IWW

Wobbly driplines: strikes, stowaways & the SS Manuka

Built in 1903 and wrecked off New Zealand’s southern coast in 1929, the Manuka was a floating fragment of class society—and of class warfare. This article uses the Manuka to tell the wider story of syndicalism, transnationalism, anti-militarism, and the IWW in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Direct Action

Covington Hall was one of the key organizers of the IWW in the South, building the cross-racial base of IWW in the Souther timber industries. A working class thinker and poet, Hall continued to organize with the IWW throughout his life. Less known however were his agitations against the State within the IWW which were commonly published in the Lumberjack and later the Voice of the People. This is one such piece.

Militant reformism and the prospects for reforming capitalism

fair wages now

Article that appeared in the book The End of the World as We Know It?

Jimmy John's Workers Picket in Baltimore

On October 19th, members of the IWW Jimmy John's Workers Union picketed their workplace to demand the rehiring of a worker who was targeted for his union membership.

A workers’ inquiry or an inquiry of workers?

This article considers the issue of workers’ inquiry in light of the qualities and features of working class scholarship within the mass labour movements of the early twentieth century. The ethics and practices that defined the educational and research activities of traditional worker-intellectuals provides the outline of an alternative model of scholarship in the form of a reflective community of worker-organisers.

Predictable friction in the IWW

gears and shit

The Decline of the I. W. W.

Walsenberg (Colorado) IWW Hall, after attack on January 12, 1928

Despite its gloomy title, The Decline of the IWW is a lively account of the period 1917–1931 and a worthy successor to Paul Brissenden’s seminal The I.W.W. : a study of American syndicalism, which took the story up to 1917. During the period in question, the IWW had to deal with state repression, work out its relations with Communist organizations, survive internal splits, and compete with other forms of industrial unionism. Includes material on the IWW’s educational campaigns and industrial research, plus an extensive bibliography of IWW publications and periodicals.

Further comments on organisation

Delayed comments on comments on our previous text on organisation...

Miscellaneous Cartoons: Ernest Riebe

Ernest Riebe immigrated to the United States from his native Germany sometime around the turn of the 20th century. He became an illustrator and cartoonist for the IWW in the 1910's. His most famous creation was the long running series featuring Mr Block a caricature of a Conservative working man detailing his life and prejudices. Here are a few other images he created.