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large-scale projects? anyone? [20 Aug 2007|05:45pm]

_boy_
[ mood | curious ]

crossposted to socialists and anarchisttheory


I often think about Kropotkin's criticism of attempts to form communist settlements, one criticism being that the projects he had encountered were too small, another criticism being that they were too isolated (in one letter, he suggests a commune of 2,000-10,000; in another, he suggests 20,000).

First of all, I agree that I'd prefer living and working in a large community with access to the cultural assets of a city (especially a college town), but is he basing his statements off any other research, any successful communities of his time?

Second of all, is there anyone out there thinking in terms this big? Anyone struggling to get a socialist foothold in a city or region by sheer numbers and cooperation? Is there a socialist equivalent of the Free State Project?

Does anybody know of anything out there?


Before anyone says it, no, I don't see this as a utopian project or an end in itself, but as a stronger position from which to engage in class struggle - part "propaganda of the deed", part "laboratory of democracy", part "life-boat".

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New Reading Group [27 Jan 2007|06:29am]

papakat23
[ mood | awake ]

Ever just get the urge to talk about a book you just read?

Do you think you have something to contribute to others?

Are you disappointed with the anti-intellectual streak that's so prevalent?

Do you think that radical thought is more than just mental masturbation - that without revolutionary theories and ideas there can be no revolution?

Then come join us at dialecticus! We're a new reading group and we're still in the process of deciding on a reading list so come join us and help us get this group off the ground.

cross-posted a bunch of places...

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x-posted like whoa [12 Jun 2006|09:58pm]

uterineheresy
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x-posted like whoa, my apologies [09 May 2006|04:09pm]

uterineheresy
It's Official!!!

Jason's court date is Tuesday May 23 at 9am.

Anyone able to attend should do so. The address is
Chester County Courthouse
2 North High Street
West Chester, PA 19380

Jason asks that all who attend dress decently and behave in a professional manner. Now more than ever we need funds to cover legal fees which are still around $5,500. Please Help!

You can make Paypal donations from checking accounts to supportjason@gmail.com or credit card donations to arastore@hotmail.com. For those wanting to mail a check or money order, email supportjason@gmail.com for the address.

In Solidarity with ALL Political Prisoners,
Jason Robbins Support Committee
www.freejasonrobbins.com
www.myspace.com/supportjason
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[17 Sep 2005|09:51pm]

karlkorsch
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pannekoek_%28crater%29
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[22 Jul 2005|01:56pm]

satanscientist
Hey all,

I made a new community, infoshops, to share information on infoshops across the world, and as well as to share tips and skills on people working with infoshops. It's sort of incomplete right now, but I'd appreciate feedback on it.

solidarity,
James G. of Philadelphia

(sorry for over x-posting to anyone on all these red communities that I'm on)
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Contribution to the Critique of Marx, by John Crump (1975) [28 May 2005|12:10pm]
mydayiscoming
http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Acropolis/8195/marx_critique.htm
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capitalism needs wage-labor, right? [06 May 2005|12:17pm]
mydayiscoming
started reading jacques camatte, because of his amadeo bordiga influence (which gilles dauve, whom i really enjoy, shares) but he seems to over-stress the idea of capital running away from humanity--does anyone agree with this? isn't capital still based on wage-labor? do we not produce and reproduce the conditions of our existence? camatte seems to give too much credit to autonomous capital and seems to make the same error boureois economists make in anthropomorphizing it. he seems to have overreacted to the end of the gold standard for the currency and seems to have taken this to mean that capital has become compltely immaterial. has anyone else read jacques camatte? what are your thoughts?
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Thoughts on the effects of Anarcho-Punk on Anarchy [28 Apr 2005|06:15pm]

crudocrust
I was thinking about writing an essay based upon the discussions on anarcho-punk some people have been having on anarchist open posting online community. Please read these questions bellow, speak openly, and see where it leads us. -crudo

1.) Do you think anarcho-punk (or punk rock), is a good avenue for getting people firstly interested, and then secondly engaged in revolutionary activity?

2.) Do you think that punk rock is off putting to people? Do you think that it "gives a bad face the movement"? Are people afraid to approach anarchist circles because of it's punk face?

3.) If punk is off putting, having said this, isn't it bad to put restrictions on simple things like dress, etc?

