SJEM ACRONYM/TERMS GLOSSARY

This glossary includes acronyms and terms likely to be used within the SJEM community and throughout our website and blog content.

ACRONYMS

Within SJEM, the following acronyms are common:

SJEM (pronounced s-jem, Social Justice Education Movement)

FW (Fellow Worker) - How IWW members traditionally address each other (e.g. FW Lucy Parsons, or FW Ben Fletcher).

GDC (General Defense Committee) - An organization composed of IWW members and supporters whose function is to organize for the defense of the IWW and the working class as a whole.

GMB (General Membership Branch) - A chartered body of IWW members located in a local geographic area composed of workers from many different industries, (IE, Twin Cities GMB).

IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) - our union, which aspires to organize all members of the working class into industrial unions, to destroy capitalism, and create a better world. A common mistake understands this acronym as the ‘international workers of the world,’ which is redundant, if you think about it.

OT (Organizer Training) - OT101, OT102, IWW trainings on workplace organization.

AEIOU (Agitate, Educate, Inoculate, Organize, Union) - Template to guide one-on-one conversations about organizing. AEIOU is taught as a part of the IWW Organizer Training 101.

SJEF (Social Justice Education Fair) - annual one-day fair during MEA week offering youth panels, speakers, and workshops on social justice issues

 

Within the local public schools, the following acronyms are common:

AE (associate educator) - A support professional that works in a variety of functions such as “Family Liason” or “Behavior Dean”.

SEA (special education assistant) - A support professional that works in the special education department of public schools (title varies across districts).

SRO (school resource officers) - A police officer that works in schools.

MFT (Minnesota Federation of Teachers) - The union for teachers in Minneapolis public schools.

ESP (Education Support Professional) - A chapter of MFT that encompasses support staff in Minneapolis Public Schools such as AEs and SEAs.

SPFT (St Paul Federation of Teachers) - The union for teachers in St Paul public schools.