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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
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
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
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)
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
The Seattle Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World is proud to release 2019's first issue of our official publication, the Seattle Worker. Download the full issue here! If you'd like to support and subscribe to the Seattle Worker, please visit our Patreon.
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)
By Anonymous Friend, now there’s a riot. Watch the bald guy with the Pinochet shirt who punches through the black bloc with haymakers and hate and the phalanx of cops does nothing. He bleeds and doesn’t care. His name is Tiny, and he’s a real bastard that’s for damn sure. Tiny’s the kind of guy … Continue reading A Politics of Pain
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