Edmonton General Membership Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)

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Forum on Solidarity

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012
The Edmonton IWW presents a forum on solidarity building in the current political and economic climate. A guest speaker from SEASOL (Seattle solidarity network) will be present for this discussion of community and workplace organizing.

This event is free.

Edmonton Public Library – Stanley Milner Branch
churchill square 102 ave 99 street
Friday, January 27, 2012
7:00pm until 8:30pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/325899917443368/

Organizer Training

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Organizer Training 101

This is the 2012 edition of the Edmonton IWW’s annual Organizer Training course.

This is a two day course on building power in your workplace from the bottom up. It focuses on techniques for building a committee of workers who are confident and capable of addressing issues in the workplace, and for overcoming obstacles like worker apathy, anxiety, and the bosses’ counter-organizing efforts.

The course is free, and is open to everyone – so please forward to anyone who might be interested!

We’re starting at 9am on Saturday the 28th and 10am on Sunday the 29th. There will be a social event Saturday night, and our guest trainer will be doing a speaking event on Friday night.

The location will be announced when it’s finalized, but it will likely be on the University of Alberta campus.

Food will be provided, and child care will be provided if required.

Please RSVP with brendan@diffeq.com

http://www.facebook.com/events/142963925817943/

Statement of support for Occupy Edmonton

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

The working class and the employing class have nothing in common.
On Saturday, October 15 in Churchill Square, Occupy Edmonton will be launching a mass rally in support of the Occupy Movement in 1300 cities worldwide and counting. The Edmonton branch of the Industrial Workers of the World plans to attend and gives their support to this initiative.

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.
We recognize that the Arab Spring has given shape to the American Fall, brought home in the form of the Wisconsin labour uprising against draconian labour law. We supported the Wisconsin struggle, and we support the more recent Occupy movements in Wall Street and elsewhere, which is it’s continuation.

Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organize as a class, take possession of the means of production, abolish the wage system, and live in harmony with the Earth.
We recognize that the majority of American society, the working class, is being forced to pay the price for the collapse of the banking sector in America. We also recognize that the Canadian working class will be forced to support the profitability of the Canadian social elites in the form of new rounds of austerity measures, unless we organize and fight to bring this to a grinding halt.

It is the historic mission of the working class to do away with capitalism.
Therefore, our membership will be in attendance to support the grassroots fightback, the vast majority against the 1%, the social elites, as we have always done as an organization since it’s inception. The working class, through it’s labour, gives enough to provide to all, just to have this social wealth stolen and sold back to us through wage slavery, private property law and repression.

The army of production must be organized, not only for everyday struggle with capitalists, but also to carry on production when capitalism shall have been overthrown.
We keep the machinery of a livable society running, and organize it’s operation, only to have our collective effort controlled and commodified by the elite parasites
that would keep our society in their control through capitalist war, manipulation, and eventual dictatorship. The working class built and maintained our social system,
so we should take it over for the benefit of everyone.

We will see everyone at Churchill Square Saturday, October 15, 2011.
Solidarity.

Organiser Training 101

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

The Edmonton IWW Propaganda/Education Committee and the Alberta Public Interest Research Group are pleased to announce this year’s fall Organiser Training 101!

The IWW’s Organiser Training is an intensive, hands-on, two day workshop where
participants learn basic tools needed to successfully organize
their workplaces to collectively and directly address workplace issues.

These tools are taught through role plays, group facilitated discussion, and
interactive lectures. Topics include: gathering contact information, approaching
co-workers, building an organizing committee, and legal issues relevant to
workers who participate in workplace organizing.

OT 101 is a great space to learn new skills and practice those you
already have! Breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages will be provided.
If you need child care, that can be arranged, just please tell us in advance.

Besides the training itself, we are trying to arrange a speaker for the
Friday night, and Friday/Saturday generally have IWW social events in
the evening as well.

Save the date:
Organizer Training 101
Saturday/Sunday September 10/11
University of Alberta campus (exact location to be determined)

If you are going to attend please RSVP to Medwards with the following information:

Name:

Phone #:

Occupation (Industry):

Other (Dietary needs, childcare required, transportation, billeting):

(Seriously, RSVP; knowing who’s coming helps us plan.)
We look forward to hearing back from you!

Bonus! storytime: Once upon a time I skipped OT because whatever, I’d already
been, I’ve got that stuff down pat. Then I got a job where it would have been
really useful, and I’d forgotten everything, and I regretted my decision!
Don’t be me, come to OT!

