Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Sunday in Cass Park with our Friends and the Forgotten Worker

The usual twice a month gathering of friends at Cass Park in Detroit. We share a meal,some clothing,necessities and some genuine frendship.

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Friday, October 27, 2017

November Branch Meeting

The Detroit GMB Branch Monthly Meeting will be held on November 15th 2017 from 7:00 PM ET to 8:30 PM ET, with dues collection beginning at 6:30 PM ET. It will be held at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 1950 Trumbull, Detroit MI, on the corner of Michigan Ave. and Trumbull. The meeting will be in the kitchen, enter through the red door off of the parking lot.
As always, our meetings are open to all workers, but only members in good standing may have voice and vote.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Sunday in Cass Park with our Friends and the Forgotten Worker

The usual, twice a month gathering of friends at Cass Park in Detroit. We share a meal, some clothing ,necessiies and some genuine friendship.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Sunday in Cass Park with our Friends and the Forgotten Worker

The usual, twice a month gathering of friends at Cass Park in Detroit. We share a meal, some clothing ,necessiies and some genuine friendship.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Windsor IWW Organizer training 101

Whether you are trying to organize your workplace or just build rank and file solidarity in your already organized workplace the IWW organizer training will give you the skills neccessary to build working class power. 

This two day training is open to all working people and is free to attend (though any donations will be greatly appreciated!). 

Click here to register for the training!

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The timeline of the event will tentatively be the following:

- Saturday 9am-5pm (with breakfast and lunch served).
- Saturday evening - Some sort of social TBA
- Sunday 10am-4pm (With breakfast and a light lunch served)
Please register by Wedneesday October 25th.

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October Branch Meeting

The Detroit GMB Branch Monthly Meeting will be held on October 25th 2017 from 7:00 PM ET to 8:30 PM ET, with dues collection beginning at 6:30 PM ET. It will be held at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 1950 Trumbull, Detroit MI, on the corner of Michigan Ave. and Trumbull. The meeting will be in the kitchen, enter through the red door off of the parking lot.
As always, our meetings are open to all workers, but only members in good standing may have voice and vote.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Sunday in Cass Park with our Friends and the Forgotten Worker

The return of Fall time. There is already a change of color in the trees, the gardens are running their course and school is back in seesion. There is one other change. The new arena is open for business. The pressure will continue to mount for many of our friends to clear the area and make it more presentable for the new visitors.
We will continue to gather on the 2nd and 4th Sundays to have our time together with our friends.
Jim is still limited in what he can do, so there is still a need to fill in on cooking the rice and jambalaya, or jimbalaya as you call it.

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Call-in to Stop Anti-Immigrant Fundraiser in Ann Arbor

Next Monday, the Michigan Restaurant Association will hold a fundraiser in Ann Arbor. Participants will pay $250 to tour three restaurants in the city. For context, $250 is about 2-weeks worth of pay for restaurant workers, who earn as little as $3.38 an hour in Michigan.  

To make matters worse, this money is going to a national PAC that funds federal candidates that promote xenophobic and anti-immigrant policies, such as Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-TX) who wants to hire 10,000 more immigration agents to terrorize local businesses and neighborhoods; Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) who praised the pardoning of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who fed immigrants slob and allowed sexual abuse against inmates; and Matt Gaetz (R-FL) who believes cities who do not support anti-immigrant policies should have their federal funding stripped.

The restaurant lobby will continue to fund candidates who treat immigrant workers as dangerous. This is part of a larger strategy to disempower those at the lowest rungs of the economic and political ladder. Criminalizing immigrants allows big businesses and politicians to profit off a fear-controlled labor force. It also harms local businesses, who follow the law but are forced to bear the brunt of this enforcement, while huge corporations continue to exploit their workers.

We will not allow immigrant workers to be terrorized. We will not allow local businesses to be terrorized. We will not support policies that harm those at the bottom to benefit those at the top.

Call the restaurants that are hosting this fundraiser and tell them that you will not support these policies in Ann Arbor. Tell them that a $250 ticket is a slap in the face to restaurant workers who earn as little as $3.38 an hour. That immigrant families are part of our community and will not be threatened or harassed. Urge them to donate their money to fund centers that provide essential services to immigrant workers and their families.


