New developments in the IWW Sisters’ Camelot Canvass Union (SCCU) campaign: Sisters’ Camelot working with scabs; management pays missing wages but withholds basic documents to verify accuracy; NLRB finds merit with more Unfair Labor Practices.
1. Sisters’ Camelot Working With Scabs
On May 22 a scab was found canvassing for Sisters’ Camelot in Saint Paul. The scab was not directly confronted; rather striking union canvassers engaged potential supporters at the door to clarify that Sisters’ Camelot is involved in a labor dispute and the scab canvasser is participating in strike-breaking behavior. The scab immediately called the police on the union members and claimed they were harassing her.
The scab canvasser was Amy Lynn (also known by many as Crazy Amy), a past Sisters’ Camelot canvasser who had been fired twice by the organization– once in 2008, and again in 2011 after being given a chance to return to her previous position.
Scab canvasser Amy Lynn was quoted in a public Facebook forum on May 25th stating, “I’m not a class traitor. I come from a very wealthy family of business owners.”
2. Management Pays Missing Wages But Withholds Basic Documents To Verify Accuracy
On Monday, May 27th the management of Sisters’ Camelot agreed to mail checks to 8 canvassers they say received online donations for the period of October 2012 through February 2013. The union is asking for access to documentation to verify the figures that the collective management provided. This documentation includes a printout of all information regarding online donations from October 2012 through February 2013, all canvasser callbacks, and all canvass master maps.
The canvassers are worried that the collective management did not thoroughly cross-check callbacks to online donations. They say the amounts are unusually low for year-end donations, a time during which many people traditionally donate for the tax incentive. Furthermore, according to the information provided by the collective each of the 8 canvassers are only owed donations from one “turf,” although many turfs were canvassed during that time period. Also, the fired canvasser– who worked the most and typically received high volumes of online donations– received zero donations according to the information provided. Both these scenarios are highly suspicious.
The SCCU would like to remind the public that the collective stated in the past that “the accusation of ‘wage theft’ by the Sisters’ Camelot Collective is without merit,” directly contradicting the fact that they only recently paid wages that were owed months ago. Clearly they are capable of duplicitous behavior, and only provided those wages to the canvassers after heavy public pressure. The SCCU would like to thank those who stood up for the canvassers’ rights, and is asking for continued support to allow them access to the documentation.
3. NLRB Finds Merit With More Unfair Labor Practices
On Friday, May 17 the NLRB announced that they found merit with more Unfair Labor Practice filings made by the IWW. The NLRB decided it was illegal when management publicly offered easier access to their existing decision-making process (the collective) as an alternative to negotiating with the union. The NLRB also decided it was illegal when management later publicly offered concessions to several issues related to the union’s demands outside of negotiation. Lastly, the NLRB decided that management acted illegally when it attempted to use pre-existing channels (such as the collective process) in place of formal negotiations.