Organizing Call of the Workers' International Industrial Union
- Organizing Call of the Workers' International Industrial Union
Workers today face a host of challenges undreamt of by previous
generations. Outsourcing, downsizing, buyouts, mass layoffs, job cuts
the list goes on and on. Workers have nowhere to turn when the chips
are down ... unlike big business, who only has to run to Uncle Sam
with hat in hand and ask for a loan to carry them through.
What about the unions? Where do they fit in and why don't they try to
help the very workers they are supposed to protect? It is no secret
that today's labor unions are entirely subordinate to the very forces
they are supposed to protect workers from.
They preach a message of "partnership" between bosses and workers,
divide us along national, racial and gender lines, force us to fight
against each other to save our jobs, and render the massive power of
an organized and determined working class impotent.
This is no accident. A united working class would indeed be a mighty
opponent and would spell the eventual end of wage labor and its parent
system so cherished by those in power.
A new organization is needed, an organization based on working-class
principles, and organized, led and administered by the workers
themselves. This new union of the working class will bring together
all workers men and women, young and old, across artificial racial
and national boundaries into one powerful and irresistible force.
But organizing will not be an end in itself; organizing will only be
the beginning of a bigger plan, a plan which will one day bring forth
a system that will benefit everyone, a system that will see the end of
forced unemployment, an end to poverty and war, and all the other
miseries that follow in the wake of the so-called "best of all
With the greater merger between political and economic power, it is
no longer possible for organizations of the working class to abstain
from fighting on the political battlefield, or to leave that fight to
"pro-worker" politicians. Just as workers must organize and lead their
own struggles on the job, so too must workers take their united power
and bring it forward against the massed forces of the public power and
The first step is to start building this new union. Like any other
massive undertaking, it takes people people who are conscious of
their position as workers; people who are conscious of the fact that
they, along with others who see the world in the same light, have the
power to change society into something much better for everyone,
through the use of the rights we have as workers.
With this understanding and goal in mind, the General Organizing
Committee of the Workers' International Industrial Union calls upon
all workers to join with us to begin building a new union of all
workers, a union formed to unite the only class that matters: the
The WIIU and IWW
The Workers' International Industrial Union stands on the history and
tradition of Industrial Unionism that brought about the formation of
the Industrial Workers of the World in 1905. As well, in reviving the
Workers' International Industrial Union, we seek to revive the
principles and aims of our namesake, especially in the relationship
between the economic and political struggle.
In beginning this effort, some have asked if we also intend to revive
the rivalry and, in many respects, hostility that marked the
relationship between the WIIU and IWW. Our answer is a clear NO! We
are fully aware of the bitter history between the two great Industrial
Unions, and we believe it is unfortunate that such bitterness existed.
Yes, we differ from the IWW on the question of workers' political
action. That is why we are two, not one. But we nevertheless regard
the IWW and its members as fellow workers brothers and sisters in
the great struggle for the abolition of the wages system, and
liberation of the working class from exploitation and oppression.
We declare today that any past animosity between the IWW and WIIU is,
should be and must be left in the past. We are not enemies or
opponents, but allies and comrades in struggle. We are ready to agree
in advance, without conditions, to assist the IWW in any campaign or
organizing effort it undertakes, to not negatively interfere or
intervene in any area of its work, or to attempt to diminish its
membership, work or activities.
We invite members of the IWW who agree with the need for political
action to become members of the WIIU, and hope they will extend a
similar invitation. We hope, one day, to re-unite with our brethren in
the IWW, to unify and move forward as One Big Industrial Union, on the
basis of the principles established in the 1905 Preamble.
Those interested in joining with us or if you have further questions
contact me at cmiller85@...
Carl Miller, Acting Secretary-Treasurer WIIU
- Carl, so if that's an announcement ready-to-go, would you like me to
repost it on several other forums that I visit? I won't do anything
like that unless you say so.
In posting it online, I suggest that the email address be garbled just
a bit, such as replacing @ symbol by (at), otherwise the spam software
will start sending you about a thousand spams per day.
- Hi Mike,
Thanks for the offer, yes we would like it to get the widest
distribution possible. Our website should be up soon and I will be
adding the URL and the WIIU e-mail address shortly.
--- In email@example.com, "Mike Lepore"
> Carl, so if that's an announcement ready-to-go, would you like me to
> repost it on several other forums that I visit? I won't do anything
> like that unless you say so.
> In posting it online, I suggest that the email address be garbled just
> a bit, such as replacing @ symbol by (at), otherwise the spam software
> will start sending you about a thousand spams per day.