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MOTHER KALI'S BOOKS LOCKS OUT WOBBLIES (by Madrone)

Workers at Mother Kali's Books in Eugene, Oregon (one of the oldest
longstanding feminist bookstores in the United States) were locked out of
the shop on Jan. 29th, following an unfair labor practices filing with
the National Labor Relations Board. Mother Kali's workers are members of
IWW Industrial Union 660, and have been pursuing contract negotioation
MOTHER KALI'S BOOKS LOCKS OUT WOBBLIES (by Madrone)

Workers at Mother Kali's Books in Eugene, Oregon (one of the oldest
longstanding feminist bookstores in the United States) were locked out of
the shop on January 29th, following an unfair labor practices filing with
the National Labor Relations Board. Mother Kali's workers are members of
IWW Industrial Union 660, and have been pursuing contract negotioation
with the Mother Kali's Board of Directors for several months with no
response.

Like most independent (let alone feminist) bookstores, Mother Kali's has
it's share of financial struggles in a world of Amazon.com and Barnes and
Noble. That, however, is just the beginning of the troubles at Mother
Kali's. On January 23 the four workers at Mother Kali's Books received
notices from the Board of Directors that their jobs would be terminated as
of mid-February. A rally was held out side the store on January 27,
during a Board meeting where the staff announced that they had filed an
unfair labor practices claim.

The Board, who had already hired an new manager, did not take kindly
to the rally or the staff's assertivness, and held a meeting with the
staff on January 29 where they requested their keys and said the staff
would receive pay untill the time of the terminations.

The store was closed for a week for "rejuvination", according to a sign on
the door, and was reopened on February 7 for a short time, and then back
to regular hours on Monday, February 9. A picket was held at the store on
February 7 and February 9. Wobblies are going to continue to picket as
long as Mother Kali's continues to remain open with scab workers.
I am absolutely labor friendly (I am a laborer too). 13.Feb.2004 09:07

p

However, I would like to understand why the four workers were terminated before I can have an opinion on this issue.

Some more information 13.Feb.2004 10:07

Salmon Girl

I found these articles through a google search:

The Daily Emerald (UO)
 http://www.dailyemerald.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/02/03/401fbe87b2cac

Lane County IWW
 http://www.laneiww.org/05_17_03.html

Labor Wire (scroll down)
 http://www.joehilldispatch.org/archives/cat_organizing.php

yo, keep up the good fight, and keep updating us here on indymedia! 13.Feb.2004 10:28

pdx wob

we're with you! it's always unfortunate when an allegedly progressive business starts dicking around its workers. often, these struggles show what we already knew but don't always want to believe, that "the working class and the owning class have nothing in common". hopefully, y'all can take the place over and make it worker owned. that'll lower costs, make for better customer service, and give y'all something to be proud of. rock on!

good luck! 13.Feb.2004 23:04

powell's employee

hey ladies, good luck, keep up the fight---i'd be with ya if i wasnt fighting myself. :)

Ah, yes the Powells plight... 14.Feb.2004 00:54

Cheryl mokalsgurl

its interesting how i was in Portland several weeks ago with a friend and found all of these great books on Angela Davis and as i was walking to the checkout, I looked outside to see you folkz picketing the store. Needless to say I put the books down and left. Whoever thought that only a few weeks later our union would be invloved in labor struggles. We were thinking about using the "shopping" idea i read about. Folkz leave their books on the counter along with a message about unfair labor and walk away! We are getting great support! Any ideas? We're looking for mediators...but an example of the whole "power-over" thing; the Board of Directors took it upon themselves to meet with this mediation person w/o even asking for our input or whether we agreed with their choice, which i did not. Ok, anyway. Have you all gotten the store sanctioned? ask your union rep or steward about it.
take it easy

Thanx PDX Wobs! 14.Feb.2004 00:57

cheryl

Thank you for your support of our struggle, its good to hear from folkz in other places...
the email address of the store is  kali@efn.org

No feminist bookstores in NEW YORK CITY 21.Aug.2004 04:15

Gregory salgado. minerva@bilburg.com

In New York, The largest City in the USA , there are *NO* feminist bookstores. If you people do not want to work at Kali's , well get another job. I am sorry, but cant you find someone else to picket other than a feminist bookstore?