November Newsletter

November 25, 2018


Fellow Workers,

Welcome to the November edition of our e-newsletter! Feedback and collaboration are always encouraged. Simply reply to this email with comments or questions.

In addition to the events listed below, you can always check the Google Calendar of the NYC General Defense Committee (GDC) for more happenings. If you would like to submit radical events in and around New York City to the calendar, email details to [email protected].


UPCOMING BRANCH EVENTS

Every day at various times: We need Fellow Workers to participate in consumer education. Please email FW Frank if you would like to sign up for a shift. We have also started a Slack to coordinate our consumer education shifts - please email Frank if you would like to get added to our channel.

Sunday, December 5: The Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC), along with the Stop the Raids Coalition, is hosting their monthly Family Gathering Against the Raids. Come out for letter-writing and hat-passing for desperately needed commissary money (time and location TBD). E-mail [email protected] to RSVP.

Tuesday, December 11 at 6:30 p.m.: Attend an orientation for new members of the NYC GMB. The orientation will take place prior to our monthly branch meeting and acquaint you with the history of the IWW, current NYC GMB campaigns, rules for how the monthly meeting proceeds, and more. For location details, email [email protected].

Tuesday, December 11 at 7 p.m.: Attend the monthly meeting of the IWW NYC GMB. For location details, email [email protected].

Saturday, January 26: IWOC is hosting a welcome home party for those who have been affected by raids. Please reach out to [email protected] if you can help out with outreach or logistics before the event (time and location TBD).


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Branch officer elections took place at the November monthly meeting, Congratulations to our new officers! FW Lou is the new Secretary, FW Z is the new Treasurer, FWs Ryan and JC are now Assistant Secretaries, and FW Liam is now Assistant Treasurer.

The branch has voted to hold on Organizer Training 101 in early 2019. Details are forthcoming, but if you would like to help organize the training, please email [email protected].

Our new IWW NYC GMB stickers are ready! Pick some up at our monthly meetings, and post them around town. Check them out on our Instagram page.


WHAT WOBBLIES READ AND LISTEN TO

Interview with General Secretary-Treasurer Travis Erickson of the IWW,” podcast. Chirbit (interview by Liss of the NYC GMB)

Labor Struggles at The New School: Strike, Wildcat, Occupation,” Organizing Work (written by Arvind of the NYC GMB)

Lessons from a Graduate Student Employees’ Union,” Organizing Work (written by Eric of the NYC GMB)

Health and Safety in a Solidarity Union,Organizing Work (written by Martha of Stardust Family United)

Class Consciousness Comes to America,” American Prospect

Trump’s NLRB Just Quietly Ruled to Make Union Pickets Illegal,” In These Times


October Newsletter

October 22, 2018


General Membership Branch (GMB) meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month at 7 PM.
Email [email protected] for location details.


PLEASE NOTE: OUR NOVEMBER GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING HAS BEEN MOVED TO TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20

Fellow Workers,

Welcome to the October edition of our e-newsletter! Feedback and collaboration are always encouraged. Simply reply to this email with comments or questions.

In addition to the events listed here, you can always check the Google Calendar of the NYC General Defense Committee (GDC) for more happenings. If you would like to submit radical events in and around New York City to the calendar, email details to [email protected].

UPCOMING BRANCH EVENTS

Every day at various times: We need Fellow Workers to participate in consumer education. Please email FW Frank if you would like to sign up for a shift. We have also started a Slack to coordinate our consumer education shifts - please email Frank if you would like to get added to our channel.

Saturday, October 27 at 6:30 p.m.: The IWW NYC GMB, in coalition with the NYU FARE Food Collective, will act in solidarity with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and hold a boycott Wendy’s solidarity action. We will meet outside Wendy’s at 650 Broadway in Manhattan to educate the public about the Fair Food Program and Wendy’s refusal to join. RSVP and learn more here. If you would like to help with logistics or promotion please reach out to FWs Arvind or Jeremy.

Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28: The Buffalo General Membership Branch is holding an Organizer Training 101. Register here.

Tuesday, November 20 at 6:30 p.m.: Attend an orientation for new members of the NYC GMB. The orientation will take place prior to our monthly branch meeting and acquaint you with the history of the IWW, current NYC GMB campaigns, rules for how the monthly meeting proceeds, and more. Watch this list for location details or email [email protected].

