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In the early 90s if you approached the town of Decatur IL from any direction you would see billboards saying "YOU ARE NOW ENTERING A WAR ZONE - WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON?" UAW was on strike at Caterpillar, URW (Rubber Workers - soon to merge with USW - Steelworkers) was on strike at Bridgestone/Firestone and AE STALEY workers were locked out. During the labor wars there, restaurants had signs in their windows saying NO SCABS or NO COPS or DISCOUNTS FOR STRIKERS/LOCKED OUT,. I made over a dozen trips to southern Illinois during the Staley Lockout. Road Warriors from the lockout stayed at my home in Pittsburgh. I raised thousands of dollars for the workers at concerts and rallies all over the United States. War on the Workers became the theme song for the Staley workers, and in subsequent years many other locked out and striking workers have adopted it as well. It is often played on DEMOCRACY NOW!


Listen up,. we've got a war zone here today
Right in our heartland, and across the USA
These multinational bastards don't use tanks and guns it's true
But they've declared a war on us, fight back! It's up to you

There's a war on the workers
There's a war on the workers
There's a war on the workers
And it's time we started calling the shots

Going to work could be the death of you and me
But we're not unarmed--Our weapon's solidarity
Jim Beals* and Karen Silkwood
The list goes on and on
With every year that passes 60,000 more are gone

When they boost your co-pay, (it's a war on the workers!)
Don't you know what to say - (it's a war on the workers!)
When they talk privatization (it's a war on the workers!)
And co-operation (it's a war on the workers!)
When they call you “a team” (it's a war on the workers!)
You’d better learn how to scream (it's a war on the workers!)

They can lock us out, they can lock us up -- We cannot give in
No more lies, no compromise! We’ll battle til we win!

They call it "flexibility" (it's a war on the workers!)
But every working stiff can see (it's a war on the workers!)
When they poison our water (it's a war on the workers!)
Don’t go like lambs to the slaughter (it's a war on the workers!)
When they foul up the air (it's a war on the workers!)
You’ve gotta show that you care (it's a war on the workers!)
When they talk WTO (it's a war on the workers!)
We should be screaming HELL NO! (it's a war on the workers!)

Oh, it's a war on the workers--
It's a war on public education, it's a war on child labor protections, it's a war on the 8 hour day, it's a war on occupational health & safety, a war on social security -- Now thanks to WTO, GATT, NAFTA, MAI , the IMF and the World Bank it's a world wide war --

*Jim Beals was a Staley worker who died just before the lockout while cleaning a tank of toxic propylene oxide, known by the workers as PO


from War on the Workers a Tribute to Anne Feeney, released December 28, 2016
© Anne Feeney (BMI)
Kris Deelane - Vocals, Percussion
Adam East - Vocals, Acoustic and Fuzz- Acoustic Guitars, Bass
Recorded by Brent Rogers at REX Post, Portland, OR
Produced and Mixed by Adam & Kris



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Anne Feeney Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Anne Feeney is a front-line singer and agitator well-versed in the traditions of Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs and Tom Lehrer.

She's taken her musical message all over the US and Canada as well as Sweden and Denmark.

Based in Pittsburgh, PA, For almost 50 years, Anne has gone to wherever the fires of resistance burn brightly, comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable.
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