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Saturday, September 9, 2017

Sundays in Cass Park w/ Friends & Forgotten Workers

Good morning, everyone! We hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend. Now it's time to carry that Labor spirit to our friends at Cass Park.

We seem to have arrived at 4 pots of jambalaya (and 4 pots of rice) as the right amount, and I'll post the recipe in the first comment, in case there is a newby who wants to contribute. And of course we still need salads, mac&cheese, desserts, and portable foods like cookies & pastries, bananas, clementines, etc. that people can take with them for later.

More details coming up. Please post what you're bringing in the comments below. Thank you.

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Ypsilanti Monthly Meeting

The Ypsilanti GMB will be holding its monthly meeting this Sunday, noon, at Cultivate in Ypsi. If you are curious about the IWW and what we do, please come by and hang out! If you are ready to build the new world from the ashes of the old, you are especially encouraged to come!

noon, Sept 10th at 307 N River St 48198

Thursday, August 31, 2017

September Branch Meeting

The Detroit GMB Branch Monthly Meeting will be held on Septemeber 27th 2017 from 7:00 PM ET to 8:30 PM ET, with dues collection beginning at 6:30 PM ET. It will be held at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 1950 Trumbull, Detroit MI, on the corner of Michigan Ave. and Trumbull. The meeting will be in the kitchen, enter through the red door off of the parking lot.
As always, our meetings are open to all workers, but only members in good standing may have voice and vote.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Windsor IWW info session and social

The IWW has a long history of fighting racism and fascism. Come find out how you can join in that fight and organize your workplace at the same time!

Saturday, August 26th at 2 PM - 5 PM

3735 King St, Windsor, ON N9C 1P7, Canada

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Sunday in Cass Park with Friends & Forgotten Workers

Hello, everyone! We will be back in Cass Park next Sunday.

Maryanne Dunmire here: I want to start off by saying "thank you" to everyone who has stepped up to continue the work that Jim Rehberg and others have started. Our primary goal is to bring nourishing meals and community to our friends in the Cass Corridor. 

I will post more later in the week.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Sunday in the Park with Friends & Forgotten Workers

Bringing nutritious meals to our friends in the Cass Park area, on the second Sunday in August.

Note from Maryanne: We have received complaints (and threats to call police) from a neighbor about vehicles parked in the park. Please, after you have dropped off your load, move your car/truck out to the street. We have generally had a good relationship with the neighbors & the police, and we don't want to mess that up. Thank you.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

August Branch Meeting

The Detroit GMB Branch Monthly Meeting will be held on August 23th 2017 from 7:00 PM ET to 8:30 PM ET, with dues collection beginning at 6:30 PM ET. It will be held at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 1950 Trumbull, Detroit MI, on the corner of Michigan Ave. and Trumbull. The meeting will be in the kitchen, enter through the red door off of the parking lot.
As always, our meetings are open to all workers, but only members in good standing may have voice and vote.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Meet the Ypsilanti Branch at the Ann Arbor Art Fair

Come see the Ypsilanti IWW at the Ann Arbor Art Fair! They will be here for the entire duration of the fair. Learn more about the One Big Union and grab some literature! They are in the nonprofit section located to the east of Liberty and Fifth.

Sundays in the Park with Friends & Forgotten Workers

While Jim continues to recover, we will continue the work of bringing nourishing meals to our friends in the neighborhood. We hope to have the grilled cheese production line back up this time. More info coming soon.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

5th Annual Fundraiser for Sundays w/ Friends & Forgotten Workers

We will be serving a delicious spaghetti dinner with both meat sauce and vegetarian sauce, along with salad and garlic bread, and delicious desserts.

We ask for a donation of $15, but we urge you to give what you can. Nobody will be turned away because they can't pay. The income from this fundraiser buys the food and supplies for all of the healthy, nutritious hot meals we share with our friends at Cass Park, on the 2nd & 4th Sundays, all year 'round. 

