Organizer Training 101

Do you want to form a union at your workplace for better conditions and respect on the job, but don’t know where to start?

The IWW’s Organizer Training (OT101) is there to demystify the union process by breaking it down into simple steps that anyone can follow. Using real world examples from past union drives, roleplays, and advice from longtime union organizers, we’ll help you develop a plan to fight and win together in your workplace.

Due to Covid restrictions, this training will be held online over our virtual meeting hall (BBB) on two Wednesday evenings and two Saturdays.

Each session is 3 hours long with breaks every hour. All sessions must be attended in order to pass the training. Once completed, you’ll be eligible to attend an OT102, as well as the Training4Trainers program should you wish to become a trainer yourself (and we hope you do!)

1st session: Wed Nov 17th 6pm-9pm
2nd session: Sat Nov 20th 1pm-4pm
3rd session: Wed Nov 24th 6pm-9pm
4th session: Sat Nov 27th 1pm-4pm

What you’ll need:

  • Laptop or desktop (no phones please) running Firefox or Chrome browser
  • Microphone and Webcam (headphones encouraged)
  • Pen and Notebook
  • Copy of the training booklet (email info@ottawaiww.org to request a copy)

Register today

If you’d like to attend, please fill out this form.

Deadline for registration is Nov 10th, 2021

New Podcast: Your Everyday Ⓐnarchist

Your Everyday Ⓐnarchist

An unassuming public servant by day and a boisterous activist by night – he’s Your Everyday Anarchist.
In what we hope to be a regular podcast feature, Fellow Workers of the Ottawa-Outaouais IWW will be reading op-eds written on our member’s behalf. Whether it be politics, economics, activism, or anything in between, Your Everyday Anarchist has something to say about it… and he’s not one to mince words. 
You’ll laugh, you’ll nod your head, you’ll clench your fists… and you just might learn something along the way.
Our flagship episode covers issues of self-defence and resistance tactics in general. It’s aptly entitled “Be a Lover and a Fighter”, and Your Everyday Anarchist isn’t pulling any punches.

Your Everyday Anarchist Episode 1 – Be a Lover and a Fighter

During COVID-19, IWW Offers Wage Theft Support to Non-Members

During the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Ottawa-Outaouais IWW has opened up wage theft support to all non-members in the region. The decision has come after multiple years of dealing with employers who have become comfortable withholding holiday, overtime, termination and severance pay, or outright not paying employees for their work. While we have seen this prevalent prior to an international public health crisis, we know now is a critical time for working people to be properly compensated.

Learn more about what wage theft is and how to get involved with the IWW with wage recovery here.

An Ottawa-Outaouais IWW member hands out leaflets during a 2014 wage theft picket.