If you like cheap groceries and live in Massachusetts, you may have noticed this weekend that the shelves were bare
at Market Basket. Employees of the company staged a walkout
on Friday to show their support for Arthur T. Demoulas, the company's recently ousted president
. Many people have questioned the sudden change in management
. [more inside]
Alan Prendergast writing in Westword
reflects on the history of "Bloody Ludlow
The Minimum Wage Worker Strikes Back
- She notes that her hourly wage of $7.50 is less than a Wendy’s combo meal: “I make less than the Baconator.”
workers are continuing their strike into Monday, with no quick end to the strike in sight
. [more inside]
One hundred years ago today, W.B. Yeats published one of his best known poems, September 1913
, as a letter to the Irish Times. [more inside]
This article covers the US drone program
. It looks at the pilots of drones, the decisions to use a drone, their highly effective short terms goals vs long term potential blowback and whether drone strikes are legal.
The Drone That Killed My Grandson
— Dr. Nasser al-Awlaki, Fulbright scholar, founder of Ibb University and former president of Sana University, served as Yemen’s minister of agriculture and fisheries from 1988 to 1990. His 16-year-old grandson Abdulrahman (an American citizen born in Denver, Colorado) was killed by an American drone strike in Yemen on Oct. 14, 2011, two weeks after his father Anwar was killed by a previous drone strike.
In what could be the largest strike of its kind, hundreds of fast food workers
in Detroit walked off their jobs on Friday, echoing the rallying cry heard (or not
?) across the country that the currently underpaid workers
deserve $15 an hour
and the right to form a union without retaliation. Friday's strike in Detroit comes on the heels of similar actions in other cities—Wednesday and Thursday in St. Louis
, and in Chicago
and New York City last month
On May 16, 1934, the Teamsters local 574 of Minneapolis, Minnesota called for a strike to stop all truck deliveries in the city
not run by union workers. This 1981 documentary tells the story in the workers' own words. Part 1
, part 2
, the maker of Twinkies, Ding Dongs, and Wonder Bread has filed for bankruptcy
twice in the past two years. Hostess workers (members of the Teamsters' Union
) staged a walkout
on Sunday after the company cut wages by 8 percent and benefits by up to 32 percent. Since the workers went on strike, Hostess has closed three of its plants
. Hostess said today that if enough workers do not return to work by this evening, it will liquidate the company
and lay off its 18,000 workers. It will announce its decision tomorrow.
For the first time since 1987, Chicago public school teachers will strike.
Last year, the city council in Chicago passed a law mandating that 75% of Chicago Teachers Union
members would need to vote to authorize a strike. In June, CTU announced that they had met that threshold
, and that they would strike if negotiations with Chicago Public Schools over job security, evaluations, and a longer school day with no extra pay for teachers, failed. They did, and tonight Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, announced that as of midnight tonight, public school teachers in Chicago are on strike.
In March, 2012, students in Montreal, Canada took to the streets to protest the Quebec Liberal government's intention to raise tuition by 75% over five years.
The red square
, a symbol of the last student strike, quickly became the symbol of this one as well. [more inside]
A British Columbia teacher offers a spirited defence of education
and the right for teachers to strike and raise issues of class size and composition in collective bargaining in this blog post. Meanwhile, BC high school students are walking out Friday
in support of the teachers and the concerns they raise about BC's public school system. [more inside]
You may have never heard of them, but they definitely have your email address. They are the Yahoo-Yahoo Boys; the young Nigerian men who cut wide swaths of cash by preying on the naiveté of moneyed Westerners vis a vis their dreaded 419 emails.
...But if you check your spam folder right now you might notice that it is slightly lighter these days. That's because it's been a tough week for Nigeria’s most infamous internet enthusiasts. Due to the week-long strike action that took place in response to the government’s decision to remove a national fuel subsidy, it has become increasingly difficult for the Yahoos to extract funds from their “clients”.
The Yahoos' disposition towards #OccupyNigeria is also worth paying attention to because 419 culture is essentially a street-level microcosm of the institutional corruption that has plagued Nigeria for the past forty years. And although the Yahoos are often blamed for distorting Nigeria’s image abroad, they've also become part of the cultural fabric.
for today's general strike
, the Occupy Nigeria
movement, and growing frustration over government corruption in Nigeria.
Seventy feared dead and five hundred wounded
by riot police in Zhanaozen, west Kazakhstan. Workers in the oil town
have been on strike since May
) during independence day celebrations
escalated into clashes with security forces. Latest reports
suggest protesters are gathering again and 1,500 marines are moving in.
Australia's Qantas Airlines has been left red-faced after an ill-timed public relations campaign and Twitter competition backfired, drawing thousands of angry responses. The contest ran a day after talks with unions broke down, and after Qantas grounded its entire fleet in October.