4.) Even if punk rock just attracts allot of people to anarchy that are only interested in the face value of it, ('just want to circle their a's), and only results in a few dedicated activists/engaged people, isn't this worth it?

5.) All in all, has the strong connection between anarchism and the punk rock subculture/music scene been positive or negative?
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haven't posted here before, but i have a serious question [15 Apr 2005|11:20am]
mydayiscoming
i am very new to marx--i have been an anarchist for a few years and thought i new my shit, but then i read the situationists, which got me interested in anti-state communism more based in marx's theories (with obvious retooling of ideas about party and state), anyways, i'm reading all these essays by people like gilles dauve (jean barrot), fredy perlman, against sleep and nightmare, aufheben, etc., and i need to know how to apply this critique with praxis. i am pretty jaded with protests, traditional unions, fair-trade, etc. and all the practices of what many call the "left-wing of capital" who mearly want to socialize the profits created by wage-labor and exchange, but what do we do as (anti-state) communists? i've thought about making these posters that have quotes from "the reproduction of everyday life" on them with an email address to put up to try to contact others interested in a radical critique of wage-labor, exchange, and capital.

what else can one do? it seems to me like many ultra-left commies advocate a sort of "propaganda only" praxis until the masses actually revolt themselves, but doesn't this seem to be somewhat against the idea of linking theory with praxis--aren't these sort of separations between action and thought a characteristic of the wage-labor world of directors and executants? to give you an idea of what i'm talking about:

"those who already feel the need for communism, and discuss it, cannot interfere in these [squatters and truly anti-exchange] struggles to bring the communist gospel, to propose to these limited actions that they direct themselves towards 'real' communist activity. What is needed is not slogans, but an explanation of the background and mechanism of these struggles. One must only show what they will be forced to do."
--Gilles Dauve in "Capitalism and Communism"


1.) do we sit around and talk until the masses want and make revolution?

2.) what do you, personally, as communists (or anarchist communists) do as praxis to further the class war to abolish classes?
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We ain't fucking around! [10 Mar 2005|09:31pm]

landlords2dust
http://iww.org/projects/southstreet/

I'm still trying to get to a scanner to show you all some pics from the SEPTA protest/march. Things are heating up down here. They just fired a much-loved employee of 7 years years from my department. We responded by demanding a meeting as "concerned WFM team members," with the regional department coordinator. The email was cc-ed to the CEO of the company as well. He wants his job back, and we're gonna try and get it, as well as pushing for changes in discliplinary policies in the company.

This sunday, the South Street Worker's Union will be holding a Legal Workshop for anyone who wants to attend. We will be going over labor laws, and know-your-legal-rights type information.

We'll also be putting together more healthcare workshops in a month or so, and we will be putting on a Tax Clinic, to help workers file their taxes, without having to go to tax sharks like H&R Block and shit. I'm even discussing with my boy James about the potential to build a childcare pool for workers on South Street. The idea is that the union will offer a list of other South Street Workers, and our allies, to do babysitting for parent workers in need. This is where I believe the union will concretely start to shape a more class power vision within its membership, a step up from one-shot clinics, and events, and more into serious sustainability in our lives. It's an organization not just for unionizing the workplace, but for building a more empowered working class, regarding aspects of our lives outside of the traditional workplace, our homes, our children, our education, our access to resources, etc.

This union is the shit.
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Attention South Florida Atheists, Agnostics, Freethinkers, and Humanists [04 Mar 2005|08:21pm]

masktchi
Our current members and I of the Broward Atheists Meetup (www.browardatheists.com and in www.meetup.com) welcome all interested in atheism, theism, freethought, agnosticism, humanism, transhumanism, state and church seperation (otherwise known as seperation of sturch), and related topics to our Tuesday meetings after 6:30pm. The www.browardatheists.com website has details on our venue, it is currently a pub, but will change when more members are acquired. We're already bulging at the seams with an average attendance of about twelve. No matter your age, beliefs, or preferences, we'd like to hear your opinion. Even the sternest Christians may come and present their thoughts, because if you really believe we're going to hell, we sure don't want to be wrong about the subject, haha, but most members are pretty confident about their atheism and agnosticism. I mention the invitation only to be open-minded. Anyways, we usually discuss religion, politics, philosophy, etc. but do not feel obligated to have to order anything despite it being a pub. There is no membership fee either, it is an informal event so far seeing how we have too few to be more organized, but we'd like to be! And we'd like to have enough people to start some activism and be as productive as possible.

