Stella D’Oro Workers Win


Sometimes David does beat Goliath. Or lets the giant know it’s been in a fight. On strike and locked out for more than 11 months, 134  Bronx, N.Y. bakery workers—almost all new immigrants from Latin America—employed at the last Stella D’Oro bakery in the nation won a June 30 Administrative Law Judge decision forcing management to call them back to work at their previous salaries and benefit scale. The fight’s not over, though, as they return without a new contract and in the face of a corporate threat to close the plant within 90 days and relocate it, presumably out of state.

In announcing the projected closing, company managers cried poor-mouth blaming the national recession for an inability to offer the same level of wages and benefits it provided in better times.

The newly returned strikers are mulling over their possibilities, ranging from a second NLRB challenge and locating a new buyer to organizing a workers cooperative. And the lesson of last year’s successful Chicago window-plant occupation runs through their minds, as it does to management and local police.


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Revolution at the Crossroads: Igniting the Socialist Resistance Against Trump

February 17, 2017 · $20.00 USD

Location: MayDay Space
Where: 176 St Nicholas Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
When: Friday, February 17th at 6 PM to Sunday, February 19th to 4 PM

Political Context

This Presidents’ Day weekend, the Young Democratic Socialists will gather for our annual winter conference in New York City titled Revolution at the Crossroads: Igniting the Socialist Resistance Against Trump. We did not choose the name lightly. In doing so, we call for leftists to collectively confront Trump and Trumpism at every possible opportunity. When a Trump administration attempts mass deportations of undocumented workers, when it attempts to register Muslims or roll back worker protections, when it attempts to take away reproductive, LGTBQ, civil, or any other rights, then we must militantly resist to prevent such measures.

To succeed, this must be explicitly socialist resistance. With liberalism having repeatedly shown itself incapable of combating the far right, it is now the time for socialists to openly declare our place in building the mass, multi-racial, and working class movement necessary for defeating the Trump administration. In this struggle, millennials will play an outsized role. That is why this conference comes at such a critical time—together we must create spaces for democratic and strategic discussion, spaces to gain organizing skills, and most importantly, spaces to form networks of young radicals for the future struggles ahead. These spaces will only come together if socialists come together. Join us this Presidents Weekend and help ignite the movement to defeat the Trump administration, continue the political revolution, and build the socialist alternative.

Key Deadlines

  • January 8th: Travel Scholarship for Air Travel (for application see below)
  • January 15th: Travel Scholarship for Non-Air Travel (ex: bus, car, train, etc.)
  • February 3rd: Early Bird Registration Ends - Tickets prices go up from $5 to $10
  • February 10th: Free Housing - We have limited free housing. You need to first register, then you will be sent an application for free housing.

Apply for a travel scholarship here! (First Deadline January 8, 2017)

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