Ottawa Police, City Must Stop Harassing Panhandlers

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.

Industrial Worker – Issue #1754, April 2013

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

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Ottawa, ON K1N 6Z9
(613) 241-7274

Mags & Fags
254 Elgin St
Ottawa, ON K2P 1L9 Canada
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Want back issues? Email ott-out@iww.org if you need others or check www.iww.org/projects/IW for PDF versions.

Industrial Worker – Issue #1753, March 2013

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

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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.

Ministry Issues Cheques For Unpaid Wages Case

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

February 20, 2013
For Immediate Release

OTTAWA—Fifteen months is a long time for workers depending on minimum wage to wait for justice.

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has issued cheques to IWW members Stephen Toth and Brandon Wallans, owed unpaid wages, in response to a long and arduous battle with a holdout employer.

“This satisfactory settlement is a message to other Ottawa employers that respecting their workers and paying them their wages is not optional,” said Ahmed, an IWW spokesperson.
Stephen and Brandon are very happy with the result and look forward to helping other workers defend their rights on the job and fight wage theft.

Wage theft is a growing trend among bosses who decide not to pay some or all of the wages earned by their employees. These thefts can be fought by workers most effectively when they unite and take action, not just through formal legal channels but also by hitting the picket lines.

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

Industrial Worker – Issue #1749, October 2012

Headlines:
* For The Works: Report From The 2012 IWW General Convention
* Solidarity With Murdered South African Miners
* Prisoners Stage Hunger Strike In North Carolina

Features:
* The NCAA: The Boss’s Dream, The Worker’s Nightmare
* Workers’ Power: A Look At Wobblies And Unfair Labor Practices
* Class, Struggle And The State

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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

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Ottawa Panhandlers Union Street Artists at Can-Con 2012

Ottawa Panhandlers Union Street Artists at Can-Con 2012

Check out the street artists of the IWW Ottawa Panhandlers Union at this year’s Conference on Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Literature (www.can-con.org).

Laws and bylaws preventing artists from selling their work on the curbside are just another problem facing Ottawa’s artistic community.

Sept. 21 – 23, 2012
Best Western Plus Ottawa/Kanata Hotel & Conference Centre
1876 Robertson Road, Ottawa, ON
Entrance fee is $45 for Saturday and $15 for Sunday.

For more information about the Ottawa Panhandlers Union, visit www.ottawaiww.org or email ott-out@iww.org.

Industrial Worker – Issue #1748, September 2012

Industrial Worker – Issue #1748, September 2012

For the price of $2 at an Ottawa store, you can read the following stories and more!

Headlines:
* Work People’s College: Reviving An Old Tradition Of Educating IWW Agitators
* Milwaukee Pizza Factory Workers Strike
* Prisoners Stage Hunger Strike In North Carolina

Features:
* Self-Employment, Or The Illusion Of Freedom
* International Solidarity: Spotlight On Africa

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Ottawa, ON K2A 0E8, Canada
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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.

Industrial Workers of the World Declare Solidarity with the Quebec Student Strike!

Members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) across Canada stand in solidarity with students and workers across Québec who are taking a courageous stand against rising tuition fees and the government-backed capitalist attack on the working class in the age of austerity.

By refusing to go to school and by taking to the streets in the hundreds of thousands, Quebecois, including IWW members in Montréal, Sherbrooke and the Outaouais, are showing the rest of Canada that direct action really does get the goods.

The IWW calls on the police to stop attacking independent media in Quebec, such as Concordia University’s CUTV, as their live broadcasts and coverage are essential to democratic change.

The IWW also calls on the provincial government to repeal its new laws that outlaw free expression, free assembly and the rights of all Quebecois to defend their vision of the future of education. The government should listen and acknowledge the legitimacy of student demands and reply to them at the negotiation table instead of using legislation to end this conflict repressively in order to establish a false “social peace”.

The IWW Canadian Regional Organizing Committee (CANROC) encourages its members and branches to donate to student associations, such as the Association pour une Solidarité Syndicale Étudiante (ASSÉ), and independent media outlets, such as CUTV. The CANROC also urges its members to walk the picket lines and fill the streets in this struggle for education and freedom.

Ultimately, students, teachers and workers are now building a strong solidarity movement like never before. This powerful movement allows us to hope that one day the education system will be controlled by those who work, teach and study there so that the fruits of this labour provide universal benefit to social and human development rather than be enslaved to the logic of profit which benefit banks and capitalists of all kinds.

Find out more about the IWW in Canada online: IWW.ca

To join the IWW, contact the nearest delegate:

Montrèal
514-268-3394

Sherbrooke
819-349-9914

Quèbec
iww_quebec@riseup.net

Ottawa-Outaouais
ott-out@iww.org

LABOUR MINISTRY ORDERS CAMEO SALON (A.K.A HYPE SALON) TO PAY STOLEN WAGES

Ottawa-Outaouais General Membership Branch
Industrial Workers of the World
MEDIA RELEASE
May 11, 2012
For Immediate Release

OTTAWA— After months of picketing by the Ottawa-Outaouais Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and community allies, a very stubborn boss who has failed to pay her ex-workers has been issued two Orders to Pay Wages by the Ontario Ministry of Labour (Order # 80016401-OP and Order # 80016403-OP).

