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Direct Action in the Motor City: Restaurant Workers Fight Back

“The Moby Dick” is a code name used by the Detroit Industrial Workers of the World (Detroit IWW) for a campaign that has been active at a small restaurant since 2017. Conditions at The Moby Dick are probably familiar to many workers in the food service industry: low wages, stagnant wages, no ben…

Look out, Rochester! Here come the Wobblies!

Spring 2021 saw the finalization of the chartering process for the new Rochester, New York branch of the Industrial Workers of the World (ROC-IWW). After meeting at a 2018 Organizer Training event hosted by the IWW, a small but committed team of local Wobblies dedicated themselves to begin the work…

Join the Solidarity Campaign for Incarcerated Fellow Worker Uhuru Rowe

Fellow Worker Uhuru Rowe was condemned to die behind bars when he was just eighteen years old. The man who passed judgment on him was shown to be part of a racially biased justice system in 1990s Richmond, Virginia. The Industrial Worker, along with the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee of t…

In the Spirit of Total Resistance: The Life and Writings of Arthur J. Miller

Arthur J Miller, 2013 Arthur J. Miller, a Wobbly of wide renown, passed away from natural causes at his home in Tacoma, Washington on May 4th, 2021. Arthur spent much of his working life pipefitting in shipyards of the United States’ west, east, and gulf coasts. He had also a fine flair for the wr…

Sex Workers’ Charter Challenge Currently Underway

In 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously ruled several criminal provisions pertaining to sex work were unconstitutional under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Many sex workers in North America were hopeful Canada might finally recognize sex work as work, and those who labour in t…

La contestation en cours de la Charte sur les travailleuses et travailleurs du sexe

En 2013, la Cour suprême du Canada a décidé que plusieurs dispositions criminelles relatives au travail du sexe étaient inconstitutionnelles selon la Charte canadienne des droits et libertés. Beaucoup de travailleuses et travailleurs du sexe avaient l’espoir que le Canada reconnaisse enfin le…

Desafío del estatuto de trabajadores sexuales actualmente en curso

En 2013, la Corte Suprema de Canadá dictaminó por unanimidad que varias disposiciones penales relacionadas con el trabajo sexual eran inconstitucionales según la Carta Canadiense de Derechos y Libertades. Muchas y muchos trabajadores sexuales en América del Norte tenían la esperanza de que Cana…

Four Diverse Unions Join the IWW and a Celebration of May Day

The origins of May Day go back well into the 1800s, when workers across the country agitated for better working conditions in the wake of the Industrial Revolution. On May 1st 1886, three hundred thousand workers walked off over 13,000 job sites to agitate for the 8-hour work day, holding peaceful d…

Ben Fletcher, Black Wobbly

In anticipation of his upcoming book talk, historian Peter Cole discusses the life and times of the IWW’s most prominent Black leader. On Saturday, May 15 at 3 PM Eastern, the Industrial Workers of the World’s Communications Department will be hosting an online book talk with historian Peter Col…

After a Year at Home, Branches Turn Out for May Day 2021

Saturday, May 1st, 2021 marked International Workers’ Day, or “the real Labor Day” to many communities. For many units of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), it was their first union event in more than a year. Organizing takes many forms and May Day 2021 found Wobblies across North Amer…

How Solidarity Unionism Supports the IWW’s Historic Mission

By Lexi Owens, IU620, Seattle General Membership Branch The IWW sets itself apart from other unions in North America through two principles: the call for the abolition of the wage system and its replacement by industrial democracy; and “solidarity unionism” –the democratic and militant organiz…

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition’s Earth Day Strike

The nonprofit industry in the U.S. has seen an upswing of organizing drives in the past few years, with a growing number of the industry’s workers viewing unionization as the best way to ensure that the NGOs for which they work live up to their progressive ideals. Few of the mainstream labor union…

