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Le Bulletin

Letter From the Editor

Dear fellow workers,

Allow me to introduce myself, I am Jérémie, a freelance journalist based in Montreal, member of S’ATTAQ and your new Editor of the Canadian Regional Organizing Committee (CANROC) Bulletin.

 

Each quarter, I will attempt to interview officers from each of the CANROC branches and write a short post on the news and campaigns of each of them.

These stories will be published throughout the month.

I plan to use my journalistic training to give The Bulletin a little more pep, to add a bit of a human touch.

 

Expect to see more content written by our members as well.  

I will not hesitate to follow up with you to publish your stories.

Tell us, how is the Boss screwing you over and what are y’all doing to change that?

 

In an effort to make this publication more attractive and accessible to members, I plan to make many changes to The Bulletin.  

To start, instead of publishing a long document each quarter filled with reports interspersed with articles from your colleagues, I will be splitting the Bulletin in two.

The articles will now be posted on CANROC’s website, IWW.ca, in a blog-like format, while the full reports will be made available to you on Interwob, the Union’s private forum.  All in both official languages, of course.

 

I will also try to show you what CANROC is for.

 

Thanks to many years of sound management and a strong growth of our membership, we have at your disposal* a surplus of several tens of thousands of dollars, for your campaigns, legal defenses or purchase of merchandise, name it!

 

*Certain conditions apply.

 

I’ll tell you more in my first piece “A CANROC, what’s it good for anyways?


By taking on Union tasks almost at random, I have gained privileged access to various committees of the North American Regional Administration (NARA), including the General Executive Board (GEB) and the Organizing Department Board (ODB).  

I will therefore provide you with regular updates on the affairs affecting Wobblies living across Canada, Campaign updates, dispatches from our At Large Members, all that jazz.

 

Did you know that the GEB is finally planning to incorporate subsidiary of the IWW in Canada?

You will find out more in an upcoming column where I will attempt to interview FW Liss, GEB Chair and CANROC Liaison Officer.

 

CANROC is also there to represent the interests of wobblies living in Canada to NARA.

At the Bulletin, we will try to understand why the website is not yet translated into French and Spanish and why they don’t accept Canadian debit cards to pay our dues? What is to be done?


I’m hearing between the branches that soon enough, a joint Tech Committee will be launched with the help of Edmonton General Membership Branch, it’s a joint project between CANROC affiliated Branches and Edmonton GMB, which isn’t a member of CANROC. 

Did you know that not every General Membership Branches in Canada are affiliated to CANROC but that strangely enough, Montréal GMB is? Yeah, that’s a thing. 

So anyways, this Tech Committee will try to provide free Web hosting, email boxes and other nerdy stuff to all Branches who might need it, all of that for free! 

I don’t have much details yet but it sounds like a good idea to share resources and (professional) humanpower for our Cyberinfrastructure, I’ll keep you posted with my Dispatches From The “Cyber Common Front” (Ok, I made that last thing up, no one actually says that).


I would like to thank all the work done by my previous editor, Felix Fuchs.

Felix was able to put together a Bulletin that had been neglected for several years prior to his arrival. 

Despite his limited French language skills as a German-born speaker, with a little help, he managed to translate all the reports and articles that appeared in The Bulletin

So much so that I assumed he was perfectly bilingual. 

Without Felix’s hard work, it would have been impossible for me to take The Bulletin one step further.

I think I can speak for all Francophone wobblies when I express my deepest gratitude for all the efforts made by the largely Anglophone officers to francize CANROC.

That’s real Solidarity.

Don’t worry about bilingualism at CANROC, it’s here to stay.

 

As it is for you, this redesign of The Bulletin will be brand new to me, and just like it was for you, the last year has been a hard one.

I will have to develop a whole new workflow and build a network of contacts (as well as translate all your darn reports).

My apologies for posting a few days late, there was a death in the family last week and grief slowed me down.

 

So I would ask you to be a little patient while The Bulletin and I, we get back into shape.

 

Just by writing this, I’m getting all agitated!

 

I look forward to hearing from y’all!

 

Solidarity forever,

 

Jérémie, CANROC Bulletin Editor,

Montréal

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Solidarity Statement

Solidarity Statement

Statement in Solidarity with Black, Indigenous and People of Colour Against Systemic Racism 

The members of the Industrial Workers of the World — Canadian Regional Organizing Committee express our solidarity with protestors and organizers, here on Turtle Island and across the world, struggling against police brutality and systemic anti-Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) racism. We fully support the abolitionist demands to defund the police, commend BIPOC activists who have brought these demands forward, and support the more radical demand to dismantle the prison system entirely.

