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May 1st 630pm EST Lines of Work Book Launch Live in Miami!

PrintThe South Florida IWW and Recomposition present a live online launch of the new book Lines of Work on 630pm EST May 1st. Two authors will present the book at a Miami bookstore, Books & Books, with readings from the text and discussion. For those outside South Florida, you can tune in by checking the Live stream address the day of the event. The text brings together stories of work and workers from the US, Canada, and the Uk reflecting on their experiences grappling with what they do to earn a living, and struggling for something better.

“Half our waking hours are spent on the job, consuming the lion’s share of our time. Our years are woven with stories of work told around the dinner table, breakroom, and bars. Yet these stories are rarely put into print, investigated, or seen as they should be; as part of workers’ activity to understand and change their lot under capitalism.

LINES OF WORK offers a rare look at life and social relationships viewed from the cubicle, cash register, hospital, factory, and job site. Drawn from the writings of Recomposition, an online project of worker radicals, the text brings together organizers from a handful of countries sharing their experiences with the trouble of working and fighting back.

Rather than professional writers or activists, the authors are workers reflecting on their experiences, aspirations, and how to improve our situation. Through storytelling, they draw out the lessons of workplace woes, offering new paths and perspectives for social change and a new world.” Continue reading

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Lines of Work Event: 5pm April 5th Miami, Florida

our jobs our storiesEvents around the release of our new book,Lines of Work by Black Cat Press, are coming together. 5pm April 5th the South Florida General Membership Branch of the IWW will be hosting a Lines of Work event at Sweat Records, 5505 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137. In coordination with Lines of Work launches, this event will be exploring workers stories and their lessons with readings of pieces worker narratives and collective discussions. The official Miami book launch will happen on May 1st, with details to follow. Contacts us if you’re interested in hosting a book launch or event with workers stories in your town.

“Half our waking hours are spent on the job, consuming the lion’s share of our time. Our years are woven with stories of work told around the dinner table, breakroom, and bars. Yet these stories are rarely put into print, investigated, or seen as they should be; as part of workers’ activity to understand and change their lot under capitalism.

LINES OF WORK offers a rare look at life and social relationships viewed from the cubicle, cash register, hospital, factory, and job site. Drawn from the writings of Recomposition, an online project of worker radicals, the text brings together organizers from a handful of countries sharing their experiences with the trouble of working and fighting back.

Rather than professional writers or activists, the authors are workers reflecting on their experiences, aspirations, and how to improve our situation. Through storytelling, they draw out the lessons of workplace woes, offering new paths and perspectives for social change and a new world.”

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Lines of Work Book Launch Tour Starts Tomorrow Sunday 1/26

lines of work boxesOur new book,Lines of Work, has been released by Black Cat Press. To celebrate the launch of the text, we’re having our first event in Minneapolis tomorrow 3pm Sunday 1/26 at Boneshaker Books located at 2002 23rd Ave. S., Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404. Three authors will be speaking about the text, our project, and reading from their contributions. Tour dates are to be announced in other cities with tentative events planned in Miami and Toronto confirmed shortly. Stay tuned for more information. Below we’ve included the back cover description of the text. Continue reading

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Attractive hardcopy!

Our friends at Thoughtcrime Ink made a pamphlet of three pieces of

ours. It’s called “From the Ashes.” You can order it here:

http://thoughtcrimeink.com/books/detail/from_the_ashes

 

They also put the “direct unionism” discussion paper into paper form

and have published the Solidarity Federation book Fighting For

Ourselves, both of which we also recommend:

http://thoughtcrimeink.com/books/detail/fighting_for_ourselves

http://thoughtcrimeink.com/books/detail/direct_unionism

 

We know this stuff is available free online, but if you want good looking

paper versions, or you want to give copies to people, order them

there. Your money will go to supporting a cool project. They sell

other good stuff too, which you’ll find if you poke around their

website.

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Update on translation of Waves of Struggle

As mentioned in the last post, we recently found a translation of Phinneas’s Waves of Struggle article. With some help we’ve gotten more info about this. Farideh S. did the translation, thanks very much Farideh! Farideh also wrote a good introduction to the piece. That introduction in English is pasted below. The people who posted the article describe themselves as “anti-wage-labour activists,” they also maintain this web site in English – www.againstwage.com. Check it out.

Thanks again comrades, and great to meet you.

Farideh’s interoduction to the translation of Waves of Struggle:
CUPW writes, “Canada post is planning to invest two and a half billion dollars in the modernization of postal delivery”. The union believes that these investments will have a negative effect on the workers. These changes will decrease safety for mail carriers by forcing them to carry more letters. Less time will be spent on sorting mail and a larger burden will be put on workers involved in mail delivery. One potential problem for mail carriers will be the fact that it will be harder to read address’ while carrying too many bags of mail. The mechanization of parts of Canada post will also be used to justify hiring freezes, even though there is a significant labour shortage. Another result of this mechanization will be that there will be more night shifts and less day shifts. The work will be harder and more dangerous. CUPW says that none of the supposed benefits of this new system will be seen by the workers. Management has not acknowledged any of this and has kept very tight lipped about any potential problems with these investments. Canada post is currently hiring temporary workers to deal with it’s staff shortages, instead of permanent employees to make it easier to get rid of them later. Another reason for hiring temporary instead of permanent employees is they can be offered lower wages and less benefits. This is also an attempt to weaken the union and divide the workers.

I believe in the struggles of any worker fighting anywhere in the world for better working conditions. And that workers should determine their own fate and take on all decision making. The best workplaces are the ones where the workers are in charge without government or private ownership. The workers should continue the fight until they control the means of production. When a workplace is not run by it’s workers there are significant problems with bureaucracy and the hierarchy that separates the decision making at the top and the actual work at the bottom. I attempted to translate this web posting as closely to the authors intentions as possible. I believe the author to be a union supporting radical left winger.

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