ILWU Local 19
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Organize your workplace!!!
It's Your right
Federal Law gives all workers a legal right to organize a Union. It is illegal for your employer to threaten you or discriminate against you because you support a Union. It is illegal for your employer to threaten to close down the business because workers organize a Union
A Union is working people getting together to defend each other, and to work in unity to make improvements on the job. In the ILWU and our marine division , the IBU, the members make the decisions about the issues that affect us. That's democracy. That's what a Union is all about.
There is not a single US Citizen who has not benefited from the struggles, sacrifices and victories of the US labor movement. Things we take for granted--child labor laws, unemployment insurance, the 8-hour day, the minimum wage, health and safety regulations--are a direct result of the strikes, sit-downs, slow-downs, and actions of organized workers.
Unfortunately, most of this history has been effectively purged from our collective memory. The US political establishment portrays unions as out of date and somehow no longer necessary.
Let the ILWU help you in organizing your workplace. It doesn't matter what business or industry you are in or what part of the country you are in, we can help. Don't be afraid to approach any union, regardless of their name : hospitals have been organized by the Longshoremen, office workers by the United Auto Workers, etc.
Quote on Organizing the Unorganized
It’s a first step toward a better future and the rewards far outweigh the disadvantages and risks in any organizing campaign! Volunteer to help you Local Union and all AFL-CIO labor Unions engaged in organizing campaigns in your area. This is a great way to repay organized labor for the benefits we now enjoy as union members."
Links to Helpful Organizing Sites
Past Organizing Successes
Security Officers for the Portland-based
The ferry terminal
workers at Friday Harbor on San Juan Island.
IBU Alaska Region
service workers employed by Fine Host
Orcas Island ferry loading,
organized by the IBU
administrative staff at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
San Francisco Bicycle
The Mission Council on
Alcohol Abuse in San Francisco :
Yang Ming Line Office
Clerical Unit Los Angeles
their faults, trade-unions have done more for humanity than any other
organization of men that ever existed. They have done more for decency,
for honesty, for education, for the betterment of the race, for the
developing of character in man, than any other association of men."
This unofficial site was created and is
maintained by rank and file ILWU members