Tuesday, November 20 at 7 p.m.: Attend the monthly meeting of the IWW NYC GMB. Watch this list for location details or email [email protected].

PROTESTS, PICKETS & MORE AROUND THE CITY

Saturday, October 27 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Join our allies, the Democratic Socialists of America, for Sing in Solidarity: Open Sing with DSA Chorus. RSVP here.

Tuesday, November 13 at 6 p.m.: Join labor, food, and community leaders at the 2018 Brandworkers Awards Dinner. Purchase tickets or volunteer here.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

The Wobfest was a huge success! Thank you to all FWs who helped organize the event! We raised nearly $1000, and combined it with a donation from the NYC GMB to donate $500 each to Brandworkers, Stardust Family United, and the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC). Video coming soon.

Branch officer nominations took place at the October monthly meeting, but are still open until the November meeting where voting will take place. Please check the October meeting minutes to go over who has been nominated. If you would like to make a nomination or express interest in a position, please make it known over the listserv or Signal loop.

WHAT WOBBLIES READ

Marriott Hotel Employees on Strike in Eight US CitiesUSA Today

The Tolls of Activism: What Happened to the Striking Prisoners and Their Concerns?NPQ

No Shortcuts: Organizing for Power in the New Gilded Age by Jane McAlevey

Boycott Wendy's!

October 17, 2018




Join the New York City branch of the Industrial Workers of the World in acting in solidarity with the Coalition of Imokalee Workers on Saturday, October 27!

A worker-led organization, CIW fights for better conditions for farm laborers from New Jersey to Florida to Texas. Its latest campaign focuses on Wendy's, which it is pushing to join the Fair Food Program, placing a small premium on tomatoes to fund higher wages, workplace audits, and worker-to-worker education.

In response to CIW's call for support, the NYC IWW is organizing a solidarity action on Saturday, October 27. Meeting at the Wendy's at 650 Broadway in Manhattan at 6:30 p.m., we will distribute flyers educating the public about the company's refusal to join the Fair Food Program and encourage a boycott until it does so.

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September Newsletter

September 26, 2018


General Membership Branch (GMB) meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month at 7 PM.
Email [email protected] for location details.


Fellow Workers,

Welcome to the September edition of our e-newsletter! Feedback and collaboration are always encouraged. Simply reply to this email with comments or questions.

In addition to the events listed here, you can always check the Google Calendar of the NYC General Defense Committee (GDC) for more happenings. If you would like to submit radical events in and around New York City to the calendar, email details to [email protected].

UPCOMING BRANCH EVENTS

Every day at various times: We need Fellow Workers to participate in consumer education. Please email FW Frank if you would like to sign up for a shift. We have also started a Slack to coordinate our consumer education shifts - please email Frank if you would liek to get added to our channel.

Saturday, October 6 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.: Join the Industrial Workers of the World's New York City General Membership Branch for a night of music by all-IWW acts to raise money for three current IWW campaigns organizing workers at restaurants, bakeries, and prisons in and around the five boroughs. Pre-order your tickets today!

Tuesday, October 9 at 6:30 p.m.: Attend an orientation for new members of the NYC GMB. The orientation will take place prior to our monthly branch meeting and acquaint you with the history of the IWW, current NYC GMB campaigns, rules for how the monthly meeting proceeds, and more. Watch this list for location details or email [email protected].

Tuesday, October 9 at 7 p.m.: Attend the monthly meeting of the IWW NYC GMB. Watch this list for location details or email [email protected].

Saturday, October 27 and Sunday, October 28: The Buffalo General Membership Branch is holding an Organizer Training 101. Register here.

The branch is organizing an action in solidarity with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers at the end of October (exact date and time still being worked out). This action will be a great opportunity to build solidarity within the branch and with other groups. If you are interested in coming out or would like to help with logistics, please email [email protected].

PROTESTS, PICKETS & MORE AROUND THE CITY

Saturday, September 29 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Join our allies, the Democratic Socialists of America, for Sing in Solidarity: Open Sing with DSA Chorus. RSVP here.

Saturday, September 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Attend the Labor Notes NYC Troublemakers School for a day of organizing workshops. Register here.

