Newsletter: December 8, 2020

USA: “Tipped Service Workers Are More Vulnerable Amid Pandemic Harassment Spike: Study”  —-   “In the best of times, service industry workers are typically paid below the minimum wage and rely on tips to make up the difference. Now, those still working in an industry battered by…

Garment workers during pandemic

A report issued by the Workers Rights Consortium at the situation of global garment workers during the pandemic.  OTL shares this simply as a picture into part of the world of global garment workers.  Shared for information purposes only. “HUNGER IN THE APPAREL SUPPLY CHAIN: Survey findings…

Anarcho-syndicalism: reading guide

For those new to anarcho-syndicalism, please find Libcom.org’s reading list on anarcho-syndicalism.  OTL believes this is a good starting place for some of the basic texts. https://libcom.org/library/anarcho-syndicalism-reading-guide?fbclid=IwAR1foxcOZwhXsjDDVz7vMkg92Ap9Y4qPGpOYqfpp1xS8mTFLpj3dx665xzM      

“Trench Warfare”

Veteran libertarian syndicalist Tom Wetzel excepts from Mike Davis’ “Trench Warfare”. Interesting observations on the exurbs rural gentrification by right wing capitalist element. “A brilliant analysis of the election and underlying situation in USA by Mike Davis. Especially relevant are his observations about certain smaller cities…

Workers Solidarity Alliance: Anti-sexism & Queer Liberation

The Workers Solidarity Alliance views on …..  “Anti-sexism Inequality between men and women existed long before capitalism. As capitalism developed, the ability of women to earn a living outside the home was restricted. These restrictions on the entry of women into the larger economy made women…

Newsletter, November 23, 2020

Tacoma, WA:  “Picketing at Tacoma General Hospital as MultiCare clinic doctors strike ”  —- “ Health care providers at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital are picketing Monday to support a two-day strike by doctors and nurses at MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care clinics. The strike, set for Monday and…

The Workers Solidarity Alliance and Anarcho-syndicalism

“The Workers Solidarity Alliance and Anarcho-syndicalism” 1. “Anarcho-syndicalism: A Past Phenomenon, A Vision for the Future” By Geoff R http://ideasandaction.info/…/anarcho-syndicalism-phenomen…/… 2. “Is Syndicalism Class Reductionist?” by Tom Wetzel http://ideasandaction.info/…/syndicalism-class-reductioni…/… 3. ”Unemployment: An Anarcho-Syndicalist Critique and Program” by Jake Piper Tompkins http://ideasandaction.info/…/unemployment-anarcho-syndica…/… 4. “Anarcho-Syndicalism and Principles of…

Anarcho-Syndicalist Perspectives on Libertarian Socialism

Anarcho-Syndicalist Perspectives on Libertarian Socialism Introduction   Please find on the following page there articles written by member of the anarcho-syndicalist Workers Solidarity Alliance (WSA). Although the opinions of the writers, their sentiments and overall perspectives are shared by W.S.A. members. The articles appear on the on-line edition…

Can Unions Lay the Groundwork for the Next Upsurge?

Comments by long time libertarian syndicalist Tom Wetzel on Mark Meinster’s new “Labor Notes” article: “How Unions Can Lay the Ground for the Next Upsurge” https://labornotes.org/2020/10/how-unions-can-lay-ground-next-upsurge?fbclid=IwAR2GP8vsEmIfqKjtilgUGAT0pN7b0OjNx8sRbUs8DCM4vzgMY5rwK-ZWiB8 Tom writes: “Interesting piece by Matt Meinster (a staff organizer with UE). He points out that union membership surges have historically…

Delivery Workers, Trapped in the System

“Around the world, previously invisible delivery personnel have achieved a new prominence in popular consciousness as “frontline workers” throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. As the emergency has highlighted both the importance and the dangers of delivery work, strikes over working conditions have occurred alongside public displays of…