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In November We Remember

On November 11th wobblies gathered in Centralia to remember those who fell 98 years ago defending the Union.  On the same date in 1919 the IWW union hall in Centralia was attacked during an armistice day parade (which is now veterans day).

We spoke about the events that took place on that day, we talked about today and we looked forward to the future.

We cleaned the grave stones that were laid by the Union to mark the graves, and we placed wreaths and flowers.

In November — We Remember

New York: Wobblies at Singing Restaurant Win Major Victory

In a major victory for the singing servers at Ellen’s Stardust Diner, their employer has reached an agreement with their solidarity union, Stardust Family United, and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). By entering into the settlement agreement, the company will narrowly avoid a trial on some 19 violations of the National Labor Relations Act, including 31 retaliatory firings.

Under the terms of the agreement, all 31 employees terminated over the last year in retaliation for union activity have been offered immediate and full reinstatement, and will receive back pay from the time they were fired. Of the terminated employees, 13 will immediately return to work at the popular Midtown diner.

In addition, the restaurant is required to mail official notices to all employees, informing them that the company will not violate federal law by engaging in certain unlawful practices such as surveilling and threatening workers, interfering with their use of social media, and discouraging them from taking action to improve working conditions.

For the singing servers, this has been a long road. The union, which is a branch of the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World), initially went public in late summer of 2016. Weeks after making their efforts known to management, 16 active union members were fired. Over the fall and winter, the workers continued to engage in direct workplace action to improve health and safety conditions, as well as pursue other demands. Another mass firing in January 2017 brought the total of terminated singers up to 31.

Despite this, Stardust Family United remained active, both inside and outside the restaurant. “I’m thrilled and proud to know our struggle and vigilance over the last year has paid off,” says returning employee Matthew Patterson. “I’m looking forward to returning and making a positive impact inside the diner.”

As published on IWW.org

Olympia IWW orientation | Saturday Nov. 4th | Olympia Center 3pm

Hey Fellow Workers!

Are you interested in joining the Industrial Workers of the World? But not sure how to get involved. Or maybe you want to learn more about it. Interested in learning more about your rights as a worker!?

Maybe you are already a member but want to learn how you can get more involved!

Well then you need to come to the Olympia I.W.W. Orientation this weekend on Saturday the 4th of November at 3pm at the Olympia Center.

We will learn more about the I.W.W. as a whole and also about the local Olympia branch! Plus we will brush up on our meeting process – Rusty’s Rules. And more!!

We will also, of course, answer any questions you have. You can join or pay dues as well.

See you there!

Friday the 13th Radical Movie Night

Join us this Friday the 13th of October at Last Word Books (111 Cherry St NE Olympia Wa 98501) to watch the documentray “13th.”  We will start it at 7pm!

“In this thought-provoking documentry, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.”

Statement on Charlottesville

Fellow Workers and Comrades,
Todays attack, in Charlottesville Virginia, on our friends, by White Supremacists, stirs deep emotions of anger and sadness. The Olympia Industrial Workers of the World extend our deepest respect and sympathy to those who were attacked in such a cowardly way and we strongly condemn the actions of those who perpetuated it.
We stand against fascists in all their forms and in all venues. They serve only to attack and divide the working class.
Those who were willing and able to stand up against these White Supremacists today in Charlottesville have our gratitude and support such as it is.
On a personal note, I grew up in Virginia not far from Charlottesville, and while I am sickened to see such hatred and racism occur in my home I am also hearted by the show of love and solidarity that stood against it.
Stay strong brothers and sisters for the struggle continues…
In Solidarity,
Dylan B.
Secretary
Olympia General Membership Branch
of the
Industrial Workers of the World

Olympia I.W.W. Orientation! | Sat. 5/6 3pm | Olympia Center

Hey Fellow Workers!

Are you interested in joining the Industrial Workers of the World? But not sure how to get involved.  Or maybe you want to learn more about it.  Interested in learning more about your rights as a worker!?

Maybe you are already a member but want to learn how you can get more involved!

Well then you need to come to the Olympia I.W.W. Orientation this weekend on Saturday the 6th of May at 3pm at the Olympia Center.

We will learn more about the I.W.W. as a whole and also about the local Olympia branch! Plus we will brush up on our meeting process – Rusty’s Rules.  And more!!

We will also, of course, answer any questions you have.  You can join or pay dues there.  There will be light snacks and coffee!

Why Organize a Union with Your Fellow Workers?

It is only through collective action that we can, not only come together to win our demands on the job, but recognize within ourselves that we have the power to change the world around us for the better.

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It’s Our One Year Anniversary!

On May 18th, 2016 we, the Olympia General Membership Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World, were chartered!  We have come along way since then.  We appreciate all the hard work that our members have put in, and continue to put in, to organize the branch!

It seems like it has not been a year, but so much has been done to get us here and to prepare us for the struggles ahead.  We are here to fight!  We are here to organize!  We are here to stay!

Don’t forget to come and see us on May 1st, International Workers Day, at Sylvester Park in downtown Olympia from noon to 5pm.  We will have speakers, music, food, and fun!!

In Love and Stuggle

Oly I.W.W.

May Day 2017 Olympia

Come celebrate International Worker’s Day AKA May Day with the Olympia I.W.W. and others!!  There will be food, friends, music, literature, and fun!

This event is for all ages.  Come and have some fun as we celebrate the Working Class!  Learn about the history of May Day and other working class struggles as we talk about the struggles ahead and take refuge in friends and family.

There will be performances by:
Lenee Reid
Nomy Lamm
Kaitlyn Smith
And more!!

Here is the link the Facebook event.

If you have any questions please contact us.
Email – OlympiaIWW@riseup.net

Regional Organizing Assembly

Hi Fellow Workers,

The Olympia General Membership Branch will be hosting a Regional Organizing Assembly the weekend of May 2­7th.

This assembly will bring together organizers from all over our region for a weekend of networking, strategizing, skills sharing, and maybe even some troublemaking. We plan to have workshops, facilitated discussions, social events, and more, all geared towards building regional solidarity and collaboration. Registration is now open!

Please email us with any questions at:
OlympiaIWW@riseup.net

Warm Regards and Solidarity,
Olympia I.W.W.