Aside from the weekly Tuesday meetings, there are fun events such as campfires and beach barbeques scheduled. We sure would like to cooperate with other groups and more members to voice the rights and freedoms we and others deserve regardless of our beliefs and with your ideas and help, this can be made possible. The current goal is to eliminate the negative stigma attached to our labels by altruism and stoicism such as scholarships and good deeds. E-mail me with any questions or better yet, any one else you can get in contact with from the website to get a clearer understanding of who and what we are. We turn no one down and encourage debate, skepticism, and reason. The meetings are definitely worthwhile and interesting or else I wouldn't waste the little free time I have as a college student to invite any one else to come join the experience. If you are in the area and find the time inconvenient with your busy schedule, no hard feelings will be had, but at least sign the guestbook so we can know you support us and wish you could come. :-)

-Jason
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The United States Government - a terror State - according to its own official documents [01 Mar 2005|10:25am]

monacojerry
The United States Government - a terror State - according to its own official documents

It is official U.S. policy to use fear and terror. This has been known for a long time. But occasionally a document is released from the inner sanctum of the 'masters' that simply and boldly states the obvious in terms that are easy to understand. The document is called Essentials of Post-Cold War Deterrence. Here are some essential quotes:

The document states that when U.S. 'interests' are 'threatened' the U.S. must create fear in its chosen 'adversary.' (U.S. interests must be taken broadly to mean any interest the U.S. finds worth protecting.)

Quote: "to be most effective, deterrence must create fear in the mind of the adversary -- fear that he will not achieve his objectives, fear that his losses and pain will far outweigh any potential gains, fear that he will be punished. It should ultimately create the fear of extinction -- extinction of either the adversary's leaders themselves or their national independence, or both." (from p. 6 Section B of the report.)

Not only that the U.S. leaders must look to the rest of the world as if they are madmen. It is part of U.S. foreign policy that the rest of the world see the U.S. as out of control and always ready to drop a Nuclear Bomb.

Quote: "Because of the value that comes from the ambiguity of what the US may do to an adversary if the acts we seek to deter are carried out, it hurts to portray ourselves as too fully rational and cool-headed. The fact that some elements may appear to be potentially "out of control" can be beneficial to creating and reinforcing fears and doubts thin the minds of an adversary's decision makers. 'This essential sense of fear is the working force of deterrence. That the US may become irrational and vindictive if its vital interests are attacked should be part of the national persona we project to all adversaries." (from p. 7 Section C of the report.)


It is official U.S. policy that the U.S. should be the looked at as the one nation that is always willing to drop the bomb. Again, I quote.

"We should have available the full range of responses-conventional weapons, special operations forces, and nuclear weapons-so that we can decide which to use based on the circumstances.

-- Just as nuclear weapons are our most potent tool of deterrence, nevertheless they are blunt weapons of destruction and thus are likely always to be our weapons of last resort. Although we are not likely to use them in less than matters of the greatest national importance, or in less than extreme circumstances, nuclear weapons always cast a shadow over any crisis or conflict in which the US is engaged. Thus, deterrence through the threat of use of nuclear weapons will continue to be our top military strategy."
(from the bottom of p.7 also Section C of the report.)


Analysis of the Report: Everything Means Its Opposite
Essentially, the major terms in the beginning of the report (especially the term 'deterrence') mean the opposite of what the words mean in everyday language. Reading the report in context is revealing as far as bureaucratic double-speak is concerned. 'Deterrence' essentially means 'how can "we" use nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction in a way unlimited by other people deterring "us." What I find most revealing is essentially 'the madman theory of international politics.' The U.S. is the most powerful nation on earth as far as military arms is concerned. This is the major strength of the U.S.

The Unspoken Political Background
What is left unsaid but can be derived from reading the report is that the U.S. is weak politically. Thus when Castro sends 20,000 health workers to Venezuela, to train health care workers for free health care clinics and provides help in the development of free pharmaceuticals, this shows Cuba's political strength and the U.S. weakness. The U.S. cannot do something similar because the health care industries - i.e. the pharmaceutical companies and the insurance companies - are opposed to such objectives. In other words free health care in a place like Venezuela (or Canada for that matter) is considered a 'minor' threat to U.S. interests. Such threat can only be countered with U.S. strengths first in economic blackmail and then in military blackmail. The shadow of 'nuclear blackmail' is what must always be cast by the threats of economic and military blackmail. It is because this is the primary strength of U.S. power that the rest of the world must 'fear' the U.S. and look at U.S. leaders as slightly crazy and always willing to drop the bomb on you.

