Skip to content

Quebec Student Tour – Victoria Meeting

September 19, 2012

Domino’s Pizza Info Picket

September 16, 2012

Sept 15 was the world-wide picket of Domino’s Pizza for cutting their Australian drivers wages 19%. Two FW’s in Nanaimo are seen showing support.

Van Isle Wobs at Victoria Earth Day 2012

April 23, 2012

IWW and Black History Month on CKUT

March 26, 2012

Here’s last week CKUT Labor Radio show. Special Collaboration with IWW
Montreal focused on black/white workers’ unity in IWW Local 8 in
Philadelphia in 1913. Also talking about this local’s black leader Ben
Fletcher and about the IWW in South Africa.

See
http://wp.me/prj7U-zJ

Listen to CKUT Labor Radio 12 minutes interview with Peter Cole, or listen
to the whole one hour show.

May Day in Nanaimo!

March 16, 2012

 



 

New From Vancouver IWW

December 7, 2011

Our Fellow Workers in Vancouver have a shiny new blog – see

http://vancouverwob.blogspot.com/

 

IN NOVEMBER WE REMEMBER

November 20, 2011

Speech given by DJ at CLIFF  on Nov 20

In November the Industrial Workers of the World, the I.W.W., remember our Fellow Workers that have been murdered and unjustly imprisoned, beaten, and deported by the boss class. Victims of class war.

One hundred years ago the I.W.W. was engaged in a great fight – to organize the unorganizable – women, people of colour, new immigrants and migrant workers into One Big Union. The skilled, the semi-skilled and the unskilled. Those that were working at repressive jobs, those that were oppressed, and those that were not working at all.

The forces of capital fought back with everything at their disposal. The injustice system drafted laws to protect capital and their goons.

Today marks the 96th anniversary of the murder of Joe Hill, IWW songsmith and organizer. Murdered by the injustice system of Utah at the direction of the copper bosses.

Joe Hill’s murder would be enough in itself to mark November; however Labours memory of November starts with the execution of the Haymarket Martyrs (August Spies, George Engel, Adolph Fisher, and Albert Parsons) on Nov. 11, 1887.

150 I.W.W. free speech fighters were arrested in Spokane, Washington on Nov. 2,1909 – In 1916 on November 5th six Wobblies were massacred and 27 wounded in Everett, Washington when the County Sheriff and his vigilantes opened fire –15 Tulsa oil workers barely survived a lynching party Nov. 8, 1917, FW Wesley Everest was lynched in Centralia, Washington for defending the I.W.W. hall from rampaging American Legionaries Nov 11, 1919 – A few days later on November 15th 1919 the I.W.W.s main headquarters in New York City was ransacked and destroyed by federal agents under Attorney General Alexander Palmer and his stooge J. Edger Hoover. On Nov. 21st 1927 I.W.W. miners, on strike against the Columbine Mine in Colorado, were mowed down with machine gun fire leaving 6 dead (J.R. Davies ,John Eastenes, E.R. Jacques, G. Kosvich, Nick Stanudakis, and Mike Vidovitch) and 60 seriously wounded – FW Dalton Gentry was shot while on the picket line on the 4th of Nov. 1936 and finally on the last day of the month we commemorate the death of one of our founding members, Mother Jones, union agitator called by Pres. Theodore Roosevelt “The most dangerous women in America”

We also remember those hundreds of Fellow Workers that were gunned down by the tools of the state, died in jail cells, were murdered by vigilantes and German members that were killed by the Nazi’s.

We remember that these attacks on our FW’s is not in the distant past. FW Frank Terrugi was killed in 1973 by the Chilean junta, FW Judi Bari who survived a 1990 assassination attempt and FW Alex Svoboda physically brutalized by the North Providence R.I police on August 11, 2007.

These Fellow Workers only represent a small portion of those that have suffered and died for every small sop that has been gained by the working class. We owe it to them to never forget their sacrifices.

Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks.

Their children brought up easy let it slip away, poor fools

And their grandchildren are once more slaves

Busy Month for Van Isle IWW

November 20, 2011

Vancouver Island GMB members have been active in support, or as members of, both OCCUPY NANAIMO and OCCUPY Victoria, since the beginning of the movement on Oct. 15. As well as OCCUPY, along with the Student Worker Action Group at VIU, we also sponsored the series of labour films, November 18 and 19. This was held at VIU campus and about 60 people attended in all

Labour Day in Ladysmith

September 6, 2011

Van Isle Wobs were at the Labour Day Picnic in Ladysmith.   We managed to distribute some of our literature including the new workers rights booklet and They Died For You – the history of Canadian Labour martyrs. FW Art got the crowd going with his wonderful collection of labour songs.

 

Stories From the CUPW Lockout in Ontario

August 17, 2011

Since the Van Isle IWW branch has been active in picket solidarity I thought the following article from Ontario would be of interest. It describes the experiences of a small group from Hamiliton and Toronto called Common Cause. Click here