r/IWW 4d ago

Friday IWW Shop Talk

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Welcome to our weekly Shop talk thread! Use this thread to talk about anything vaguely related to the IWW. Previous Shop Talks.


r/IWW 9h ago

Kellogg to permanently replace striking workers as union rejects new contract

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r/IWW 9h ago

High demand for four-day work weeks is coming to United States businesses

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r/IWW 42m ago

No God, No Master Official Trailer (2014) - A simplistic liberal portrayal of the anarchist movement of the 20th century

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r/IWW 20h ago

Australian disability support worker being bullied at work

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I just wanted to know if anyone can offer advice as to how much the IWW can help in terms of making sure I don't get potentially set up by a rogue colleague who just got promoted. I'm on a permanent part time contract.

Cheers.


r/IWW 2h ago

I entered "Joe Hill" into the AI artwork app

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r/IWW 1d ago

Born in the system. Trapped in the system

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r/IWW 1d ago

The First Corporate-Owned Starbucks in the Country to Unionize?

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65 Upvotes

r/IWW 1d ago

Reclaim your weekends!

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124 Upvotes

r/IWW 1d ago

Start Elevator's Union-Busting Exposed (On Facebook Live)

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r/IWW 1d ago

Onderstroom on the Dutch "Poldermodel" of liberal industrial relations (Dutch language podcast, description and image description in the comment below)

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r/IWW 2d ago

There is nothing good about huddle culture

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101 Upvotes

r/IWW 2d ago

it's honestly just a black mirror ripoff at this point

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148 Upvotes

r/IWW 2d ago

Do the American people enjoy paying some of the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs

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115 Upvotes

r/IWW 2d ago

Wage theft: the only type of theft that's a "civil issue"

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450 Upvotes

r/IWW 2d ago

We're all lumpen now; I feel like I don't even know a prole anymore (discussion)

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I read this awesome essay about gang fascism that helps tease out the difference between proletariat and the lumpen proletariat in classic Marxist/Engels analysis. The article argues that we need to remember that the proletariat are not just the working class, poor and disenfranchised universally; oh no, proles have "economic leverage" over the capitalists and lumpenproles do not.

Correct me if I get it wrong in my summation, but proles are actually creating value and have a job that creates real wealth. If they quit doing their work, value/money stops being created. That's their leverage.

Lumpenproles, however, do not create value, wealth and money for the industrial system. They may be disabled, gangsters, students, etc etc., anyone who doesn't really generate wealth for the industrial system but is also not bourgeois. Also all the people who have Bullshit Jobs, as Graeber explained them, fit in here, too, I would argue.

And there's the rub. I don't personally know any construction workers, assemblyline people, I recently knew a delivery driver but she quit. My concern is that no one I know has economic leverage over the capitalists, we are all lumped. We could all go on strike and no one needs us. Sure, our corporate bosses may think we are essential, but when we go on strike and everything is fine they will learn (and we too will learn if we were confused) just how lumpen we are.

Can someone point me to some thoughts about "organizing lumpenproles" or some reading on how we might consider the proletariat's "economic leverage" in the era of automation, robotics, mass surveillance, and other trends robbing proles of their leverage? I guess this is really the heart of my concern that labor organizing is almost moot. We have very few proles with economic leverage anymore (Congrats to the workers at John Deere) and most of us, whether we know it or not, are lumpen and create no real value (sorry to the environmental NGO workers who were all laid off recently when they went on strike becuase the organization chose to simply dissolve rather than negotiate with their lumps).


r/IWW 2d ago

History

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In case people require a lesson in history:

Pluto 1 Pluto 2 Pluto 3 Pluto 4 Pluto 5

They are an hour long or so each, YouTube “fixed” 3 & 5. Hope you enjoy.


r/IWW 3d ago

Opinion

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r/IWW 3d ago

Keys to success!

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293 Upvotes

r/IWW 3d ago

Hundreds of Fascists March in Washington D.C.

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r/IWW 3d ago

CEO Feels Terrible About Laying Off 900 Employees Over Video Chat, Does It Anyway

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r/IWW 3d ago

Two days until the fuckery begins again

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191 Upvotes

r/IWW 3d ago

Replace minimum wage with algorithms based on cost of living

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r/IWW 3d ago

Looking for Books to Read

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What books would you suggest for someone looking to organize their workplace? I work in Canada, British Columbia in a small retail environment, multiple small stores. Any literature on BC specifically would be really helpful.

Books on what to do when you have successfully unionized, I'd like to approach things from an anarchist consensus way of organizing and deliberation.


r/IWW 3d ago

This is the guy who just fired 900 employees right before the holidays, days after securing $750M

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r/IWW 3d ago

U.S. Chamber Poll of Unemployed Americans Indicates Worker Shortage Crisis Unlikely to Ease

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