Please GIVE MONEY TO SUPPORT the families of the wrongly fired Boston school bus drivers of Local 8751.
Say NO to the union busting and environmental crimes around the world perpetuated by the multinational corporation Veolia Transportation!
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP:
For nearly 40 years, the hard working women and men of Boston School Bus Drivers have proudly provided safe, on time, professional service to the students and parents and our communities. They are parents and grandparents of students themselves. The overwhelming majority are from Boston’s communities of color, African American, Latin@ and immigrants from Haiti, Cape Verde and Vietnam. This Union worked hard against Company/City racism and to assure that the workforce reflects the diversity of Boston.
USW Local 8751 has an exemplary record of fighting and winning some of the best wages, benefits, and dignified working conditions for its members, as well as providing rock solid advocacy.
On Oct. 9, Veolia suspended Vice President, Pension Administrator and key benefits advocate Steven Gillis and Chair of the Grievance Committee and local founder Stevan Kirschbaum. Within days, they also suspended Recording Secretary and Chief Steward Andre Francois; 3 time former Local President and Steward Garry Murchison; and Steward and Local founding member Richard Lynch. The discriminatory targeting of these particular leaders represents a calculated effort on the part of Veolia and Mayor Menino to break the organizational backbone and infrastructure of the union. On November 1, Gillis and Kirschbaum were fired. On Nov. 6, Francois and Murchison were also fired.
Now are asking for your help to support these leaders’ families to pay their rent and utility bills as we fight to win their jobs back and stop the busting up of this union. Francois and Gillis both have school aged children, and all of the families are struggling with rent and mortgages. The families of the School Bus 5 have all had their health insurance and other benefits cut off.
WHY WERE THESE UNION LEADERS FIRED?
On June 18, 2013 Veolia, a global corporate giant known for anti-people, anti-union practices, signed an agreement to honor USW 8751’s contract. Since July 1, they have illegally violated nearly every section and sought to overturn 35 years of collective bargaining progress. There are massive and chronic payroll shortages; overcrowded and untimely routes which sacrifice safe, on time transportation; across the board failure to provide correct benefits; and a general refusal to abide by the terms and conditions of the contract. Over 170 individual and class action grievances have been filed. In early September, the Union filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board. Still this arrogant company refused to honor the contract.
On Oct 8, the drivers reported to work and requested a meeting with Veolia to demand that Veolia honor their contract. This was a protected, unfair labor practice activity. Despite the fact that Veolia’s top brass and the top officers of BPS were in the yards from 4:30 AM on, the company refused. Instead, at 11:00 am Veolia initiated an illegal Lock Out of the drivers, a violation of the contract and federal law. There never was a wild-cat strike on Oct 8, nor any threat of one since. The fear mongering, phony panic forced upon Boston’s parents, orchestrated by the Mayor and BPS, is irresponsible and designed to drive a wedge between the union and the community. They will fail.
MORE ABOUT THE UNION
Throughout it’s over 38 year history, Local 8751 has stood in solidarity with Labor and Community struggles for Justice throughout the City, the region, the nation and the globe. They have marched, rallied, picketed in support of NYC School bus workers, Verizon telephone workers, postal workers, Teamster dispatchers, Union Painters, Colombian Coca-Cola workers, and in virtually every labor struggle of import since the union’s formation. They aided workers to organize into unions from Eastern Bus to Boston taxi drivers and Hotel workers.
From day one, the union has fought alongside the community for Equal, Quality Education and against efforts to re-segregate the schools. The bus drivers stood firm in fighting against school closings and cutbacks and for Safety for the Children. The Union busters think they can destroy this union.
WE WON’T LET THEM!
For decades this union has stood with many struggles - both in Labor and the Community. Now it is time for us to stand with them! An Injury to One is an Injury to all!
SAY NO TO VEOLIA / CITY UNION BUSTING. HANDS OFF THE 5!
We Are All Dominican (College Students throughout NYC), CUNY Graduate Center’s Dominican Studies Group, Caribbean Epistemologies Seminar, and the Afro-Latin@ Forum, The Advanced research Collective at the Graduate Center (ARC) and The Center for the Humanities cordially invite you to…
THURS ►DEC 5 ►6 ~ 9 pm
CUNY Graduate Center Proshanky Auditorium
365 Fifth Ave. between E. 34th & E. 35th St., NY, NY.
B/D/6/1/2 Trains to E. or W. 34th Street, Manhattan.
Reserved seating available for all students,
email: email@example.com for groups of 10 or more.
Join us for a public event and conversation addressing the recent ruling of the Dominican Constitutional Court to strip Dominicans of Haitian descent of their citizenship. In solidarity with other organizations and worldwide actions, scholars, artists, students, and activists discuss the ruling and its effects. Film Screening of Birthrights Crisis will help illuminate the history of the issue, along with a musical performance by Kalunga Neg Mawon Haitian-Dominican Music band.
