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Workplace Organizing

Power to the Workers

The needs of workers are being ignored in the workplace; meanwhile, bosses are making record profits while refusing to provide adequate benefits.
This is unacceptable.
We can help you change that!

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

Lacking Transparency?

Bosses make 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 negotiate wages and benefits?

Scheduling Issues?

Does management ignore your requests to change hours or shifts?

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

Poor Working Conditions?

Is management ignoring requests for safer working conditions? Boss hostile to the employees?

What if employees made decisions about repairs?

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(s) to address.
Use direct action to draw on collective power and ultimately win your desired resolution!

Map The Workplace

Observe your work environment, spaces of gathering, communication patterns, and management habits. Pay attention to key areas for breaks and socializing. Map the social structures of your workplace. Who are the natural leaders? Who would infrorm management about organizing in the workplace? These are important elements to understand before attempting to persuade coworkers.

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 that you are. Carefully share complaints about the job and brainstorm ideas for change. Explain how clear demands with the collective backing of the workers can’t be ignored by the boss and will result in improved working conditions for all employees in the workplace. Don’t be aggressive! Stick to the facts and speak in a straightforward manner while remaining empathetic and listening more than you speak.

Decide On A Grievance(s)

Develop one, two, or a few primary demands that a majority of workers will support! They must be clear and effective. For example, if workers are unhappy with how management chooses the schedule, a clear demand would remedy that issue; “we demand that the workers be given sole authority in creating their schedule without input from management.” When there is strong support from the workers combined with clear and effective demands decided on by employees, the next step is to confront the bosses with those demands as a group.

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! Bosses rely on their workers in order to run their businesses. Make demands as a group and prepare agitation actions in case they are unwilling to listen. Those tactics can include work slowdowns, planned walkouts, everyone calling in sick on a single day, wearing matching union pins and gear, and more. When workers take direct action after being ignored, the bosses are reminded that they can’t operate without their employees.


Affiliates

Workplaces Proudly Represented By Mid-Valley IWW

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 an 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.

Click here for more information on CGE Staff Union.

Workplaces Proudly Represented Outside of Mid-Valley

Burgerville Workers Union

The Burgerville Workers Union is a labor union affiliated with the Industrial Workers of the World, representing 100 workers across five Burgerville locations. Founded in 2016, the Burgerville Workers Union remains the only legally recognized union of fast food restaurant workers in the United States. Click here for more information on BVWU.

Facebook: @burgervilleworkersunion

Voodoo Doughnut Workers United

American Doughnut chain Voodoo Doughnut in Portland, Oregon, has unionized. Click here for some recent news about Doughnut Workers United: