We Rise Together, Homie
August 4, 2018 6:49 AM   Subscribe

The story behind Antoine Dangerfield's viral video of a solidarity wildcat strike of Latino construction workers at a new UPS facility.

“They are not bullshitting! They thought they was gonna play with these amigos, and they said, ‘aw yeah, we rise together, homie.’ And they leaving! And they not bullshitting!”
posted by drlith (10 comments total) 46 users marked this as a favorite
A valuable object lesson on labor organizing.

I think we can expect great things from Antoine.
posted by endotoxin at 7:52 AM on August 4, 2018 [3 favorites]

They'll do their best to outlaw strikes, to restrict labour organising and browbeat those involved, but as long as workers are still able to withdraw their labour, we still have a chance.
posted by AnhydrousLove at 8:20 AM on August 4, 2018 [19 favorites]

Ohman, I saw the video on social media and had no idea about the context or who took it or anything. Thanks for the article!
posted by 23skidoo at 9:17 AM on August 4, 2018 [1 favorite]

Goddamned right! General strike! We need a general strike in this country!
posted by evilDoug at 9:42 AM on August 4, 2018 [5 favorites]

I hope he can get another job.
posted by 4ster at 11:04 AM on August 4, 2018 [1 favorite]

Yeah he lost his job. But the go fund me for him and his son has raised 23,000 of the 30,000 goal. So he should have enough cushion to maybe get employment somewhere that respects him.
posted by 80 Cats in a Dog Suit at 12:19 PM on August 4, 2018 [2 favorites]

The power on display right here is why business has spent decades convincing people that unions are bad.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 10:26 PM on August 4, 2018 [10 favorites]

According to the article, the racist safety coordinator that was harassing workers was fired while the workers were paid for the day and kept their jobs. It's amazing and just shows the power of labor. Can't construct anything if everyone refuses work.
posted by Mister Cheese at 11:17 PM on August 4, 2018 [8 favorites]

Ah, made mistake. They were still paid for the full day, but the article says nothing about every striker keeping their jobs.
posted by Mister Cheese at 11:22 PM on August 4, 2018

I love this guy. What did the dude in the red shirt say to him?
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 6:00 AM on August 5, 2018 [1 favorite]

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