May Day 2014 in PDX!

Fellow Workers!

On Thursday, May 1, we invite you to march with the I.W.W. during the May Day celebration in downtown Portland!

ALL WORKERS are welcome to join us! Our strength lies in our numbers, and working class solidarity is our goal and the tool with which we will create a better society within the shell of the old.

We’ll see YOU on May Day, at Park Ave. & SW Main St. in downtown Portland, at 3:00pm!

(look for the red balloons!)

May Day 2014 – People Over Profit! on Facebook

March with the I.W.W. on May Day!

Music for the Working Class – Sept. 2013

The Portland IWW’s monthly Music for the Working Class returns on Wednesday, September 25 at the Red & Black Cafe!


Special guests: The Synthicalists, and more!

AND don’t miss a special presentation by the Portland IWW’s Food and Retail Workers United!

Every Wednesday is Worker Wednesday at the Red & Black Cafe! All union members and service industry workers get discount prices on food and drinks!

Direct Action Spring Training

The Portland Solidarity Network and We Are Oregon invite you to attend a series of trainings on the basics of community organizing and building grassroots resistance.

Training #1 – Sunday, March 3rd:
Organizing and Building Relationships

  • Defining Your Issue
  • Making Successful Contacts
  • Creating a Framework for Action

Training #2 – Sunday, March 10th:
Taking Action and Escalating

  • Planning an Action or Short Campaign
  • Carrying out What You’ve Planned
  • Developing Goals, Strategy, and Tactics

Training #3 – Sunday, March 17th:

  • Advertising and Promoting Your Campaign
  • Spreading Your Message
  • Developing a Media Strategy

All Trainings Will Be Held at:
1:00 PM at SEIU Local 503
6401 SE Foster Rd. in Portland
Snacks will be available (Vegan Options)
All Trainings Are Child-Friendly!
We will have a space for children with trained attendants.

Please contact the Portland Solidarity Network at (503)-446-6065 (voicemail) or to RSVP or if you have any questions.

“We Are The Working Class” Art Reception

Friday, September 7th @ 7:00pm

Red and Black Cafe 400 SE 12th Ave. 97214

“We Are The Working Class” is a collection of images that are meant to remind us of the broad spectrum of the working class, both in the physical make up, and the broadness of the work we do. This project came out of the seeds dropped by the Portland IWW’s Patriarchy Resistance Committee (PRC) made of non-cis males, women, & those not fitting into the gender binary.

During one of PRC’s workshops an attendee said, “I didn’t know that there were women Wobs!” The workshop pointed out how the imagery we use reflects on who will be our members. The IWW has long relied on imagery of white muscle bound men to represent the working class. We need to look forward to imagery, music, literature, etc that will represent ALL of the working class.

This is our first step; we probably won’t reach perfection, but we hope it will get us walking in the right direction. The art you see is both contemporary & pulled from the recent past. We hope to inspire more revolutionary imagery to hang on the walls that will be built on the ashes of the old!

8/29 Music for the Working Class!

Come enjoy music from I Wobble Wobble, General Strike, one of our beloved fellow workers, Portland Radical Chorus! As always Music for the Working Class will be held on the last Wednesday of the month (August 29th) at the Red and Black Cafe. Music starts at 7 and pushes on into the night when the Red and Black closes.

Join in the fun and the conversation, as the working class learns to organize themselves out of the clutches of the capitalist employing class.


Junior Wobblies May Day Float!

Do you have a kid that might want to make a float for the May Day march?
All ages welcome! All kids welcome!
Parents do not have to be in the IWW for kids to participate.

Junior Wobblies is going to decorate a bike cart for the march, using our imagination and materials from SCRAP.

Please send an email with your snail mail address to:
so we may send an invitation to your child.


Fellow Worker Hannah’s Labor Victory Anniversary!

  • Celebrate and educate from 9-11am
  • Friday, December 16th
  • At Starbucks on NE 102nd & Halsey

It’s been one year since Hannah was fired from Starbucks and denied unemployment. Hannah filed an Unfair Labor Practice lawsuit which was determined to have merit and sufficient evidence of a WRONGLY TERMINATED EMPLOYEE. She settled out of court, which meant that the concerted activity charge was dropped, and that Starbucks was no longer required to post notice of the charges in stores.

Hannah was a Starbucks worker between licensed and corporate stores for 5 years as a ‘shift lead,’ and in that role supervised Health & Safety standards. She discovered that the first aid kit didn’t have its mandatory bandages, and also learned that fellow coworkers were not receiving proper legally required breaks. She voiced these safety and legal concerns to management.

December 15, 2010: With no prior verbal or written warning, she was pulled aside by her manager and told she was being investigated for ‘fraud’ and suspended ‘until further notice.’ A short day later Hannah was fired via telephone and told to call 1-800-STARBUC if she had questions.

January 2011: Hannah files for unemployment, is denied, appeals, and is denied again.

February 2011: Hannah files an Unfair Labor Practice lawsuit, which is reviewed by the National Labor Relations Board, and is determined to have merit and sufficient evidence of a wrongly terminated employee acting in legal concerted activity.

June 2011: Starbucks settles out of court with Hannah to drop the concerted activity charge and pay some lost back wages. However, due to settling with the company, the charge would no longer be required to be posted and read aloud in the stores.

JOIN US in front of the Starbucks where Hannah worked to let everyone know what happened, and that it is LEGAL to discuss workplace issues with coworkers.

Know your rights! Know what to do and who to contact when you are bullied on the job!

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