As workers living in the colonial state of Canada, we recognize that the problem of police brutality against BIPOC people is not isolated to the United States. Canada was founded on the labour of enslaved African peoples and the stolen land of Indigenous peoples. Our police, acting on behalf of the colonial state, continue to terrorize Black and Indigenous communities. This is exemplified by the recent death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, a Black-Indigenous Torontonian who died at the hands of Toronto police. This is not an isolated incident but rather a pattern of murderous, racist terror perpetuated by the police and RCMP. In just a single month this year the following Indigenous people were killed – Rodney Levi and Chantelle Moore in New Brunswick; Eishia Hudson, Jason Collins, and Kevin Andrews in Winnipeg; and three unnamed persons in Nunavut. We say, collectively Rest in Power.

The struggle for autonomy and personal liberty for Black and Indigenous People of Colour on Turtle Island is a struggle against a capitalist enterprise that has polluted every element of life for hundreds of years. The escalating violence from police forces is not a symptom of a broken system. It is emblematic of a system working exactly as it was intended to do. Racial oppression is one of the biggest driving forces of capitalism, and we see that oppression in all state institutions and systems that serve it: in our workplaces, in our schools, in the courts and prisons; in immigration and border control, and in the military-industrial complex.  

Since the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, exploited and oppressed workers across the globe have united to show their solidarity in opposing institutional practices of the capitalist system, white supremacy, and the police and prison system; which are major tools of violent oppression used by the colonial white supremacist  states on Turtle Island against the Black and Indigenous working class. While some progress has been made through the immense struggle of oppressed folk and their allies, the fight is not over until all power is taken from authoritarians and capitalists and put in the hands of workers.

Cops are not workers.  They are traitors to the working class, whose job is to enforce the unjust laws of capitalist and colonialist order through violent force! We call on the entire labour movement  to reject solidarity with police “unions”, and echo calls to defund and abolish the police.

Our own union has a history of supporting and organizing racialized peoples dating back to its founding, but we must not rest upon our laurels. We have important work to do to root out the systemic racism in our organization and to examine how we often benefit from the colonization of the land we inhabit at the expense of Indigenous communities. We call on the IWW and all other radical, progressive labour unions to immediately begin taking action to address racism within our own ranks and to work towards making the labour movement a welcoming environment for BIPOC individuals.

The IWW recognizes the intersections and parallels of our initiatives, with the Black Lives Matter movement.  We stand committed to making ourselves available in any way possible to the movement, and all oppressed peoples struggling for self determination and prosperity.  An injury to one is an injury to all.  

We are here for you, always. 

Solidarity Forever. 

Industrial Workers of the World – Canadian Regional Organizing Committee

Tangible actions to support BIPOC in their struggle

  • Elect at least one GMB member to be a liaison with the local BLM chapter and / or other anti-racist groups.
  • Ensure the liaison reports back to the GMB and executive regularly to ensure discussion on how the branch can assist local anti-racist organizing.
  • Ask your GMB to take a position of solidarity and work with anti-racist groups in a spirit of mutual cooperation without influencing their decision-making processes or goals.
  • Offer tangible organizing support such as:  promotional outreach, communication before during. and after actions as well as logistical support such as marshaling, monitoring for dangers, first aid.
  • Any other tangible, credible actions to support their struggle for racial justice.

Sources:
https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/90941/
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/nunavut-man-dies-in-police-involved-shooting-1.5557813

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Announcement

Covid-19 Dues Waiver Update

This motion was passed unanimously during the December CanROC Meeting on Dec. 14.

Whereas if a CanROC member is in good standing as of November 2020, they may request a dues waiver for December 2020, January 2021, February 2021, and March 2021.

Therefore, be it resolved that the CanROC member can request the dues waiver for individual months between December 2020 and March 2021, or for four consecutive months of December 2020, January 2021, February 2021, and March 2021.  

Be it further resolved that motion applies even if the CanROC member has been given previous waivers.

Be it further resolved that if a CanROC member pays dues to their local branch, they need to contact their delegate to request the waiver.  

Be it further resolved that if a CanROC member has already paid their dues for October, the CanROC member can request a refund of their October dues.

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Announcement

2020 CanROC Referendum

This November you can vote in the 2020 referendum for
the Canadian Regional Organizing Committee of the
IWW. The voting period is November 7 – December 7.

CanROC members must be in good standing through August 2020 in order to vote in the CanROC referendum.

Branches need to submit their delegate reports, new member forms, and up-to-date e-mail lists to the regional secretary at rs.canroc@gmail.com as soon as possible so that the database can be updated and the e-mail list of FWs who will still receive a ballot can be amended.

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Announcement

Covid-19 Dues Waiver Fall Extension

By the order of the Canadian Regional Organizing Committee, members in good standing through August 2020, including anyone who requested previous due waivers in 2020, can request a dues waiver for September and October. If a wobbly has already paid dues for September-October, they can request either a refund or a waiver for November-December.

For more information or questions regarding this motion, get in touch with your CanROC branch representative, your local delegate, or the CanROC officers.

