From the Preamble to the IWW Constitution:
The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of the working people and the few, who make up the employing class, have all the good things of life.
The IWW is a member-run international union for all workers, a union dedicated to organizing on the job, in our industries, and in our communities. IWW members are organizing to win better conditions today and build a world with economic democracy tomorrow. We want our workplaces run for the benefit of workers and communities rather than for a handful of bosses and executives.
We are the Industrial Workers of the World because we organize industrially.
This means employees working in the same industry (or for the same employer) are organized into one union rather than dividing workers by skill or trade, so we can pool our strength to win our demands together. So if you work at a hospital, whether nurse, technician, clerical worker, or custodial staff, you would all stand together as health care industry workers.
For effective working-class solidarity, it is necessary that workers be able to plan jointly with their fellow workers in their own industries and all other organized workers.
Since the IWW was founded in 1905, we have made significant contributions to the labor struggles around the world and have a proud tradition of organizing across gender, ethnic, and racial lines – a tradition begun long before such organizing was embraced by other labor organizations like the American Federation of Labor (and society as a whole).
We invite you to become a member whether or not the IWW happens to have representation rights in your workplace. We seek to win gains and build power through direct action tactics, rejecting concessionary bargaining and the prevalent 'no-strike' and 'management rights' clauses most traditional trade unions are all too willing to accept. We strive to build unions based on the direct strength of workers in the shop.
This is called Solidarity Unionism.
We organize the worker, not just the job, and recognize that unions are not about government certification or employer recognition, but about workers coming together to address common concerns.
Sometimes this means refusing to work with dangerous equipment and chemicals.
Sometimes it means striking or negotiating a contract. Other times it means agitating around particular issues or grievances in a workplace or industry.
Sometimes it means breaking the rules and refusing work you know is wrong and harmful to others.
It ALWAYS means talking to your fellow workers about how your job could be better and building camaraderie with each other!
The IWW is a democratic, member-run union.
That means members decide what issues to address, and which tactics to use. It also means we all directly appoint office holders, from delegates to international officers. All of these duties are performed voluntarily by rank-and-file working class members rather than paid staff organizers from the outside the workforce.
ABOUT THE IWW
A Union For All Workers:
Join the IWW and organize for a better future!
Minimum Dues = $11.00 (US) per month - if you make less than $2,000.00 (US) per month;
Regular Dues = $22.00 (US) per month - if you make between $2,000.00-$3,500.00 (US) per month;
Maximum Dues = $33.00 (US) per month - if you make more than $3,500.00 (US) per month.
If you are unemployed, and have limited funds, but wish to remain a member in good standing,
you may make special arrangements with your branch or with General Head Quarters to pay
subminimum dues at $6.00 (US) per month. If you wish pay subminimum dues, please
contact us to explain your situation, and make arrangements to pay sub-minimum dues.
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