Tag: Labor

Proclamation of the Striking Textile Workers of Lawrence, 1912

We, the 20,000 textile workers of Lawrence, are out on strike for the right to live free from slavery and starvation; free from overwork and underpay; free from a state of affairs that had become so unbearable and beyond our control, that we were compelled to march out of the slave pens of Lawrence in united resistance against the wrongs and injustice of years and years of wage slavery.

In our fight we have suffered and borne patiently the abuse and calumnies of the mill owners, the city government, police, militia, State government, legislature, and the local police court judge. We feel that in justice to our fellow workers we should at this time make known the causes which compelled us to strike against the mill owners of Lawrence. We hold that as useful members of society and as wealth producers we have the right to lead decent and honorable lives; that we ought to have homes and not shacks; that we ought to have clean food and not adulterated food at high prices; that we ought to have clothes suited to the weather and not shoddy garments. That to secure sufficient food, clothing and shelter in a society made up of a robber class on the one hand and a working class on the other hand, it is absolutely necessary for the toilers to band themselves together and form a union, organizing its powers in such form as to them seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.

Voices of a People’s History of the United States
Howard Zinn, Anthony Arnove

One of the most dramatic labor struggles in American history took place in Lawrence, Massachusetts, in 1912 when textile workers, mostly women, European immigrants speaking a dozen different languages, carried on a strike during the bitterly cold months of January to March 1912. Despite police violence and hunger, they persisted, and were victorious against the powerful textile mill owners. Borrowing from the U.S. Declaration of Independence, the following strike declaration, issued by the workers of Lawrence, was translated into the many languages of the immigrant textile workers in Massachusetts and circulated around the world.

Nabisco Strike and Boycott

Steven James has been working as a machine operator making Oreos, Chips Ahoy! and other Nabisco snacks at a plant in Richmond, Va. for 20 years.

On Aug. 16, James joined about 1,000 of his fellow union members in five states and walked off the job to protest what they say are “unfair” demands for concessions in contract negotiations with Nabisco’s parent company Mondelez International (MDLZ). James, who isn’t working another job, said he plans to stay out of the plant until a fair contract is signed.

“We’re not asking for a lot,” James told Yahoo Finance Live. “We just want a fair contract.”

As America’s appetite for snack foods has grown during the pandemic, James said he and his colleagues on the frontlines have been working 12-hour shifts, seven days a week.

“It was just constant. Never had time to spend with the kids. Never had time to spend with the family,” he said.


In support of the strikers, here’s a bag of cookies I didn’t buy when I was at King Soopers earlier today:

Nabisco Strike – Update

Nabisco workers on the picket lines in five U.S. states say their first strike in 52 years is about keeping what they already had as employees producing Oreo cookies, Ritz crackers and other snacks for the global food conglomerate.

Roughly 1,050 Nabisco workers are staying off the job in Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Oregon and Virginia, according to their union, the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International, or BCTGM. The labor dispute began nearly three weeks ago with workers at the Nabisco bakery in Portland calling a strike. The strike has since spread, with workers in Chicago joining the labor action on Thursday and workers in Norcross, Georgia, following suit on Monday.

“We’re fighting for a fair contract, no concessions,” Yvette Hale, who has worked at Nabisco’s Chicago bakery nearly 22 years, told CBS MoneyWatch. “Everyone is angry, as you never know if you’re going to work eight hours, 12 hours or 16 hours.”

Nabisco strike, the first in 52 years, expands to five states
Kate Gibson

Q and A with Wendy’s Employee

I work at a wendys, AMA from AMA

What is your best “Ma’am/Sir, this is a Wendy’s” moment?

A dude came through and kept trying to sell us cocaine and heroin, we had to call the cops cause he wouldn’t leave

What are the things you like the most about working at Wendy’s ?

Free food, none of the managers give a shit and free weed

free weed
Wait, what?

My manager gives a lot of weed out since she doesn’t have the power to give medical benefits

Worst Karen Story?

A lady came through asking for a big Mac and wanted to call the district manager and ceo when we didn’t have it

I- was she trolling or legitimately serious

She was deadass, to the point where she was screaming

Happens at least once a week

What’s the dirtiest thing to order there? Cleanest?

Dirtiest-fountain drinks with ice, no one in the store has ever cleaned the ice machine and the oldest employee has been there for 4 years. Cleanest- homestyle/classic chicken, we clean the chicken fryer every night and none of the ingredients are ever super old

Everytime i eat at a Wendy’s and get a drink from the new coke fountains it taste like a combination of every flavor that machine serves. Why?