GHQ & IWW Store: On the Move

May Day has historically been a day of celebration and protest for the workers of the world. From the worker’s marches during the Great Depression to the Amazon walkout of 2020, this is a day where we can come together as a united front to push for new, fruitful changes. This May 1st was doubly ex…

My Crash Course in Wobbly Solidarity

I grew up in a small town nestled in the mountains of West Virginia, where stories of the coal wars and the exploitation of Appalachian labor were everywhere. I remember the day that a classmate brought a giant sack into history class, filled with coal company scrip to show how our forbearers were n…

IWOC: Un Sindicato para Prisioneros

Este artículo es parte de una serie dedicada a informar a los lectores del Industrial Worker (Trabajador Industrial) sobre las actividades el Comité Organizador de Trabajadores Encarcelados (COTE en español, mejor conocido como IWOC por sus siglas en inglés). Presentamos aquí varios resúmenes…

The Kids’ Annotated Preamble

This piece was written in 2012 by FW Sasha, a 12-year-old member of the Junior Wobblies, and was used during his presentation of the “IWW Preamble” during one of the daily political education activities at the 2012 Junior Wobblies camp. For more information about the Junior Wobblies or the camp…

IWOC: A Union for Prisoners

This article is part one of a series dedicated to letting Industrial Worker readers know what the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) is doing. We are presenting several snapshots here of things we are currently working on as well as a profile of an IWW member who is currently incarcera…

Notes dans la Marge

C’est dans un bus greyhound au retour d’un “Organizer Training 102” que j’ai eu pour la première fois l’impression de “catcher” l’IWW, de ce que c’était d’être un organisateur syndical. J’étais membre depuis 2 ans, mais c’est après des rencontres et discussions de memb…

Survival and Solidarity in the Battles against Blood-Profit, 1841–1877

The Abolitionist Struggle After colonization, the first serious labor battles in much of the Americas were slave uprisings. It was necessary for these to be armed rebellions because of the nature of colonial slavery as a forced labor regime imposed through racial terror. Slaves in the US looked to H…

Film Review: Haymarket: The Bomb, the Anarchists, the Labor Struggle

Haymarket: The Bomb, The Anarchists, The Labor Struggle On May 4th, 1886, workers gathered in response to incidents of violence provoked by business owners and enacted by police that had taken place in the days prior. Intended to be a peaceful assembly, a bomb was thrown into the crowd, erupting cha…

Around the IWW: Black Cat Tutoring

Education without the Middleman Logo by Wobbly Dev In the era of apps and the gig economy, many workers are not technically employed by anyone. Their labor is broken up into tasks, and capitalist society proudly declares that they get to be their own boss. This translates into a constant hustle to c…

Our History: Elizabeth Gurley Flynn and the Paterson Silk Strike

On February 25th, 1913, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn was arrested after giving a speech to some 24,000 workers in Paterson, New Jersey.  One-third of Paterson’s work force of approximately 75,000 people was engaged in one of three enterprises broadly aligned as the silk trade—the ribbon weavers, the…

Deep Cuts – May 1994: Worldwide War on the Working Class

Today’s articles come from the May 1994 issue of the Industrial Worker. The first is an essay on the Worldwide War on the Working Class, next is a story of musical direct action, and lastly is a piece of political satire that is unsurprisingly but no less unfortunately relevant today. In 1994, the…

Unmasking Asheville

Of the many casualties stemming from the year 2020, the city of Asheville’s reputation as a cool and progressive mountain town may be one of them. For many, the erosion of this tiny North Carolina city’s image started over the summer when police began teargassing peaceful Black Lives Matter prot…

Deep Cuts – Christmas Special

UNITE AND LIVE – COMPETE AND PERISH These excerpts come from the December 27th, 1932 issue of Industrial Worker. We at the Industrial Worker would like to wish you and yours a lovely holiday (as lovely as it can be during a global pandemic!) and a happy New Year. Thank you for giving us another ye…


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