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Two notes about parking: 

1) Only the fenced lot behind the League and the row along the east side of the building are GL property (free). The big lot east of the League is privately owned, and he is now charging to park. 

2) Parking zones have recently been created in Corktown for street parking. Observe parking fee collection units on each block.

July Monthly Branch Meeting

The Detroit GMB Branch Monthly Meeting will be held on July 26th 2017 from 7:00 PM ET to 8:30 PM ET, with dues collection beginning at 6:30 PM ET. It will be held at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 1950 Trumbull, Detroit MI, on the corner of Michigan Ave. and Trumbull. The meeting will be in the kitchen, enter through the red door off of the parking lot.

As always, our meetings are open to all workers, but only members in good standing may have voice and vote.

Sundays in the Park, doing the best we can!

Hello, everyone. Maryanne Dunmire here. I am posting the event a little early, because we have a lot of figuring out to do. Most of you may knw by now that Jim Rehberg had heart surgery on Saturday(1st); he is recovering, but will not be able to participate on Sunday. The CP support team is scrambling to bring this together. 

I presume that the IBEW Local 58 - Detroit folks will bring the chicken as usual. 

Maryanne will make a big pan of baked beans. 

I don't know who brings the hotdogs & buns, but if someone knows, can you confirm that they’ll be there on the 9th.

Also, who brings the tossed salad? Who can confirm that?

I will make a big pan of coleslaw.

No grilled cheese this week only.

I will buy the plates & sporks & napkins (we’ll always use them eventually.)

Al Benchich & Barbara Ingalls are co-ordinating making batches of chili or jambalaya, so contact either of them if you'd like to help.

WHAT WE NEED MOST:

Beverages, bottles of iced tea, water, and juice boxes.

If you can help with any of these things, please post in comments. And as always, we can use the baked goods and treats that many folks bring. Please post what you're planning to bring.

Thank you all, so much, for your help and support through this difficult time. I'm sure that Jim will be grateful that we are continuing with his work.




Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sunday in Cass Park with our Friends and the forgotten Worker

Head long into the future. This begins our seventh year and for the past few years this cloud of the new arena and the changing neighborhood has been hanging over our head. The future is here and the last symbolic vote today by the Detroit City Council approved a 34.5 million dollar subsidy to the Piston's millionaire owner. On top of the other Millions to the new arena group.They take care of theirs and we take care of our own.
The results of years of being with the people around Cass Park has been friendship and concern for their lives and future. That won't end, but this future that has concerned the past few years is here and now. Many of our friends have moved or been moved out of the neighborhood, some still remain. Many take a bus or bum a ride to be with us on these Sundays. Things have already changed for many of our friends.
What won't change this Sunday is that we will continue to take care of our own.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Sunday in Cass Park with out Friends and the Forgotten Worker

It's a little cool tonight, but they say it will be just like Summer on Sunday. June is here and the days are lasting a long time. With the warm weather starting to kick in, it seems like it's time to look forward to a Sunday in Cass Park. The lines have been long the past few time and I am going home with empty pots and pans. I think we feed about two hundred during these warmer months, at least there is more than two hundred meal containers gone at the end of the day. People have been grateful for our time together and most of us go home feeling better after a couple of hours in the park.
Hope you can make plans to join us this Sunday, or pass the word onto others.


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Friday, June 2, 2017

Solidarity with Colombian Autoworkers -Asotrecol

Come join us as learn about ASOTRECOL and the broader struggle by injured Colombian workers. We plan to show a film about the repression workers face and ways we can support workers facing repression for just asking for safe conditions and good pay.

From 4-8 pm on Tuesday June 6. The Portland IWW Latin American Solidarity Committee liaison will join with Detroit supporters to discuss how and where does the solidarity movement go from here?

450 West Fort st. Detroit. Come on by!


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Friday, May 26, 2017

June Monthly Branch Meeting

The Detroit GMB Branch Monthly Meeting will be held on June 28th 2016 from 7:00 PM ET to 8:30 PM ET, with dues collection beginning at 6:30 PM ET. It will be held at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 1950 Trumbull, Detroit MI, on the corner of Michigan Ave. and Trumbull. The meeting will be in the kitchen, enter through the red door off of the parking lot.

