• The Reinvigoration of Labor Organizing in the IWW

    October 15, 2019 by

    The IWW is now stronger than it has been in eight decades. At our historic peak in 1917, the IWW claimed 150,000 members. State repression helped destroy the union, but it never fully disappeared. With a worldwide membership of 6,600 (3,900 in North America, 2,700 internationally), we are far from that high watermark now. But… Read more

  • 5000 Years of Class Struggle

    September 29, 2019 by

    One of the IWW’s most famous slogans is “We Never Forget.” But sometimes, we do forget. Or, more accurately, we are made to forget. Erasing information and history has long been a tool of the ruling classes. It’s part of their war on the workers’ minds; they try to erase all evidence that human society… Read more

  • Labor News for September 2019

    September 10, 2019 by

    The law firm Simpson, Thacher, and Bartlett has represented just about every major company in the US at one time or another including Facebook, GM, and Google. Now one of their recently retired partners, Jamie Gamble, has had a brainstorm. Mr. Gamble has come to the conclusion that corporate executives are “legally obligated to act… Read more

  • Think it Over

    July 21, 2019 by

    The following was written by Tim Acott a member of the Portland, Oregon IWW. Solidarity Working people have only one real option in today’s economy. We have to resist, with all our might, the big-business program of further and deeper poverty for working people. For the first time in modern history, profits are going up… Read more

  • Worker Management is the Only Ethically Justified Management

    June 28, 2019 by

    By Maria Garcia The only way to ensure the economy works for the majority of the people is to allow the people to manage the economy democratically. We in the IWW believe this is what unions are for: Gaining democratic control of the economy by gaining democratic control of the individual workplaces that make up… Read more

  • Let’s Roll: An RPG Guide to Organizing Characters

    June 27, 2019 by

    In a roleplaying game, we get to choose the kind of character we want to be, like a fighter, a mage, or a bard. We decide our character’s defining traits. And we get to work with other players to decide on the makeup of our party–­­characters who are good at lockpicking, healing, stealth, combat. We… Read more

  • Game Industry Campaign Postmortem

    June 25, 2019 by

    This is the story of my first attempt at organizing in the game industry. Ultimately, it was a failed attempt. No direct action was taken and we never went public. But things were tried that worked and didn’t work, and I’d like to pass those lessons along. This story starts in the spring of 2018… Read more

  • An Interview with Heather Mayer

    June 24, 2019 by

    By Hannah Hopkins Heather Mayer is an instructor of History at Portland Community College and a scholar of American social justice movements. She received a PhD from Simon Fraser University. Her book Beyond the Rebel Girl: Women and the Industrial Workers of the World in the Pacific Northwest, 1905-1924, published by Oregon State University Press… Read more

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