You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
Saturday May 16, 1903
From the Appeal to Reason: A sample of poetry by Josphine Conger.
"Yours for the Revolution"
The Appeal to Reason, 1895-1922
-ed by John Graham
U of Nebraska Press, 1990
Friday May 16, 1913
Paterson, New Jersey - Fellow Worker Patrick Quinlan found guilty.
Fellow Worker Patrick Quinlan has been found guilty of inciting the silk mill strikers to riot. He faces up to seven years in state prison. Elizabeth Gurley Flynn had this to say about the verdict, "This verdict is a class verdict. It is an outrage. I know Quinlan is innocent." She stated that she was seated near the jury room when the Passaic County jury retired, and heard them laughing. "They seemed to take the case as a joke," she said.
The trials of Fellow Workers Tresca and Flynn are set to begin next week.
Thursday May 16, 2013
From Working In These Times: Savannah Port Drivers are organizing.
In a recent article, "Sharecropping on Wheels," Sarah Jaffe reports on the increasing activism of the Savannah Port Drivers Organizing Committee:
The port of Savannah, Georgia generates some $14.9 million in income each year and brings in goods that are dispensed throughout the South—including to a massive Wal-Mart distribution center in the nearby city of Statesboro...Read the full article here:
The workers have to pay for and maintain their own trucks, effectively forcing them to pay to work. Because of that, and because the workers are mostly black, a 2010 (pdf!) report from the National Employment Law Project and the labor federation Change to Win calls the situation of the truckers “sharecropping on wheels.” Some of them are forced to lease trucks from the companies they work for, meaning that they're literally paying their bosses to be able to do their jobs. The report estimates that these costs can run up to 60 percent of the drivers' income.
...Like workers across the country these days, suffering from various versions of what my colleague Josh Eidelson calls the “Who's the Boss” problem, the port truck drivers can either wait for the question of who really employs them to be answered, or they can reach out to community allies and to one another and figure out how to organize outside of traditional union frameworks.
The Savannah drivers, at least, are going for the latter.
Teamster Local 728
Stand Up For Savannah on Facebook
Stand Up For Savannah, web site
Flyer for June 1st Community/Driver Forum
Savannah’s professional port drivers are treated like sharecroppers on wheels: shackled with the label of independent contractor and stripped of all the rights of an employee.Savannah Port Drivers Are Standing Up!