The Eugene Springfield Solidarity Network was started in 1989, after community members turned out in solidarity over an eighteen month period to show support for 300 members of the Western Council of Industrial Workers who went on strike at Springfield’s Morgan-Nicolai Door Factory. The Strike ended when the plant closed and shipped it’s manufacturing overseas but the men and women who walked the picket line in solidarity day after day decided to form an organization that would stand up for workers and promote social justice in the form of decent jobs and living wages and good benefits.
ESSN has always been there to provide support for workers, whether it’s turning out our members and allies to rally for better wages and benefits, walking a picket line or promoting and educating the community on the benefits of unions.
As a grassroots organization we do not suffer the constraints placed on many unions when it comes to direct action campaigns which allows us to bring community pressure to bear on employers who refuse to bargain in good faith.
What we do
The Solidarity Network providers tools, supports, and networking opportunities for organizers and activist in our community as well as building solidarity among network members and allied organizations so we can better support the work we do for all working class people.
Activist and Organizers can become member by making a $30/annually donation and pledging to turn out in solidarity for 4 network events a year. The annual donation can be waved for members who turn out for solidarity actions. Members in good standing can create an Activist or Organizer profiles through our website to gain access to network resources.
Members in good standing
- Have access to member lists, groups, and networking and organizing resources.
- Are able to vote during board elections and are eligible to run for board positions.
- Are eligible to participate as representatives to state wide and national conventions with network and allied organizations.
A member profiles provides a summary of the areas an activist or organizers is interested in working on. It provides a means to network like minded individuals together to support each others work.
Member Organizations commit to paying annual dues and are given a seat on the ESSN steering committee. Each Member organization can send a voting delegate to the networks annual meeting and can put forward motions and proposals to the board or the membership.
Ally Organizations are non-dues paying organizations that commit to standing in solidarity with networks members. Ally Organizations can send a delegate to the Network Annual Meeting but are not voting members.
Subscribers are simply individuals who subscribe to our Alert Email List. We send 4 to 5 email alerts a month to update our subscribers on active campaigns and actions in our community. We do not use our subscribers list for fundraising.