Remembering Karen Weill

Fellow worker, fearless activist, and intrepid legal assistant Karen Weill passed away on March 10th 2020, after a months-long battle with cancer. She died peacefully with her beloved husband Larry Hildes at her side, as he had been every day throughout her long illness. Within the IWW, she helped charter the Whatcom-Skagit branch. In the … Continue reading Remembering Karen Weill

In November, We Remember: Sedition Act of 1918

In Portland, moms are standing up to protect protestors. Meanwhile, US Atty. Gen. William Barr is suggesting that the Sedition Act be used to bring many US cities—including Seattle and Portland—under "control." He has suggested that these cities be declared "Anarchist Jurisdictions." In November, we remember that the Sedition Act was one of the main … Continue reading In November, We Remember: Sedition Act of 1918

When Fort Lewis Soldiers Fought for a Union: “The Battle of Cascadia”

The following article was a collaboration between Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and GI organizers, and members of the Seattle Worker committee.  -ed. For American working class youth during the Vietnam War, the US military was often their first real encounter with employment. The Vietnam War was a brutal, ugly, and dangerous conflict, with millions … Continue reading When Fort Lewis Soldiers Fought for a Union: “The Battle of Cascadia”

Working Under Threat of COVID

Seattle Worker: What was workplace organizing like before COVID? William Clayworth (customer service): Before COVID I was doing customer service, and we were making progress. It was easy to talk to my coworkers during the down time. We had been talking about our grievances, and some of us were meeting in a space the IWW … Continue reading Working Under Threat of COVID

The Rise of the Freelance Journalists Union

As I'm sure most of you are all too aware, slogging through the wage system is no easy ride, no matter how you sell your labor. If, however, you sell your labor as a freelance journalist, there is a new organization that hopes to make the task a little easier: The IWW Freelance Journalists Union. … Continue reading The Rise of the Freelance Journalists Union