San Francisco Bay Area General Membership Branch

Bay Area IWW General Membership Branch includes workers from around the Greater Bay Area.


Facebook Page

Facebook Group

Mailing List – [email protected]


Branch Officers (to contact any of the officers below, please add the subject line “Attention: [insert officer and name here]”.)

Branch Secretary – Alex F.-C. – [email protected]
Branch Treasurer – Dave K. – [email protected]
Branch Communications Officer – Bruce V. – [email protected]
Branch Organizing Department Liaison – Johnny T. – [email protected]
Branch System Administrator – Daniel M. C. – [email protected]

Environmental Unionism Caucus (contact)
Steve – [email protected]

Industrial Union Organizing Contact

Marine Transport Workers IU 510
Steve – [email protected]

Bay Area IWW Shops

Textile and Clothing Workers Industrial Union 410

Stone Mountain & Daughter Fabrics (Since 2003)

Printing and Publishing House Workers Industrial Union 450

Evergreen Printing (since 2000); Design, Offset Printing, and Digital Printing
2412 Palmetto Street, Oakland, CA 94602
(510) 482-4547
[email protected]

Recreational Workers Industrial Union 630

Embarcadero Center Cinemas (Since 2010)

Shattuck Cinemas (Since 2005)

Municipal and Utility Service Workers Industrial Union 670

Community Conservation Centers (Buyback) Recycling (Since 2001)

Berkeley Ecology Center (Curbside) Recycling (Since 1989)

Notable Campaigns

IU 510 – Neptune Jade (1997-98)
IU 530 – Stockton Independent Truckers (2004-05)
IU 670 – East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse (2003-04)

A Little History:

This branch was created by a merger in 1971 of the SF Branch G.R.U. (General Recruiting Union) founded July 1st 1927, and the Berkeley Branch G.R.U. founded Sept. 10th 1961. There were no GMB branches prior to 1969.

First letter from Headquarters to the first Branch Secretary, Richard Ellington. Sept. 11th 1961:

Dear Fellow Worker: Yesterday I sent you the branch charter for a Berkeley branch. I ordered the branch seal this morning and as soon as it is delivered I will forward it to you. I am doing all this without authorization from the Board, but since time counts I had to take it upon myself to act, and I feel fairly sure that the Board will OK the application for the charter… Yours for a world of peace and freedom W. H. Westman Secretary-Treasurer

The minutes of the third monthly meeting, December 1961, were taken in long hand on the back of a menu for the Bistro San Martin where the earliest meetings were held.

(510) 845-0540
2022 Blake Street, Berkeley, CA (Grassroots House)
PO Box 11412, Berkeley, CA 94712