Geoff Carens geoff.carens at gmail.com
Fri Mar 14 05:37:47 PDT 2014

Dear All,

Immediately after agreeing to pay four IWW strikers for illegally firing
them, and promising not to retaliate against workers for union activity,
Insomnia Cookies has suspended IWW Organizer Tasia Edmonds for an entire
month without pay on flimsy pretexts. You're invited to take action against
this outrageous act of union-busting by the boutique cookie business. IWW's
and allies will picket Insomnia's Boston location, 708 Comm Ave, this
evening (Friday) starting at 7 pm. The store is very close to the BU East
stop on the Green Line's B train. Please come if you can! The Facebook
event is here <https://www.facebook.com/events/604465696296628/>.

Please also email the company any time at pfs at serveubrands.com, and call
CEO Seth Berkowitz at 877 632-6654. Suggested message: "It is intolerable
that IWW Organizer Tasia Edmonds has been suspended without pay for her
union activity. Please take immediate action to bring Tasia back to work,
and compensate her for any loss in pay. Union-busting is disgusting!" To
help Tasia with her living expenses, please contribute
Watch Tasia speak about the IWW and conditions at Insomnia

*Background: *Tasia went public with her union affiliation on December 7.
She has been building the union in her store. In February, a new manager
began harassing her about her union membership. On March 9, Tasia was told
she has been suspended without pay for a month! The union has filed Unfair
Labor Practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). An
IWW organizing drive began at Insomnia in August after 4 workers
spontaneously went on strike. Their demands included $15/hr, health care,
and a union, and they were immediately fired. Despite recently promising to
give about $4,000 in back pay to the strikers, and post a notice pledging
not to retaliate against workers for union activity, Insomnia is apparently
still determined to crush the union drive. The union is even more
determined to get justice for Tasia and her co-workers! Please help however
you can.

In Solidarity,

Geoff for the Industrial Workers of the World

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