As always, our meetings are open to all workers, but only members in good standing may have voice and vote.

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Sunday in Cass Park with our Friends and the Forgotten Worker

Sunday in the Park on May 28th will begin what is called the Summer Holidays. It seems like Spring has just started, but non the less, here we go. The warmer months have most of the same needs as any other time. It also brings more people out to the park. Food and clothing are always needed, men and women's hygiene items are also in demand. Spread the word among your friends and in your work places about the hygiene needs, most times people are willing to give from what they have to share. We can sort them out and repackage them for the next time. Bedding and sheets are also needed for those that are being placed in housing. They have just enough sometimes for the rent and little for anything else. I'm just putting this out there, because people have been asking me for some of these things.
Ready or not for the Summer Holiday, because here we go.


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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Berry Boycott Bears Fruit for Workers



FUJ supporters rally near Whole Foods on May 1, 2016.

   Local wobblies and other supporters of Washington berry pickers spent a lot of Sundays in 2015-16 standing in front of Detroit’s Whole Foods informing customers about an ongoing boycott of Driscoll's Berries. We’re happy to say that this work, combined with the efforts of the pickers themselves and similar solidarity actions across the U.S., helped Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ), which represents berry workers at Sakuma Bros. Farms in Skagit and Whatcom County, Washington, get union recognition last September.

   FUJ is currently in contract negotiations with Sakuma Bros and is no longer asking for a boycott. Supporters are encouraged to call Sakuma Bros.at  (360) 757-6611 and voice their support for a decent union contract. That said, it's important to keep leaving those Driscoll's Berries on the shelves, as indigenous Mexican berry pickers at BerryMex farms in Baja California (which is also connected to Driscoll's brand) have asked for the boycott to continue.



Detroit Wobbly History: Herb S. Calvert



  Herb S. Calvert was a laborer and socialist from California. He moved to Detroit in 1918 to agitate and recruit for the IWW.

   In late 1920, Calvert proposed that his fellow auto workers take over the Ford plant during an extended shut-down in order to make their own cars, promising that the workers would "pay for all raw material used and... in general return the plant in even better condition." 25,000 workers, mostly unable to afford a car, turned up with their lunch pails on the appointed day.

   Management, of course, treated the proposal with scorn. No cars were made, but Calvert's scheme showed in practice that the plant workers had the numbers and capability to seize the plant if they chose. -FW Paula, X383986

Here is the text of the flyer Calvert circulated:

From the Ford Men to the Ford Motor Company. In View of the Following Facts:

   That the Ford Plant is to be closed until Feb. or later

   And that only a very few of the Ford employees own an Automobile; And of Henry Ford’s often repeated desire to help the other fellow;

   WE The regular Ford employees request the use of the Ford Plant under the existing Ford Organization during the month of Jan. to make the automobiles for ourselves and families; The total cars produced to be distributed on the basis of a minimum of one car to each employee the remaining cars at the same proportionate ration as the December pay.
   
  WE The employees, agree to pay for all raw material used and to maintain all existing departments and in general return the plant in even better condition:

   All Ford Employees desiring to resume under these conditions show up Monday with their lunch ready for work.

COMMITTEE OF FORD EMPLOYEES

Westland Librarians Stand Up to Union Busting

Fired Westland librarians are fighting union-busting. 

   Workers at the William P. Faust Public Library of Westland went public to their employer on March 1 to announce they were joining a union. Within two days, five full-time librarians were fired. A few days later, the head of the library’s reference department gave her resignation as a gesture of solidarity with the staff. The library board has continued to stand by the library director’s decision to fire these workers since that time.


   On March 29, the fired workers held a protest near the library, and 15 local wobblies showed up to offer our support. Members of the Detroit and Ypsilanti IWW branches sat in  peacefully on the public discussion — and witnessed the library board again give their full support to the firings, which they rationalized by claiming it would save taxpayer’s money.  In a city built on the backs of union families, their decision to bust a union is absolutely disgusting. The fired librarians and their supporters are planning another protest at the library (6123 Central City Pkwy, Westland) on May 10 from 6:15 to 8 p.m. To keep tabs on their latest activities, visit http://bit.ly/2nlzPIO or search for “Westland Librarians” on Facebook.

