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
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.