IWW

Seattle, WA: IWW Direct Action Campaign Forces Bosses to End Lockout

Seattle based members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) wrote the following report about their ongoing organizing efforts at Grassroots Campaigns. Previously published on It's Going Down. The locked-out workers are now running a fundraiser to make up for their lost wages, please donate here.

IWW Courier Network Cymru Bulletin

A bulletin produced by UberEats and Deliveroo workers with the IWW Couriers Network Cymru. First hosted on Notes From Below.

A preliminary summary of an IWW organising effort, winter 2017/18

In late September 2017 the IWW London branch invited friends and comrades to take part in an organising drive in West London factories and warehouses. We chose half a dozen companies, employing between 100 and 800 mainly migrant workers where there was no trade union present.

Missouri Prisoner Uprising: Statement From Inside and Call to Action

The Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee of the IWW union share a statement and call for support from within a Missouri facility that recently saw an uprising in response to drastic cuts in rehab programs and recreation time.

WCH6: The Industrial Workers of the World in the US, 1905-1918

IWW strikers in Paterson

Podcast episode about the early history of the Industrial Workers of the World union in the United States, 1905-1918. In conversation with Peter Cole, coeditor of the new book Wobblies of the World: a Global History of the IWW.

West Virginia: Teachers Rebel as Union Attempts to End Strike

The following press release comes from the West Virginia IWW, and addresses the attempt by union ‘leadership’ and the Democratic Party to get teachers across the state to end the current strike and return to work and accept a small raise over the next year. For background information on the strike check out this podcast from It's Going Down.

West Virginia: Extend the Strike, Build Long Term Power

What follows is a proposal for how to extend the strike unfolding in West Virginia. To hear an interview with a striking teacher, go here. This post first appeared on It's Going Down.

Incarcerated Workers Take the Lead: Prison Struggles in the United States 2008-2016

Incarcerated Workers Take the Lead cover

In the last eight years we have seen a multitude of struggles: from hunger strikes to riots, from work stoppages in individual units to mass strikes across several prisons, from hostile gangs forming truces and challenging racial divisions to immigrant mothers (incarcerated with their children) refusing their meals and duties. Published by Houston Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee and Unity & Struggle.

The Fire Inside

A collection of reports and analysis from prisoners and outside supporters on the September 9th 2016 prison strike, the future, and prisoner resistance in general

Monopoly capitalism and the rise of syndicalism – Mark Leier

A portion of the first chapter of labour historian Mark Leier’s 1990 book Where the Fraser River Flows: The Industrial Workers of the World in British Columbia, which may serve as an introduction to the IWW’s syndicalist ideas and practices, as well as what conditions brought about the revolutionary union in the first place.

(Note: Besides the final paragraph, ~3,200 of the last words were left out for the sake of being concise. What was left out went further in depth about how "the essence of the new system of production was [...] in increasing the division of labour and in reducing the initiative of the workers over the work process," showing how some tried to achieve this.)