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Category: Campaign Stories

Our Union Is the Only Morale Booster That Job Has: The campaign at CallUs

CallUs (not the real business name) is a call center in the Midwest with roughly 750 employees. We spoke to…

You Can’t Hide From Class Struggle: The campaign at Smiling Bear Café

Gaby recounts the story of an organizing campaign at a café in Montréal, where baristas successfully negotiated a raise and…

Solidarity and Power in the Face of a Terrified Employer: The IWW campaign at Frite Alors

Frite Alors is a small restaurant franchise in Quebec with about ten locations. In 2015, an organizing campaign began at…

Organizing in the Bad Old Days: The Harvest Collective drive, 1998-1999

Patrick McGuire recounts an organizing drive at a grocery coop in Winnipeg in the late 1990s, before the IWW developed…

Candy store workers speak out

This essay, about organizing at a popular candy store in Halifax called Freak Lunchbox, was distributed yesterday among local cafés…

The Sick-Out: Education workers take direct action

An Education Support Professional describes a sick-out organized in protest of low pay and lack of respect “The shit rolls…

The perils of organizing a hot shop

Brendan Maslauskas Dunn tells the story of an organizing campaign he was involved with at a propane tank facility in 2014…

“Nothing could save us after that one fatal misstep”

Mario Buda and Luigi Galleani recount a campaign at a Jimmy John’s sandwich shop in Baltimore, from 2013-2015.  We think…

“Push for gains, not recognition”: The IWW Campaign at MiniMart

In 1996, when there was little organizing happening in the IWW, workers at a MiniMart in Seattle filed for an…

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