Working for Each Other, Working for Ourselves

Toronto IWW is happy to announce Working for Each Other, Working for Ourselves: A Revolutionary Public Service Worker-Organizer Summit, to be held October 3rd and 4th 2015 in Toronto, Ontario. Working for Each Other will draw together grassroots workplace organizers from around North America. A major component of today’s economy, the public services are often hit first and hard by austerity and other cut backs. As workers, we need to organize ourselves to fight these battles in the community centres, grocery stores, clubs and office towers where we work for the benefit of other people.

To pitch us a workshop

Do you have a story to tell, skills to share, strategies to discuss, research to present or other contribution to make to the organizing of public services? Have you organized a union, job committee, direct action, general assembly or otherwise created more democracy on the job?

We are currently soliciting proposals for workshop, panel, talk and facilitated discussions from IWW members and non-members alike.

Donations

In order to make this event as accessible as possible, we are also seeking donations, both in-kind and financial, to help cover travel and other costs, especially those related to accessibility.

How to attend

Registration for participants will open sometime in July. See below for ways to keep track of developments.

Keep in touch with us

Facebook fb.com/WorkingForEachOther

Twitter @Work4EachOther

Join our announcements-only mailing list

Check out our website workingforeachother.org

Email us workingforeachother@iww.org

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May 16-17 2015: Organizing 101: Build the Committee Training

Toronto IWW is pleased to announce opening of registration for the Spring 2015 edition of Organizing 101: Build the Committee Training, our crash course on grassroots, direct action-driven solidarity unionism.
IWW Oraganizing 101: Build the Committee
Dates: May 16-17, 2015
Location: Downtown Toronto in an accessible (physically and by transit) location
Registration deadline: May 2nd 2015 **registration is mandatory, see below**

This is a two day course on building power in your workplace from the bottom up. It focuses on techniques for building a committee of workers who are confident and capable of addressing issues in the workplace, and for overcoming obstacles like worker apathy, anxiety, and the bosses’ counter-organizing efforts. The course is free/donation, and is open to everyone –so please forward to anyone who might be interested!

Do I have to be a member of the IWW to attend? Absolutely not! The skills built in this workshop are useful to anyone interested in building power on their job whether it is in the context of an IWW campaign, an independent union, the mainstream labour movement or another formation. Learn more about the IWW.

We will get started on Day 1 of the course (Saturday, May 16) at 9:00 am and end at 5:00 pm. Day 2 of the course (Sunday, May 17) will run from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. There will be a social event Saturday night. Attendance for the full two days of the workshop is mandatory in order to get the full picture of the methods.

Food will be provided, and child care will be provided as required (please indicate on registration).

Registration

If you would like to register your availability to house a participant, please use this form.

Stay in touch with the Toronto IWW:

Website: torontoiww.org
Twitter: @torontoiww
Email us with questions, comments, or to join: toronto@iww.org

Toronto IWW Solidarity Committee Launch Party!

Where: The 460, 460 Spadina Ave. (College and Spadina)

When: Monday, September 2nd, 8:00-late o’clock

Why: Have some fun and support a good cause this Labour Day!

Join the Industrial Workers of the World as we celebrate the launch of our Solidarity Committee. This committee will support unorganized workers fight back against bad bosses, wage theft and other workplace problems, based on the “Solidarity Network” model pioneered by the Seattle Solidarity Network. By organizing ourselves and other workers to collect what’s ours, we hope to make this city a little better to live, work, and struggle in.

The event will feature music, a brief discussion of the Solidarity Committee and its organizing model, and guest speakers.

If you or someone you know is having tips stolen, is missing wages, not being paid overtime, or some other problem with the boss, get in touch! Likewise, contact us if you would like to help organize with us or participate in Solidarity Committee actions

On facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/363993993703837/?ref=ts&fref=ts

History of the IWW in Canada

Excerpted from A Brief History of the IWW outside the US (1905 – 1999) by F.N. Brill. 

Five Branches were formed in BC in 1906, including a Lumber Handlers Job Branch composed of Indigenous Canadians.

By 1911, the IWW claimed 10,000 members in Canada, notably in mining, logging, Alberta agriculture, longshoring and the textile industry.

In 1912 the IWW fought a fierce free speech fight in Vancouver, forcing the city to rescind a ban on public street meetings.

Organizing began in 1911 among construction workers building the Canadian Northern Railway in BC. In September a quick strike of 900 workers halted 100 miles of construction.

February 1912, IWW membership on the CN stood at 8,000.

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