Solidarity unionism affirms the central role of rank-and-file initiative in workplace change. It stands in opposition to what has been termed “business” or “service-provider” unionism: the idea taht a worker joins a union to obtain material benefits in exchange for monthly dues payments, much as the worker might buy an insurance policy.
In solidarity unionism, workers themselves carry out their own organizing. There are three fundamental principles: 1. Rank-and-file control; 2. Direct action; 3. Members carry their union membership with them, regardless of majority status, when they move on to other jobs (particularly important in high turnover sectors like retail or food service).
Business unionism is based on very different premises. In a business union: 1. The union is controlled from the top down by officers and staff (usually white males) who are not regularly employed at the workplace; 2. Direct action is avoided or used only when it can be choreographed and tightly controlled from above; 3. Membership is lost when the worker leaves a unionized bargaining unit.
The IWW model of organizing
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 7-8:30 p.m. Minneapolis Central, RKMC meeting room
Labor Historian Peter Rachleff will discuss the present and the past of Minnesota’s Iron Range in the era of World War I. He will explore the lives and struggles of immigrant miners, their affiliation with the Industrial Workers of the World, their confrontation with Andrew Carnegie and his minions, and their impact on Minnesota’s labor history. Register online or call 612.543.5669
Extraordinary levels of inequality between rich and poor, workers fighting for a living wage, powerful employers busting unions, government crackdowns on immigrants, limitations on the right to vote. Sound familiar? But this is not a talk about today’s economic and political battlefields. Join labor historian Peter Rachleff as he provokes a conversation between the present and the past, the past of Minnesota’s Iron Range in the era of World War I. He will explore the lives and struggles of immigrant miners and their affiliation with the Industrial Workers of the World, popularly known as the Wobblies, in their confrontation with Andrew Carnegie and his minions, and he will trace their impact on Minnesota’s labor history.
Help Needed for IWW Freshii Workers’ Union Organizers! Donate Today!
Last month, Freshii workers at 200 w Randolph in Chicago marched on their boss to demand the return of nearly $2,000 in stolen wages and union recognition.
Of the two demands, the stolen wages were returned to the workers. While the fight for union recognition continues, Heather Sprigler has been illegally fired in retaliation for her role in the organizing efforts. Last week, Alison Olhava fell ill and her boss, Peter Irie, cut her hours from a normal 35 a week to a dismal 8. Peter has refused to meet with Alison and her IWW representatives to discuss this change in scheduling.
While ULPs have been filed, Alison and Heather are roommates and their household is badly in need of financial support. Neither Heather nor Alison are paid organizers and both rely on wage work. Their household includes Alison, her partner who is currently seeking employment, Heather, her two year old son Santiago, and Alison’s 9 month old puppy.
All money raised will go toward basic necessities like rent, bills, and keeping food on the table. If additional funds are raised, it will be used to support the IWW Freshii Workers’ Union in other ways. Please stay tuned to our facebook (facebook.com/FreshiiUnion640) for details on an upcoming action to support Freshii workers!
Yo, help my super good friends and Fellow Workers stay alive and keep fighting! Donate if you can, signal boost even if you can’t!
I see Alison every day and she does important work. Please help out if you can!
Lately, we’ve had an upsurge of followers, many of whom dont appear to be IWW members, whereas before, most of the followers of this blog appeared to be IWW members already.
So we’re curious, for those of you who aren’t members that follow us, why do you follow us? And if you’re comfortable answering, is there a particular reason you don’t join the union? Membership is open to all workers so long as their employment and beliefs don’t conflict with our mission to abolish the wage system.
If you send asks, I may publish them, so if you don’t want your answer public, either use anon or request I don’t publish it.
the only difference between onion and union is u
armagide0ntime said: do unions have layers?
we call them industrial unions but yes
some of the worst caricatures of anarchism seem to come from ex-anarchists so like ‘no wonder you’re not anarchists anymore’ a wee bit TBH, cause I don’t think you got it then or now lol
Yeah, from what I’ve heard,…
Y’all just need to join the IWW
The Gang sell the bar to Ancaps
Charlie dismantles Bird Law
Mac discovers the unshakable science of Marxism Leninism
Mac: Dude, you can’t have a revolution…
The Waitress tells Charlie to join the IWW form a union at Paddy’s Pub
I’m too authoritarian for the insurrectionists, but too decentralized for the Leninists
My friend do I have the organization for you