30 December 2015

Screaming Queens! A Film by Susan Stryker.

Location, Date & Time

Friday, January 22 @ 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Spartacus Books
3378 Findlay Street (Vancouver)

Event Info

IWW member, political prisoner, and trans activist Marius Mason requests that we help make January 22nd become a National Day of Support for Trans Prisoners.

This will be the first ever National Day of Support for Trans Prisoners!

The Vancouver branch of the IWW will screen a documentary about the trans women who fought police harassment at Compton’s Cafeteria in San Francisco’s Tenderloin in 1966. We will also collect donations for a local trans organization.

Admission by donation (five dollars requested cover). No one will be turned away for lack of funds or other effects of capitalist predation.

This event welcomes transgender, gender-variant, and intersex people and their friends and supporters. Transphobia is never acceptable.


Accessibility info

  • Front door: 42” wide, handle height 39.5”, door swings out to the street
  • First doorway into back space: 34.75” wide, no door
  • Second doorway into further-back back space: 34.5” wide, no door
  • Bathroom door: 29” wide, handle height 36”, door swings into bathroom
  • Space between bathroom door to toilet: 42”
  • Space between toilet edge and opposite wall: 35”
  • Toilet height: 14”
  • Sink height: 31”
  • Dimensions of bathroom: 60” x 59.5”

21 June 2015

Notice: Updated Monthly Branch Meeting Schedule

Please note that we've updated our monthly branch meeting schedule.  Starting in July, meetings will be held on the fifth day of the month, at 7:00 pm, at Spartacus Books (3378 Findlay Street, Vancouver).

12 May 2015

Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ) Fights to Improve Working Conditions at Sakuma Brothers Farm

The IWW Whatcom-Skagit GMB is raising awareness of the poor working conditions endured by the members of Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ) at Sakuma Brothers Farms.  They write:

For decades now, the farm workers at Sakuma Brothers berry farm in Skagit County have endured inadequate housing, systematic wage theft, and racist abuse from supervisors, among many other problems. In the summer of 2013, the farmworkers at Sakuma Brothers Farms went on strike and formed a union, Familias Unidas por la Justicia, of over 450 indigenous Triqui and Mixteco berry pickers. After a series of strikes there was a written agreement between Sakuma and FUJ. However, Sakuma reneged on their word to the workers. After Sakuma broke promises they made during a negotiation session, the farm workers of Familias Unidas por la Justicia voted to endorse a public boycott of Sakuma, Driscoll’s berries and Haagen-Dazs ice cream (both are major buyers/packers of Sakuma berries) until the labor dispute is resolved and the workers have a contract recognizing their union. 
The workers want a fair wage, health insurance, and respect on the job. In court, Familias Unidas has been recognized as a union with the right to organize and represent workers collectively. They have won landmark victories, including a settlement in which workers were collectively paid $500,000 in back wages and two rulings preventing Sakuma from changing their housing and hiring policies illegitimately. On the farm itself they have won several gains, such as the ability to take lunch breaks. However, these gains on the farm are now slipping as they have in the past. On February 3rd a farm workers tribunal took place in Olympia and members of FUJ spoke to state legislators about wage theft and working conditions at Sakuma Brothers Farm. The tribunal is an independent hearing by community judges that examines and provides judgments relative to human rights, labor rights, and civil rights abuses and the rights of peoples. The Farmworker Tribunal seeks to document and expose violations of state laws, civil rights, labor rights and human rights in Washington State’s Agricultural Industries. On March 17th in Toppenish the Washington State Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case (Demetrio et al. v. Sakuma Brothers Farms). This case will decide whether farm workers who are paid piece rate should also be compensated for rest breaks, as are wage workers in Washington State. The decision in this case will impact all Washington farm workers.

More info: http://boycottsakumaberries.com/campaign-updates/

18 April 2015

Upcoming Event: IWW Educational Workshp

The branch will be sponsoring an educational workshop on the IWW in British Columbia.  The educational will include a presentation and discussion, on new labour history lessons, that focus on the IWW in BC.

Location: Spartacus Books (3378 Findlay St.) This event is free of charge. Everyone is welcome.

Time: Sunday May 3rd, 3pm