The Movement Starts with Us: Building Relationships for Collective Struggle

By X388133 Today’s workplaces are tremendously alienating and our lives have been designed to isolate us from genuine human contact. Think of an office worker’s average day: wake up at 6am in a single family home in the suburbs, drive alone for an hour to an office, spend all day in a cubicle, then drive … Continue reading The Movement Starts with Us: Building Relationships for Collective Struggle

Building to Win: A Worker-Centric Approach to Union Practice

By Lexi Owens Theory and praxis In the IWW, we are guided by a central theory: the working class must organize itself so that we can build the power necessary to overthrow capitalism and establish a new just and equitable society. Our theory is based on the knowledge that workers are the true creators. They … Continue reading Building to Win: A Worker-Centric Approach to Union Practice

Response to the Secretary Treasurer of the AFL-CIO

By Frank Tonsi Editor’s Note: The following article is a response to a Kotaku guest editorial that was written by Liz Shuler of the AFL-CIO. In the article, Shuler encouraged people working in the games industry to unionize. You can find Shuler's full article here and a Follow Up Q&A here. To Liz Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer … Continue reading Response to the Secretary Treasurer of the AFL-CIO

In the News: Labor News from around the Country

By James Smith The employees of Portland's Providence Medical Center have been arguing for quite some time that the hospital spends too much money on mergers, acquisitions, and executive compensation, and not nearly enough on patient care and employee compensation. It's a pretty easy argument to make once one discovers the CEO of the "non-profit" … Continue reading In the News: Labor News from around the Country

The Centralia Tragedy and the Lessons of the Past

By Lindsay Mimir On November 11, 1919, during the first celebration of Armistice Day following the conclusion of the First World War, a violent confrontation between the American Legion and the IWW occurred in the logging town of Centralia, Washington. The various accounts of the event—dubbed either the Centralia Massacre (by the Legion) or the … Continue reading The Centralia Tragedy and the Lessons of the Past

The Workers’, Soldiers’, and Sailors’ Council: Efforts to unite the working class in post-war Seattle

By Hannah Hopkins and Lexi Owens When people went away to the battlefields of World War I, people who couldn’t—or wouldn’t—fight, as well as those who stayed behind, like most women, Black men, immigrants, and other people of color, filled their vacancies in the workforce. For instance, in the Puget Sound, white and Black women … Continue reading The Workers’, Soldiers’, and Sailors’ Council: Efforts to unite the working class in post-war Seattle

In the News: notes from around the Northwest

By James Smith Despite making billions of dollars a year in revenue, the ambulance company AMR claimed they didn’t have the money to pay their EMTs in Seattle much above minimum wage. The EMTs, who are represented by Teamsters Local 763, were rightfully skeptical of the company’s claims and voted to strike. Because they would … Continue reading In the News: notes from around the Northwest

The Seattle Worker February 2019: Seattle General Strike Centennial Edition

Download the full issue of the February 2019 issue of the Seattle Worker. In honor of the Seattle General Strike of 1919, and in commemoration of the Centralia Tragedy that happened later that year, the Seattle Worker Committee is proud to present our General Strike Centennial Edition. Along with our regular "In the News" snippets from James … Continue reading The Seattle Worker February 2019: Seattle General Strike Centennial Edition