Portland IWW retail workers stand in solidarity with Powell's workers.
The membership of the Portland IWW retail/general distribution workers Industrial Organizing Committee (IOC 660) stands in complete solidarity with the workers represented by ILWU Local #5 of Powell's Bookstores, Inc. Our Committee, comprised of workers from several facets of the retail world, recognizes a common struggle with our fellow workers from Powell's against worker exploitation. IOC 660 has noted how Powell's management has continually proceeded in a pattern of employee intimidation against union activists, and how it has often times unfairly punished Powell's workers under the pretense that "well, the union's rules make us have to do it."
The IWW IOC 660 would like to extend our greatest feelings of solidarity to Powell's rank and file workers. We recognize that standing up to the boss and demanding more, especially in this time of supposed economic recession, requires great courage and love for everyone who you work with. In our own workplaces, IWW members struggle with this reality everyday, so we know how hard it can be to pull people together.
Our hope is that Powell's workers realize that they are not alone, and that IWW members are ready and willing to support them.
So, as an open invitation to the floor workers of all Powell's locations, and the Administration of ILWU Local #5, the Portland IWW IOC 660 would like to offer our services in solidarity, should any need arise. Our group will help to mobilize membership to attend any action that is called for.
Portland IWW Industrial Organizing Committee 660
Retail and General Distribution Workers