Organizer Training 101 February 9-10

As most people who visit this website know, the IWW differs from both social activist groups and other labor unions in some very important ways.

We are not a social activist group, our agenda never takes place on a political platform, and taking to the streets will always be directed at a workplace.

Also, we are not like other labor unions. We do not rely on the NLRB or other third party systems to speak for us at our jobs.

What we rely on is our own actions and our own relationships with our coworkers to work for the things we need or want, and our agenda will always be to improve working conditions for everyone and to eliminate the wage system that degrades our working conditions.

Over time, the IWW has established a First Step towards becoming the kind of worker that help those goals, it’s the Organizer Training 101. It’s an eight hours a day-two day course in practicing solidarity and direct action. You learn how to gauge your coworkers reliability and enthusiasm, how to speak with the people around you effectively, different tools of direct action and organization, and the follow-through. There’s role playing, work shops, and two IWW-trained trainers to guide you so that you have what’s needed to go to work next week and start effecting change.

We are excited to host another one this weekend, February 9-10, from 9 am to 5 pm both days. We’re having a big group dinner Saturday night at a local restaurant, and coffee, breakfast, and lunch will be provided at the class.

It will take place at the ReSources library (2309 Meridian St) and will be guided by a trainer from Portland and one from our own branch.

You have until the 6th to register here:

We are so excited to host this training and to continue the goals of the One Big Union.

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IWW’s Rebel Worker Movie Night returns for our third winter series!


SORRY TO BOTHER YOU [2018]sorry-to-bother-you

Thursday, December 6, 8 PM

Alternative Library, 519 E. Maple

$5 donation requested, to support the Library and the IWW Organizing Fund.

No one turned away for lack of funds.

How did a film this radical get made in Trumpian America?

Sorry to Bother You, directed by Boots Randolph, is set in a world so similar to our Sorry-to-Bother-You-Trailerown that its dystopian futurism seems familiar. The economy is such that many ordinary people have signed lifetime contracts with a company called Worry Free Living, which guarantees them grueling work, crowded shelter, subpar food, and a modicum of free time. In other words: slavery. This absurdist dark comedy was written and directed by Boots Riley, in his directorial debut. It stars Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Jermaine Fowler, Omari Hardwick, Terry Crews, Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Danny Glover, Steven Yeun, and Armie Hammer. Set in Oakland, California, the film follows a young African-American telemarketer who adopts a white accent in order to thrive at his job. Once he does, he rapidly gets swept up into a conspiracy, and must choose between making money at the expense of humanity and joining with his activist friends to organize his fellow workers. [Wikipedia].

The Wobs who have seen it say this is a VERY WOBBLY MOVIE

This movie won the National Board of Review’s Top Ten Independent Films award.

Looking forward to seeing all our friends there!

In solidarity,

Movie Committee

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Movie about IWW at Pickford Cinema, Oct 7 and 16

The Pickford Cinema in Bellingham will show “BISBEE ’17” about the deportation of over 1000 IWW miners from Bisbee Arizona in 1917 during “Doctober”. Heavily armed cops and Phelps-Dodge Corporation gun thugs rounded up union members and community supporters, loaded them onto boxcars, and dumped them without any provisions in the desert.  The film discusses the current residents of Bisbee who try to learn about their communities dark past, and who recreate the infamous deportation.Bisbee clipping


Sunday October 7, 6:45

Tuesday October 16, 4:45.

Whatcom-Skagit IWW has requested permission to give a very short intro, and to put up a literature table in the lobby.

