A New Year update

Hello, and Happy New Year from the Toronto IWW! We are sending this out to our friends to let you know what we are up to, and hopefully encourage you to gt in touch with us. Here is a bit about what we have been up to, and what we have planned for the next year.

(You will notice that in the following, “wobblies” are frequently referred to. A wobbly is a member of the IWW. Why are we called that? No one is sure, but there are a few theories.)

What we’ve done in 2011

The branch has resumed holding regular monthly meetings which are productive and well-attended. A new crop of officers were elected this year, and orientation and training is taking place. An inventory conducted by our fund-raising department turned up several interesting finds, including hard-to-get copies of the Edmonton-produced Shift in Progress: A Not  So Comic Book and rare IWW bandannas.

A holiday party on the 17th of December was attended by many IWW members, prospective members and friends.

Wobblies at Occupy

IWW members were actively involved in Occupy Toronto (and the IWW as a whole was quick to endorse the Occupy movement as a whole), particularly with regards to media, workshops and relations with other unions. Wobblies were key at building working relationships between those at Occupy and the labour movement. As always, we are pushing for the idea of “One Big Union,” where working people back each other up and fight to win a better world for us all.

2012 is going to be an interesting time

Looking into 2012, we are excited about an upcoming Organizing 101 training which is planned for February or March. Organizing 101 is a two-day, intensive workshop that brings participants from “what is a union?” to the beginning stages of organizing with your fellow workers to take action and how to go public. It is unique amongst union organizing courses in Canada and the US in that it emphasizes the abilities of workers on a job to work together to act, rather than relying on professionals and lawyers. The branch will be offering the training to members and nonmembers. Folks who already represented by a union at work are also encouraged to attend. If you are interested in attending please get in touch.

We also have a couple of organizing campaigns going, which are not public yet. One of them is a big project which may soon be taking up quite a lot of our resources.

An injury to one is an injury to all – Solidarity

Striking college workers and community supporters walk the line and talk to students and passers-by about why they had to act now.

In Toronto there are several large labour battles coming up, including a city services lockout or strike and contract negotiations at university of toronto. We intend to support the workers who are fighting for their jobs and our city, while continuing to engage in local and international solidarity with workers worldwide. It is also a goal of ours to facilitate community members and groups to stand with fellow workers.

If you want to organize and win, join the fighting union

Toronto IWW is actively looking for members. All workers are welcome, however there are a few areas of focus where we are particularly looking for folks to join us:

  • Organizing workplaces: Do you have a job that needs a union? Would you like to support a campaign from the outside? You do not need experience. We can train and support you through these. Read more about how and why we organize.
  • Solidarity: The IWW regularly provides support to workers engaging in job action here locally and globally. This requires everything from warm bodies to drivers to leafleting to organizing people to be where they are needed.

Stay in touch

If you are interested in learning more about the IWW please get in touch. You are not under any obligation to join. There are a few ways you can keep track of the Toronto IWW:

The Toronto IWW would like once again to wish everyone a happy new year. It is unlikely to be an easy one, but if we stand together we can solve our problems.

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