Ypsilanti IWW branch formed

   We've got some really wonderful news to report on the local wobbly front. Over the past year, the Detroit GMB (General Membership Branch) has attracted so many new members in the Ypsilanti-Ann Arbor area that we recently helped them to establish their own branch.
 
   It's a triumphant return to the city for the wobblies, as Ypsilanti was once home to its own GMB and even served as the site of IWW's international headquarters from 1995 to 1999. Welcome to the struggle Ypsilanti GMB, we're excited to have you working alongside us!

Detroit Wobs Co-Sponsor May Day Event

   This May Day, the Detroit IWW will be hosting an immigrant worker’s resource fair with United Hispanic Workers of Detroit, a local organization led by Hispanic and Latino workers. The event will take place Monday, May 1, from 6-8:30 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Academy (8118 W. Vernor, Detroit) and will feature food, entertainment and know-your-rights workshops for immigrants.

   The Detroit IWW also encourages our readers to show solidarity with immigrants by attending a May Day rally at Clark Park that day from 4:30-6 p.m. Following up on the April 2 interfaith march between Southwest Detroit and Dearborn, the rally aims to bring people together to stand up against the repressive anti-immigrant policies of the Trump administration. No Ban! No Wall! No Raids! No Deportations! Build Bridges, Not Walls!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Protest of the Westland Library's Board of Directors

The library's board of directors has still not removed the library director, Sheila Collins who terminated 5 librarians just 2 days after they turned in union papers. These librarians were originally budgeted for by the 10 year 2012 millage that passed by 71% and the library currently has a $2.5+ million fund balance. They were replaced by 3 part-time "library associates" (with no health benefits) who have the exact same credentials (master's degrees in library science), but none of them were allowed to apply for these demoted positions.

The library board has also consistently refused to answer many citizen questions regarding these terminations. Mark Neal and Antoinette Martin have shown nothing but full support of the library director despite the overwheming evidence we have brought before them regarding her incompetence and inability to assess the library's staffing needs. Bob Johnson has told us that he does not believe the librarians should have been terminated and he thinks the director should resign. Delano Hornbuckle has said some things suggesting possible support, but his position is still ambiguous.

Protest at 5:15pm and Board Meeting at 6:00pm.

For more information, check out the Save the Westland Library facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/westlandlibrarians


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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mass Rally for A Fair Contract for Lecturers


EMUFT will be hosting a rally for a fair contract! Come join them! They will be meeting on campus behind Welch Hall by the Cesar Chavez fountain.



EMUFT will have a social after the rally at the AAUP office (901 Washtenaw Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197). It is across from the rally site. Food and soft drinks will be served.


https://www.facebook.com/events/151804935357225/

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Ypsilanti IWW Public Campaign 5/9/17

Today, the workers of Grassroots Campaigns in Ann Arbor announced publicly their intent to form a union. The following is a statement from the workers of Grassroots. Solidarity forever!
"We, the workers of Grassroots Campaigns, have gathered here today to publicly announce our intent to form a union. The organizational goals of the causes we champion here are fully in line with this intent. We, as workers, believe in the cause FOR which we work, but the conditions OF our work have to change. 
Our pay is unpredictable and unreliable. We have a bonus structure but no one can seem to satisfactorily explain how it works. We have no healthcare, no benefits, but we raise money for causes that seek to raise awareness around these and similar issues! 
The workers here rely on steady and predictable pay and on a steady and predictable job. One worker has already been fired. As we stick together through this fight, we want to ensure that doesn't happen to other workers. All workers, upon getting hired, should clearly understand the terms and conditions of their employment. However, this is simply not the case. We are all constantly on edge about the status of our employment, as the status of our job has never been clearly defined! 
We have no human resources department on-site, we are often required to do work we are not compensated for, and the list goes on. All we are asking for is treatment and pay that is in line with the progressive values Grassroots Campaigns stands for. 
That is why we today are demanding an end to the bonus system and a flat $15 an hour wage. This is consistent with the neighborhood in which we live and work. We demand that we no longer have to do work without being compensated for that work. We demand a procedure in which to air our grievances without feeling a threat to our job. We demand that our quota system be flexible to reflect the current campaign we work on. Finally, we demand that our fellow worker Norman Culp be rehired immediately! No worker should be terminated due to their desire to collectively organize with other workers, or for speaking their mind. This sets a dangerous precedent that certain my isn't in line with so-called 'progressive values.'
We workers know our rights! It is our right to collectively form together and bargain for better conditions instead of begging! This shop cannot close and will not close because of our union, we already make minimum wage so the only thing we have left to lose is our chains! We will not be bullied or lied to about what a union is and isn't. A union is a worker's best tool for success. It is a means of meeting our employer on level ground. It is a vehicle to ensure workers are looked after. It is not an 'outside entity.' We are the union. It isn't some pay-to-play scheme. The union has already stepped in once to help a worker that was left adrift by the company and we intend to continue representing all workers."

Sunday in Cass Park with our Friends and the Forgotten Worker

Mother's Day in Cass Park over the years has been one of those special days. Both for the Women around the park and the Women who have been there with us. There is that special appreciation from the Mothers around the park who may not ha. Like any holiday when you are away from the ones you love, you can at least be reminded that someone cares by friends that you are remembered on that special day. The Women who help on the line have their own memories of their Mothers who were there with them and are no longer in this life, but return with their children by their side.
It will be a good day with all the same other needs for a good meal, some clothing, the needed things and a good dose of friendship.

https://www.facebook.com/events/931180333690479/

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Westland Loves Their Librarians Rally (Part II)!

Let's try this again since the last general meeting of the Library's ' Board of Directors (April 12th) got conveniently cancelled at the last minute due to a lack of a quorum!

Westland lost 5 fabulous librarians after the library's administration terminated them just 2 days after turning in union papers! The official reason they were given was due to "reorganizing" and replacing them with 3 part-time library associates who would work 36 hours a week without health benefits. We have since found out that they hired other librarians (people who also have Master's in Library Science) to take these positions, while refusing to allow the terminated ones to take these professionally unethical demotions. Patrons and librarians from all over the area went to the next 2 city council meetings to tell the city they were outraged and wanted their librarians back but the board of directors refuses to listen.

These librarians were budgeted for in a ten year millage that passed in 2012 by 71%, but the library board says they want to save money for an expansion to the building. They have cited "efficacy" as their main reason to "reorganize." They are saving money for this project by union busting, not paying people benefits, and absorbing the retirement plans of 4 of these librarians back into the general fund. We are now hearing that the expansion plans have been put on hold, but there are still currently no plans to hire these librarians back despite the overwhelming public outrage. The library board of directors has broken the public's trust. Westland patrons and staff deserve so much better.

Protest begins at 6:15.
Library board meeting begins at 7:00pm.

More details coming soon!


https://www.facebook.com/events/239139326561904/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%2223%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D

Thursday, April 27, 2017

April 2017 Newsletter from the Detroit AgitProp Committee



May Monthly Branch Meeting

The Detroit GMB Branch Monthly Meeting will be held on May 24th 2016 from 7:00 PM ET to 8:30 PM ET, with dues collection beginning at 6:30 PM ET. It will be held at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 1950 Trumbull, Detroit MI, on the corner of Michigan Ave. and Trumbull. The meeting will be in the kitchen, enter through the red door off of the parking lot.

As always, our meetings are open to all workers, but only members in good standing may have voice and vote.

