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You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
                                                      -Mother Jones

Thursday, March 19, 1903
Washington, D. C.-Awaiting Arbitration Ruling on Anthracite Strike

A ruling is expected soon from the Roosevelt Commission for a settlement of the Great Anthracite Strike. Readers of Hellraisers will remember that up to 140,000 anthracite miners, mostly in Pennsylvania, went on strike starting in May of last year. In October the United Mine Workers agreed that the miners would return to work, and that settlement of their grievances would be left up to a Commission appointed by President Roosevelt. The mine operators have also agreed to abide by Commission's ruling.

Mr "Divine Rights" Baer must be feeling a little less divine these days. Readers will remember this quote from a letter revealed to the public by Henry Demarest LLoyd at the height of the strike:

The rights and interests of the laboring man will be protected and cared for-not by the labor agitators, but by the Christian men to whom God has given control of the property rights of the country.
History of the Labor Movement in the United States, Vol.3
The Policies and Practices of the American Federation of Labor 1900-1909

-by Philip S Foner
NY, 1981

Wednesday, March 19, 1913
Paterson, New Jersey-The Life of a Silk Weaver

Many of the silk weavers are young women who are mostly Italian and Jewish immigrants. The average silk weaver works ten hours a day for about $580 in total yearly wages.This is the lowest pay of any of the twenty-five biggest New Jersey industries. They work in firetraps with appalling sanitary conditions. Factories are often unheated in winter, and the weavers must work in overcoats.

Wages depend on the good will of the supervisor, with all the risk that that sort of system brings with it. Some of the girls are as young as 14. Some receive as little as $1.42 for a forty-two hour week. Many get only half of that after fines are deducted, the rest to be paid at the end of the year, but only if they are still employed.

Women and the American Labor Movement
From Colonial Times to the Eve of World War I

-by Philip S Foner
NY, 1979

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Recent email from Martina and Stephon of Fast Food Forward:

Late yesterday, McDonald’s announced it was ending its relationship with the franchise that exposed 14 guest workers to extremely harsh labor practices during their 3 month, paid trip on an American cultural exchange program.

This is a huge victory for fast food workers everywhere. The PA strike and the support you gave the workers proves that we can stand up to fast food corporations and claim our rights.

Will you share our petition to let your friends know that our mounting pressure is bringing us victories?

Spreading the word about these injustices to the guest workers played a huge part in pushing McDonald’s to act -- thank you. But while this is an important and exciting win, what these guest workers were exposed to continues to be the reality for so many of us.

The fight doesn’t end here: “Guest and American workers, our fight is the same,” shouted the guest workers. And so we must keep up the pressure. The guest workers have said they won’t rest until all workers are paid well. With enough support, we can win this fight for fair wages and just treatment.

Share our petition -- together, we can win.

It’s a step in the right direction that McDonald’s took action against the abusive franchisee, but these problems are endemic across McDonald’s corporate culture. Please help us further the fight for wages that compensate us fairly for our work and give us a chance at the American Dream.

Thank you for your continued solidarity,

Martina May, Taco Bell Employee
Stephon Warner, McDonald’s Employee
New York, NY


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Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 04:00 PM PDT.

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

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