Thursday, January 29, 2009

[olympiaworkers] Jeff Monson on FRO Tonight at 8pm

Hi everyone,

I'm sure many of you have heard about what Jeff Monson has been up to
lately - he's been in the news a lot. A few months ago, he and I were
interviewed by ESPN Magazine that featured an article on him and his
political beliefs as an anarchist. For those who don't know Jeff he's an
anarchist, a member of the IWW and an ultimate cage fighter/professional
fighter. There was a picture of him in the ESPN magazine standing at the
Washington state capitol building at night near an anarchist circle-A that
was tagged on the building. He's being charged because of that picture and
the same prosecutor who helped convict and sentence Forest Student to 60
days for crimes that Forest did not commit on May Day last year is on
Jeff's case as well. (I have a hunch that that prosecutor doesn't like
anarchists too much.) NLG lawyer Legrande Jones is representing Jeff.

However, something happened last week in the Carolinas that landed Jeff in
jail. Jeff and his girlfriend had a dispute and Jeff was taken into
custody and charged with domestic violence (she told The Olympian
newspaper that Jeff grabbed her). I was very upset when I heard this and
concerned for her safety and wellbeing. Jeff is back in Olympia and I just
got off the phone with him. He claims that he never touched her and told
me he's a pacifist and would never do such a thing. Apparently, there are
other things The Olympian didn't mention in their reporting on the

I don't want to speak too much about this. I would like to get more
information from all sides of the story.

However, Jeff was given an opportunity to speak for himself by a dj on
Free Radio Olympia 98.5FM. There will be a live interview of Jeff tonight,
Thursday the 29th at 8:00pm (Pacific Standard Time). You can tune in on
the radio if you live in or nearby Olympia or you can visit FRO on the web
( and listen live from there. I'm not sure but there may
be an opportunity for call-in questions.

In struggle,

Some background information:

Monday, January 26, 2009

[olympiaworkers] Pizza Time Strike 4th Anniversary Feb 12th, 2009

Hey all, I'm wondering if anyone wants to get together for the 4th
anniversary of the Olympia Pizza Time strike?


[olympiaworkers] Lacey Pizza Time employees ordered to work in the cold

Lacey Pizza Time employees ordered to work in the cold

Monday, January 5, 2009


Video: Pizza shop owner cuts off store heat
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LACEY, Wash. – Employees of a pizza delivery shop say the owners have cut
off the heat in the store. And they say if the workers don't like it, they
can leave.

Dan Baxter, who works at the Pizza Time in Lacey, says he was suspended
for two weeks after talking to KING 5 about this. He expects to be fired
and is looking for other employment.

"When it's really, really cold, like when it's 19 (degrees) outside, it
will be 25 in the store," said Baxter.

So what about using the ovens to heat the place?
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"The ovens create a little bit of heat, but the exhaust fans pull it all
out," said Baxter.

Baxter says the employees were once allowed to keep the heat around 55
degrees, but one night, they forgot to shut the furnace off after work.

That was the end of the heat at the store.

"He said we have to deal with it. They are not going to do anything about
it. They know it's cold," said Baxter.

The message left by the owner was put on a white board for all to see.
Baxter even took a picture of it. It reads:

"If you don't want to work here quit, otherwise shut up and do your job.
The next person I hear complaining is off for two weeks. We don't have
heat!! You guys screwed up, not us. You want to blame someone, look in the

Owner Luke Benjamin stands by his chilly stance.

"They know where they work. If they can't deal with it then there are
plenty of other jobs out there," said Benjamin.

The temperature was 55 degrees when we went in on Friday, but we saw
something else. There's a space heater in the office where Benjamin's wife
– the real boss – runs her accounting business.

Then we get to the real truth of the matter.

"It doesn't look good, but she's my wife and my boss and she tells me what
she's going to do and I'm not going to argue with her," said Benjamin.

Baxter will not apologize for his actions.

"I can't apologize for something that I don't think I've done wrong ,"
said Baxter.

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries says there is no
law regarding the temperature of a room you have to work in, unless you're
working in extreme situations like cold storage or foundries.