From Strikes to other Forms of Direct Action: Building Power in Your Workplace
Monday, November 20, 2017Time
Rockefeller Hall 200-Auditorium
Folks from the Burgerville workers Union in Portland, OR will be speaking to their organizing tactics which include wildcat strikes, workplace slowdowns, and other forms of direct action that both build power and confidence in workers. This work is coupled with organizing that looks beyond workplace grievances, wages, and benefits, to instead center movement-building and social justice at large.
Along those lines, the Burgerville Workers Union's recent work includes hosting an event alongside the Portland Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT) in which they asserted that "rent's too high, wages too low, poverty wages got to go!" They have also been organizing alongside the farmworkers who provide food for their burgerville shops, and with that, have been vocal in their commitment to challenging exploitative treatment of immigrant workers. Further efforts have included demands that Burgerville opt out of using E-verify to screen applicant's immigration status and establish a policy that ICE agents present a warrant to access the back entrances in restaurants. Last year BVWU sent a delegation to Standing Rock, they have been vocal about fighting sexual harassment in the workplace, and generally work for a level of accountability not possible within a big business union.
Their work merits attention for their militant and successful organizing approaches at a time when labor is under attack across the country. We undoubtably have a lot to learn from them, and are looking forward to this discussion and next steps.
Crafts Not Bombs