IU650 Locked Out–Urgent Phone Zap June 14

ACTION ALERT: PHONE ZAP TO SUPPORT LOCKED OUT IWW WORKERS

In support of locked out fellow workers in IU650 at Grassroots Campaigns, Inc. in Seattle, we are calling on all Wobblies and friends to participate in a phone zap of GCI’s headquarters! We would like folks to call between 9am and 5pm East Coast time, 6am-2pm West Coast.

GCI canvassers fundraise on the street for a variety of “progressive” causes. The company though, is the very model of exploitation under capitalism, with brutal turnover, low wages and benefits, and blatant union busting. IU650 has waged a formidable fight since going public in February, winning several initial demands and spreading the union to New Orleans. We even have a contract that was signed by local management but which has not been recognized by the corporate office.

Following a successful 12 hour sit-in this past Friday to demand better training and onboarding for new hires plus policies given in writing, the company has retaliated by locking out its Seattle workers.

We would like our supporters to call GCI’s headquarters and demand that they end the lockout and honor the contract.

Phone Numbers, Emails, and Social Media

(617) 423-0431, info@grassrootscampaigns.com – National Admin
(617) 830-7986, lowen@grassrootscampaigns.com – Laurie Owen (General Counsel and Chief Union Buster)
(860) 575-0941, sking@grassrootscampaigns.com – Steve King (Assistant National Director)
(617) 542-0830 – GCI Payroll
(617) 388-7800 – GCI Recruitment
(617) 388-7882 – Central Field Office
(203) 249-3324 – Bill Baker (National Director)
(617) 830-7982 – Chelsea Nkrumah (Legal Assistant and Union Buster)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grassrootscampaignsinc/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/grassrootsc

Sample Script

Hello. My name is __________. (first name is fine)

I am calling about the unionized workers at the Seattle branch of GCI. I understand that they have engaged in legally protected organizing activities to improve their workplace conditions. It has come to my attention that the workers have since faced a lock out in direct retaliation to union organizing, which is a gross violation of federal and state labor laws. I demand that GCI ends the lock out of GCI employees and resume operations in Seattle.

I also want to remind you that GCI has a financial and legal obligation to honor the contract that was signed by your company and the workers.

There is no good reason for GCI retaliating in this way. Your company has engaged in illegal, union-busting actions, and the actions of GCI workers were done in good faith to improve their working conditions.

End the lock out now. Thank you for your time.

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