I.W.W. Milwaukee-Generall Membership Branch Home Page
  1. What Is The Milwaukee GMB?

    The Milwaukee General Membership Branch of the I.W.W. is a chartered body of members of the I.W.W. in the metropolitan Milwaukee area in any and all industrial classifications. Our main goals are to aid in the formation of Industrial Union Branches [I.U.B.] of the I.W.W., Job Shops, coordinating activities amongst local IUBs and interfacing with the general workforce and student body.

    The Milwaukee GMB has an Organizing Committee the meets twice a month. Sometimes more. The OC works on helping workers struggling with the Capatalist system by offering them the tools to turn the tide in their favor. When workers organize themselves along just cause(s) there is no stopping them from attaining just recompence.

    Currently the Milwaukee GMB has several members in the 620 Union and are looking to find a few more to form a 620 I.U.B. There are also members in

    The Industrial Workers of the World

    The Industrial Workers of the World is an international union of working people built on the basic principles of class liberation and social welfare.

    Equality

    The IWW is fundamentally committed to the equality of all people.  The IWW, since its founding in 1905, has sought to organize ALL workers.  This means that the IWW organizes workers regardless of sex, race, national origin, ethnicity, age, skill level, and sexual orientation.  Many "craft unions" are only interested in organizing select workers and seek only to represent their interests.  The IWW believes that all workers have the same basic goals and interests, and therefore excludes no working people from organizing.

    The IWW has a long history of crossing meaningless social classes to organize for a better world.  The IWW has always organized  immigrants and undocumented workers, knowing and acknowledging that the interests of workers is not defined by arbitrary political borders.  The IWW has and does organize women into the union.  For many, women were purposefully excluded from unions because unions actively sought to govern only traditional "work" environments where women have been excluded.  The IWW does not see any economic difference between workers of different genders, and understands that the creation of social expectations and norms which divide the world "public space" inhabited by men and "private space" inhabited by women seeks only to divide workers.  Workers united lose their power and their strength, and sexual and sexists divisions serve only the ruling class' interests and is therefore antithetical to the interests of working people everywhere.

    Industrial Unionism

    Unlike "craft unions" the IWW an industrial union, and seeks to organize workers industrially.  The IWW believes, first and foremost, that workers' interests can only be met when workers unite in solidarity and unionize.  It is only through collective action and unity that workers can see their fundamental interests met.  So-called "craft unions" like the AFL-CIO advocate and organize workers into exclusive groups of skilled workers or workers who share a particular trade.  This organizing model leads to unions which split and fracture workers, whereas workplaces may have multiple unions with different contracts and different expiration dates.  These different unions are pitted against each other and each union seeks only to gain benefits for a select group of workers.  In may cases craft unions are required by their contracts to the picket lines of other unions.  The IWW believes that the interests of working people can only be met when all workers are organized together and working toward the same common goal.  Thus the IWW seeks to organize workers by workplace but also by industry.  Industrial organizing unifies not only all workers but unifies our struggles, our goals, and our projects.

    Workplace Democracy

    Empowered democracy is fundamentally essential for the liberation of working people.  This democracy needs to begin within each of our workplaces.  The IWW believes that united and empowered workers ought be in control of our own workplaces, our own lives, and our own destinies.  This is realized when workers, organized and united under a common union representing their class interests, democratically determines what is best for themselves and their jobs.  Workers ought to be the primary decision makers concerning their jobs and workplaces, not the last people consulted concerning their work, bodies, and time.  The workers at any specific location know best how that site need to be run simply because they are the people making the workplace to run!  This insistence on workplace democracy means that the IWW is a non-hierarchical union, where collective bodies of workers determine the face and direction of not only their union but, more importantly, their workplaces.

    Anti-Capitalism

    The preamble to the IWW constitution states:"The working class and the employing class have nothing in common.  There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of the working people and the few, who make up the employing class, have all the good things in life.  Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organize as a class, take possession of the means of production, abolish the wage system, and live in harmony with the Earth."

    The IWW believes that the economic and social structure of capitalism is fundamentally unjust and workers' interests cannot be realized under the thumb of capitalism.  Unlike craft unions, who seek to bargain for crumbs from the bosses tables, the IWW believes that the emancipation of the working class necessitates the destruction of capitalism and the wage system.