Just leaving this here:
@Finn_American Marie Komrade
@partridge Especially once he figures out which union we decided to organize with...
@nerthos I'm a Wobbly, buddy.
@nerthos Watch me, you dirty scab.
Alright, let me help:
Wobbly - an affectionate nickname for a member of the Industrial Workers of the World, an international anarcho-syndicalist union.
Scab - a strikebreaker; a cowardly individual who chooses to work at a workplace during a strike, often brought in by the boss.
@nerthos In that case, I would suggest looking up the Industrial Workers of the World. We're an entirely rank-and-file run union, our dues don't get taken out of our paychecks, and we're pretty decentralized. We've also stuck to our principles from our founding in 1905. Might be what you're looking for.
@nerthos The IWW isn't affiliated with either anarchists or political groups and doesn't usually do contracts at all. There's also no union boss - the only paid position in our union is the General Secretary-Treasurer, which is a position with a one-year term like all our officer positions. We can also recall our officers if we think they're doing a terrible job. Sounds right up your alley.
@Finn_American My workplace forbids unionizing and will fire anyone attempting to organize in any way that LOOKS like unionizing.
@The_Mechanarchist Do you live in the United States? If so, that's a violation of labor law and you can take them to court over that.
In the meantime, there are other ways you can unionize or make workplace improvements aside from traditional business unions. The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) has a lot of experience working under the radar and might be able to help.
@Finn_American I do live in the U.S. My employers also have a pretty high turnaround, so really, there is not much solidarity. Secondly, they would fire you for different reasons. No one is a perfect worker and they might just fire you for using your phone on the floor (which I do and there are cameras everywhere, so there is that).
@The_Mechanarchist Yeah, that's a difficult place to be in. However, I'm sure you're not the only one who feels that way about your workplace. You could try to get in touch with some of your coworkers and meet outside of work to talk about workplace issues. I wouldn't suggest discussing unionizing outright, but instead gauge how willing folks are to take a stand. It's a common IWW tactic.
@Finn_American Well, it doesn't help that I am the only anarchist there or on my way out (I have an engineering degree to get a better job doing what I like). If I were to say I was even considering doing something like that, it wouldn't be long before word reached the plant manager (the company I work for is multinational, headquartered in Britain, I think) AND the plant manager has been there for decades...yeah. I am not in any real position to do anything or influence too many, my coworkers have always considered me cool, but the odd one too smart for my own good. I will look into the IWW stuff, though, for future considerations.
@The_Mechanarchist Yeah, don't do anything you're not comfortable with doing. That can go very wrong very quickly. And I would highly recommend the IWW for future organizing efforts - lots of anarchists there.
Yeah...thanks for the advice. I have been at least trying to plant seeds in my coworkers minds, dropping some info about what the capitalists are doing to us as people, as workers. Maybe it will grow in some of their minds.
@The_Mechanarchist That's probably the best we can hope for, tbh.
@The_Mechanarchist The idea ultimately is that there's strength in numbers. If enough of your coworkers are willing to stand up to the boss, your boss in theory can't fire all of you without consequences.
But… I like being ionized…
@viciousviscosity Oh no! I sense negative thinking!
Generalistic and moderated instance.