Labor Solidarity Committee

We take the fight against the 1% to the 1%. Non-union labor, unionized labor, and labor supporters are all welcome in this action oriented committee. We are also the node for solidarity from organized labor, from mobilization to trucks, fliers, and port-o-potties.

occupyoaklandlaborsolidarity@gmail.com
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Fight For $15 Takes Action Around the Country. Oakland Confronts Jack-in-the-Box, McDonald’s.

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Strike actions and civil disobedience have taken place across the country today in the next escalation of the Fight For $15/hr and the right to form a union without retribution. Tweets have noted events in: Boston, New York City, Philadephia, Charlotte, Miami, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Flint, Indianapolis, Wisconsin (city unspecified), Chicago, Rockford Illinois, Little Rock, Houston and, of course, Oakland. Police were “running out of handcuffs” in Detroit and other protest sites saw arrests as well. 87rh @McDonalds essentially shut down. No workers only management inside! #strikefastfood pic.twitter.com/J8aDJ7WxvK — Fight For … Continued

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Not Bending, Not Folding, Definitely Not Spindling; Just Keepin’ it Lively Outside of Staples.

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This is the one week anniversary of the Berkeley Staples table and outdoors occupation, staffed continually.  Dave Welsh honored that one-week anniversary by bringing his keyboard and playing from his repertoire of resistance songs, along with other musicians. The Boycott of Staples is in full swing. #StopStaples #BerkeleyPO pic.twitter.com/qLXT5zAF2o — Strike Debt Bay Area (@StrikeDebtBA) June 28, 2014 Meanwhile, a number of people, some from Berkeley Post Office Defenders, some from Save the Berkeley Post Office, passed out flyers to passersby, engaging them and convincing them not shop at Staples, … Continued

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Occupyin’ Staples; Jammin’ the Sale!

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At the beginning of June some Occupy San Francisco peeps took up stations outside of a Staples in San Francisco, protesting Post Office privatization and union-busting, and stayed there, 24-7, for nine days, garnering national attention. Now they’ve come over to the East Bay, to Berkeley, setting up a table in front of the downtown Berkeley Staples store at Shattuck & Durant.They’ve been there for three days and counting. Visitors welcome, but don’t shop at Staples!   #StopStaples outside the Berkeley Staples for the past 3 days spreading the word … Continued

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Last Albany Bulb Residents Evicted at Gunpoint, Arrested.

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According to Osha Newman, a lawyer and long-time activist who has worked with Albany Bulb residents in their now-lost attempts to stay in their homes, the last two residents of the Bulb were evicted on Friday, May 30th at gunpoint. At 4 AM this morning, a large contingent of Albany police, some carrying guns including assault rifles raided the campsite of the two last residents of the Albany Bulb, Amber Whitson and Philip Lewis, and arrested them along with a supporter, Erik Eisenberg. All three were charged with misdemeanor violations … Continued

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“All of the People in These Pictures Have Been, Either Killed, Mostly Killed…”

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On March 13th, five years since Oakland activist Tristan Anderson was shot in Palestine, some one hundred people gathered at Oscar Grant Plaza in solidarity. On March 13, 2009, American ISM volunteer Tristan Anderson was critically injured after being hit in the head by a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops… Anderson was taken to a hospital in Israel, where he underwent brain surgery, and had to have a portion of his frontal lobe and fragments of shattered bone removed. Gabby, hosting the gathering at OGP, had noted on … Continued

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Alameda Labor Council, OEA and Alameda Greens Speak Against the DAC.

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ALAMEDA LABOR COUNCIL, AFL-CIO Resolution In Support of Civil Liberties in Oakland and Alameda County Adopted unanimously at the Mar. 10, 2014 Alameda Labor Council Delegates’ Meeting. Whereas the Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO, supports and promotes American freedoms and constitutional civil liberties;   And, whereas the particular rights to peaceably assemble and speak freely are essential to the collective exercise by working families and their unions of their rights to organize and to bargain collectively;   And, whereas the Alameda Labor Council advances the struggles for justice by organized labor, and … Continued

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Port Truckers Get Nothing from City. Work Stoppage and Pickets on Wednesday!

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They got nothing from Oakland’s Mayor… The truckers have gone to the City of Oakland and asked for assistance from the Mayor and City Council to help sway the Port Commissioners, but from the Mayor all they got was lip service followed by increased antagonism in the form of legal action against them for threatening the flow of commerce at the Port. All they wanted was a fair shake for them and their families… For the past ten years trucker rates have remained the same while the costs of working … Continued

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Trucker Power. Or “Ain’t No Power Like the Power of the Truckers ‘Cause When They Get Mad They Can Make a S*Load of Noise!”

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On October 21st, 2013, an organized group of Port Truckers based in the Port of Oakland, in collaboration with local labor activists, stopped work and picketed gates at the Port in protest of their working conditions. Oakland, as usual, responded with vast numbers of riot police who pushed the picketers illegally out of crosswalks and threatened them with arrest. That seems only to have persuaded other truckers – wary of protests – which side they should be on, made the already protesting truckers even more determined and bent them all … Continued

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Two-Faced Quan Talks With Port Truckers. Then Sues Them.

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In a move that is right out of the playbook of Wells Fargo, Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase – promising a homeowner a loan motification then immediately instituting foreclosure procedings – Mayor Jean (Two-Quanface) Quan today approved of the City of Oakland suing two Port Truckers for “unlimited damages” in the wake of their labor action two weeks ago. That after she had agreed to help them pull together a meeting with Port of Oakland authorities and others. According to a press release issued by Port Truckers Solidarity … Continued

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O25. They Are Coming.

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Two years less one week later, Scott Olsen was sitting next to me having a beer and discussing the state of his lawsuit. Hours before that he, a hundred others, and I had watched yet one more time the infamous video clip (2:20) “What’s your name! What’s your name! Shit!” It was embedded in a new documentary entitled “The Battle for Oscar Grant Plaza.” shown at a benefit at the Parkway Theatre on Saturday, October 19th. Scott Campbell, shot and severely wounded by a rubber bullet on November 2nd, 2011, … Continued

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