Organizing Work is a platform for discussing workplace organizing.
Many of us – the contributors and editor – are members of the Industrial Workers of the World. Much of the writing, therefore, will focus on IWW campaigns and union strategy, but not to the exclusion of other campaigns. As a model, we favor “solidarity unionism”: a committee of workers in the workplace democratically running the union effort, and taking direct action “on the shop floor” to get what they want.
The site’s aim is not to be a soapbox, but a space for critical analysis: what works and what doesn’t. It follows in the footsteps of the Recomposition blog – also by IWW members – which ran from 2011-2017. Recomposition’s main strength was its humility and honesty: unlike the cheerleading PR-speak that contemporary mainstream unions have adopted (perhaps from business), “Recomp” told unvarnished stories about organizing and its difficulties. The articles were just as often about failures as they were about successes. Organizing Work hopes to continue that tradition of clear-eyed, honest analysis, but with broader reflections on campaigns and union strategy.
Organizing Work publishes twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays.
The site’s wallpaper is a still from a video of a job action at Stardust Diner in NYC, where there is an IWW solidarity union.