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(en) US, class war in NYC, Monday Morning Picket at Greenpoint Warehouse!

Date Thu, 04 May 2006 15:00:39 +0300


Greetings. So the update on the IWW*/Make-the-Roady-by-Walking Amersino shop is that the
workers are no longer locked out and have been allowed to go back to work---except that
their two leaders are still fired for organizing a union. This is unacceptable.
Picketing will resume on Monday May 8th from 5:30AM to 1pm. Amersino is located
on Gardner between Metropolitan & Meadow in Greenpoint. L train to Grand St. walk
east on Grand over bridge and right on Gardner.
Or Jam Up The phone Lines! call 718-821-3388 or fax 718-497-9550 demand a fair election,
an end to violations of minimum wage and overtime laws, and respect from the boss.
Also, starbucks wobblies have already started a small strike fund for the Amersino
workers. Please donate! Contact Tomer at 646-753-1167 or tmalchi@yahoo.com.

Some background info is below.

Solidarity,
Brendan Story

Recent Developments

On April 28th Workers at Amersino voted to unionize as Industrial Workers of the World.
35 people voted and 20 votes are contested. Throughout April,
the boss made threats to fire the workers and close
the wharehouse. He bribed workers to not vote for the
union. After weeks of this anti-union activity the
boss unsurprisingly manipulated the election. Several
of the votes were taken from managers or workers that
do not work at that location. Also, around 10
pro-union worker�s votes were withheld on the
account that the boss claims they do not work at that
location.

On April 29th, a day after the rigged election, two
leaders were suspended without just cause. The Union
workers walked out declaring that the group would not
work unless the two leaders return to the job. The
boss quickly brought in scabs to replace the union
workers. Many of them were dissuaded from scabbing.

On May Day, Amersino was confronted with a rowdy morning picket.
The boss successfully brought in a handful of scabs. Some, though not all,
of the trucks were dissuaded from making their pickups from Amersino Trading Inc.
The lock-out/strike picket continued on Tuesday morning.

Background Info:

Brooklyn warehouse workers winning with direct action

04/21/2006 .

Staff Report - Industrial Worker, May 2006
On March 20 at 5:30 a.m. workers at Amersino, a
produce distribution warehouse in Brooklyn, N.Y., met
in a deli to sign IWW membership cards and prepare to
stand up to an abusive boss. On that chilly Monday
morning close to 20 Latino workers along with a
diverse IWW contingent - including workers from
Handyfat, Starbucks and Mayday books - marched on the
boss demanding the immediate reinstatement of fired
workers, an end to violations of minimum wage and
overtime laws, and respect from the boss.

As the boss drove up in his new Mercedes Benz, workers
marched with bikes in hand ready to demand justice.
The showdown between the workers and their boss is
just one example of the class conflict that exists in
New York City. The workers organized to end the harsh
treatment from the boss who would yell racist remarks
at workers while paying them far below what they
earned.

Meanwhile the boss used the money he was stealing to
build a collection of trucks he is using for his long
haul operations and other business endeavors.
The workers surrounded the boss as IWW organizer Billy
Randel negotiated. After exchanging some words and
laying out the demands two fired workers were
immediately reinstated. In addition the boss agreed to
temporarily agree to all demands. Although that did
not mean much, it was enough to prevent a strike.
Workers returned to work proudly wearing their IWW
buttons.
Within the same week the boss began to engage in his
anti-union campaign. In an attempt to intimidate
workers the boss fired two workers claiming that since
he rehired the other two workers he now has to fired
these two. In addition, the boss refused to talk to
IWW representatives and made it clear that he was not
looking to negotiate.

On Saturday, March 25, Amersino workers once again met
at 5:30 a.m. with the intension of going on strike
unless their demands were met. With the help of IWW
organizer Bert Picard, workers engaged in a
consensus-based decision-making process. Workers
decided that unless the boss reinstated the fired
workers they would strike.

The workers then marched on and confronted the boss.
The boss claimed he did not have the money to pay
everyone, the boss asked workers not to be influenced
by outsiders, the boss red-baited and declared his
passion for America. Workers stood their ground as the
boss rambled nonsense. Finally, after seeing that the
workers were ready to strike, the boss rehired the two
fired workers.

The boss at Amersino is still violating the law and
stealing from workers, however the workers are backed
by the IWW and Make The Road by Walking who together
are building power for an underclass of undocumented
workers in Brooklyn. Immigrant workers in Brooklyn are
standing together and organizing in demand of an end
to the abusive condition of work, an end to
disrespect, and an onset of having their voice heard.
An NLRB election is set for April 28.

Que se vayan tod@s! — http://autonomista.org/

An injury to one is an injury to all! — http://www.iww.org/
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* IWW is an antiauthoritarian anticapitalist syndicate
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