IAM Wood, Pulp and Paper Workers across the U.S. are also part of the global labor movement and have an important role to play to improve workers’ rights, working conditions and terms of employment for all. Working with our union sisters and brothers —and those who want to be in unions—our concerns cannot be limited to the nation’s borders. As American woodworkers in a global economy, our lives and struggles are connected to workers across the world. For example, woodworkers in Danville, Virginia, are part of the same global workplace as their counterpart furniture makers in Sweden, Russia and China.
Multinational corporations threaten the rights of workers worldwide as we face stagnant or shrinking wages, weaker social protections and greater job insecurity. As multinationals employ more and more of the global workforce and increase their power, workers and the labor movement face continuing attacks and new challenges. That is why it becomes increasingly more important to focus our organizing efforts here at home to include organizing multi-national corporations.
The Woodworkers Department is committed to comprehensive organizing campaigns and building alliances with all unions and partners worldwide. Organizing strategies may be implemented to build worker power from the community and national levels, to the global workplace. We will ensure that the ILO core labor standards, including the right to freedom of association, will help to establish the foundation of our global efforts. To understand how work is organized globally, we recognize that our Wood, Pulp and Paper Workers are often connected to the same supply chain and working for common multinational corporations.