Monday, September 3, 2007

The IWW Organizes Warehouse Workers in NYC


The IWW (Industrial Workers of the World), is viewed by many as a relic of organized labor’s past. A heroic attempt by militant trade unionists in the early part of the 20th century to build radically inclusive industrial unions – a shining moment in the history of the U.S. labor movement – that long ago was eclipsed by other organizations of labor. The truth is that the IWW is a living breathing organization that is currently involved in some of the most exciting worker organizing going on anywhere. Their efforts in the last two years to organize immigrant Latino & Asian warehouse workers in New York City is a case in point. It was the worker’s themselves who began to organize two years ago and sought ought the IWW’s help. Since that time, IWW organizers and members have been tireless in their efforts to win these workers millions of dollars in unpaid wages, improved wages and working conditions, and a shop floor organization that can further challenge the boss.

In this interview conducted for Labor Express Radio, IWW organizers Alex van Schaick & Daniel Gross discuss the IWW’s efforts to organize these warehouse workers…

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