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Strike at Insomnia Cookies, Harvard Square

19 Aug

Strike! Calling all Allies of Low-Wage Workers
Turn Out to Support Striking Workers at Insomnia Cookies!

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At 12:00 am on Sunday, August 18, the night shift at the Harvard Square Insomnia Cookies voted to initiate a strike for higher wages, healthcare, better job stability, and freedom to build a union. Insomnia Cookies, with around 30 locations in the Northeast and Midwest, caters to college students and runs late night deliveries of warm cookies and milk to dorm rooms. Still delivering cookies until 2:45 am, Insomnia workers who double-duty as bakers and cashiers receive only 9$ an hour, while “drivers,” who are expected to deliver cookies by bicycle within a half hour, receive only 5$ an hour plus tips. Neither receive healthcare, at a job where turnover is so high, the typical employee lasts only a few months. Insomnia workers have had enough, and they need your help if they can keep their jobs and achieve their goals.

Picketing, which began Sunday afternoon, will continue tomorrow, Tuesday, August 20 at noon. Workers will picket at noon on Wednesday and Thursday as well, and also hold a mass rally at 6pm Thursday evening. Workers will hold their picket at the Harvard Square location, 65 Mt Auburn St  Cambridge, MA 02138.
The company also plans to open a new location near Boston University at 708 Commonwealth Ave in the near future.

Check the Boston IWW website for updates: http://iwwboston.org/
From the Strikers:

Harvard Insomnia Strike Agreement

The following Employees of Insomnia Cookies hereby vote to go on Strike on August 18, 2013 at 12:00am.

Our Demands:

1) Higher Wages.

2.) Benefits to Include Health Care and Dental.

3.) Union Membership.

We stand in solidarity with all those low wage workers across the country who are oppressed and exploited.

Long Live the Workers Movement!

(signed by four workers, a shift leader, 2 bakers, and a driver).

For updates:
http://iwwboston.org/

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Cradle of Liberty Issue 3

5 Aug

Cradle of Liberty Issue 3

Hey all, check out my newest articles and other great 
news stories in the latest issue of The Cradle of Liberty:

We are proud to announce the release of Issue #3 of The Cradle of Liberty,
a Newsletter of Mass. Struggles. View it here:
Issue 3

Inside this issue:
-Somerville Passes Wage Theft Ordinance
-Bostonians Vent Anger at Martin’s Death, Zimmerman’s Acquittal, and
Violence in Their City
-Workers and Allies Demand Higher Minimum Wage
-Fighting for Workers’ Rights at Harvard University
-Activists Rally to Re-imagine Reproductive Justice
-MBTA Hikes Averted, But Taxes Raised in New State Budget
-Hyatt Agrees to Union Contract for Workers in Several Major Cities,
Boston Not Included

Check out our website to download the Web Version or the
Print Version –
Print out some copies!The Cradle of Liberty is an all volunteer run organization, we invite you
to print out some copies on 11×17 paper and help distribute the paper to
your friends, co-workers and around your community!