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You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
                                                      -Mother Jones

Tuesday April 21, 1903
Chicago, Illinois - Henry Demarest Lloyd, friend of Mother Jones

Mr. Lloyd continues to live in Chicago where we hear that he is not in the best of health. Mr. Lloyd is the author of several books in favor of progressive reform including A Strike of Millionaires Against Miners (1890), Wealth Against Commonwealth(1894), Labor Co-Partnerships (1898) and A Country Without Strikes (1900). Besides Mother Jones, he is a close friend of Jane Addams, founder of the Hull House Settlement in Chicago. He has greatly influenced other progressive reformers, such as John Peter Altgeld and Clarence Darrow. Hellraisers sends our best wishes to Mr. Lloyd, and honors him for a lifetime of work on behalf of working people.

Spartacus Educational

Monday April 21, 1913
Paterson, New Jersey - The UTW's Golden and Conboy to Speak to Strikers Tonight

The United Textile Workers who have disdained to organize any but the skilled and English-speaking among the textile workers of Paterson, have announced that they will hold a meeting tonight at the armory. John Golden and Sarah Conboy will be speaking. The manufacturers have indicated that they might be willing to discuss a settlement of strike with the UTW. Golden and Conboy will be remembered for their attempt to break the Lawrence strike of a year ago.

History of the Labor Movement in the United States Vol 4
The Industrial Workers of the World 1905-1917

-by Philip S Foner
International Pub, 1980

Sunday April 21, 2013
From Labor Notes: "Fighting Wage Theft with Direct Action"

...We Are Oregon, a community organizing project funded by Service Employees Locals 503 and 49, has been fighting wage theft for two years. We built a committee of community members who believe in direct action as a primary tactic. The committee grew as more workers won back their stolen wages and then stayed involved to support others.

So far, we have won almost every campaign, worked with dozens of wage theft victims, and recovered more than $6,000.

Recently we organized with workers who had quit or been fired from Yaw’s Top Notch Restaurant, a nostalgic, 1950s-style diner that boasts “a staff that is more like a family than it is like a workforce.”

But some family members were having their wages stolen. Workers had been required to attend unpaid meetings, and the restaurant illegally deducted money for “uniform fees,” taking some below the minimum wage. Others were missing tips out of their paychecks.

Altogether, the 10 who came together with We Are Oregon and Portland Industrial Workers of the World were owed about $1,300....

Long story short: direct action got the goods. Follow the link below to find out how they won back their stolen wages.

Full article with specific tactics here:

We Are Oregon

Portland IWW

Utah Phillips on Direct Action

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