Tag: direct action

Solidarity Network Recovers Stolen Wages

This post comes from the Hamilton, Ontario branch of the IWW.  It describes a successful direct action campaign to recover a worker’s stolen wages, using the “solidarity network” model. A solidarity network is a group of community members (as opposed to workers within a workplace)

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

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

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