Time to Organize

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Why Join the
IWW?

Workers and employers do not have the same interests. Workers want shorter hours, higher pay and better benefits.

 

We want our work to be less boring, less dangerous and less environmentally destructive. We want more control over how we produce goods and provide services. We want meaningful work that contributes to our communities.

Our employers want us to work longer, harder, faster and cheaper. They want fewer regulations, and they demand absolute control over all decisions.

The Union Difference

Union workplaces are safer and have less harassment, discrimination, and favoritism. This is because a union gives workers the power to make workplace decisions. The less we let our employers make all of the decisions, the better our lives and communities will be. Unions also provide mutual aid and community. 

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Practical Benefits

Organizers

Volunteer organizers if you choose to organize your workplace and industry.

Training

Union organizing expertise in areas of strategy, media, community support, infrastructure building, and bargaining.

Democracy

Commitment to democratic unionism; members control their own organizing campaigns and the direction of the union.

Global Support

An international organization dedicated to working together to build worker power on our jobs and in our communities.

Mutual Aid

Mutual aid and support. Grow the community by sharing skills, recourses, and every day necessities.

Tangibles

The IWW newsletter, access to the IWW website, the union's constitution, your local branch newsletter, and a member button.

Every Worker Should Join the One Big Union

We in the IWW believe you should join us for the following reasons. We need to start sticking up for our coworkers in our workplaces and in our industries. Ask around on your next shift: How many coworkers have two or three jobs? How many are one paycheck away from an eviction?

 

We have a duty to our co-workers and those who will follow in our footsteps to make things better. The only way to do this is to organize together. When we band together around our common experiences and interests, we can improve our jobs and industries. Our labor, not our bosses, is what makes our workplaces tick, and we can use our labor power to improve our jobs and our communities in the short term. In a lot of ways, that is what unions are all about.

With the IWW, you also belong to a union that has a long term vision and plan for workers’ control of their own work, without bosses, making our industries and economy democratic.

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Get Active!

Whether it’s at your workplace, or at the regional, continental, or international level, you can help move the union along!

Take the first step towards organizing your workplace and contact the IWW’s Organizing Department.

Want to help internationally? Get in touch with the NARA International Solidarity Commission (ISC) at international@iww.org and visit the International Confederation of Labor’s (ICL-CIT) website.

Got technical skills and want to help? Get in touch with the IWW.org Administration Committee at tech@iww.org.

Want to write for the Industrial Worker, the official publication of the IWW? Reach out to the IW Editorial Committee at iw@iww.org.

Check out the  IWW’s prison abolitionist organizing efforts on the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee’s (IWOC) website.

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Our Committees

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Tenants & Fair Housing

The rent is too high. Join the tenants' committee and help organize your community against predatory landlords.

Mutual Aid 

Grow the community by sharing skills, recourses, and everyday necessities.

General Defense

Defend and support the entire working class, divided and under attack by those who wage class war against us.