Even minor reflection on the meaning of this report should make us fear of course and that is probably one of the reasons why the U.S.G. declassified the report through the Freedom of Information Act. These are people who want to be seen as willing to commit mass murder and even risk the end of the human species in order to maintain their power.

I wanted to give you this document that I read recently with the hopes that you will spread it around. It is a statement of U.S. official policy with regards to the use and the threat of use of weapons of mass destruction. It was written in 1996 and released through the Freedom of Information Act in 2001. This is an expression of the 'liberal' view of U.S. foreign policy experts. The view of the current leaders are worse.

I will write about this document on my weblog.

The document as a whole can be found at the following website
http://www.nautilus.org/archives/nukestrat/USA/Advisory/essentials95.html

Jerry Monaco
New York City
Shandean Postscripts to Philosophy & Culture


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Corporate media's version of the SSWU march [28 Feb 2005|03:18pm]

landlords2dust
Workers protest plan to raise SEPTA fares

By Joel Bewley

Inquirer Staff Writer


A group of retail workers concerned about SEPTA's proposed fare increases and service cutbacks marched along South Street yesterday to rally support for mass-transportation funding.

The South Street Workers Union's 20 or so members - "workers who are poor, without cars, who come from the ghettos of this city" - would be the most affected by the changes, march organizer Andrew Rothman said.

"This would never happen in the suburbs or in a wealthy city," he said. "We are an easy target for a conservative legislature."

SEPTA faces a budget shortfall of $49 million. The agency is preparing to raise fares by 25 percent and slash services by 20 percent. The changes, which would include a $2.50 cash fare, would go into effect Sunday unless another solution was found in Harrisburg.

City representatives on SEPTA's board vetoed a move to increase the cash fare to $3. The board will try to override that veto March 24, SEPTA officials have said.

If the legislature cannot agree on a funding package, Gov. Rendell has promised to transfer federal highway money to enable the state's mass-transit agencies to operate through June.

Rothman said the inability of lawmakers to create a bipartisan solution showed they were out of touch with the workers who depend on mass transportation.

The increase in a monthly pass, which would be $27.50 if SEPTA's board prevails, "would be devastating to people who are living at or below the poverty line," Rothman said.

Also, a decrease in service would make it harder for some to get to work on time, he said.

Rothman and about 40 others marched with a police escort from Broad Street to Second Street, carrying signs and chanting slogans such as "Stop the SEPTA cutbacks."

The union, affiliated with the Industrial Workers of the World, has workers at eight stores, Rothman said.

As of yesterday morning, 97 of the 104 South Street businesses approached by the union had signed its petition calling for the legislature to fully fund mass transit.

If the fare increases go through, the union plans to ask employers for higher pay to cover the difference.

Marchers used a bullhorn to heckle businesses that had not signed the petition. The result was two more signatures.

"I'm just trying to help the people," said Mark Coskun, manager of a Domino's Pizza, who, after signing the petition, said he did not know whether he was authorized to do so. "I have nothing to worry about, right?"

A plan to enter Whole Foods Market was thwarted when general manager Lance McAllister told the group the protest had to stay outside.

"If you want to come in and shop, that's fine," he said.

As the march ended, the petitions were handed to State Rep. Babette Josephs (D., Phila.), who said she was the only member of the legislature who used public transportation instead of a car.

Josephs said more grassroots demonstrations were needed to show how important mass transportation was to state residents.

"There is nothing in this country that is good that does not start in the streets," she told the crowd.
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You Should've Seen The Look On My Boss's Face! [27 Feb 2005|11:15pm]

landlords2dust
So we marched, the media came, we yelled about SEPTA and how some of the bosses in the business district won't take a stand to protect our fellow workers against the cost of living increase, and reduction in public transit services. 50 workers, many South Street workers, most in the union, some not, and our allies, (otherr IWW branch members, family, friends, fellow workers, etc.) rallied at one end of the street, stepped off the sidewalk and made our way down through the South Street commercial corridor. Our flags were bright and colorful, our chants powerful over a megaphone, our banners, red, green, blue, reading "Industrial Workers of the World," and the "South Street Workers Union." Our signs read, "raise our wages, not our fares," "No Blood For Septa!," and "a meal or a busride is not a choice!"