Thousands of passengers were stranded worldwide after the firm halted flights in an attempt to end months of strike action by workers angered by the firm's restructuring plans.
The "Qantas Luxury" promotion, launched on 22 November, quickly tapped into customers' ire.
In response to industrial action over wage disputes with 3 unions - aircraft engineers
, baggage handlers
, and other ground staff
- Qantas has announced that it is grounding its international and domestic fleet
immediately and indefinitely.
The ongoing student demonstrations in Chile began as a protest over the costs, profits, and fairness of higher education there. They have since attracted other segments of Chilean society venting frustration over wages, health care, and other issues. Uniting the protesters is common dissatisfaction with hugely unpopular President Sebastian Pinera and social inequality...
Hundreds of angry longshoremen stormed through a grain shipping terminal in Longview, Wash., early Thursday and held security guards at bay while descending on a disputed train full of grain, cutting brake lines and dumping cargo.
- Serious and sometimes violent direct action aimed at a new west coast shipping facility by a local union, supported by members from the Seattle area.
The Newspaper Guild is calling on unpaid writers of the Huffington Post to withhold their work in support of a strike launched by Visual Art Source in response to the company’s practice of using unpaid labor. In addition, we are asking that our members and all supporters of fair and equitable compensation for journalists join us in shining a light on the unprofessional and unethical practices of this company. [more inside]
We Are Those Lions.
Sepia Mutiny discusses the death of Jayaben Desai, trade unionist.
In 1972, miners at Duke Energy's
Brookside coal mine in Harlan County, KY
voted to organize with the United Mineworkers of America
. When the company refused to accept a contract, the workers went on strike. [more inside]
French general strike
is going on. It's against a proposal by the French government to raise the normal retirement age for public pensions from 65 to 67 and early reduced pensions from age 60 to 62. All society is concerned. Voilà
the manifestations of high-school students, so damn chic
The thrills of drilling, the hazards and rewards as you bring in your own . . . Offshore Oil Strike.
"An exciting board game for all the family." Lovingly brought to you by BP. //BLDGBLOG
On Saturday, Cuba issued an unprecedented public report on the status of an imprisoned dissident. Guillermo Fariñas Hernández
began his hunger strike in February, the day after the first Cuban hunger striker death in almost forty years. He is now near death
. [more inside]
- a FlashMob direct action for San Francisco hotel workers' right to health care by Pride At Work
, Sleep With The Right People
, and the Brass Liberation Orchestra
. [more inside]
Turkey buzzard mistakes helicopter pilot for Santa Claus.
No birds or pilots were harmed in the filming of the incident. Too bad about the windshield. (via
Norman Strike is blogging the 1984-85 U.K. miners' strike.
From his account of the "Battle of Orgreave" (June 18, 1984)
: There was the coke works in the distance, squatting on the land and belching out smoke from Yorkshire coal. A black line of police spread across the yellow field in front, with horses to the rear and sides. . . . I began sprinting up the field, trying to avoid the slower lads. I made it to safety but was horrified at what I saw as I looked back down the field. Dogs were biting lads whilst others were being truncheoned by pigs and either led away or dragged away! It was a disgusting sight and one I never thought I’d see in this country. I’ll never forget it but worse was to follow.
Thousands of students, faculty, and staff
have walked out today in protest of the University of California's budget cuts. [more inside]
Kenyan women call to
, though perhaps they have other reasons
to take a week off...
...the Department of Transportation will not keep secret the data we collect on birds striking airplanes. - Ray LaHood, United States Secretary of Transportation
From the dreaded mourning dove
to the nefarious Canada goose
to the humble armadillo
, the FAA's recently
released National Wildlife Strike Database ON-LINE
contains information on aircraft/wildlife strikes from over 100,000 reported incidents between 1990 and 2008. [more inside]
rethinking the lipstick index
- a nice find: there's an old Greek play called
, in which the women of Greece go on a sex strike to stop the Peloponnesian War. Did it work? The play maybe was just a play
, but in the last decade there have been (successful?!) sex strikes in
... this site
gets into some research
about ancient women's ceremonies
being a coordinated sex strike to get the men to hunt, and that they painted their faces red
to suggest menstrual blood... and now i can't help but think of lipstick, and blush, and then there's the
, the idea that lipstick sales go up during hard times, (supposedly) because its the cheapest female self-indulgence product; but now i wonder... some primal impulse...
US Airways Flight 1549 has crashed into
the Hudson. Fortunately, it appears that everyone has survived. The culprit appears to be a bird strike
from a flock of geese (as opposed to a single bird, which airplane engines are built to withstand). [more inside]