[act-ma] THU 8/29, 6 PM, SUPPORT STRIKING INSOMNIA COOKIES WORKERS!!
geoff.carens at gmail.com
Wed Aug 28 12:36:28 PDT 2013
Rally At 6pm This Thursday, August 29, Support Insomnia Cookie Workers on
As fast-food workers across the country join a national day of strikes on
August 29, striking workers at Insomnia Cookies in Harvard Square will
hold an evening rally in front of their store at 65 Mt Auburn St
Cambridge, MA, at 6pm, Thursday.
Four Insomnia workers decided to go on strike on Sunday, August 18, for
higher wages, benefits, and a union. They joined the Industrial Workers of
the World, set up picket lines and rallies, and have remained in the
streets for over a week. Excited by the wave of strikes at other fast food
chains, Insomnia workers look to participate in the national day of
strikes to support workers like them across the industry, lend solidarity
to other unionizing workers, and draw attention to their own cause.
Insomnia Cookies, with 30 locations in the US, caters to college students
and runs late night deliveries of cookies and milk to dorm rooms. Still
delivering cookies until 2:45 am, Insomnia workers who double-duty as
bakers and cashiers receive only 9$ an hour. “Drivers,” who are expected
to deliver cookies by bicycle within a half hour, receive only 5$ an hour
plus tips. Neither receive healthcare, at a job where turnover is so high,
the typical employee lasts only a month.
At 12:00 am on Sunday, August 18, the night shift at the Harvard Square
Insomnia Cookies voted to initiate a strike for higher wages, healthcare,
and freedom to build a union. All four were fired later that morning, and
one was threatened with a lawsuit. To win back their jobs, gain a living
wage, and build a union, Insomnia strikers are calling for your support.
Please join us at 6pm, Thursday evening - 65 Mt Auburn St Cambridge, MA,
for a mass rally.
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