Alternative Forms Of Worker Organizing Conference, NYC

THE INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD NYC INVITES YOU TO
CONFERENCE ON ALTERNATIVE FORMS OF WORKER ORGANIZING
in New York City
at the City College of NY
Center for Worker Education
99 Hudson Street

JUNE 28-JUNE 29, 2003 in New York City

You are invited to a conference on alternative forms of labor organizing which will be held Saturday, June 28 through Sunday, June 29 at the City College of New York Center For Worker Education, 99 Hudson Street in New York City.
What do we mean by alternative models of labor organizing, and why talk about it now? It is no secret that the American labor movement is facing a crisis. Labor law makes it difficult to organize, even in the most ideal
conditions. Entrenched bureaucracies dominate too many of our unions. Even when a workplace is successfully organized, too often the contracts leave intact the
bosses' ability to reorganize work and shut down the workplace.
We need to think about alternative forms of worker organizing--forms that do not rely on NLRB certification and that build workers' power on the job. In recent years, we have seen the emergence of workers centers, minority
unions, community-based organizing and other attempts by workers to organize themselves outside of the traditional framework.
We see worker self-organizing as the best way to build a strong labor movement. We think that many groups of workers around the country have been experimenting with other ideas. The purpose of getting together in New York at the
end of June is to share the experiences of groups of workers who use alternative models of organizing.

Agenda (tentative)
Saturday, June 28th
10:00am: Welcome & introduction to the conference
10:30am: Introductions of conference attendees
12:00 noon: Lunch,served on site
1:00pm: In-depth discussions of different models
5:00pm: Dinner,served on site
6:00pm –9:00pm: Socializing and music If you would like to
perform a brief set, please let us know

Sunday, June 29th
9:00am: Open for breakfast and socializing
9:30am: Internationalism and alternative forms of worker
organizing.What have we done and what might we do in
solidarity with working people in other countries?
10:00am -12:00noon: WORKSHOPS Set #1
a)Workplace contractualism:pro and con;
b)Job zines:Worker self-publishing;
c)Alternative organizing of campus workers

Noon -1:00pm: Lunch,served on site

1:00pm -3:00pm:
WORKSHOPS Set #2
a)Day labor organizing;
b)Organizing in high-turnover industries;
c)Community organizing for workplace justice (in Spanish)

3:00:Adjourn

Who's Coming?
Anyone who is interested in attending this conference is
welcome to come. Participating groups include branches of the Industrial Workers of the World, the Taxi Workers Alliance, the Restaurant Opportunities Center,the Mexican American Workers Association, Make the Road By Walking, the National Coalition of the Homeless, Coalition of University Employees, the Coalition of Contingent Academic Labor –Boston, Danzine, Debug, Guinea Pig Zero, the Youngstown Workers Solidarity Club, and more.

How to Get There
By Subway
•IRT 7th Avenue Line (red):The closest subway station
(only one block away)is the Franklin Street local stop on the 1 or
9 train.Walk one block west to Hudson Street.
•8th Avenue IND Line (blue):A,C,or E train to the Canal
Street stop.Walk three blocks south on West Broadway,turn right
on Franklin St and walk one and one-half blocks to Hudson St.
• IRT Lexington Avenue Line ((green)and the BMT Line
(yellow or brown):4,5,6,R,N,J,M or Z train to the City Hall/
Brooklyn Bridge express stop.Walk four blocks west on Chambers
Street,turn right on Hudson Street,and walk 4 blocks north.
For driving directions call Alexis:215-222-1905

REGISTRATION
Please e-mail to:
Alternative Forms of Worker Organizing Conference:
juneconference@iww.org
You can also register at the conference,
but if you need housing please call
Sarah or Demian at 718-417-3671 by June 21.
NAME:
ADDRESS:
CITY:
STATE:
ZIP:

PHONE:

E-MAIL:

ORGANIZATIONAL AFFILIATION (IF ANY)

WILL YOU REQUIRE HOUSING?

IF YES, DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL NEEDS
(ALLERGIES, DISABILITIIES)

IF YOU LIVE IN THE NYC AREA, CAN YOU PROVIDE HOUSING FOR OUT-OF-TOWN ATTENDEES? IF SO, PLEASE LET US KNOW HOW MANY
PEOPLE YOU CAN ACCOMMODATE:

REGISTRATION CONTRIBUTION:

WE SUGGEST $20 PER ATTENDEE, MORE IF YOU CAN, LESS IF YOU
CAN'T. NO ONE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS - PLEASE COME
WHETHER YOU PAY OR NOT.

LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED BOTH DAYS.

English to Spanish translation will be available throughout the conference.
Need more information?
Feel free to call a conference organizer:
Andy Piascik:718-624-8495
Sarah Strombeck & Demian Schroeder:718-417-3671
Alexis Buss:215-222-1905
Staughton Lynd:330-652-9635
or e-mail juneconference@iww.org