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(en) US, Madison IWW* Downtown Workers Union organize

Date Sat, 04 Feb 2006 15:53:21 +0200

The Madison (Wisconsin) General Membership Branch has launched a campaign to organize
the 400 or so businesses in the downtown area. The campaign began last Fall by
canvassing the district, gathering contacts in dozens of shops, and is
now well on the way to mapping the entire district.
The IWW Downtown Workers Union has opened an office at State and Gilman streets,
produced a brochure on Workers' Rights in Madison, and is working to build a strong
union presence among these low-paid, hard-working, unorganized workers. They are
working to establish new industrial union branches in IUs 640 (restaurant and building
service) and 660 (general distribution), and to build an ethos of solidarity unionism
that will give these workers the tools to win some of the good things of life.

The December 2005 issue of Prairie Fire, the Wisconsin IWW
newsletter, reports on this campaign, local IWW centenary events,
local fall-out from the split in the AFL-CIO, announces the
“One Big Blend” of coffee available from the
IWW-organized Just Coffee, and offers a look at Whole Foods,
“the Walmart of Organic.”


Industrial Worker - February 2006
* [Ed. Note: IWW - Industrial Workers
of the World is antiauthoritarian
anticapitalist direct action syndicate.]
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