We had previously collected over 90 signatures from bosses in different shops along the corridor in the following couple of weeks. 6 stores refused to sign, or stalled on signing. Our march intended to visit these bosses. The first stop - Whole FOods Market, the most anti-union store around. As we approached the front of the behemoth natural foods market, I peered into the window to see my disgruntled boss with his arms crossed, face red, and clearly disturbed. Before we can march into the store to demand his signature, he cut us off at the front door. We asked him where the signature was, and he stated it was going through the legal department of the company. We told him he'd better have it soon, as we intended on picking it up again. We left, and he was clearly disturbed.

The next stop was "Dominoes Pizza." AS we approached, the manager stepped outside. We askes for his signature, and the crowd got loud, "Sign The Petition!!!" we cried. He walked inside with our union brother, and quickly glanced over it, and put his John Hancock on the bottom. Our union brother came out with hands in the air, victoriously!

Onward - Tower records. At this point we came into the denser parts of the commercial strip. The shoppers stopped to pay attention, and looked onto our activities quite astounded. Some were supportive, especially seeing our clear message about SEPTA. (It's a hot-button issue throughout the city currently.) Our delgate went inside Tower Records, and looked for the management. We chanted a bit, and he emerged with a victory again!

We took off toward the art store chain, "Pearl Arts and Crafts." Our brother approached managers inside, but they refused to sign. We shamed them for a bit and moved on to Wawa.

Wawa's managers wouldn't sign either. The manager even hid for a bit, probably attempting to call a higher-up on the phone in their office or something. Either way, no dice. So the end result - 98 bosses signed the petition claiming their stance AGAINST SEPTA's proposals to cut services and raise fares. 2 of these bosses were previously reluctant, but caved in when the union showed solidarity and strength. Our campaign against SEPTA's proposal will now step up after we develop a better relationship with our new contacts in these new stores. We will invite them to an open meeting for all south street workers, concerning SEPTA's proposals, union workers or not. From there we will develop a battle plan for the future. Until then, we'd like to extend our love and thanks to all of our fellow workers showing solidarity and mutual aid. You are all inspiring!

Pictures of the march are on the way. Look out for em. also, the corporate media gave us AMAZING coverage, even FOX was awesome!!!
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"Strike!" Issues #3 Available Now! [21 Feb 2005|12:13am]

landlords2dust
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Results of demands to boss... [19 Feb 2005|11:39pm]

landlords2dust
So a few days back, I posted about us making demands to our boss about grievances we have.

Here's the link...

http://www.livejournal.com/users/landlords2dust/12221.html

The results are in.

For our demand to be compensated for being overworked due to a coworker leaving the company: WE WON! At least for now. We received bonuses on our paychecks that reflected half of the hourly wage of the guy who left for each worker on a shift that covered his work. We'll see what happens on the next check.

For our demand to have EVERY shift filled with 2 people on each shift: TECHNICALLY WE'VE WON! Technically, the boss actually filled the schedule, but one dishwasher is out hurt, he has wrist problems, and his therapist told him not handle heavy objects. One of our jobs is to hold a very thick and slightly heavy water spray hose that is very pressurized, and muist be gripped for long periods of time. This would be very harmful for him, so he's taking some time off. We understand and are very sympathetic to his needs. In fact, we've been steeping up and filling in his shifts, grabbing overtime, and showing solidarity with one another, so as to not leave people working by themselves. The boss has stated every day that he is actively searching for someone new to come in, so he can fulfill his promise.

For our demand to stop taking advantage of one worker who is very humble and passive: WE WON! Again, at least for two weeks in a row, he has been scheduled with another worker, and he is now agreeing to take breaks. Before this meeting, he NEVER took breaks, he was working by himself, doing about three people's jobs, and not saying anything about it. For two weeks in a row, the boss changed his tune, and now the worker is satisfied.

For our demand for the boss to purchase protective gloves that go up past our elbows for saniter: NO OUTCOME YET. They claim to have a hard time finding gloves that exist like this, and have promised to continue looking through catalogs, and has suggested that if we found them and baught them ourselves, we'd be compensated by the company. When asked about compensation for time and transportation to go to the store to pick them up, they agreed to compensate for this as well. We'll see about this one.

