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I am a waitress, how the 15-5-7 it concerns me? And how to get there?

Since I have 14 years, I work in the restaurant industry. It means that since I 14 years I have seen all happening right colors and shit wages. But I was lucky, I started hostess and have always had a little tip. Arrival at the stage of the apartment, I was a waitress, which guaranteed me a comfortable financial cushion.

Last spring, while looking for a job, I have not managed to find one right away in the service and that is where I lived, or rather tried to live, minimum wage. I have not just theory behind the $ 15 / hr, but I have lived. It is not true that at 10,55 / h is able to pay his rent, eat well and move. The minimum wage to $ 15 / hr, it means stop asking if I have enough money to take the metro instead of walking 1 hour winter to -40 ° C. It also means that, for the parents, a job each to 40h / week could be enough.

We'll tell, I have 21 years, no children and no other responsibility to take care of myself. If in my situation it's difficult, I imagine even what is for my colleagues who have children.

As employee to tip what does that mean the $ 15 / hr ?

In the industry in which I work, there are two positions towards the minimum wage to $ 15 / hr. There are people for, often working in the kitchen and there we, the waitresses, frankly, unless you work in a snack, we find well above that with a tip. We see what is difficult to win with the $ 15 / hr, but what's to lose.

As waitress, is often touted the idea that the service is a bit like winning the lottery ; one makes the pallet. I believe almost even, at least that is so ingrained that I want to believe. But when I think, except the girls my age, often begin, women and men emancipated and affluent in their so paying job in the service, I have never seen. My first job was a great job : small upscale restaurant on the edge of Quebec, as waitresses with women in their forties amount and small items, people of 14 years, like me at the time. Worse I reminds me of those women, Angels, super nice, who are in the industry for their 14 years. Except that they are also women who have tall tales about the industry. Women who never had a leave of their lives, which is returned when they became pregnant, who have substance use problems, money problems over the head, healths problem, but no insurance, nothing, as peanuts.

Worse in my second job, we were all between 20 and 25 years. We had money to spend and four days 12 h file are easier to toffer with something in the body that fasting. That when you think, this is normal 20 years later in this industry, we had problems worse is that much poquées. The lottery service I really want to believe, because it meant that we are told that our job is not as bad as that of the cook. But if it's really worse than lotto to win we maganne, I do not see how the tip is worth the effort.

Worse and more what we forget is that it contributes to our pension, on unemployment, on vacation, $ 9.05 / hr. In the background we forget that in the moment, arriving by mass y, but as soon as one gets sick, our boss we have found quite cute, it closes or you want a holiday, we are left with peanuts and, all of a sudden, we arrive there could Pantoute.

And we will tell, tip I do is not just of my smile, often there is the "do my food was good" and "Is it took 1 hour or 20 minutes to receive my food ". Since that time 7 years I am in the industry and from 7 years I see waitresses and cooks fight on the pay issue. It would be so much healthier and just all that is $ 15 / hr and share tip. Not just that, the "I accept the malaisante familiarity customers" would become much less necessary, could breathe, and keep the same quality of life.

Why 5 weeks of paid vacation and 7 days of paid sick leave ?

The $ 15 / hr is really the checkmark when you have a salary of $ 10.55 / hr, it's just if we manage to believe. Except that 5 day week, 52 weeks a year, unless you have the chance to be there for over a year and hast 2 weeks less, it is just not healthy. What is it for $ 15 / hr when you can not blow ? Worse yet our boss them in offers holiday, on our backs. Because you will agree that if my boss made so much money, it's not because he works more than me, it is because he had the idea and resource to leave his company. The 5 week vacation, it is basically to go get our of as work force. We create profit, you can ask enjoy it too. It's that simple.

It makes 7 years I worked in catering, that means jsais not what's sick leave. Not only take leave because we are sick we often is a written warning or loss of employment, but it also means a day's pay and that loss, we can not afford it.

Worse actually, the majority of people will say it's ED-LASS-GUEU to know that the majority of restaurant employees are not leave when they gastro, because "hey, jla eat this food there myself !». Yes. It's disgusting, but the rent is not paid by himself, sorry. The 7 sick days paid leave is like 5 week vacation : it's a big minimum. And there is not demand that they be paid only if taken, non. It was requested that, taken or not, diseases leave is paid. It means : no apology from the boss on the fact that there was no doctor paper and no need for justification for the charge.

