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Low-Wage Workers, Top-Down Unions: A striking Subway worker addresses march in Seattle.


Further highlighting the absence of bottom-up organizing in this campaign has been SEIU’s tight control over media surrounding the protests. During a day of strikes in New York City on April 4, an interview Waging Nonviolence conducted with a young Wendy’s employee in Brooklyn was cut short when an SEIU staffer intervened. Reporters, along with a striker who had just decided to join the protest that morning, were informed that only participants with authorization were allowed to speak to the press. Reporters who wanted to talk with a worker were told to attend another rally later that day, when designated spokespeople would be present. Activists who had come out to support the strike in New York reported similar instances of conversations with workers interrupted by union staffers who wanted to make sure the activists were not representatives of the media.
At a national conference involving fast-food workers and campaigners in Detroit last month, blogger and labor activist Adam Weaver reported that participants arrived to discover that plans for the August 29 strike had already been devised by SEIU in advance. The conference, he reported, was little more than a “pep rally.” One worker told Weaver that participants began to speculate that “maybe this isn’t our movement” but SEIU’s.

Low-Wage Workers, Top-Down Unions: A striking Subway worker addresses march in Seattle.

Further highlighting the absence of bottom-up organizing in this campaign has been SEIU’s tight control over media surrounding the protests. During a day of strikes in New York City on April 4, an interview Waging Nonviolence conducted with a young Wendy’s employee in Brooklyn was cut short when an SEIU staffer intervened. Reporters, along with a striker who had just decided to join the protest that morning, were informed that only participants with authorization were allowed to speak to the press. Reporters who wanted to talk with a worker were told to attend another rally later that day, when designated spokespeople would be present. Activists who had come out to support the strike in New York reported similar instances of conversations with workers interrupted by union staffers who wanted to make sure the activists were not representatives of the media.

At a national conference involving fast-food workers and campaigners in Detroit last month, blogger and labor activist Adam Weaver reported that participants arrived to discover that plans for the August 29 strike had already been devised by SEIU in advance. The conference, he reported, was little more than a “pep rally.” One worker told Weaver that participants began to speculate that “maybe this isn’t our movement” but SEIU’s.

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