IWW & May Day Greetings!

General strikes ? An open letter and May Day greetings.

Every year we see calls for a general strike to start on May Day. In 2006 we did have a general strike in the USA. We haven’t had one there since then but in any given year there is likely to be at least one country where a general strike happened.
This year might be different. Rule by decrees is suddenly a new global norm. The ecological crisis is increasing. We are all now told we are either essential or not. Wildcat strikes and safety strikes and rent strikes and mutual aid organizing is spreading.
The IWW does not believe that some one big worldwide general strike-on-the-job to “fire all the bosses” is on the calendar for the next few weeks. We could be wrong. But it may be more likely we will see a big rise in the amount of strike actions on May Day.
IWW sees that building a global culture of general strikes can not only win reforms. We can make the revolution. If we make it our top demands and our global common demands that we adopt a universal basic income and tie it to workers control of all economic activity (from local to global) then we can end the system of wage slavery. Sustainability and justice in distribution of resources (all resources, healthcare, food, housing, communications, all resources) are vital reform demands. But the core demand is to end the dictatorship of capital.
One Big Union!
IWW Local 13, San Diego General Membership Branch
IWW Central New Jersey General Membership Branch
IWW Connecticut General Membership Branch
IWW Greece Regional Organizing Committee (GreROC)
IWW Maple City, Indiana General Membership Branch
IWW Vienna, Austria General Membership Branch
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P.O. Box 882226, San Diego, CA 92168-2226
(619) 630-5537

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Monthly meetings of the local branch are the third Sundays at 12:30 pm.
Everybody except The Bosses is welcome to attend. Please bring a friend.

Nearly 90 percent of the officially counted workforce in the USA is unorganized? Join us and help build the One Big Union! The IWW organizes industrially rather than by trade. Our goal is to organize all industries into One Big Union. By “industry” we do not narrowly mean manufacturing, but rather we mean all of human economic life, human industry.


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Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) publications
The Industrial Worker https://industrialworker.iww.org/ — IWW official magazine and blog
Environmental Unionism Caucus – Blog of the EUC
IncarceratedWorkers.org – Blog of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee
IWW.org.uk – Blog of the Wales, Ireland, Scotland, and England IWW
Mandatory OT – Podcast of the West Virginia IWW
The Seattle Worker – Bi-monthly newsletter of the Seattle IWW
Solidaridad – IWW Spanish-language publication / Revista oficial de los Trabajadores Industriales del Mundo
The Line – Bi-monthly newsletter of the Olympia, Washington IWW
New Indicator — online publication of the San Diego, California IWW
Organizing Work
Wobblies.org – Blog of the German Language Area IWW
WobSouth – Blog of the Southern Coordinating Committee
Worker’s Power Hour – Podcast of the Richmond IWW
Worker Stories – Blog of the West Virginia IWW

Ever since our founding convention in 1905, the preamble of the IWW Constitution is our union’s mission statement.

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.

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 find that the centering of the management of industries into fewer and fewer hands makes the trade unions unable to cope with the ever growing power of the employing class. The trade unions foster a state of affairs which allows one set of workers to be pitted against another set of workers in the same industry, thereby helping defeat one another in wage wars. Moreover, the trade unions aid the employing class to mislead the workers into the belief that the working class have interests in common with their employers.

These conditions can be changed and the interest of the working class upheld only by an organization formed in such a way that all its members in any one industry, or in all industries if necessary, cease work whenever a strike or lockout is on in any department thereof, thus making an injury to one an injury to all.

Instead of the conservative motto, “A fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work,” we must inscribe on our banner the revolutionary watchword, “Abolition of the wage system.”

It is the historic mission of the working class to do away with capitalism. 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. By organizing industrially we are forming the structure of the new society within the shell of the old.