Info on the movie is here:

Information on the deportation is here:


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Photos from IWW picket in Seattle, June 15

P1040316Yesterday’s picket in front of the Grassroots Campaign Inc offices was impressive. Lots of Wobblies and some friends showed up in Fremont [ a Seattle neighborhood], including 4 from the Whatcom-Skagit IWW branch. We marched around on the narrow sidewalk, chanted, and sang rabble-rousin’ songs. IWW members in Industrial Union 650 won a union election this spring, but management is not negotiating. Similar pickets took place at the same time at GCI offices in New Orleans [the workers there just won an IWW union election], Raleigh-Durham, Boston and Denver. Stay tuned for updates. Info also posted on these facebook pages:

Whatcom Skagit IWW; IU650 at GCI

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IWW picket line in Seattle

GCI what we want.IWW members recently won a union election at the Seattle field office of Grassroots Campaigns Inc. The local management agreed to negotiate but corporate [in Boston] gave the word to bust the union. So much for ‘progressive’ liberal businesses. [That’s GCI’s own term.] The union held a 13-hour march on the boss Friday the 8th to get some immediate demands met, and were assured that their terms would be met. Then the workers found themselves locked out last weekend. The doors have been shut since.

June  14 was the first day of a mass picket out front. The picket will continue. ComeGCI picket Seattle June 14 2018 join in! Contact  the IWW IU650 shop at GCI via their Facebook page  IWW 650 at GCI Seattle or write to this blog for info.

Solidarity Forever!

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June 17: IWW meeting in Bellingham

So few of him, so many of usMonthly general meeting of Whatcom-Skagit IWW is Sunday June 17. All workers are welcome. An informal social begins at 5:30 [meet us, ask questions, pay dues]. The business meeting call to order is at 6:30. The meeting is not thrilling but if you are interested in IWW you can see how we do things. For location or to ask questions email

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International Workers Day in Bellingham

All are invited to celebrate May Day on Tuesday, May 1. This is the International Labor Day. Bring food and stories to share. No alcohol, please. Kids welcome.

May Day FB Event Banner

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Intro to the IWW

disturbing_trendPublic presentation:


Sunday, July 9, 2017 at Bellingham’s Alternative Library.

519 W. Maple

6-8 PM


IWW members will explain what our union is all about, and help you decide if membership is right for you. Industrial Workers of the World is North America’s only revolutionary, specifically anti-capitalist union. We urge all workers [employed or not, students welcome] to come learn about our organization, and then, if convinced and ready to take out a Red Card as a member of the Wobblies. Learn how IWW members organize workplaces and society. Since 1905 our aim is ‘One Big Union’ with the workers in complete control of the workplace and economy. What do we mean by ‘Industrial’? Where is IWW organized in the world? How can organizing in the IWW help you get more control of your working situation? What does it cost to be a union member? What do you get from it? There will be plenty of opportunities for questions.

The event is posted on the Whatcom-Skagit IWW facebook page:

Questions? Write us:

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CWA Union STRIKES in Whatcom, Skagit Counties

PICKET LINE!!! Support STRIKING AT&T Workers in Bellingham.

Stand With Communications Workers of America (CWA)
Saturday and Sunday! [Thanks for the notice, Janet McK!]

Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21,
from 9 am to 7 pm during store hours:

4291 Meridian St, Bellingham

1820 S Burlington Blvd, Burlington

Communications Workers of America members across 36 states are fighting for a new contract with AT&T’s wireless department, “Mobility.” They took a strike vote and it begins today, Friday, May 19 at 3pm.

The strike is on!!!

Join the CWA members on their pickets.

Background info…/…/att-mobility-workers-dial-it

And more:…/strike-at-att-mobility
(this site doesn’t show Bellingham or Burlington picket lines, yet)

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IWW’s Rebel Worker Movie Night!

20-feet-from-stardom-by-getty1“20 FEET FROM STARDOM”

Tuesday, May 9, 7PM

Alternative Library, 519 E. Maple

$5 requested, but all welcome. Proceeds benefit IWW Organizing Fund and the Library.

The film is a documentary about the lives of the mostly black women who were the vocalists behind R&B and Rock’s greatest hits. They are largely uncredited, but if you love the music you know there voices very well. This film won best documentary Oscar in 2013. Great music and interviews. A must see. When this film played The Pickford it was held over. And over, and over, and over…..

There will be an IWW literature table. Open to all. No alcohol please.

Come meet the wobblies and have a fun and educational evening. If driving: PARKING IS TIGHT, so leave plenty of time to find a spot in the neighborhood.

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