Month: October 2018

Be the Union!

Luigi Rinaldi reflects on an organizing campaign at a grocery store in Rhode Island.  This continues our series “Pushing Through,” which reflects on what it takes to develop an organizing campaign into a full-fledged union. From 2014 to 2017 I was part of an organizing

Build A Committee Beyond Your Subculture

**We recently lost our email subscription list due to technical difficulties.  Please re-subscribe with your email at the bottom of this post!** Jason Fults talks about his experience  organizing with the IWW at Ward’s Grocery in Gainesville, FL in 2008.  Interview by Marianne Garneau. How did

A March on the Boss, Won But Lost

This story, from a small restaurant with majority IWW presence, describes some strategic mistakes that were made around a march on the boss. To me, the story has a particular significance: it is an example of the growing pains solidarity union organizing campaigns experience.  Many

Do Solidarity Unions Need to “Go Public”?

MK Lees and Marianne Garneau reexamine whether it is necessary for solidarity unions to declare themselves a union to the boss.  This piece originally appeared at Libcom.org. Introduction In an election-driven workplace-organizing campaign, going public is a key step. The workers or union try to

Organizing Versus Activism

JS Richard describes the difference between activism and organizing, arguing that activism is politically ineffective and should be abandoned for an organizing approach.  This is further afield than our usual workplace organizing pieces, but is relevant to debates within the IWW about what kinds of

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