: The 460, 460 Spadina Ave. (College and Spadina)

When: Monday, September 2nd, 8:00-late o’clock

Why: Have some fun and support a good cause this Labour Day!

Join the Industrial Workers of the World as we celebrate the launch of our Solidarity Committee. This committee will support unorganized workers fight back against bad bosses, wage theft and other workplace problems, based on the “Solidarity Network” model pioneered by the Seattle Solidarity Network. By organizing ourselves and other workers to collect what’s ours, we hope to make this city a little better to live, work, and struggle in.

The event will feature music, a brief discussion of the Solidarity Committee and its organizing model, and guest speakers.

If you or someone you know is having tips stolen, is missing wages, not being paid overtime, or some other problem with the boss, get in touch! Likewise, contact us if you would like to help organize with us or participate in Solidarity Committee actions

On facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/363993993703837/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Toronto May Day 2013 – International Workers’ Day

Another May Day has come and gone in Toronto. Toronto wobblies joined the march and had a great party afterwards. Click the preview to see a video one of our members put together of the sights and sounds of the march.

Click to view a video of May Day 2013.

Click to view a video of May Day 2013.

Here are a few pictures. Check out our Facebook album with more.

May Day march down Queen St in Toronto, 2013

May Day 2013 marches down Queen St in Toronto

May Day 2013 in front of Loblaws in memory of Bangledesh garment workers murdered for profit

Wobblies and striking Porter FBO workers in Toronto's 2013 May Day march

Wobblies and striking Porter FBO workers in Toronto’s 2013 May Day march

Wobblies and striking Porter FBO workers in Toronto's 2013 May Day march

Wobblies and striking Porter FBO workers in Toronto’s 2013 May Day march

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2nd Annual May Day Afterparty

IWW 2013 May Day SocialMay 1st is International Worker’s Day, an annual celebration of the international labour movement. Since its inauguration in 1890, May Day has been a focal point for workers’ struggles, including union protection, the eight-hour work day, migrant rights and workers’ self-emancipation.

After a 5:30PM rally and march starting at Nathan Phillips Square, please join us for an afterparty! Relax and celebrate with friends old and new, music, drinks, door prizes and more! All are welcome. $5 at the door – no one turned away for lack of funds.

Location: The 460 (460 Spadina Avenue – College & Spadina)

Time: 9:00PM-late

April 15 Day of Action: Porter Aircraft Fuelers on Strike!

Since January 10, 2013, aircraft fuelers at Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto have been on strike over health and safety conditions and wages. The fuelers unionized with the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union (COPE) Local 343 in August after years of continual understaffing, high turnover and serious injuries sustained on the job. Porter hired a team of scab workers when the strike began, enabling operations to continue as usual.

On April 15, Porter is even adding another daily flight to Windsor, Ontario.

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The final – and only – contractual offer Porter presented to its unionized workers was a shameful $0.25/hour raise for those without a DZ license (for small truck-driving), no raise for those with a DZ license, and the provision of fuel-resistant gloves and coveralls. Since the strike began, Porter has begun to provide its scabs with this protective gear, as if to suggest that the safety issues faced by its workforce have been resolved. The workers are some of the lowest paid in the industry, at a starting wage of $12.00/hour. Toronto is one of Canada’s most expensive cities, where a full-time living wage exceeds $16.60/hour. Porter has declined all offers from its workers to negotiate since the strike began.

Despite numerous public demonstrations, community involvement, pickets and support from other unions across the country, Porter has attempted to sidestep the strike. But we can’t allow Porter to ignore its striking workers or their demands any longer.

Here’s What You Can Do on April 15!

Solidarity demonstration at Billy Bishop Airport – Come show your support for the workers’ demands on Monday, April 15 at 6:00pm. Meet in Little Norway Park next to the airport!

Hold a solidarity picket at other Porter worksites – is your city a Porter destination? Spread the word that Porter won’t negotiate with its workers in Toronto. Below is a list of cities to which Porter flies, and text for a sample flyer.

Flood Porter’s phone lines to tell them what you think – Jam the reservation lines at 1:00PM (Eastern Time), and keep calling them all day! The lines open at 5:30AM and close at 11:00PM (Eastern Time).

Send a letter of solidarity – the Porter aircraft fuelers in Toronto would love to hear from you. Tell them what actions you’re taking to put pressure on Porter!

COPE Local 343
555 Richmond Street West
Suite 701, PO Box 1202
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3B1
Canada
Attention: Porter Strike

For the phone zap, call Porter’s toll-free reservations line: 1-888-619-8622. If you can’t reach them on their bookings line, call their customer service line: 1-416-203-2424On the customer service line, ask to speak to the Vice-President, Airport Operations and Customer Service at Porter FBO, Paul Moreira.

Sample Script:

Hi, I am calling from __________ to urge Porter Airlines to negotiate with its striking fuel workers in Toronto, Canada. I am unwilling to fly an airline that treats its employees so poorly and will not be booking a flight with Porter until the labour dispute is resolved.

[If possible, ask to speak to a supervisor, and repeat the above message]

Porter’s Destinations:

BOSTON, MA – Logan International Airport (BOS)
BURLINGTON, VT – Burlington International Airport (BTV)
CHICAGO, IL – Midway International Airport (MDW)
HALIFAX, NS – Stanfield International Airport (YHZ)
MONCTON, NB – Greater Moncton International Airport (YQM)
MONT TREMBLANT, QC – Mont Tremblant International Airport (YTM)
MONTREAL, QC – Trudeau International Airport (YUL)
MYRTLE BEACH, SC – Myrtle Beach International Airport (MYR)
NEWARK, NJ – Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
OTTAWA, ON – MacDonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW)
QUEBEC CITY, QC – Jean Lesage International Airport (YQB)
SAULT STE. MARIE, ON – Sault Ste. Marie Airport (YAM)
ST. JOHN’S, NL – St. John’s International Airport (YYT)
SUDBURY, ON – Sudbury Airport (YSB)
THUNDER BAY, ON – Thunder Bay International Airport (YQT)
TIMMINS, ON – Victor M. Power Airport (YTS)
TORONTO, ON – Billy Bishop Airport (YTZ)
WASHINGTON, DC – DULLES – Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)
WINDSOR, ON – Windsor International Airport (YQG)

Here’s text for a sample flyer to distribute in your city

Want to know more? Check out @PorterStrike or http://www.dontflyporter.com/

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