“The Union will make you go on strike!”: Refuting Myths about Unions

By Lexi Owens Bosses love to tell half-truths and say that if workers join a union, the union will force them to go on strike. But our union is completely democratic. No decision can be made without the workers' consent. Workers will go on strike because they decide to go on strike. Applebee’s restaurants’ parent company … Continue reading “The Union will make you go on strike!”: Refuting Myths about Unions

History Corner: Elizabeth Gurley Flynn Visits Seattle

By Hannah Hopkins Elizabeth Gurley Flynn is pictured here standing on a soapbox on the right side of the image above the two large umbrellas. She is addressing a crowd of people in Seattle in 1917 at a rally in defense of IWW prisoners who were imprisoned following the Everett Massacre. At this time, Flynn … Continue reading History Corner: Elizabeth Gurley Flynn Visits Seattle

Revolutionary Unionism

By Maria Garcia There are many ways to effect positive change in the world (activism, electoral politics, legal action, changes in individual behavior, etc.), and all of them have been used with various levels of success in addressing the acute problems caused by our economic system. But any attempt to effect real, permanent, systemic change … Continue reading Revolutionary Unionism

All Quiet on the News Front (Why your union is organizing underground)

By Lindsay Mimir The Seattle IWW is organizing in no less than seven workplaces in five different industries across the city­­ education, food service, retail, tech, and office workers. Our organizers are working diligently to build up their organizing committees, train and recruit their fellow workers, and win gains on the shopfloor. We just held … Continue reading All Quiet on the News Front (Why your union is organizing underground)

In the News: notes from around the Northwest

By X390433 ArcelorMittal and US Steel have recently proven once again that no matter how much bosses squeeze us, they will never stop trying to squeeze us more. Despite extracting concessions from their workers for years and having their profits propped up by tariffs, the companies tried to limit pay increases for the United Steelworkers … Continue reading In the News: notes from around the Northwest

Letter from the Editors of the Seattle Worker (November 2018)

The editorial team behind the Seattle Worker wishes you happy holidays! We would like to take this end-of-the-year edition of the SW to say a few things about 2018 and our plans for the next year. First, thank you to all of our readers and subscribers. Your donations and kind words keep this publication running. … Continue reading Letter from the Editors of the Seattle Worker (November 2018)

Confronting the Carbon Capitalists

By x388133 Last summer brought another record wildfire season to the Pacific Northwest. Smoky air from fires in the region caused hellish air quality around the entire Northern Hemisphere. The causes of the forest fires and the destruction of our forest ecosystem generally are incontrovertible. Over one hundred years of fossil-fueled capitalist development and hundreds … Continue reading Confronting the Carbon Capitalists