Education Industry – IWW members have been involved in union organizing in education at all levels. We have members in K-12 public schools and community colleges in Flagstaff, Phoenix, and Tucson and we were enthusiastic promoters of 2018’s now legendary RedforEd movement, which brought 70,000 teachers and education workers out on strike and into the streets, winning $200 million for Arizona’s public schools. Our members in higher ed have been organizing and fighting for years and are proud to be a part of the newly announced “wall-to-wall” union organizing campaigns with the UCW-CWA at both the University of Arizona and Arizona State.
Tech Industry – The Phoenix IWW has been slowing drawing together our network in both the software and hardware sectors of the tech industry. As Chandler, Tempe, Mesa, and other locations around the Valley are making a name for themselves as “business (owner) friendly” locations for high tech, workers in these industries are getting more and more frustrated and are looking for support from unions like the IWW. Watch for developments from Wobblies in the Valley’s tech industry!
Grocery Industry – IWW members can be found organizing at grocery stores throughout the state. Our members are organizing to gain PPE and health & safety precautions; hazard pay and pay raises; expanded breaks; vacation and sick days; better hours; and much more. Look for reports here on SON HUELGAZ from IWW members and supporters who work at: Safeway, Basha’s/Food City/AJ’s, Sprouts, Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Target, Fry’s, Whole Foods, and Albertson’s, to name just a few.
Solidarity and Strike Support – Consistent with the IWW’s guiding principle that “An Injury to One is an Injury to All”, our members in Arizona try to lend a hand however we can to workers who have taken action in standing up to their employers. The IWW has been honored to be counted among the many unions who have supported the miners on strike against ASARCO – Grupo Mexico 2019-2020. We were thrilled to support nurses with National Nurses United when they were on strike at St. Joseph’s and St. Mary’s hospitals in 2019.