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Tuesday June 9, 1903
Clifton-Morenci, Arizona - Western Federation of Miners on Strike

The strike by the Western Federation of Miners against the Copper Interests is now in its sixth day. In Clifton, there are no reports of trouble. In Morenci, armed deputies prevent the miners from gathering in any part of the town. Yet the strike holds solid. Some of the companies have offered $2.25 for an 8 hour shift. The miners say that they will not go back to work for less than $3.00.

The Arizona Republican
(Phoenix, Arizona)
June 9, 1903

Monday June 9, 1913
New York City, New York - The New York Times Condemns The Pageant

The New York Times was not pleased with The Pageant of the Paterson Strikers. We present this excerpt from today's editorial page without comment:

Under the direction of a destructive organization opposed in spirit and antagonistic in action to all the forces which have upbuilded this republic, a series of pictures in action were shown with the design of stimulating mad passion against law and order and promulgating a gospel of discontent. The sordid and cruel incidents of an industrial strike were depicted by many of the poor strikers themselves, but with dominating and vociferous assistance from members of the I.W.W., who have at heart no more sympathy with laborers than they have with Judges and Government officers.Their aim is not to upbuild industry but to destroy it...[their] motive  [for staging The Pageant] was to inspire hatred, to induce violence which may lead to the tearing down of the civil state and the institution of anarchy.
Promulgators of a Gospel of Discontent
The New York Times
-of June 9, 1913

Sunday June 9, 2013
From Red Pepper: "Winning at Walmart"

Alex Wood spent a month visiting with OUR Walmart members in Claifornia just before the current ULP strikes and demonstrations at the Walmart shareholder meeting in Bentonville, Arkansas. He wrote this analysis of the strategy and tactics of OUR Walmart. These are only a few short excerpts from a much longer article:

The strike as a symbol

The bypassing of in-store union elections isn’t the campaign’s only innovative tactic. Labour law has also been used to workers’ advantage in taking ‘unfair labour practice’ (ULP) strike action. Workers have the legal right to take strike action individually, without needing to be a member of a recognised union, if a ULP claim is submitted to the Labor Board. As Walmart is a serial ULP offender workers can strike at will without needing to form a union, have an election or hold a ballot and are protected by the Labor Board against retaliation or replacement.

The combined use of ULP regulations and social media has allowed OUR Walmart to develop innovative strike tactics.... For the OUR Walmart campaign, strikes .. function mainly as a symbolic protest. Going on strike demonstrates a worker’s commitment and determination. This effect is amplified through a sophisticated media strategy.  
OUR Walmart is having a significant impact on labour struggles in the US. It is finding new ways for workers with almost no structural power to take effective collective action. If only one in ten hourly workers joined OUR Walmart, this would constitute a membership of 100,000 workers, providing serious human and financial clout.
The entire article is definitely worth the read and can be found here:


The #WalmartStrikers may face retaliation;
they need our support.

"And we're always the last when the cream is shared out
For the worker is working when the fat cat's about!"

Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Sun Jun 09, 2013 at 11:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions, Invisible People, and Anti-Capitalist Chat.

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