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New Unionism

Organizing for workplace democracy.

Website: http://www.newunionism.net
Members: 245
Latest Activity: on Saturday

Network members group

As well as this group, there is also a planning group for members of the New Unionism Network (www.newunionism.net). See http://www.unionbook.org/group/newunionists.

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Together at last 2 Replies

Here's an interesting idea that is being developed down in New Zealand... a (kind of) union run by unions:…Continue

Started by Peter HJ. Last reply by Bandula Idamegama on Saturday.

Support for the Occupy movement 1 Reply

We're currently looking at options to support the Occupy movement. Clearly we can't all go camping, but we CAN help by turning up en masse whenever an eviction is called for, or with food and…Continue

Started by Peter HJ. Last reply by Orsan Senalp Nov 15, 2011.

The decline of unionism in the U S whats the best path forward? 9 Replies

The aversion and in many cases hatred of organized labor by working class people astonishes me. The question of the decline of unionism with out a doubt directly ties to the rise in corporate power…Continue

Tags: decline

Started by Bill Galloway. Last reply by Scott Wallace Apr 10, 2011.

Social Network Unionism 1 Reply

Over on Orsan's group there's been an interesting discussion on what "Social Network Unionism" might involve (see http://goo.gl/Cz1DG). I'll be interviewing him on…Continue

Started by Peter HJ. Last reply by Orsan Senalp Jan 12, 2011.

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Comment by Bandula Idamegama on Saturday

Walmart has yet to signed up to the Accord initiated by IndustriALL in response to the now famous Rana Plaza industrial accident in Bangladesh. It has also run into problems in India.  

Comment by John Firak on January 15, 2013 at 19:15

Hey New unionism folks, I'm a member of SEIU 73, I'm a photographer and doc filmmaker. I'm in the planning stage for a 60 minute doc on trade unions. I'm using "social movement unionism" as part of my film thesis. I'm looking for content to shoot, rallies, personal stories, etc. If you can help that would be awesome! New unionism fits right into my idea. I live in Chicago. If anyone knows of someone working for Walmart, the Home Depot, or any other company that used "flexible" scheduling and subpar pay , I'd like them to tell me their story on camera. 

Comment by Godfrey Moase on November 25, 2012 at 1:57

My latest blog post on direct unionism and the #walmartstrike

Comment by Miquel Loriz Toro on November 6, 2012 at 11:59

As you probably know, next 14th of November is a special day for trade union movement in Europe. Several countries are organizing an action and solidarity day, from demonstrations to general strikes, supported by ETUC CES. For that reason in Spain we set up a Twitter account @europeanstrike (there's also a hashtag #EuropeanStrike) in order to gather all solidarity actions across Europe. So I invite you to mention the account and to use and follow the hashtag. And, if you feel like, to share this issue with your colleagues in your union.

Thank you very much
Comment by Godfrey Moase on July 22, 2012 at 2:08

My latest blog post continuing the direct unionism series. http://wp.me/pb4Hp-8U

Comment by Godfrey Moase on July 8, 2012 at 0:21

Hi guys,

I'm writing a multi-blog post on building an indestructible union - the first post is here - http://wp.me/pb4Hp-7m any feedback you have is well appreciated. 



Comment by Iww Montréal on May 2, 2012 at 23:49

See about 70 pictures of Mayday 2012 all around the world! http://wp.me/p1nN2H-3os

Comment by Miquel Loriz Toro on May 2, 2012 at 8:22

Does anyone know an experience of Union Congress 2.0? How do they open participation to all members through social networks? We in CCOO Spain have our Congress in February 2013 but the discussion will be opne after the summer. So it could be interesting to nnow any previous experiences.This post was also uploaded to Social Network Unionism

Comment by Louis Smyth on February 16, 2012 at 9:59

done, I'll pass it on to others also.

wish Nick - solidarity greetings  form London


Comment by Mike Harris on February 16, 2012 at 0:50
Forwarding this important solidarity appeal to all friends. Please
take a few minutes to help Nick out. This is an important campaign!

Sorry for any duplicate postings.


> The postal worker that honked his horn, when occupy was not allowed on
> campus has been terminated from his work. His termination was based on
> one attitude to cops. Two a ticket for stunting (honking his horn).
> Three being out of his delivery area. And four activity on a wild cat
> strike when he was on vacation. The plan for tuesday is to fill their
> managers emails with letters of outrage over the conduct of firing
> this worker based on these charges.
> thankyou, solidarity, and lets fight to win. An injury to one is an
> injury to all.

> please begin sending emails and letters to the following people
> in response to Nick Driedgers termination.
> Wesam Haymour
> -Location: 9808 103 A AVE, T5J 2T6
> Edmonton Alberta
> - Email : wesam.haymour@canadapost.postescanada.ca
> Brenda Young
> -Title MGR SHIFT
> -Location:12135 149 ST, T5L 5H2
> Edmonton Alberta
> -Email: brenda.young@canadapost.postescanada.ca
> Robert Mccutcheon
> - Location: 12135 149 ST T5L 5H2
> Edmonton Alberta
> - Email: Doug.sinclair@canadapost.ca
> Azam Bacchus
> -Location: 12135- 149 ST T5L 5H2
> Edmonton Alberta
> -Email: azam.bacchus@canadapost.postescanada.ca

Template email wrote:

To _____:
I am writing out of concern over the recent treatment of Shop Steward Nick Driedger, who has recently been dismissed. It is my understanding that Mr Nick Driedger advances the welfare and safety of his fellow workers in this role. It is hard to believe that someone as honest, positive, and hard working as Nick should be dismissed, especially in light of the charge discussed below.
Mr Nick Driedger has been accused of stunting, a charge of which hehas not been found guilty. According to eyewitness testimony, he was merely honking his horn, which could only make him more visible as he drove through an area with many police and protestors. Also, according to eyewitnesses, he ceased after hearing shouting from the officers in question. The eyewitness testimony in his favour is substantial, and it is disturbing that Canada Post Corporation would find Nick Driedger guilty in advance of the verdict of a court of law.

I, ______ request that Nick Driedger be reinstated as a full time mail service courier with no harm to his seniority. I also request the cessation of any targeting of him due to his activities as a CUPW shop steward.

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