Workers of the World, Unite!

The working class and the employing class have nothing in common.

There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of the working people and the few, who make up the employing class, have all the good things of life.

Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the
world organize as a class, take possession of the means of production,
abolish the wage system, and live in harmony with the Earth.

Workers organizing their workplaces for better wages, hours and work environment.

Band together with fellow workers and change the conditions of your labor!

 

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Corvallis tenants uniting for changes in housing conditions.

Why do renters pay for landlords’ house payments for them? Why is it acceptable for one person to own a house and another to pay the mortgage yet retain nothing?

Rental prices in the area are gouging working folks of our hard-earned wages.

Rental conditions are frequently inadequate and renters deal with landlord bullying.

Get connected and see how you can get involved!

The Mid-Valley IWW usually hosts the Annual Solidarity Fair in June. Eight years, 2011-2019, have we celebrated together but due to the pandemic we were unable to gather in 2020 and 2021.

We look forward to planning the 2022 Fair and celebrating with all of you all.

Check out the website for more updates!

If you are interested in participating in the planning process, or your group would like to attend with a table please email info@midvalleyiww.org

about Us

The middle Willamette Valley branch of the Industrial Workers of the World is based in Corvallis, Oregon and includes members in 4 counties. We are active community members interested in organizing our workplaces and community to better the working conditions and lives of ourselves and those around us.

Together, we can build a better work environment!

Together, we can build a better future!

Power to the Workers!

Workers are not being heard in their workplaces and are not having their needs addressed.
This needs to change! We want to help make it change!

Suffering from any of the following workplace issues?
Your coworkers are too!
TIME TO ORGANIZE!
Lacking Transparency?

Bosses making big decisions that impact workers, yet the workers have no voice?...

...What if the staff made the choices about changes to their lives?

Inadequate Wages?

Poor Wages? Never receive COLA (Cost-of-Living Adjustment) or merit based increases?...

...What if workers could help set the wages and increase strategies?

Scheduling?

Management never listen to your requests to change hours or shift?

...What if you and your coworkers were in control of the schedule?

Poor Working Conditions?

Management ignoring requests for safer working conditions? Boss hostile to the employees?...

...What if employees choose what to repair and when?

Organize

What does Organizing look Like?

Organizing your workplace can have many forms and it is workers who shape it, but there are some key elements.

Talk one-on-one with your fellow workers about work
Map out your workplace layout and social structures
Collectively decide on a grievance to address
Use direct action to draw attention to and ultimately win your desired resolution
ShopTalk

Talk with Fellow workers

Start to compare notes with fellow workers. We spend so much time in workplace isolation, someone near you is probably suffering from the same issues as you. Share complaints about the job, brainstorm ideas for change.

Mapping

Map the Workplace

Observe your work environment, spaces of gathering, communication patterns and management habits.

Where are your coworkers allowed to take breaks?

Map the social structures of your workplace. Who is friends with who and how can you connect with those not obviously linked.

Grievance

decide on a Grievance

What are the common issues that people are having? What are some of the worst issues? Who is affected? How are they affected?

List them out and brainstorm ideas for change and strategize a plan to enact these changes in your workplace.

Direct Action

Direct Action

Using group strength to bring about changes that otherwise wouldn’t happen through direct means. Through direct action we disrupt the status quo to force observation of our grievance.

Be bold! Find actions directly related to your grievance.

Example: Boss says no expression of opinions at work…everyone show up with homemade matching t-shirts with a message.

Workplaces Proudly Affiliated with Mid-Valley IWW

Mid-Valley IWW Union Shop: Coalition of Graduate Employees Staff Union

Union staff at the Coalition of Graduate Employees (CGE) are IWW union members. CGE is a local of the American Federation of Teachers and affiliate union of the AFL-CIO, representing 1800 graduate workers at Oregon State University. CGE union staff are represented by the Mid-Valley Industrial Workers of the World and have a collective bargaining agreement between CGE and the IWW.

For more information on CGE Staff: https://www.cge6069.org/about/executivecouncilstaff/

Mid-Valley IWW Represents New Workplace: [Insert your Workplace Here]

It would be great to fill in this description with something about you and your co-workers after they have successfully formed a union and decided to have IWW represent them.

Please contact us to find out how you can make plans to see your description and future logo represented here.

History of IWW

Over 100 years of workers in solidarity
Fighting together for better wages, hours and working conditions
Unifying workers across gender, race, religion and labor industry

Brief Timeline of the Ongoing Labor Struggle

Timeline... (This portion of the website is under development) Visit iww.org for more general information about the IWW.

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Get in Touch

Lets get together and organize workers for our collective liberation!
We would love to hear from you, send us a message.
Organize!

Want to organize your workplace?
Have questions about what that might mean?
Want to learn what the process looks like?

info@midvalleyiww.org

Questions?

Learn more about the IWW?
Want to know how to link up?
What all is my local IWW involved in?

info@midvalleyiww.org

Keep in Touch

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