How it will be possible to get there ?

The 15-5-7, it is possible and it's a big minimum. More, the only way it happens permanently, is that is organized in our workplaces. When we see gains in elections, these gains are temporary if they decide to give, they may decide to remove. We saw often, as the Parti Québécois has long been put forward by the unions during elections. But in fact, this is the party that has the most special laws in place. The election rhetoric I can not believe, it makes 7 jvois years the world of my industry in shit and now am also jle, I think even less. The policy of the rich not for me, projects not concern me, mine is on my workplace and notes with my colleagues in opposition to the interests of our bosses.

Walking through the base and the self-organization of workplaces, creating a momentum. What is happening, it is a movement. When we organize our workplaces, we organized with our colleagues and our colleagues engage in the fight against their direct opponent : employers. What we want, it is not a few people who convince the masses. The problem with trying to "convince", is that another can also be done against you. What we want, is that it comes from us ; because when it comes from the base, from US, the gain is solid. When we fight for something, that wins, if it takes us, we react. When we feel that we gave, if you lose, we resign ourselves.

At the IWW is believed that this is the organization that can really win and overturn the balance of power. It is organized in our workplaces with our colleagues. In theory, it's really nice to say that it will happen through elections, but the real power is in our workplaces, worse my colleagues and I know better how bin into place a government or any other group speaking through his hat. At the IWW it works through the base. Basically, when my job is going to unionize, we will do it in our own terms, we will have our own demands and our means of action. Intersectoral Local shall have no right of decision, except if requested. If we want to go on strike, we will not. But if instead you want to go, watch out, there is someone who can stop us.

What we do, is to talk with our colleagues, because their problems, OUR problems, are what make it collects, worse that shows solidarity. I have a colleague that if you talk to him about your problems, she sympathize, but hell no it was not embark on something for you, Yes, that's the individualism. But when you ask what is wrong with job, she has a heavy heart and wants to fight for what the key if she knows she is not alone.

Never someone leading a campaign will be sent. À l’IWW on a la célèbre phrase «every worker’s an organizer». It's from all of us : any worker / any worker is an organizer / an organizer, it's not just a central committee, not a meeting, and if we want to organize it organizes itself and is. It is we who know best how it should be in our workplaces, not my boss, not my activist friend, we ; it is we who can make it possible, that change. What it does, to organize, is that we become more sure of ourselves, Taking the reins and it gives the taste of acting.

The 15-5-7 we will tell, it's a wicked good idea. Except that we will also tell, there is a beautiful pattern in some precarious industries that wants the opponent is not my boss, but my colleagues. Because the cook not strength enough to make beautiful plates worse than X has a pay section than me. Yes, we all made form a view of the "natural event" worse it looks like this. worse there, that, it blurs the cards, because for the 15-5-7 works, We have to be held elbows. Worse competition, it does the opposite.

Me, the only tactic I've seen work to secure my colleagues, it is the organization. Worse organization on issues that affected everyone, even my add managers. Worse from it are increased demands, worse ways to pressure. It's not true that from the beginning everyone will want the $ 15 / hr. But one point, when it's been months, see for years you fight against the same opponent with your colleagues, on the problems that have affected you in the beginning, bad times not, bad times worse just you not him, ben you come to ask why wages are not fairer. What makes all of a sudden, because he helped me when my boss was harassing, because I helped him when he needed up 50 cennes, etc., share my tip is really equally logical that initially.

And then we will tell, it's quite as reformist request. What is required is not the abolition of exploitation, nor the abolition of wage labor. It just requires a greater share of profits from our bosses and a better lifestyle. Except that somewhere, until arriving at the beautiful society projects we try to sell me bad left right, I would like it to pay my rent, I want it bad eating nothing but sandwiches that are free to my job. Pis in all this, wanting the $ 15 / hr worse vacation and sick leave pay, we fight. When we organize among workers, it creates a stronger class, it shows solidarity and reverses the balance of power.

as worker, I was taught to think it was impossible to change things unless I became manager. I was taught to criticize my colleagues who were not double and refer to my bosses if there was a problem on the floor. With the organization and the IWW, I started to see, is that the interests of my bosses do not have a workplace with internal cohesion. Competition between waitresses and rivalry kitchen Service is a good example of what serves employers. Divide and rule, does that remind you of something ? Well here's a good example !

