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Workplace Organizing

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!

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 help set the wages and increase strategies?

Scheduling Issues?

Does management never listen to 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 choose what to repair and when?

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

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, and brainstorm ideas for change.

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 are friends with who and how can you connect with those not obviously linked?

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

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 shows up with homemade matching t-shirts with a message.


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 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: