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La IWW se afilia con la Confederacion Internacional del Trabajo

Industrial Workers of the World - Sat, 2018-12-08 15:44

CHICAGO - En su referendo anual, la administración norteamericana de la IWW (Industrial Workers of the World / Trabajadores Industriales del Mundo) votó abrumadoramente a afiliarse a la recién formada Confederación Internacional del Trabajo (CIT). La CIT es una organización internacional que une a sindicatos revolucionarios en ocho paises de Europa, América Latina, y Norte América.

La CIT se enfoque en desarrollar un modelo visible del sindicalismo revolucionario, una manera de formar sindicatos basados en la solidaridad y la acción directa, y que prefiguren un mundo liberado del capitalismo. Los sindicatos de la CIT ya están coordinando su actividad entre trabajadores de apps, como los de Deliveroo y Foodora, incluso con huelgas coordinadas contra Deliveroo en varios paises.

La IWW aporta nuestra experiencia organizando en prisiones con el Comité Organizador de Trabajadores Encarcelados (Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee / IWOC). La CIT y sus secciones apoyaron a la huelga de encarcelados que ocurrió en los EEUU este año, para el cual IWOC jugó un rol importante. A traves de la CIT, la IWW ha empezado a contactar sindicatos de encarcelados en otros paises.

Más aún que la práctica sindical diaria, la CIT da lugar a sus secciones a compartir experiencias de luchas masivas obreras. Este año, la Confederación Nacional del Trabajo (CNT - sección española de la CIT) jugó un rol importante en coordinar una Huelga General Feminista el 8 de Marzo, que la CNT y la CIT quieren tomar como ejemplo para 2019.

El voto de la IWW a afiliarse con la CIT culmina varios años de colaboración entre estos sindicatos para dar esta Internacional a luz. Queremos continuar desarrollando nuestros proyectos mutuos y formando relaciones en otros partes del mundo. La IWW va a compartir su experiencia y aprender de la experiencia de otros - a inspirar y ser inspirada. Con las crises económicas, ecológicas, y políticas que el capitalismo nos trae e intensifica, hace falta un vibrante e internacionalista movimiento revolucionario ahora más que nunca.

Viva la Internacional!

Industrial Workers of the World - Administración Regional Norteaméricana

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IWW Affiliates to International Confederation Labor

Industrial Workers of the World - Tue, 2018-12-04 23:10

CHICAGO—In its annual referendum, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) North American Regional Administration voted overwhelmingly to officially join the recently formed International Confederation of Labor (ICL). The ICL is an international organization linking together revolutionary unions in eight different countries in Europe, Latin America, and North America.

The focus of the ICL is building a visible model for revolutionary unionism, a way to build unions that are based on solidarity, direct action, and which prefigure a world which has shaken off capitalism. ICL unions have already begun to coordinate their activity among app-based workers, such as those working for Deliveroo and Foodora, leading to coordinated strikes against Deliveroo in multiple countries.

The IWW brings to the table our growing experience organizing in prisons through the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC). The ICL and its member unions endorsed the U.S. #PrisonStrike earlier this year, which was co-led by IWOC. Through the ICL, the IWW has begun to make contact with unions of prisoners in other countries.

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Fall 2018 Industrial Worker

Industrial Workers of the World - Thu, 2018-11-01 16:03

Fellow Workers,

This is our time to remember.

We remember the friends and Fellow Workers we have lost. We remember our personal losses. And we remember the losses around the world—of workers lost while toiling in unsafe workplaces (though those workers and their surviving colleagues told them of the problems numerous times), and of prisoners who, while possibly imprisoned lawfully, were supposed to receive humane treatment while incarcerated.

We remember workers we may have not known, not of our union, but who worked as leaders for many of the same goals we do: "the right of ... workers to have dignity, security, and a better life."

We also remember the struggles of workers who are finally being heard and recognized for their contributions to all of us. The victory of La Via Campesina—the farm workers around the world—to have their rights recognized by the UN Human Rights groups, after so many years of being devalued and ignored, is a sweet one.

Still shouting to be heard about fair pay for the work they do and the right to work without sexual harassment are fast-food workers. They should learn from Stardust Family United, who shared the same struggles until they united with the IWW and used their strength in numbers to effect lasting changes. Perhaps soon we will be able to remember fast-food workers' struggles and celebrate their victories.

Until then, we will remember. But we will use those memories to strengthen us in our resolve to keep fighting for workers everywhere. Because as we all know, an injury to one is an injury to all.

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Summer 2018 Industrial Worker

Industrial Workers of the World - Wed, 2018-10-10 21:39

The Summer 2018 Industrial Worker is finally out. It looks back at some pivotal events for the IWW and workers that have shaped the direction of the union, its members, its detractors, and its beneficiaries. The issue also examines current events that affect workers across the United States in both negative and positive ways.

In 1917, copper-mine workers organizing for parity in wages with the IWW’s help endured the Bisbee Deportation (see Industrial Worker Summer 2017, #1780). One hundred and one years later comes the powerful film Bisbee ’17, about 2017 Bisbee, Ariz., in which the community reenacts the atrocity and faces up to a very dark time in the city’s history. The Summer 2018 issue of IW has a review of the film.

Writer Andy Piascik revisits the Lawrence textile strike of 1912, emphasizing that its success was due to two major factors: It was led primarily by women, who insisted that the strikers remain peaceful, without retaliating against massive military and police opposition; and IWW representatives went to Lawrence, Mass.—at the strikers’ request—but rather than taking over the strike, as so many union leaders do, they advised the strikers in tactics but trusted them to follow their instincts.

It’s 100 years since Eugene V. Debs was tried and imprisoned for treason and sedition for his speech in Canton, Ohio. And at least 100 Wobblies were rounded up and tried for treason and sedition, as well. Their “crime” was not supporting U.S. involvement in World War I—the Great War—and arguing against participation in it because it was a war between rulers vying for power and had nothing to do with workers and the people. Two short articles express sentiments that still apply today.

The Janus decision by the Supreme Court struck a blow to public-sector unions when it ruled that paying dues to the unions is no longer mandatory. However, there are two edges to the Janus sword. As a dual-cardholding Wobbly writes: “[W]ith the West Virginia Teachers Strike . . . the teachers were through with bosses and took up the model of solidarity. They used the power of the worker united.”

Finally, an article full of facts and figures provides a stark picture of why teachers in the U.S. have fallen so far behind in their pay and benefits, making public education suffer from a shortage of good teachers: “Teachers and parents are protesting cutbacks in education spending and a squeeze on teacher pay that persist well into the economic recovery from the Great Recession. These spending cuts are not the result of weak state economies. Rather, state legislatures have enacted them to finance tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations.” It’s a bleak picture that can be improved only by forcing the powers that be into enacting legislation for the people and not the rich.

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