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Feria de Recursos Inmigrantes y Obreros (May Day workers' fair)

****PLEASE BRING DONATIONS OF NON-PERISHABLE FOOD, TOILETRIES, AND CHILDCARE SUPPLIES FOR FAMILIES AFFECTED BY DEPORTATION.****

Conoce Tu Derechos Taller
Musica Latina
Actividades
Comida

Know your rights seminar 
Latinx Music
Entertainment 
Children's activities 
Food


Estaremos recogiendo cosas para inmigrantes en centros de detención en la frontera de México.
Cosas que se necesitan:
Nuevos y Usados:
• Ropa interior para mujeres
• Sostenes medianos
• Zapatillas para hombres, tamaño 8 – 9.5
• Mochilas
• Utensilios de cocina
• Artículos de tocador
Tienes preguntas? Llama (313) 438-8862 o con correo electrónico: UHWDetroit@gmail.com
Trabajadores Hispanos Unidos de Detroit



We will be collecting things for immigrants in detention centres on the border of Mexico.

Things that are needed:

Dealer:
• Underwear for women
• Medium sized bras
• Shoes for men, size 8-9.5
• Backpacks
• Kitchen utensils
• Toiletries

Do you have any questions? Call (313) 438-8862 or email: Uhwdetroit@Gmail.Com
United Hispanic workers from Detroit


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Saturday, April 8, 2017

Westland Loves Their Librarians Rally! (Bring them back!)

Westland lost 5 fabulous librarians after the library's administration terminated them just 2 days after turning in union papers! The official reason they were given was due to "reorganizing" and replacing them with 3 part-time library associates who would work 36 hours a week without health benefits. We have since found out that they hired other librarians (people who also have Master's in Library Science) to take these positions, while refusing to allow the terminated ones to take these professionally unethical demotions. Patrons and librarians from all over the area went to the next 2 city council meetings to tell the city they were outraged and wanted their librarians back but the board of directors refuses to listen.

These librarians were budgeted for in a ten year millage that passed in 2012 by 71%, but the library board says they want to save money for an expansion to the building. They have cited "efficacy" as their main reason to "reorganize." They saving money for this project by union busting, not paying people benefits, and absorbing the retirement plans of 4 of these librarians back into the general fund. We are now hearing that the expansion plans have been put on hold, but there are still currently no plans to hire these librarians back despite the overwhelming public outrage. The library board of directors has broken the public's trust. Westland patrons and staff deserve so much better.

Protest begins at 6:15.
Library board meeting begins at 7:00pm.

More details coming soon!


https://www.facebook.com/events/409263289434632/

Friday, April 7, 2017

Sunday in Cass Park with our Friends and the Forgotten Worker

Sunday in Cass Park with our Friends and the Forgotten Worker. A cold, rainy wind is blowing with pounding thunder in the distance and a chance of snow in the forecast. Rough on those with little shelter. Sunday is forecast to be near seventy and a better day to greet our friends from around the park with a good meal, some clothing, the needed things and some friendship. Easter Sunday is a week away, so feel free to bring some seasonal treats for the young ones. 
Looking forward to another Sunday in the Park

https://www.facebook.com/events/1650879648552270/

April Monthly Branch Meeting

The Detroit GMB Branch Monthly Meeting will be held on April 26th 2016 from 7:00 PM ET to 8:30 PM ET, with dues collection beginning at 6:30 PM ET. It will be held at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 1950 Trumbull, Detroit MI, on the corner of Michigan Ave. and Trumbull. The meeting will be in the kitchen, enter through the red door off of the parking lot.

As always, our meetings are open to all workers, but only members in good standing may have voice and vote.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1464317776943281/

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Sunday in Cass Park with our Friends and the Forgotten Worker

Spring forward! I don't want to when the temps are still freezing. I want that hour of sleep. But, that is what is in store for this Sunday. It doesn't change the needs people have around Cass Park and it doesn't change our need to be with our friends. We will once again prepare a good hot meal to share with those that come out to visit with us.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1846337605653966/

Sunday, February 26, 2017

March Monthly Branch Meeting

The Detroit GMB Branch Monthly Meeting will be held on March 22nd 2016 from 7:00 PM ET to 8:30 PM ET, with dues collection beginning at 6:30 PM ET. It will be held at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 1950 Trumbull, Detroit MI, on the corner of Michigan Ave. and Trumbull. The meeting will be in the kitchen, enter through the red door off of the parking lot.

As always, our meetings are open to all workers, but only members in good standing may have voice and vote.


https://www.facebook.com/events/381516052232671/