Cameo Salon & Spa Ltd., and the principal operating the business, Ms. Claudette Wilkinson Fagan, has been ordered to pay our members, Stephen Toth and Brandon Wallans, $1,211.52 and $1,769.56 respectively for hours worked at the minimum wage rate, plus 4% vacation pay. The decision, issued April 24, 2012, followed an investigation launched in late 2011 and a hearing with the parties held on March 29, 2012.

The Ministry’s investigation revealed violations of the Employment Standards Act and ordered payment of the stolen wages within 30 days of the date of the decision. The Ottawa-Outaouais IWW stresses that failure by the employer to comply with the Orders by the end of this period will be responded to with an immediate resumption of picketing of the Bank Street salon. Picketing will continue to highlight the salon’s labour practices as well as the growing trend of wage theft to the public, until such point that payment is made in trust to the Ministry or until the salon’s assets are seized and liquidated.

Ms. Fagan responded to one of the claims of wage theft by alleging that her career in hairdressing begun when “someone helped me”, “…presumably under a similar ‘no-wage’ arrangement”, as put in the decision by the Ministry following their investigation into Stephen Toth’s claim.

To the wage theft of Brandon Wallans, Ms. Fagan responded by stating that he chose to accompany his friend, Mr. Toth, while he was at the salon and that he “volunteered his services because he had nothing better to do”, a submission that was not accepted as credible by the investigator in his decision. This was in light of significant evidence provided by the union of an employment relationship, including that he had a business card, keys to the salon, attended staff meetings and that on at least one occasion closed the salon at the employer’s request.

The Ottawa-Outaouais IWW has heard excuses by wage-stealing bosses in the past. However, none have been as creatively constructed as Ms. Fagan’s.

Wage theft is a growing trend among bosses who decide to keep some or all of the wages a worker has earned. These thefts can be fought by workers most effectively when they unite and take action, both through formal legal channels as well as by hitting the picket lines.

The degree of police harassment of our picket lines and of our community allies is also unprecedented in this matter. Given the Ministry’s determination that Ms. Fagan and Cameo / Hype Salon have violated the Employment Standards Act, we call on the police to uphold the law for workers and not just for the bosses.

Finally, we call on members of the Ottawa Police Services to respect our constitutionally-protected rights of freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of association and to refrain from unlawfully harassing any IWW pickets in the future.

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

GDC Local 6: May is Write Political Prisoners Month

The IWW General Defense Committee Local 6 declares May to be Write Political Prisoners month!

We urge General Defense Committee members, IWW members and all members of the working class to send letters and cards to the political prisoners listed below, who are serving time for putting their politics on the frontline.

We urge everyone to write and let them know that we are out there for them because they are in jail for us. Organize a May letter writing session or just commit to writing one letter per week this month to a political prisoner.

Print this 2-page leaflet, GDC May Is Write Political Prisoners Month, and distribute it to your friends and organizations.

The General Defense Committee Local 6 is a regional defense group of the Industrial Workers of the World in Canada. For more information, contact gdc6@ottawaiww.org or visit www.ottawaiww.org.

Toronto G8/G20 Prisoners

Leah Henderson
Vanier Centre for Women
P.O.Box 1040
655 Martin Street
Milton, Ontario
L9T 5E6 Canada
Context: Leah Henderson – 14 month sentence for one count of Counseling to Commit Mischief. Sentence began on December 20th 2011. Leah is scheduled for release in June, 2012.

Amanda Hiscocks
Vanier Centre for Women
P.O.Box 1040
655 Martin Street
Milton, Ontario
L9T 5E6 Canada
Context: Mandy Hiscocks – 18 month sentence for one count of Counselling to Commit Mischief, and one count of Counselling to Obstruct Police. Sentence began on January 13th 2012. Mandy is scheduled for release in December 2012.

Greg Noltie-Rowley
Maplehurst Complex
PO Box 10
661 Martin St.
Milton, ON
L9T 2Y3
Context: Girr (nickname) was arrested in November of 2010 by the G20 Special Investigation Team for his alleged participation in the black bloc action. He was placed under house arrest in Rockwood, just outside of Guelph. He eventually had his conditions reduced to a curfew. Following his preliminary hearing, he pled guilty to one count of Mischief Under $5000, one count of Masked with Intent and one count of Public Nuisance. He was convicted on February 3rd, 2012 and is currently serving a nine month sentence. This is his first conviction.
More G20 prisoners’ info: http://guelphabc.noblogs.org/

Prisoners Who Need Our Support

Leonard Peltier #89637-132
USP-Lewisburg
US Penitentiary
PO Box 1000
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Context: http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/write.htm

Joseph Roger Clement (FPS-666866F)
Pittsburgh Institution
Highway 15, No. 3766
PO Box 4510
Kingston, Ontario
K7L 5E5
Context: Ottawa Movement Defense
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ottawa-Movement-Defense/

Marie Mason #04672-061
FMC Carswell
Federal Medical Center
P.O. Box 27137
Fort Worth, TX 76127
Note: Marie Mason has a list of 100 people she can write to. So people won’t get a letter back from her. Write her anyways!
Context: http://supportmariemason.org/about/