IWW

1909: Missoula Free Speech Fight

History of the first free speech fight conducted by the IWW.

1908-10: Spokane Free Speech Fight

Account of the free speech and anti job sharking campaign carried out by the Spokane Wobblies.

1919: Prison Strikes at Fort Leavenworth

In 1919 the prison population for military prisons had swelled. In response to the pressure and arbitrary sentencing inmates at the Fort Leavenworth prison started a series of prison strikes.

The First Globalisation and Transnational Labour Activism in Southern Africa: White Labourism, the IWW, and the ICU, 1904–1934

South African coal miners, 1920s.

Lucien van der Walt on transnational labour activism in Southern Africa in the first half of the twentieth century.

Rebel voices: an IWW anthology

Photo at an IWW demonstration

An extensive collection of writings by and about the Industrial Workers of the World union in the US, compiled and edited by Joyce L Kornbluh and first published in 1964.

The Wobblies: the story of syndicalism in the United States

IWW members

A detailed chronicle of the history of the Industrial Workers of the World union in the United States by Patrick Renshaw, published in 1967.

Building Working-Class Defense Organizations: An Interview with the Twin Cities GDC

First of May Anarchist Alliance interviewed Erik D., Secretary of Twin Cities IWW-General Defense Committee (GDC) Local 14. The GDC which has grown to approximately 100 members in Minnesota has become an important pole of struggle for pro-working-class revolutionaries on a number of different fronts, most significantly the year-long struggle against police killings and brutality.

The rebel girl: an autobiography, my first life 1906-26

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn addresses strikers in Paterson, 1913

An epic firsthand account of women and the working class in the early years of the 20th century by Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. The fiery socialist and Industrial Workers of the World union organiser writes vividly of her early life.

To escape Trump's America, we need to bring the militant labor tactics of 1946 back to the future

The last general strike in the US was in Oakland in 1946. That year there were 6 city-wide general strikes, plus nationwide strikes in steel, coal, and rail transport. More than 5 million workers struck in the biggest strike wave of US history. So what happened? Why haven't we ever gone out like that again? ... When we allowed ourselves to lose our most important weapons 70 years ago, we took the first step towards Trump's America. We're stuck in the wrong timeline - if we want to get out, we have to bring the militant labor tactics of 1946 back to the future!

Concessions: How to Beat Them

Leaflet issued by the Chicago Branch, Industrial Workers of the World