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West Virginia IWW Commemorates Battle of Blair Mountain Centennial

Over Labor Day weekend, a series of events were held in West Virginia to commemorate the centennial of the “Battle of Blair Mountain,” the largest labor uprising in the history of the United States, which pitted local mine workers against mine owners, law enforcement, and even the US military in…

Class Power on Zero-Hours: An Interview with AngryWorkers

AngryWorkers is a collective that recently spent six years working and organizing in the logistics sector in West London. Across several workplaces, AngryWorkers developed a culture of analysis and supported workers’ independent self-organization through projects like a solidarity network, workpla…

Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee Prepares for Nationwide Demonstrations

As 2021 comes to a close, the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee is collaborating closely with Jailhouse Lawyers Speak to organize collective actions inside prisons and jails from August 21 to September 9, 2022. These actions will include labor strikes, work equipment sabotage, sit-ins, boyco…

The Long Deep Grudge: An Interview with Toni Gilpin

Recently, Industrial Worker reached out to Toni Gilpin to discuss her book, The Long Deep Grudge: A Story of Big Capital, Radical Labor, and Class War in the American Heartland. Gilpin is a labor historian, writer and activist who holds a PhD in American History from Yale University. The Long Deep G…

IWW Recognizes Union for Remote Staff

In August, the General Executive Board of the Industrial Workers of the World voted unanimously to extend voluntary union recognition to staff working outside of the IWW’s General Headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. While the IWW’s staff in Chicago were previously unionized, the new Remote Worker…

Intersectional Class Struggle: An Interview with Michael Beyea Reagan

Michael Beyea Reagan is the author of Intersectional Class Struggle: Theory and Practice, which explores the influence of race and gender on working-class politics. Industrial Worker recently spoke with Reagan about the value that an intersectional perspective can bring to union organizing. The inte…

Union at Holler Health Justice Defends Workers and Community

In 2020, workers at Holler Health Justice, a nonprofit organization supporting West Virginians seeking abortions and other reproductive health services, unionized to curb burnout and defend their community from both misogynists and racists. The Holler Health Justice Union is organized with the Indus…

Acceptable Men: An Interview with David Ranney

On September 25, the Charles H. Kerr Publishing Company will host a release party for Acceptable Men: Life in the Largest Steel Mill in the World, a posthumous memoir by Noel Ignatiev about working for US Steel in Gary, Indiana during the 1970s. Industrial Worker recently spoke with David Ranney, wh…

Workers at Curbside Recycling Win Raise, Paid Time Off

For workers at the Curbside Recycling Program in Berkeley, California, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need for better working conditions. The truck drivers, who have been required to work every day while many California residents sheltered at home, demanded and won both a wage increas…

I’ll Forget It When I Die: An Interview with Mitchell Abidor

Recently, Industrial Worker spoke with Mitchell Abidor, author of I’ll Forget it When I Die!, a new history of the Bisbee Deportation of 1917, during which 12,000 striking miners and their supporters were exiled to the New Mexican desert by the combined forces of the mining companies and local law…

IWW Member to be Inducted into Chicago Literary Hall of Fame

Throughout his life, Carlos Cortez memorialized many members of the Industrial Workers of the World in his iconic posters, as well as his poetry, songs, and other contributions to the IWW’s official publication, Industrial Worker. Now, Cortez himself will be memorialized by the Chicago Literary Ha…

Call to Safety Workers Reinvigorate Union with Organizing Committee

For the last two years, workers at Call to Safety, a Portland, Oregon-based crisis hotline, have been building their union’s power through a more active organizing committee. The Call to Safety Workers Union is organized with the Industrial Workers of the World. The Call to Safety Workers Union wa…

Meet a Union Officer: Simon C, Web Manager

Simon C is the web manager of the Industrial Workers of the World. In a recent interview with Industrial Worker, Simon discussed his professional background, how it brought him to the IWW, and how he assists the union today.Simon has worked in web development for the last three years. Prior to that…

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition Workers Win Union Election

Following the conclusion of a union election on July 9, workers at the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition celebrated recognition of their union by both management at the Huntington, West Virginia-based environmental nonprofit organization and the National Labor Relations Board. OVEC Union is organi…

Solidarity Unionism Today: An Interview with Staughton Lynd

Solidarity Unionism: Rebuilding the Labor Movement from Below was written in 1992 by the civil rights and peace activist Staughton Lynd, who received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard in 1950 and doctorate from Columbia University ten years later. In a recent interview with Industrial Worker, Lyn…

Moe’s Books Union entame les négociations avec la direction

Moe’s Books Union a de bonnes raisons de se réjouir malgré des à-coups dans les négociations contractuelles. Depuis qu’il a rejoint les Industrial Workers of the World et qu’il a obtenu la reconnaissance de l’employeur au mois de mars, le syndicat de libraires, acheteurs et autres trava…

IWW Freelance Journalists Union Supports Reporters with Press Passes

Since 2020, the Industrial Workers of the World Freelance Journalists Union has been issuing press passes to reporters to aid them in the course of their work, particularly in response to police interference. Organized as a branch of the IWW since 2019, the IWW FJU has issued more than 200 press pas…

Coal River Mountain Watch Workers Anticipate Union Recognition

In late July, workers at Coal River Mountain Watch in Naoma, West Virginia, requested voluntary union recognition from the environmental nonprofit organization’s board of directors. They anticipate full recognition of the Coal River Mountain Watch Union, organized with the Industrial Workers of th…

IWW Surveys North American Membership

On July 24, the Industrial Workers of the World began distributing a survey to all of its members in North America. Shared via email, social media, and other channels, the questionnaire collects occupational, demographic and economic information, which all members are encouraged to complete in its e…

Voodoo Doughnut Workers Hold National Day of Action

Workers at Voodoo Doughnut in Portland held a national day of action on July 29 to protest against the allegedly illegal firing of staff and to demand better working conditions. The workers, unionized as Doughnut Workers United with the Industrial Workers of the World, were supported by IWW branches…

El sindicato de la librería Moe’s Books entra en negociaciones con la gerencia

Póster del sindicato de libros de Moe por Ry Faraola A pesar de las interrupciones a las negociaciones contractuales, el sindicato de la librería Moe’s Books tiene motivo para celebrar. Desde que organizarse con los Trabajadores y Trabajadoras Industriales del Mundo (IWW) y desde ser reconocido…

Management at Dill Pickle Food Co-op Rejects Labor Board’s Ruling

Last month, the National Labor Relations Board deemed that complaints made by workers against management at the Dill Pickle Food Co-op were justified. Yet despite the board’s findings, management has thus far refused to settle, instead forcing an administrative trial on the matter. Nevertheless, w…

Socialist Rifle Association Workers Win First Union Contract

Logo of Socialist Rifle Association Workers United Workers at the Socialist Rifle Association recently concluded negotiations with management over their first union contract, also known as a collective bargaining agreement. This follows workers’ request for voluntary union recognition in March, wh…

Moe’s Books Union Enters Negotiations with Management

Moe’s Books Union Poster by Ry Faraola Despite stops and starts in contract negotiations, Moe’s Books Union has cause to celebrate. Since organizing with the Industrial Workers of the World and being recognized by their employer in March, the union of booksellers, buyers and other workers at the…

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition Workers Vote on Union

Recently, the fight for a union at Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition shifted gears from collective direct action to the ballot box, as workers voted on whether or not to certify their union, which is organized with the Industrial Workers of the World. Following almost five months of demanding that…


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