A Troublemaker's Handbook 2: How to Fight Back Where You by Jane Slaughter

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I told her, 'This machine is running scrap. ' She insisted that I run it. ' In other words, 1 wanted her to put it in writing. ' ''That put the ball in my court. 'Fine,' I said. 'I will run scrap under direct order, but get my committeeman [steward], because I have to get it documented that you ordered me to run a machine that is producing scrap. '" Then Shotwell proceeded to run the machine as ordered. Sure enough, the machine produced scrap. " When the committeeman came, Shotwell showed him examples ofthe scrap and got it documented that he had been ordered by the supervisor to continue operating.

When a group publishes a newsletter that does all of the above, in effect it's devel­ oping a new leadership for the local. Those who work together to put out such a newsletter become a team that is well-informed, has clear ideas, and develops a reputa­ tion as fighters for the members. In a local that is very badly run, a rank-and-file newsletter can be one of the only ways that members find out what's going on and have a sense of unionism at all. Why a newsletter in the computer age? Why not just a website?

A new approach was needed. Union leaders thought, if people aren't going to wildcat but they are really angry, why not fire the bosses so people can go to work in peace? The trigger for action occurred when Dennis Dorey, a temporary worker still waiting for permanent employ­ ment after four years, was flIed. Dorey had driven his kids a few blocks home in his mail van. Admittedly, he violated the rules. The question was whether he deserved to be fired, since in other parts of the country Canada Post routinely allowed people to take mail vans home and occasionally use them for personal reasons.

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