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Soon thousands of folks will be hoping on buses heading to New York for the "Biggest Most Important Climate Change Protest in History". Every year or 2 someone makes this claim in the lead up to a protest and it rarely lives up to the hype. I wish they were always accurate and every protest could make this claim with an avalanche of ever increasing dissent that actually changes things, but alas, it just ain't so. Unfortunatly even if it is "the largest" what will be accomplished? Will the hard workin' nose to the grind stone regular folks who can't afford to pay attention to such things ever know what happened? How can you sway popular opinion when the masses don't know anything occured? It's partially the fault of mainstream media, partially the falt of alternative media and partialy the fault of a system that indoctrinates wage slaves from very early in life to believe the best they can do to make change in the world is to pick a team, red or blue; stick by their team their whole lives regardless of the teams post game antics. Regardless of whether the team gives a shit about the fans it blinds with false patriotism.
This short documentary tells the story of the uprising in Bosnia and Herzegovina that started in early February 2014. Since February 5 2014, protests have swept across Bosnia and Herzegovina. The protests were started by workers from five factories in northern city of Tuzla: Dita, Polihem, Poliolhem, GUMARA and Konjuh. The factories had been privatized, bankrupted and stripped of assets, leaving the workers with large debts, no salaries, no health care and no benefits.
The workers at the Vio.Me. Factory in Thessaloniki, Greece have quickly grown into a symbol of self-management internationally. After going on strike and occupying their factory, on February 12, 2013 they re-opened the factory and started production under worker's control.
On Thursday, August 4th at Holiday Inn Midtown (6000 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin TX) a dozen construction workers will lead a protest to reclaim over $10,000 in wages from a recent remodel at the hotel. "It's just not right that we worked hard and didn't get paid" said Quirino Juarez, a construction worker who performed framing and drywall work at the Holiday Inn Midtown. Juarez along with 11 other workers worked under Mely's Construction, a San Antonio-based sub-contractor, in January and February of 2011. Over thirty workers are owed wages for work on the hotel, although only 12 have come forward so far. WDP has attempted to negotiate a fair settlement with the general contractor and Holiday Inn management. However, all parties have avoided responsibility, promising to pay numerous times but never following through. "The job is done, the rooms look really great. They raised their rates and are benefitting from the remodel but we've received nothing", said Heladio Liborio who is owed two weeks of wages for drywall work at the Holiday Inn project. "It's been hard to pay my rent, bills and take care of my family." According to Bloomberg News, InterContinental Hotel Group, owner of the Holiday Inn franchise, saw a 38% increase in profits in 2010 due mostly to remodels like that done by these workers1. The worldwide makeover has given the company a fresh new image and a higher level of revenue. Meanwhile the workers who helped remodel Holiday Inn Midtown in Austin have yet to receive payment for their work. "Holiday Inn has an opportunity to be a leader in corporate responsibility by ensuring that those that work so hard to make it one of the nations most profitable hotel chains are compensated for their work" stated Patricia Zavala, Workplace Justice Coordinator at WDP. A ZGraphix Video Production. http://zgraphix.org Video produced for Austin Indymedia by Jeff Zavala http://austin.indymedia.org Photography by Jason Cato Learn more about Workers Defense Project/Proyecto Defensa Laboral: http://workersdefense.org
Portland Rising Bus Trip 6.30.11 Jobs With Justice 7 Actions in 1 day
3 buses all day actions at seven stops in Portland Oregon on June 30 2011. Good Jobs For All. The Full video from this Bus Trip is 155 minutes long and can now be seen here: www.archive.org Organized by jobs with justice www.jwjpdx.org and Alliance for Democracy www.afd-pdx.org websites Stop #1 Koch Brothers, Georgia Pacific, Inland Boatmen's Union ILWU (IBU) Stop #2 Hotel Employees Restaurant Employees at Vancouver Hilton, UNITE-HERE Local 9 Stop #3 State of Oregon, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 503 Walk by of the picket of Metro by American Federation of State County and Municipal Workers (AFSCME) Local 3580 Stop #4 Earl Blumenauer's office, "vote NO on the Korea, Panama and Columbia Free Trade Agreements. The paper chain is signed by all 150 participants with their unions. Stop #5 Multnomah County AFSCME Local 88 Stop #6 Emanuel Hospital, SEIU Local 49 Stop #7 Dosha Salon Spa, Communication Workers of America (CWA) Local 7901 From: zebra334 Views: 331 5 ratings Time: 15:00 More in Nonprofits & Activism
La Organización Casa Latina encontró la manera de ayudar a los trabajadores a recuperar su dinero. Workers Defense Project is one organization that works to get back stolen wages for workers in Austin, Texas. Fuente: Univision
During my afternoon of running from ear drum piercing sonic weapons and tear gas canisters while being chased in circles by dog and baton weilding cops in working class neighborhoods miles from the convention center I had the opportunity to talk to a lot of locals. Here's what they said ... with a small dose of riot porn on the side.
At a rally held in Pittsburgh's Point Park on the eve of the G20; we hear from union leaders from the AFL-CIO, United Steel Workers Union and city / state officials explain how the green economy, green jobs, are what is need to save our economy. Music by Kathy Matea and Joan Jett.