By organizing and solidarizing our workplaces, can make possible this kind of gain. We can win what is asked. We empower and we understand that deserves more. By reversing the balance of power, a barrier is broken and comes closer to the abolition of the wage.


Speech Morgane Mary Parson, rerprésentante the SITT-IWW forum for Montreal 15-5-7, in February. Published for the first time in the edition of May 2016 Combat Trade Union.

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The organization of training 101: tools, practical solidarity!

The Training Organization 101 (FO101 or OT101 English) is a two-day activity to provide members and members of the ISTC-futur.es IWW skills in order to engage in the organization of their workplace. Driven by the will to make all the workers in their own right leaders in the construction of a new model of unionism linked to the struggle for the abolition of wage labor, the FO101 is recognized today as one of the main causes of the resurgence experienced by the Union for all and for all since the early 2000.

The 16 and 17 January, Montrealer of the Local IWW-organized its SITT 5e formation by combining 21 Wobblies from Montreal, Quebec and Drummondville. Today we present the testimony of two participants who wanted to share their experience.


Following my first time at the OT-101 IWW Montreal training, I would like to share my experience with others interested or reluctant to attend training. First, I am a member of the IWW division Quebec for only a few months, This does not prevent me from having the conviction that reform of powers must be made both in society and in the workplace. In fact, as soon as I knew the Union, I wanted to invest in me to share my ideas and ideals with people who have the same thought process as me.

So, when I arrived for training, I was warmly welcomed and severally by the members of Montreal. In terms of training, it allowed me to put words and processes the changes I want to make about me. I already had several ideas, but I did not know the steps to follow. I also had a conception of the Union which is clarified through my participation in this training. I came away equipped and boosted me to invest more. What I liked most of this training is not, however, the theoretical aspect, but the solidarity that follows. Knowing that I'm not alone, others are fighting with me for the common interests and shared, is the central element that made me grow up during this training.

Finally, thumbs up to the trainer and the trainer that without this training would clearly not be as interesting. I advise all people who have a desire to change things, but do not know where to start or who to turn to register and follow as soon as possible !!

-Gabrielle L.

It's been a little bit that I am carrying a red card. I take some work and I go to social activities of the union from time to time, but it's really the Organization Training 101 that made me fully understand what it was like to be a wobbly, what it meant to wear this little red card.

Many things I have learned over the years on the broad mobilization issues have suddenly been ordered and delivered in the context of the union. It allowed me to put a structure on things I had learned through practice as an activist and expand this knowledge and practices. We learned and practiced full of useful tips and tricks to organize. One could ask any questions we thought. People who gave training knew their subject, but also left room for group discussions. It was informative, participatory and it was very appropriate to have the chance to hear the other people attending the training talk about their experiences. It made me know the reality of many other sectors of the working world that I did not know and it gave us the chance to know us and us to work together.

The training helped me understand the organization of a workplace is a process that can start anytime, in any workplace and that even if the purpose is to have organizing committees of our workplaces, an essential part of the union is to build solidarity. Build solidarity is a major reason why I joined the union and find that any organization is based on solidarity, compared to what I experienced in other unions, it is exactly the look why I joined the IWW.

This training has given me the tools to make the union in any medium, at the same time it made me build relationships based on our experiences working with the FW who took the same time training me. It was an intense week end of practical learning which required a lot of concentration, but it was also a weekend exchange, emotions and laughter. I feel better equipped to organize myself with colleagues, but I also feel a lot better understand what it is like to be part of the IWW.



Practical tools to launch an assault of his workplace, access to diverse organizational experience and a front row seat for living and understanding the legendary Solidarity Wobblies, this is what offers the Organization of Training 101. A big thank you to all the men and women who were présent.es locally in January, and others, we'll see the 2 and 3 april next to the 6e edition!

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The repression continues after the Spanish general strike

On the morning of April 26th, the Catalonian police arrested the Organization Secretary of the CGT-Barcelona, Laura Gómez, while she was on her way to work. They do not like the fact that every time there are more and more of us protesting against the negotiation of labour reform, against the “social pact” and not in favor of it.
taken from anarkismo.net

CGT statement on the arrest of Barcelona Organization Secretary, Laura Gómez

The repression continues after the general strike. This morning [Wednesday April 26th], while she was on her way to work, the Mossos d'Esquadra [Catalonian police] arrested the Organization Secretary of the CGT-Barcelona, Laura Gómez and took her to the police station in Les Corts. The charge by the police is arson and fire damage to the Barcelona Stock Exchange. This and other charges against her have no foundation and are an attempt to create an image of a violent person. Laura does not have a criminal record, and all that the police can cite are peaceful actions during the struggle for labour rights in Barcelona.