IWW Canadian Regional Organizing Summit

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Announcing the Canadian Regional Organising Summit.
On the Weekend of May 28th and 29th the Edmonton branch of the
Industrial Workers of the World will host the Canadian Regional
Organising Summit. This will be a weekend of skill sharing, networking
and strategy building for the Canadian region. Topics of discussion
will include: organizing in the hospitality industry; building the
CANROC; direct action casework models of organizing; dual card
organizing at the post office; and many other subjects. If you have
any topics you would like to have included please register early!

In order to register or submit a workshop proposal please contact the
event organizing committee at: edmontongmb@iww.org

For additional information regarding billets and getting around in
Edmonton contact Gabo (780) 990-9081

Organiser Training 102

Monday, March 21st, 2011

The Edmonton branch of the Industrial Workers of the World and the
Alberta Public Interest Research Group are pleased to announce the
followup to its 101 Organiser Training: OT 102.

The IWW Organiser Training 101 that we ran in February taught
participants the basic tools needed to successfully organize their
workplaces so that they can collectively and directly address
workplace issues. This training continues where the 101 training
leaves off. In it organizers will discuss what an organizing committee
does, how to make it effective, and how to keep it growing.

One of our co-trainers for the weekend is Erik Forman, a Minneapolis
IWW organiser of many campaigns (see Starbucks Workers Union @ Mall of
America, and Jimmy Johns Workers Union)

The training takes place April 9 and 10 on the University of Alberta
campus. A lunch and light breakfast is provided.

If you are interesting in attending please RSVP medwards@walledcity.ca with the
following information:

Name:

Phone#:

Occupation (Industry):

Other (Dietary needs, childcare required, transportation, billeting):

We look forward to hearing back from you!

Additionally we will be hosting a panel discussion of IWW members from
Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Minneapolis of labour struggles of the IWW,
the post office, and within Wisconsin! This will be on April 8, 1900 @
The Hydeaway (10209 100 Ave)
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=136020266468296

As usual feel free to join us for our social evening on Saturday which
will be taking place during the evening at the Jekyll & Hyde on April
9th
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=197920773564820

Organiser Training 101 – February19th and 20th

Friday, January 28th, 2011

The Edmonton branch of the Industrial Workers of the World and the Alberta Public Interest Research Group are pleased to announce this years Organiser Training. The IWW’s Organiser Training is a hands-on, two day intensive workshop where participants learn the basic tools
needed to successfully organize your workplaces so that you can collectively and directly address workplace issues. Participants will learn all the steps needed to be successful through role plays, group facilitated discussion and interactive lectures. Examples of what will be covered include: gathering contact information, approaching co-workers, building an organizing committee and understanding your rights as a worker participating in workplace organizing.

OT 101 is a great space to learn new skills and practice those you already have! Breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages will be provided. Child care may be available too; just let us know in advance if this is required.

The first session, Organiser Training 101, will take place on February 19th and 20th. Please note that we will also be running Organiser Training 102 for the first time! It will take place the following month on March 19th and 20th and OT 101 *is* a prerequisite. Both sessions will be held on the University of Alberta campus.

If you are going to attend please RSVP medwards@walledcity.ca with the following information:
Name:

Phone#:

Occupation (Industry):

Other (Dietary needs, childcare required, transportation, billeting):

We look forward to hearing back from you!

Shift in Progress

Friday, November 21st, 2008

Shift In Progress CoverInterviews with young workers plus the real-life experiences of the artist participants provided the material for the 5 uniquely illustrated stories that are contained in the graphic story anthology that is Shift in Progress: A Not-So-Comic Book.

Some of the moving stories in this book simply draw a vivid picture of some of the ways young workers are oppressed; others propose actions that workers can take towards bettering their workplaces. It is hoped that the book may inspire workers young and old to make changes of their own.

The launch party for Shift was a great success! People bought copies and had them signed by the artists at Happy Harbor Comics on November 20, 2008. Look for copies at local (Edmonton) comic book stores or order yours directly from the branch (link to order form below)!

Shift in Progress is a publication of the Edmonton branch of the Industrial workers of the World and was funded through Edmonton’s 2007 Cultural Capital Community Program, “Voices Less Heard.”

May Day 2008 Photos

Friday, May 30th, 2008

May Day 2007 Photos

Sunday, May 20th, 2007

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