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The Reinvigoration of Labor Organizing in the IWW

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 … Continue reading The Reinvigoration of Labor Organizing in the IWW

Labor News for September 2019

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 … Continue reading Labor News for September 2019

Worker Management is the Only Ethically Justified Management

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 … Continue reading Worker Management is the Only Ethically Justified Management

Let’s Roll: An RPG Guide to Organizing Characters

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 … Continue reading Let’s Roll: An RPG Guide to Organizing Characters

Game Industry Campaign Postmortem

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 … Continue reading Game Industry Campaign Postmortem

An Interview with Heather Mayer

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 … Continue reading An Interview with Heather Mayer