The truth – without exaggerating – is that already after the general strike we said, literally, “it is true that members of the CGT burned a couple of papers in a box in front of the Barcelona Stock Exchange, and threw a few eggs, actions that were fully symbolic and carried out openly. That is what the plainclothes police in the crowd must have thought too, given that they did not bother to identify anyone. It is by no means true that it was the first fire, in Mercabarna, in the Zona Franca, etc., there were several fires throughout the night, most of which were started by other unions’ pickets”.

What a coincidence that this arrest occurs on the same day that the famous site for posting photos of “violent” protestors was presented. What a coincidence that the various state establishments, both the Generalitat and the Barcelona Municipality have not stopped pointing at the CGT and have not stopped exaggerating with regard to the CGT. We know that we are not to your liking, nor do we want to be, but we will not apologize for our continued growth. We know you want to make an example of individuals and organizations that refuse to humour the system, but to go from that to persecuting and harassing our members is a big step. The abuse of power that those in authority often fall into against those who think differently is something that we are used to, though great care is taken to hide it.

The CGT believes that there is an attempt to hide the growing number of people attending events by organizations that are not to your liking. They do not like the fact that every time there are more and more of us, protesting against the negotiation of labour reform and against the “social pact”, not for it. The decline in work and social conditions, the increase in injustice, the enormous differences between the rich and poor, all this has without doubt led to greater conflict and now the politicians are looking for excuses to toughen crime laws. It is sickening to see how public money is given to banks, how de facto “tax amnesties” are announced to the benefit of major tax evaders, how permissive the system is in order to allow tax evasion by means of sly practices and economic bureaucracy, how SICAVs [1] which pay nothing are encouraged, while all the while they are seeking to criminalize anyone who disagrees.
Press Office
CGT Barcelona

Translation by FdCA-International Relations Office.

1. Open-ended investment schemes or mutual funds. In Spain they pay 1% corporate tax.


Angela Davis on the ongoing struggles of feminism

Thanks to Greater Kansas City IWW Website

On February 7, veteran workers’ advocate, prison abolitionist and two-time Communist Party vice presidential candidate Angela Davis addressed the University of Kansas at Lawrence. Appearing more professorial than she did during her days on the FBI’s Most Wanted Fugitives list, Davis spoke to an assembled crowd of several hundred on the problems of feminism in capitalist society. Davis’s speech was lively and expansive, running almost 15 minutes over its scheduled time.

Davis began by commemorating the 40th anniversary of an event in which 30 members of the February Sisters, a militant feminist group, occupied the University of Kansas’s East Asian Studies building. The February Sisters called for the creation of new facilities for women, and did not leave the building until they were guaranteed an audience with university administrators, according to the University of Kansas History Collection.

"We want to have a nice Hollywood closure to past struggles so that the problems of the past don’t bleed into our current lives." PHOTO: Smith.

“Looking at their demands, I am not only impressed by the Sisters’ militancy and courage, but I’m also impressed by the extent to which the demands they formulated then reflect concerns that, 40 years later, still have not been resolved,” said Davis. “I was especially impressed by the fact that they demanded a free daycare center and the establishment of a women’s health center that, among other services, would provide free birth control, with the emphasis on ‘free.’ … Forty years later, women throughout the country need free daycare more than ever before.” Read more

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Montreal Stock Echange Tower Blocked by Hundreds / Blocking the Tower of the Montreal Exchange [Eng-Fr]

Police peppersprayed about 45 people. © PC/Ryan Remiorz

Here’s a great audio interview that explains it all very quickly.
Thanks to Montréal COOP Media and Alexia Conradi from the Quebec Women’s Federation.
Hundreds of people participated in a major action in Montreal [on Thursday February the 16th], shutting down the Montreal Stock Exchange [Tower], the heart of the city’s financial district, for several hours. The blockade was organized by the Coalition opposée à la tarification et à la privatisation des services publics. Alexa Conradi is the head of the Quebec Women’s Federation and one of the spokeswomen for today’s action. In this clip she speaks about the organization and the reasons behind this action, as well as the ongoing campaignsincluding the province-wide student strike against tuition fee increasesthat are certain to make it an eventful spring in Quebec.

