You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
Sunday March 29, 1903
From the Denver Post - "C. E. MacNeil, stand up!"
This scathing rebuke of Charles MacNeil was published earlier this month:
Was not [that] telegram of yours endorsed by the other mine managers? Is is it true that it is a subterfuge? Is it not a brazen falsehood from beginning to end? Is it not a carefully worded telegram, prepared to hoodwink the people of Colorado? Is it not intended to make the people believe the mill managers are more sinned against than sinning? Are you not laughing at your own cunning and flattering yourself that you have made a master stroke and have fooled the people?Hellraisers is happy to learn that at least one of Denver's newspapers is not taken in by the MacNeil when he claims, "There is no trouble between our company and the mill workers employed by us...Our employees don't ask to arbitrate. Our plants are full handed and all our employees and plants require is protection from the violence of outsiders not employed by us..."
The Autobiography of
Big Bill Haywood
International Pub, 1983
(first pub, 1929)
Saturday March 29, 1913
From the Appeal to Reason- "To the Rescue of Mother Jones and Her Comrades"
While Mother Jones remains in the Military Bastille in Pratt, West Virginia, her comrades of the Appeal Army have not forgotten her. They warn that if Mother Jones "is railroaded by a bunch of military hirelings, there will be something done very speedily in this country." Mother Jones also has a few friends in Washington D.C, such as Labor Secretary William B Wilson (former UMWA official) along with Senator Kern of Indiana. Governor Hatfield of West Virginia has yet to release the verdicts of the Military Tribunal.
Mother Jones Speaks
-ed. by Philip S Foner
Friday March 29, 2013
From Labor Notes - "Harassment an Issue in UPS Bargaining"
Bargaining is nearing a settlement on the largest private-sector union contract in the U.S., for nearly 250,000 Teamsters at UPS....Read full article here:
Paul Trujillo, a part-time loader and alternate steward in Lexington, Kentucky, says, “UPS has done a very good job of distracting people from the other issues. It’s deliberate. Most of our part-timers don’t even make $90 a week starting out. Now most are willing to give up anything else just to keep their health care—no raises, no anything.”
UPS, the world’s largest parcel delivery company, made $4.38 billion last year. The number of drivers is falling as package volume rises.
“UPS has made record profits in a recession by using harassment and technology to squeeze more work out of a shrinking full-time workforce,” said David Levin of Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU), the reform caucus. “Our focus is on fighting for contract language that will reduce harassment and excessive overtime and make UPS create more full-time jobs instead of working members to death.”
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Teamsters for Democratic Union
"Hold the fort for we are coming!"