BAmazon Pt 2! The Amazon Union Drive in Alabama w/ Alexander Richey of Payday Repor‪t‬

Part two of our series on the Amazon union drive in Alabama. We talk with Alexander Richey , the first-ever Bill Greider Grant recipient with Payday Report, about the situation on the ground as Amazon’s Bessemer warehouse prepares to vote on whether they will become the first unionized “Amazon Fulfillment Center.” Continue reading “BAmazon Pt 2! The Amazon Union Drive in Alabama w/ Alexander Richey of Payday Repor‪t‬”

BAmazon! The Amazon Union Drive in Alabama, w/ Mike Elk of “Payday Report‪”‬

One of the most important union organizing drives in recent history is playing out in the Birmingham-Bessemer, Alabama area as Amazon workers are holding a union vote due to end next Monday.  We spoke with Mike Elk, the creator and editor of “Payday Report,” about the situation in Alabama, the impact of Joe Biden’s endorsement, the intersection of Black Lives Matter and the union efforts, and Amazon’s attempts to intimidate and defeat the organizing drive. Continue reading “BAmazon! The Amazon Union Drive in Alabama, w/ Mike Elk of “Payday Report‪”‬”

#TDIH: The Wobblies Start the First-Ever Sit-Down Strike in 1906

In 1906, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) began the first ever sit down strike at the General Electric plant in Schenectady, New York

Three thousand IWW members stopped work at a General Electric plant by remaining seated in the building. This action was taken in response to the firing of three IWW members and the company’s refusal to rehire them. This is the first record of a sit-down strike of the 20th Century. When management called in scabs, the striking workers stood in place and took control of the machinery, making it impossible for the plant to be run by scabs.

One of the principal organizers of the action was the famous Irish Marxist, James Connolly.

An IWW leaflet retorted, “…the question of numbers does not enter into the matter. For the simple reason that if discrimination is permitted in one case. Who then can feel protected? The principle of organization is that protection reaches down to the last man.” Continue reading “#TDIH: The Wobblies Start the First-Ever Sit-Down Strike in 1906”