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Category: Campaign Stories

Strike wave in Mexico

Ray Valentine interviews Patrick Cuninghame, a History and Sociology lecturer at the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana (UAM) in Mexico City, about…

Campus Organizers Push for More Faculty and Fewer Police

This past February, the  South Sound General Education Union (SSGEU) appears to have  won its first campaign: administrators at Evergreen State…

How Montreal Freelancers Are Organizing

I recently sat down with three members of a union in Montreal organizing freelance workers such as translators and journalists….

20 years ago nurses in Saskatchewan wildcatted. Could the same happen today?

20 years ago this month, in April 1999, nurses in Saskatchewan engaged in a ten-day “wildcat” (illegal) strike. Around 8,000…

How West Virginia teachers defied the state—and their unions

Michael M describes his experience helping organize the West Virginia teacher strikes in 2018 and 2019, as a member of…

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…

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