There will be an action table to help participants take action against this issue and sign up to join the movement.
Co-sponsored by: We Are All Dominican (College Students throughout NYC), CUNY Graduate Center’s Dominican Studies Group, Caribbean Epistemologies Seminar, and the Afro-Latin@ Forum, The Advanced research Collective at the Graduate Center (ARC) and The Center for the Humanities.
Speakers & Performers include:
and performances by
Kalunga Neg Mawon Haitian-Dominican Roots Music Band.
"THANKS ! ! ! to all who came out to sign holiday cards for prisoners on death row last night. These are the best people in the city of Houston!!!” - Gloria Rubac
Via Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement
The Intifada Youth Coalition stated that it launched on Monday [December 2, 2013] what it called the Convoy of Steadfastness and Justice, to challenge the illegal Israeli siege on Gaza, by sailing towards international waters.
In its statement, the coalition stated that the Palestinians will not allow Israel’s illegitimate and unjust siege to continue, and will break it.
It said it would be sailing beyond the six nautical miles, unilaterally set by Israel, in order to raise international attention and awareness regarding the ongoing suffering which Palestinian fishermen face due to escalating Israeli attacks.
The coalition said that twenty Palestinian boats, also carrying journalists and international peace activists, would be sailing out of Gaza.
The Israeli Navy deployed additional ships close to the Gaza coast in an attempt to stop the Palestinian boats.
NEW YORK (AP) — Fast-food workers in about 100 cities will walk off the job on Thursday, organizers say, which would mark the largest effort yet in a push for higher pay.
The actions are intended to build on a campaign that began about a year ago to call attention to the difficulties of living on the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, or about $15,000 a year for a full-time employee.
Kendall Fells, a New York City-based organizer for Fast Food Forward, said demonstrations are planned for 100 cities, in addition to the 100 cities where workers will strike. He said plans started coming together shortly after the one-day actions in about 60 cities this summer.
‘‘They understand they’re not going to win from a one-day strike,’’ Fells said of workers.
Still, organizers face an uphill battle in reshaping an industry that competes aggressively on low prices, a practice that has intensified as companies including McDonald’s Corp., Burger King Worldwide Inc. and Yum Brands Inc., which owns KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, face growing competition and slow growth in the weak economy.
Fast-food workers are also seen as difficult to unionize, given the industry’s high turnover rates. But the Service Employees International Union, which represents more than 2 million workers in health care, janitorial and other industries, has been providing organizational and financial support to the push for higher pay over the past year.
By Eva Panjwani at the Workers World Party National Conference in New York, November 16, 2013
In preparing my remarks today on the revolutionary potential of my generation, especially Black and Brown young people, I want to first ask you all, brothers and sisters, 50 years after the March on Washington, are we free?
Living in the age of empire, language loses meaning. When “democracy” means neoliberal capitalism, “reform” means repression, and the phrase “humanitarian intervention” is merely a part of the public relations campaign for the next imperialist war and occupation, what is freedom, after all?
I vividly remember, in the aftermath of 9/11, the mainstream capitalist media wound up xenophobic sentiment by repeatedly posing the question, “Why do they hate us?” and allowing the reactionary forces to answer, “They hate us because of our freedoms.”
How tragic it felt then, that when fear-mongering was baiting Muslims, Arabs and Third World immigrants, white America was asking the very same question that Black and Brown kindergarteners ask their parents every year about white America — “Why do they hate us?”
Photo by G. Dunkel
These were a few of the many slogans that around 150 students and youth under the banner of the Indonesian People’s Alliance were chanting when they trooped to the United States Consulate in Bali, Indonesia today.
Various youth organizations affiliated with the Front Mahasiswa Nasional (FMN), the leading youth organization in Indonesia, gathered at Renon and marched towards the US Consulate calling for the upholding of people’s interests over corporate greed.
The protest action was the first in a series of activities and events against the World Trade Organization (WTO) that will hold its 9th Ministerial Meeting at Nusa Dua, Bali on December 3-6.
“We are joining the growing people’s resistance against the WTO as we demand that the youth and the people’s interests, not neoliberal policies, be made priority by national governments like the Indonesian government,” said Sandy Ame, general secretary of the FMN.
According to Ame, education in Indonesia is slowly being privatized and corporatized at the expense of the school-age youth. School fees continue to increase and more students are dropping out of schools because their families cannot afford the high price of education in the country.
“The youth deserve the right to a free and people-centered education that will contribute to genuine nation-building and not to imperialist interests. Because of the WTO, education has become commercialized and youth and students have become commodities for the so-called “free market”,” Ame said.
FMN is part of the IPA, an alliance of national and international organizations in and outside Indonesia calling for the junking of the WTO. It will organize a youth solidarity festival as part of the week-long People’s Global Camp organized by the IPA at the Ngurah Rai Sports Center, Denpasar, Bali on December 3-6, 2013.
Photos by Boy Bagwis