En français cette fois, Concordia University TV fait un bon tour d’horizon de l’évènement en 7 minutes.
In French, this CUTVvideo takes a good big picture of the event.
[http youtube://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjJo-yavDKQ&w=560&h=315]

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Story of a wildcat strike: Pop-Corn strike at NATAÏS

Here is the first episode of an autonomous workers' struggle waged mainly by women in a Pop-Corn company called Nataïs in a town in Gers, France.. Here's how it started a year ago.

Strike, it's like popcorn

if it gets too hot, it bursts


In the middle of the woods, the fields, and vines, in the peaceful and hilly landscape of the Gers, the Nataïs company, posed at the crossing of some sinuous departmental roads, made, by the ton, you pop-corn industrial. In such a bucolic context, we would expect peaceful working conditions… Read more

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London IWW Cleaners: Workplace Occupation Stoped by Police Threats

[http youtube://www.youtube.com/watch?v = vtjsJSBeZ7c&w=560&h=315]

Cleaners at the Guildhall have been holding a sit in and stopping work since the 22nd of December because of mistreatment and intimidation. Early this morning [4th of January] management called the police, who came and intimidated and threatened the cleaners. The cleaners protested that they were holding a completely peaceful sit-in. They finally left due to police threats to drag them out physically.
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Denounce the devastating reform of the health system and work safety

Nous vous faisons parvenir cet appel de l’Union des travailleurs et des travailleuses accidentées de Montréal (UTTAM).

It is also interesting to note that during the months of June and July the FTQ, the CSN and the CSD had agreed to this reform before backing down before an outcry caused by an anonymous leak. More information here

Pour voir quelques exemples de dégradation du régime de santé et de sécurité du travail, click here

– À faire circuler largement –

La ministre du Travail devrait déposer d’ici le 15 novembre prochain un projet de loi dévastateur entérinant des propositions de la CSST pour une réforme du régime de santé et de sécurité du travail. Ces propositions constituent un important recul pour les travailleuses et travailleurs.

Plusieurs organisations ont dénoncé ce projet de réforme et demandent qu’il fasse l’objet d’un débat public, transparent et ouvert.

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Chart of the Day: The Most Depressing Pay Gap Statistic You’ve Seen Today

This is from the most recent report [PDF] from Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, “The College Payoff: Education, Opportunity, Lifetime Earnings.” Just in case you missed that red text on the chart, here it is for you in black and white: “Women have to have a PhD to make as much as men with a BA.”

The study also starts off by noting, “The findings are stark: Women earn less at all degree levels, even when they work as much as men. On average, women who work full-time, full-year earn 25 percent less than men, even at similar education levels. At all levels of educational attainment, African Americans and Latinos earn less than Whites.”

Oh, and in case you were wondering if getting a college degree is worth it, “Having some postsecondary education, even without earning a degree, adds nearly onequarter of a million dollars to lifetime earnings,” the study says.

Originally from the site http://kaysteiger.com Redirected by the Facebook page of the‘IRIS

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A South Korean union lives on top of a crane for nearly 200 days


La syndicaliste Kim Jin-suk sur sa grue, à Pusan. Photo prise le 27 juin 2011. Reuters/Lee Jae-Won

La syndicaliste Kim Jin-suk sur sa grue, à Pusan. Photo prise le 27 June 2011. Reuters/Lee Jae-Won

Celle-ci s’appelle Kim Jin-suk, elle a 51 years. Lorsqu’elle a commencé sa lutte, Kim Jin-suk protestait contre des licenciements dans son entreprise, les chantiers navals de Hanjin. Mais le mouvement s’est essoufflé, certains grévistes ont gagné des indemnités de licenciement et ont cessé leur action.

Son combat a maintenant dépassé le cadre des seuls licenciements de l’entreprise Hanjin: des travailleurs précaires, artists, des politiciens se sont joints au mouvement. Il cristallise en fait le mécontentement d’une population qui accuse le gouvernement de protéger les grandes entreprises du pays au dépend des plus démunis.

Selon un manifestant « Kim Jin-suk est devenue le symbole du combat entre la démocratie et la violence du capitalisme »

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