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Update

CanROC Summit Registration Extended

The 2020 CanROC Summit Online is only a few days away.  However, you still have time to register for the 2020 CanROC Summit Online. The registration deadline has been extended until tomorrow night, Wednesday, July 8, at midnight. The link to the registration form is here.

***Workshop presenters, please complete the registration form as well.***  

Just in case you haven’t seen the CanROC Summit Online schedule yet, you can access it here.

After the registration period ends on Wednesday night, the organizing committee will put an e-mail list of participants together and send a message to them on Thursday with the meeting room access link and password.  

***If you have registered for the Summit, but you don’t receive a message with the meeting room access link and password, please e-mail rs.canroc@gmail.com and we will send you them as soon as we can.***

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Announcement

CanROC Summit Registration

The 2020 CanROC Summit Online is fast approaching.  The workshops begin next Friday night, July 10, and will run through Monday night, July 13.  As part of the summit we will also be screening the documentary, There’s Something In The Water, on Saturday night, July 11, at 9pm eastern. You can see the full Summit Online schedule here or on the website.

To register for the CanROC Summit Online workshops, you simply need to complete this registration form by Monday, July 6.  

If you have any questions about the registration process, the workshops, or anything else, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the RS.

Solidarity forever!

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Announcement

Covid-19 Dues Waiver Extension

This motion was passed unanimously during the June CanROC Meeting on June 15.

By order of the Canadian Regional Organizing Committee, members in good standing through April 2020, including anyone who requested the previous dues waiver, can request a dues waiver for May, June, July, and August. If a wobbly has already paid dues for May, they can request either a refund or a waiver for June – August 2020.

For more information or questions regarding this motion, get in touch with your CanROC branch representative, your local delegate, or the CanROC officers.

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Announcement

Covid-19 Dues Waiver

First and foremost, we, the CanROC officers send our solidarity to all fellow workers and to members of the working class across occupied Canada who are suffering under the pain of both the coronavirus and capitalism.

In order to respond to the needs of our FWs, CanROC branch delegates have adopted a motion that offers Wobblies in good standing through February 2020 the option of waiving their dues for March and April. If a fellow worker in good standing has already paid their dues for March, then they have the option of waiving their dues for April and May.   

Here is the text of the motion:

WHEREAS COVID-19 has caused school closures, layoffs, cutbacks, and other events which will financially burden some Canadian Regional Organizing Committee (CanROC) members due to loss of paychecks, childcare costs, healthcare costs, and other unforeseen expenses,

WHEREAS these financial burdens fall heaviest on members whose jobs are the most precarious and whose livelihoods are most in danger,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that CanROC shall allow delegates to provide an option for members in good standing through February 2020 who are temporarily unemployed or experiencing economic hardships due to COVID-19 to have their dues waived for March and April 2020,

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that members who ask for a dues waiver but who have already paid dues for March may request either a refund or a waiver for April and May 2020,

AND BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the regional secretary shall send an email to all current members alerting them of the options available to them due to this motion, and a separate email to all CanROC branches and their active delegates instructing them to submit a report for members opting to take the waiver.

The regional secretary will be contacting branch delegates and secretaries as soon as possible concerning the steps to implement the motion. In the meantime, if you have questions, don’t hesitate to email the RS directly at rs.canroc@gmail.com.

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Solidarity Statement

Solidarity with Wet‘suwet‘en Land Defenders

Members of the Industrial Workers of the World across Turtle Island, within and outside of so-called Canada extend our admiration and solidarity to the Wet’suwet’en land defenders struggling for the protection of their traditional territories and for the recognition of their land rights and sovereignty. After a decade of peaceful resistance to the construction of a natural gas pipeline through their traditional lands, Wet’suwet’en land defenders at Unist’ot’en camp were subject to armed aggression and violence last month as they were removed from their lands by RCMP agents. These invasions by the Canadian state contravene international law, UNDRIP, and Canada’s own Supreme Court precedents.

The SITT-IWW is heartened by the success of solidarity actions in recent months which strike at the heart of the state’s economic engine.  While mainstream media and public narratives surrounding these protests and blockades display the reactionary values and racism at the core of so-called Canadian society, the creative and committed direct actions underway across the continent should inspire our membership and working people the world over. It is with great enthusiasm that the SITT-IWW declares its support for the land defenders and working class people across Turtle Island who are engaging in direct action and legal battles against colonial machinations.

The extraction and accumulation of capital across Turtle Island and worldwide is founded on and accomplished by the violent colonialist dispossession and repression of Indigenous peoples. As the climate crisis escalates and further destabilizes the working class, human survival increasingly depends on policies and actions made today with respect to land and water. Until the RCMP withdraws from Wet’suwet’en lands (to which Canada has no legal claim), direct action against the state’s economic infrastructure is vital. The  SITT-IWW thanks and supports the Wet’suwet’en land defenders and solidarity blockaders and condemns the colonial violence perpetrated by the Canadian and British Columbian governments, the RCMP and CGL.

An injury to one is an injury to all.