The machine nozzle is supposed to be cleaned every day.im the only one who cleans ours, and most wendys just straight up don’t clean em

It’s been about 23 years since my stint at Wendy’s. Do they still have training videos with the horrid “white, red, green” song to teach you the order of toppings?

Sadly yes

Frito Lay Strike Ends

Hundreds of Frito-Lay employees ratified a contract on Saturday, ending a nearly three-week strike over forced overtime and long hours that many workers said had pushed them past the point of exhaustion, union officials said.

The agreement, which was ratified in a vote that one union official described as close, puts an end to what workers at the Frito-Lay plant in Topeka, Kan., call “suicide shifts” — back-to-back 12-hour shifts with only an eight-hour break in between.

“The outcome of this strike was a testament to the tenacity and grit of the Frito-Lay workers in Topeka,” Anthony Shelton, international president of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, which represents the employees who are members of Local 218, said in a statement.

Maria Cramer

Frito Lay Strike – Worker Talks About Conditions

After 37 years, I still get forced to work 12 hours a day, seven days a week. Seven years ago, my wife passed away and I spent a lot of time in grief counseling, and I told the company, I don’t want to work 12 hours a day seven days a week. I ended up getting FMLA [Family Medical Leave Act unpaid leave], but they’re still having me do it sometimes. You come in at 7 a.m. and not only do you work eight hours, but when you get off at 3 p.m., they suicide (force you to work a double shift) you and have you come back at 3am. There’s 850 employees and it’s true for half or three quarters of them.

This job wears you down, it tires you, and makes you mentally exhausted. It plays with your mind. Some of these guys who work 12 hours a day everyday are destroying their marriages. They’re destroying their families. My wife passed away and I don’t have a wife to go home to to say, ‘Hey babe I’m only working eight hours tomorrow,” but a lot of these guys come in with the understanding that they’ll be here for eight hours but then they got to call their wives and kids and say, “Guess what? It’s not eight hours. It’s 12 hours and then I have to go back to work at 3am.”

Frito-Lay has been told they need to fix this but unfortunately, when they bring in new people, they force the same schedule on them and they quit. Frito-Lay has waited so long to replace workers, and now Frito Lay has a horrible reputation in town so a lot of people won’t work here.

I’m a Frito-Lay Factory Worker. I Work 12-Hour Days, 7 Days a Week

We would rather nobody buy any Frito-Lay products, Fritos, Doritos, Tostitos, Funyuns, Cheetos, all those, while we’re on strike. We make all of those in Topeka, Kansas. We also would rather nobody buys PepsiCo products while we’re on the line. PepsiCo is the owner of Frito-Lay.

Just Say No

Kansas Frito-Lay Strike. Working Conditions, Pay, and Intolerable Hours at Issue

Kansas Frito-Lay workers join growing strike wave of US workers against intolerable work conditions and being forced to work 7 days a week along with working 12 hour suicide shifts from PublicFreakout

I did not know about this. Thank you for the post. Frito Lay ban is now in effect for our household and I’ll talk about it with others, when I can.

You are most welcome, when I find things like this I do my best to get it out there. Companies control the media and silence the voices of the masses. Here at least and for now at least I can shed light onto issues like this that would otherwise get no traction.

Btw frito lay is part of pepsico so avoid pepsi, Tropicana, quaker oats, Gatorade and more.

List of Frito-Lay Brands:
Sun Chips
Rold Gold


Colorado Farm Worker Legislation

Among its biggest changes, the bill would:

  • Require farms to pay workers the state minimum wage of $12.32 an hour, and not just the federal wage of $7.25
  • Allow agriculture employees to join unions
  • Require overtime pay for agriculture workers
  • Require meal breaks and rest periods
  • Limit the use of short-handled tools, except for organic operations and in some other specific cases

“No workers are any more or less unique, no less human, no less deserving of these basic rights,” said Rep. Karen McCormick, a Democratic sponsor who chairs the House Agriculture Committee. Other sponsors included Rep. Yadira Caraveo and Sens. Dominick Moreno and Jessie Danielson.

Advocates described workers enduring long shifts without water or restrooms and suffering lasting injuries from the use of short-handled tools — all made worse because workers are afraid to speak up.

“Farmworkers were intentionally excluded from the laws that provide basic worker protections in order to preserve a system built on the racially motivated exploitation of farmworkers and domestic servants for their cheap labor,” said Jennifer Rodriguez of Colorado Legal Services, at an earlier committee hearing.

After Months Of Debate, Agriculture Workers Are Set To Gain New Rights In Colorado
Andrew Kenney
June 7, 2021
Colorado Public Radio