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IWW Settles with Vittoria Trattoria

July 15th, 2013 by pmoore

Ottawa-Outaouais General Membership Branch
Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)

MEDIA RELEASE

July 15, 2013

For Immediate Release

IWW SETTLES WITH VITTORIA TRATTORIA

OTTAWA—The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) reached an agreement with the owner of Vittoria Trattoria in the case of Fellow Worker David Wightman. The IWW picketed the restaurant on July 9 and 10.

“The agreement is satisfactory to both parties and we have agreed to not discuss its terms further,” said Ahmed Hertani, an IWW representative.

Arbitrary firings and disrespect for the Employment Standards Act are major problems in Ottawa. Service industry employment standards need to be raised for servers and other staff that depend on gratuities to make a living. Organizing a union is the best way to achieve lasting improvements and defend against management abuse.

“Wage theft is a growing trend among bosses who decide to not pay some or all of the wages, severance pay and other benefits earned by their employees. Workers such as David can win these fights when they unite and take action,” said Hertani.

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For more information, please send an email to info@ottawaiww.org

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VITTORIA TRATTORIA FIRING UNFAIR, MUST NEGOTIATE WITH THE IWW OR FACE BOYCOTT

July 10th, 2013 by admin

Ottawa-Outaouais General Membership Branch
Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)
MEDIA RELEASE
July 9, 2013
For Immediate Release

VITTORIA TRATTORIA FIRING UNFAIR

MUST NEGOTIATE WITH THE IWW OR FACE BOYCOTT

OTTAWA—The Industrial Workers of the World are picketing Vittoria Trattoria (William Street location) to defend a member unfairly fired on May 18, 2013.

After two years on the job, our member spoke up to demand fair treatment for his co-workers and to improve health and safety standards at the restaurant.

In response, Vittoria Trattoria summarily fired him. The manager did not give our member two weeks notice nor was he paid two weeks’ termination pay as required by the Employment Standards Act. His response to legitimate workplace concerns was to fire the worker and intimidate by example the restaurant’s remaining employees.

The IWW will continue to picket the restaurant to demand fair treatment for our member and for all Vittoria Trattoria employees. Our member is not the only worker who has faced this unacceptable behaviour.

The IWW is calling on Ottawans to not cross our picket line and to respect a boycott of both the William Street and Rivergate Way restaurants until management meets with our union to negotiate in good faith and to respond in a fair and meaningful way to our settlement offer.

Arbitrary firings and disrespect for the Employment Standards Act is rampant in Ottawa. Furthermore, wage theft is a growing trend among bosses who decide to not pay some or all of the wages, severance pay and other benefits earned by their employees. Workers can win these fights when they unite and take action.

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For more information, please contact Heather Bostelaar, IWW Organizer, 613-618-9459

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Ottawa Police, City must stop harassing panhandlers

May 1st, 2013 by admin

 

POLICE, CITY MUST STOP HARASSING PANHANDLERS

MAY DAY NEWS RELEASE

May 1, 2013

Ottawa—The Ottawa Panhandlers Union of the Industrial Workers of the World is calling on the Ottawa Police Service and the politicians at City Hall to stop harassing and intimidating panhandlers.

It is time for Ottawans to stand up for this city’s panhandlers. The police continue to use the Safe Streets Act as a tool to sweep the streets, making it more difficult for panhandlers who are trying to simply get by, day by day.

We are urging our members and the public to watch out for police officers who are pulling the following tricks:

Threatening Tickets Citing Irrelevant Bylaws

Police officers are telling panhandlers in the Market area that they are going to issue them tickets using Byward Market Bylaw 2008-449. We’ve read the bylaw and it only applies to vendors; not panhandlers who do not sell anything.

Pressuring business staff and owners to complain about panhandlers

Police are entering businesses in order to solicit complaints from owners and staff about panhandlers on the street nearby. Fortunately, many business owners and staff resist the police pressure to file a complaint. We thank them for their efforts. Police should stop this tactic immediately; it’s not their job to make up complaints so they can harass our members and people on the street.

The Ottawa Panhandlers Union finds these tactics of misinformation and harassment unacceptable. The police should know better.

We urge Ottawans to write their city councillors and the Ottawa Police Service to let them know what they think of this behaviour.

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The Ottawa Panhandlers Union was formed in 2004 as a way for people on the street to unite, help each other and defend against police, municipal and provincial attacks. For more information or to get involved with the Ottawa Panhandlers Union, email opu@ottawaiww.org.

 

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Industrial Worker – Issue #1754, April 2013

April 12th, 2013 by pmoore

Headlines:

* Wobblies Organize, Strike At Nonprofit In Minneapolis

* Grand Rapids Call Center Workers Win Union Election

* 100 Million Workers Go On General Strike In India

Features:

* When Child Care Workers Fought Back

* Special: Requiem For A Campaign

* OBU & Horizontal Worker Cooperatives In Texas

 

Available for just $2 at the following Ottawa stores:

Britton’s Westboro
352 Richmond Road
Ottawa, ON K2A 0E8, Canada
(613) 729-0551

Globe Mags & Cigars
57 William St
Ottawa, ON K1N 6Z9
(613) 241-7274

Mags & Fags
254 Elgin St
Ottawa, ON K2P 1L9 Canada
(613) 233 9651

Want back issues? Email ott-out@iww.org if you need others or check www.iww.org/projects/IW for PDF versions.

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Industrial Worker – Issue #1753, March 2013

March 21st, 2013 by pmoore

Headlines:
* Solidarity Greetings for International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month
* IWW Workers Fight Wage Theft, Abuse At Portland Restaurant
* Grand Rapids Call Center Goes Wobbly
* Factory In Greece Under Workers’ Control

Features:
* How Can Your IWW Branch Fight Patriarchy?
* Special: Women’s Struggles Celebrated Through Song
* Analysis: Anti-Assimilation, Radical Queer Tendencies & Class Struggle

Available for just $2 at the following stores:

Britton’s Westboro
352 Richmond Road
Ottawa, ON K2A 0E8, Canada
(613) 729-0551

Globe Mags & Cigars
57 William St
Ottawa, ON K1N 6Z9
(613) 241-7274

Mags & Fags
254 Elgin St
Ottawa, ON K2P 1L9 Canada
(613) 233 9651

Want back issues? Email ott-out@iww.org if you need others or check www.iww.org/projects/IW for PDF versions.

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