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

The IWW Campaign at Whole Foods

Mike Hellman recounts the solidarity union campaign at Whole Foods in the Bay Area, which lasted from 2010-2014. Interview by Marianne Garneau. Tell me how and when you got involved. I was involved from 2010 to 2014. For the 2-3 years preceding my arrival on

Stunts Aren’t Tactics

There is a crucial difference between pulling “stunts” on the boss, and deploying tactics: only the latter mobilizes collective power.  There’s a moment in the IWW organizer training when we describe the scenario of a workplace where, among other problems, the boss won’t turn the

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