This week, we are working on the SEPTA campaign, and I'll give a report about how the rally/march goes next weekend!

Thanks for all of the comments and support, you all rock.
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The latest in workplace organizing [17 Feb 2005|08:45pm]

landlords2dust
* I helped to form a dishwasher's council at work. We made 4 demands to the boss, including compensation for being overworked, the hiring of a person to fill in the gap of being understaffed, new gloves that protect our hands from the toxic sanitizer we use, and the halting of taking advantage of passive and humble older workers that bust their asses, without standing up for themselves. The bosses, shocked by our written and signed demands, conceeded to the first three. There are 4 - 5 steady full-time dishwashers, and a few that fill in some of the gaps on the schedule. 4 signed on to the demands, and most agreed that it was the the most powerful means to get our needs met in the workplace than any other form of relationship with the boss. The council will now meet every month, and we will continue to put pressure on the boss. Direct action gets the goods again folks. NEXT STEP: signing red cards.

* Our union is about to embark on a public transit campaign that will seek to demand that employers in the business corridor we're organizing not only make a public statement against SEPTA's proposed service cuts and fare hikes, but that the employers would make a wage increase adjustment for their workers if the proposal passes, as it is an increase in the cost of living. After a couple of weeks it will culminate into a day of marching through the business corridor, as well as confronting any employers who didn't sign on to the agreement - with a mob of dozens of workers. Let's hope direct action will get the goods this time.

* Our union recently sent a delegation to Brooklyn to meet up with an organization called, "We Make The Road By Walking."

http://www.maketheroad.org/

We solidified our relationship, making commitments to each other's organizations to show physical solidarity in each other's pickets and demonstrations, as well as to share battle stories, and build a collective vision and movement for labor and community empowerment for all workers through rank and file grassroots workplace organizing. Fuck yeah. The meeting was AMAZING. I cried.

Organizing a union has been the most fulfilling experience in my lifetime, while simultaneously making me anxious, worried, tired, and stressed out from all the work that has to be done. I think that will all ease up after we train another dozen workers into effective and militant class soldiers. Then some of us can take a well-deserved vacation. For a weekend.
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SHOPFLOOR SHOUTOUTS: A WORKING MOTHER'S FEMINISM [21 Jan 2005|03:23am]

landlords2dust
Another SHOPFLOOR SHOUTOUT. I'm starting to really like this writing style, it's comforting. I'm going to stop raw-posting long-ass pieces in communities, because they are just so big they take up mad space, so here's the link instead. Please take the time to read this one. It means a lot to me, and was quite cathartic.

http://www.livejournal.com/users/landlords2dust/11406.html#comments
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MORE SHOPFLOOR SHOUTOUTS! [12 Jan 2005|08:53pm]

landlords2dust
A little bit of shopfloor power to speak of. Since my last post about me and my boy engaging and confronting the boss,

http://www.livejournal.com/users/landlords2dust/10489.html

Since then, there have been very few days where we've received ANY food prep tasks at all. To clarify, when I work in the "utility" shift, there are two workers per shift about 3/4 of the shifts in one week. With two people working, we receive various tasks to do, and they usually go in this order. 1. wash dishes, clean and close the dish room 2. Take all of the trash out for the department 3. Spray and was hbakery carts filled with buckets, trays, etc. 4. Do about a couple of hours worth of food preparation (Chopping, slicing, and peeling veggies, cleaning fryers, etc.) 5. Do other various cleaning tasks. When there is one person in utility, we are expected to do 1, 2, and 3 - that's it. It's still much harder though of course!

With two on utility, usually, we are able to prioritize and finish 1, 2, and 3, and sometimes a bit of 5, and when we do 4, we usually are able to fit in 1 - 3 out of the 4 - 5 tasks that are written for us to do each night. We fit this in according to the amount of time we have available, and when we have slow parts of the night. Each of the food prep tasks take between 15 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on the task.

But after engaging fuckhead the boss, we have seen a few days where we had a couple of food prep tasks to do, and about 7 or so days with NOTHING at all expected of us. THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE, EVEN DURING SLOW PERIODS.

This is a great victory for us, as it erases like 30 - 60 collective minutes of work off for both workers, for each of our shifts! It makes our nights smoother, and we don't have to rush 1, 2, and 3 so much, which makes our workplace condition in general safer and even better, it emboldens my coworker and I much more, as well as it makes others at work feel more confident and backed-up.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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