Thursday Mornings at 6 a.m. and Tuesday Afternoons at 3 p.m.: Join union workers on the northwest corner of 34 Street and 10 Avenue to protest greedy developers at the Hudson Yards.

Every Day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Join striking Spectrum workers at these locations around the city.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

The branch has voted to create two new office positions: Assistant Secretary and Assistant Treasurer. The position descriptions are currently being drafted, and will be ready before the next monthly meeting - just in time for nominations!

Branch officer nominations will take place at October’s monthly meeting. If you are interested in being nominated or have questions about what the roles entail - please reach out to one of the current officers.

WHAT WOBBLIES READ

"Labor’s Right to Strike is Essential," Clarion

"Thousands of Chicago Workers Are Out On the First Citywide Hotel Strike In Over a Century", In These Times

August Newsletter

August 26, 2018


General Membership Branch (GMB) meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month at 7 PM.
Email [email protected] for location details.


Fellow Workers,

Welcome to the August edition of our e-newsletter! Feedback and collaboration are always encouraged. Simply reply to this email with comments or questions.

In addition to the events listed here, you can always check the Google Calendar of the NYC General Defense Committee (GDC) for more happenings. If you would like to submit radical events in and around New York City to the calendar, email details to [email protected].

UPCOMING BRANCH EVENTS

Every day at various times: We need Fellow Workers to participate in consumer education. Please email FW Frank if you would like to sign up for a shift.

Thursday, August 30 at 5:30 p.m.: Join the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) for Prison Strike Solidarity Work Time at Bluestockings Bookstore (172 Allen St New York, New York), where you can make anti-repression calls, collect data on the spread of the strike, write letters to organizers inside and learn about ways we can continue to support our locked-up friends during and long after the strike ends. RSVP here.

If you cannot make IWOC's solidarity work event, please support the fellow workers who are participating in the 2018 National Prisoner Strike by donating here.

Tuesday, September 11 at 6:30 p.m.: Attend an orientation for new members of the NYC GMB. The orientation will take place prior to our monthly branch meeting and acquaint you with the history of the IWW, current NYC GMB campaigns, rules for how the monthly meeting proceeds, and more. Watch this list for location details or email [email protected].

Tuesday, September 11 at 7 p.m.: Attend the monthly meeting of the IWW NYC GMB. Watch this list for location details or email [email protected]. Saturday, October 6 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.: Join the Industrial Workers of the World's New York City General Membership Branch for a night of music by all-IWW acts to raise money for three current IWW campaigns organizing workers at restaurants, bakeries, and prisons in and around the five boroughs. RSVP here.

PROTESTS, PICKETS & MORE AROUND THE CITY

Thursday Mornings at 6 a.m. and Tuesday Afternoons at 3 p.m.: Join union workers on the northwest corner of 34 Street and 10 Avenue to protest greedy developers at the Hudson Yards.

Every Day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Join striking Spectrum workers at these locations around the city.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Last the month, the branch co-hosted a panel with Strike Corps and DSA's Service Industry Organizing Group. The panel focused on organizing in the service industry and featured workers from House of Kava in Brooklyn, Gimme Coffee in Upstate New York, and a Wobbly from Burgerville in Portland. If you could not make it, you can find the video here.

The IWW is holding its national convention in Kansas City, Missouri, this September. The motions being discussed at the convention have been voted on using Loomio, and our branch delegates are ready to represent us in Kansas City. After the convention, Fellow Workers will vote on motions and national officers. The voting is done online, and you must sign up for Red Card in order to vote.

The IWW General Headquarters (GHQ) has created a survey to gain feedback about the union from fellow workers across the country. You can find the survey here.

ORGANIZING RESOURCES

The IWW one-pager is now available in Spanish! You can find it here. We hope to have the tri-fold, International Women's Day insert, and Janus v. AFSCME insert translated soon as well.

WHAT WOBBLIES READ & LISTEN TO

"Gonzo Socialism," Jacobin

"Unionizing the Service Industry: Democratic and Worker-Led," Barista Magazine

"Capitalism Efficient? We Can Do So Much Better," The Gaurdian

"
It’s Not Technology That’s Disrupting Our Jobs," New York Times