These baristas learned the hard way that employers sometimes grant recognition but stonewall workers at the bargaining table — even on changes that would help the business.
Gaby recounts the story of an organizing campaign at a café in Montréal, where baristas successfully negotiated a raise and benefits. Workers initially avoided identifying as a union, and framed themselves as trying to improve how the café was run, but eventually found they had more »
Frite Alors is a small restaurant franchise in Quebec with about ten locations. In 2015, an organizing campaign began at the Rachel Street location – one of the locations owned by the founder. Here, a worker describes that campaign, how and why it began, and more »
Patrick McGuire recounts an organizing drive at a grocery coop in Winnipeg in the late 1990s, before the IWW developed its Organizer Training program. I went to a Propagandhi concert in 1993 and decided to become a vegan. After becoming a vegan, I needed to more »
AP Geller talks about a solidarity union campaign they helped organize at a telecoms subcontractor, from 2014-2016. TTX, when it still existed, was a commercial telecommunications services subcontractor based in Frederick, MD, servicing the Baltimore/DC metro area. I worked for TTX as a Field Technician. My more »
An interview with a postal carrier in Canada. Their union, CUPW, is currently negotiating a new contract with Canada Post. After 37 days of rotating strikes and occupations, workers were legislated back to work this week. National union leadership is not defying the legislation, but more »
Organizing Work will be publishing reviews of films, old and new, about unions and organizing. Written by workers and organizers, these will differ from standard movie reviews: they will draw out the lessons about organizing, or comment on the film’s depiction of unions, from the more »
Introducing Wobcast! This is a podcast produced out of the Edmonton branch of the IWW. It is about workplace organizing, with a focus on solidarity unionism. In this first episode, Nick Driedger explains the difference between solidarity unionism and “workplace contractualism” — the mainstream approach more »