ASOL VS. Belly General I
Belly General Store has not met our demands - that E. be paid what she is owed within 48 hours as well as explanation on the money missing from the lackluster paycheck she did receive.
Today, Monday, April 25, we begin our mobilizing campaign.
For starters, we went out to Belly during the lunch rush and passed out fliers to everyone who walked by. A few people stopped and talked to us about it and even more people walked away closely examining the harrowing facts on the sheet.
At one point, an employee came out to yell at us on behalf of her bosses’ interests: she told us that we could not pass out fliers to people walking by and that she was going to call the cops if we didn’t leave. Naturally, we laughed - encouraged now, if not a bit confused.
If E. is not paid by the end of the day, we will continue mobilization tomorrow with further escalation.
We would love for you to help.
12:27 pm • 14 September 2011
Demand-Letter Delivery to Belly
On Friday, at roughly 7:30pm, E. and 9 other ASOLers went to Key Lime Pie Hair Salon to deliver a demand letter to the manager of Belly General Store.
The letter delivery went smooth and was, we feel, crucially effective at getting the attention of the bosses.
The letter describes the dissatisfaction E. feels with the mistreatment from management and demands that she be paid all she is owed within 48 hours, as well as an explanation about the mysterious “-$98” that appeared on the only paycheck she did receive (which was $563 short) - she hasn’t filled out tax forms, so where did this money go?
9 people show up in less than 30 minutes notice to help someone fight their boss? Very inspiring.
12:26 pm • 14 September 2011
ASOL Vs. Belly General Store
The Atlanta Solidarity Network has decided to take on our first fight!
E., a cook at Belly General Store, came to ASOL because she had not been paid in her whole first month of employment.
After weeks of complaints and attempts to resolve the issue in person, email, and phone E. was finally paid….but only for her first week of employment!
They did not pay her for the first pay period, and nobody at the store got paid at the end of the second pay period until 4 days late.
The paycheck E. did receive had a strange”-$98” at the bottom of it - ostensibly for taxes, but the store hasn’t even had E. file tax information yet! Where is that money going?
Belly General Store does not provide employees with a schedule; everyone is expected to be on-call 7 days a week.
We are prepared to fight this mistreatment and we would love for you to help!
12:24 pm • 14 September 2011
The Atlanta Solidarity Network seeks to defend both workers and tenants in the Greater Atlanta area against economic exploitation.
We are passionately committed to ensuring the integrity and well-being of the working people, a class with which most of us in the network identify. We have no tolerance for businesses that union bust, discriminate across gender/sexual orientation/race lines, or pay their employees anything less than a living wage. We have no tolerance for anyone having to settle for substandard living conditions or suffering the constant fear of eviction. Of course, what we take to be intolerable is terribly widespread.
We thus recognize the need for direct action, and we have no time to fret over the trivial inconveniences that the ruling class may experience in the fight for social justice. We are not violent, but we are not acquiescent. We do not speak the jaded language of our oppressors—we will impose a new discourse. We do not operate under the anti-humanist set of practices of our oppressors—we will impose a new way of living.
We advocate horizontally organized workers councils, and we will push as far as we can to reach this objective. We advocate a world without slumlords—a world without rich landowners amassing more wealth simply by sitting on the wealth they’ve already stolen from us. We will push as far as we can for affordable housing and egalitarian living communities.
The Atlanta Solidarity Network desires to be inclusive as possible, so long as potential members and affiliates understand both the radical and dire nature of our goals. Aside from direct action tactics and demonstrations, we desire help in the ways of education, community building and legal council. The Atlanta Solidarity Network expects to grow rapidly, in both strength and numbers.
There is a specter haunting Atlanta.
12:23 pm • 14 September 2011
The Atlanta Solidarity Network is now using Tumblr instead of the old atlsolidaritynetwork.blogspot.com
12:22 pm • 14 September 2011