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CTUL Hunger Strike outside Minneapolis Cub Foods ends June 1

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Today, June 1, 2011, the 12-day hunger strike ended and Cub Foods stores in Minneapolis, Minnesota knows the seriousness of the workers united. CTUL eagerly anticipates the management's reaction to the continuing letters and questions that have been coming in from the public. When will the stores have a meeting with the workers?

CTUL asks that the public call CEO Keith Wyche to tell him of continued support for the boycott of Cub Foods:

651-439-7200 - Please see www.ctul.net for more updates.

Wisconsin: For a General Strike Now!

The Internationalist
March 2011

Defeat Governor’s Legislative Coup d’État

Wisconsin: For a General Strike Now!

Break with the Democrats, Republicans and All Capitalist Parties!

Build a Class-Struggle Workers Party!

A law challenging the very existence unions of government workers has just been rammed through the legislature in Wisconsin. In addition, wages have been slashed by up to 10 percent to make up for cuts to health insurance and pensions. The labor movement and workers nationwide and internationally are vividly aware of the stakes. There has been a lot of talk in the last three weeks about a general strike. The Wisconsin South Central Labor Federation even voted to authorize one. But now that the moment of truth has arrived, the union bureaucrats have gotten cold feet. They are doing everything to prevent strike action and instead to divert anger at this vicious law into a drive to recall Republican senators. To be replaced by whom? The Democrats’ “alternative” budget bill would also have drastically slashed wages and benefits.

We have said from the outset that “It will take nothing less than a statewide general strike to defeat labor hater Walker.” But we warned , “union leaders block militant action as they chain workers to the Democrats” (The Internationalist leaflet, 18 February). There should be no delay: this is the hour for powerful labor action. For a general strike to shut down Wisconsin now!

Momentum Builds for Jimmy John's Workers Union With Tip Jar Action, Union Election in the Works

A historic fight for unionization is going on in the Twin Cities.  The majority of workers at an entire local Jimmy John's Franchise--10 stores located in Minneapolis and St. Louis Park--have formed a union with the IWW and are fighting for a list of improvements like paid sick days, guaranteed hours, job security, fair raises, and an affordable health care option.

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First in Nation, Jimmy Johns Sandwich Workers Join Union to Increase Minimum Wage Pay

Update: Upcoming Events--Saturday, 5pm: "Bike against the boss" event starting in Loring Park at 5pm and ending in Uptown around 7pm. Monday, 3pm: Labor Day rally at University and Pleasant (U of M Knoll area), featuring performance artists Guante and I Self Devine.

Fast Food Chain Rocked by Work Stoppages in Sign of Mounting Economic Frustration among US Workers

Press Conference and Rally: 4pm September 2, Block E Jimmy Johns, Minneapolis

Puerto Rico: Beatings at the Sheraton

The Internationalist
May 2010

“Shock Force” Riot Police Assault Students and Workers

Puerto Rico: Beatings at the Sheraton

 Xavier Araújo/El Nuevo Día)
The militarized Shock Force of the Puerto Rican Police threw demonstrators to the ground, beat them with riot clubs and sprayed them with tear gas and pepper spray at the Sheraton Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on the evening of May 20. (Photo: Xavier Araújo/El Nuevo Día)

From our correspondent

SAN JUAN, May 20 – This evening, there was a picket of several hundred students of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) and workers from a number of sectors, including port workers, university professors and many others. The picket was held in front of a fancy fundraising dinner for businessmen where Governor Luis Fortuño was to give a speech.

When several dozen students entered the luxurious restaurant of the Sheraton Hotel in the Convention Center where the event was being held and tried to go up to where the privatizing, anti-worker governor was scheduled to speak, the notorious Fuerza de Choque (Shock Force) riot squad of the Puerto Rican Police poured in and savagely beat the students, spraying pepper gas in their faces and in some cases directly into their eyes.

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