The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)

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The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), members of which are commonly termed "Wobblies", is an international labor union that was founded in 1905 in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. The union combines general unionism with industrial unionism, as it is a general union, subdivided between the various industries which employ its members. The philosophy and tactics of the IWW are described as "revolutionary industrial unionism", with ties to both socialist, syndicalist and anarchist labor movements.

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Building Construction A Handbook of the Industry ISSUED BY BUILDING CONSTRUCTION WORKERS’ INDUSTRIAL UNION No. 330 OF THE I. W. W.     PUBLISHED BY INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD 1001 WEST MADISON STREET, CHICAGO, ILL.     Printed by Printing and Publishing Workers Industrial Union, No. 450, I. W. W. Transcriber’s Introduction "Industrial Communism" The term "Industrial Communism" used in this pamphlet requires some explanotion. When the pamphlet was published, in or around 1924, the term "communism" did not have the specific meaning it has acquired ... (From : Marxists.org.)
PREFACE THIS HANDBOOK for the coal-mining industry is issued by the Industrial Workers of the World for the Coal-Mine Workers’ Industrial Union No. 220, of the I. W. W. It is the opinion of the above organization that the main thing which separates the workers from control over and possession of the industries is their industrial ignorance. They may be mechanics and experts in their particular lines, but very few of them have that general grasp of all the facts pertaining to their industry which is indispensable in an age when the burning question is the taking over and the running of the industries by the organized workers. The first actual attempts in this line in Russia in the early stages of the revolution collaps... (From : Marxists.org.)
Sooner or later, in whatever industry you are engaged, your employer will come to you and suggest a contract. He always makes it look good to start with. If you have been working for him by the day, the management will flatter you by telling you that your work is satisfactory, and that you can have a little plot of ground, or one of the machines all to yourself, and you can work early or late, fast or slow, just as you like. "You will be your own boss," says the employer, "you are to be a business man just like myself, and we will have a business arrangement, a contract." There is the "gyppo" system in the woods. When a clothing worker takes out a contract, they call it sweat shop work, and a construction worker knows that "station" ... (From : Marxists.org.)
MADE IN U. S. A. CUT DOWN THE HOURS OF WORK! You work for a living? Did you ever notice how very much work the boss wants you to do for that living? Every time there is the slightest excuse, he increases the hours of labor. One excuse seems to be as good as another. If there is a big demand for products, he wants you to work overtime to get the stuff out; while if there is a slack market, the employer suggests that you put in an extra hour or so to cheapen the cost of production. He claims that he can’t afford to pay you the wages you have been getting unless you make more profit for him. If a new process is installed, he wants you to work overtime in order to pay for putting it in; and if the process saves labor, h... (From : Marxists.org.)
CORRESPONDENCE COURSE IN Delegates’ Work and Organization Bookkeeping Authorized by the General Executive Board of the Industrial Workers of the World. Issued by the Work People’s College BOX 39, MORGAN PARK STATION DULUTH, MINN. PREAMBLE OF THE INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of working people and the few, who make up the employing class, have all the good things of life. Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organize as a class, take possession of the earth and the machinery of production,... (From : Marxists.org.)
An Economic Interpretation of the Job IN THE following pages the reader must be aware that, wherever a worker’s activity has been selected for the purpose of illustration, both the worker and his process typify the working class and social production; for the exploitation of wage labor is the exploitation of one class by another class—the working class by the capitalist class—and is not necessarily the exploitation of the individual worker by his employer. Unless we understand this the class struggle is only a meaningless phrase. The Interdependence of Labor When in this booklet a worker or a working group is referred to, as producing some article or commodity, it is necessary to understand that such reference... (From : Marxists.org.)
EDUCATION AND SYSTEM: THE BASIS OF ORGANIZATION Industrial Workers of the World (1924) See a digital image of the original pamphlet in Michigan State University's American Radicalism collection. Understanding Organization means getting together with a common understanding and a common end in view, and working systematically for the attainment of that end. For the workers to organize effectively, they must have a correct understanding of their position in society and of the conditions under which they live and work. If they fail to understand these things, they will either not organize at all or will organize in an ineffective manner. The effectiveness of their organization depends on the correctness of their understandin... (From : Marxists.org.)
[1925] Published By the INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD 1001 W. Madison St., Chicago, Ill. [Inside front cover] Preamble of the Industrial Workers of the World The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of working people and the few, who make up the employing class, have all the good things of life. Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organize as a class, take possession of the earth and the machinery of production, and abolish the wage system. We find that the centering of management of the industries into fewer and fewer hands makes the trade unions unable to cope ... (From : Marxists.org.)
Preface In publishing this Catechism, the object sought has been to stimulate a desire for knowledge of American labor history. Labor progress we believe to be predicated upon a wider and deeper knowledge than is prevalent among the workers at the present time. This pamphlet is only an outline which it requires a study of American unionism to fill in. It is our hope that those who read this book will carry their investigations further afield. But, even as it is, this catechism fills a long felt want. It will help acquaint those who read it with some things they should know. The works from which this condensation is made are beyond the means of the average worker. They are available at the public libraries, but so few of the... (From : Marxists.org.)
The History of the I. W. W. A Discussion of its Main Features By a Group of Workmen     PRICE TEN CENTS     Published by the INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD 1001 W. MADISON ST.        CHICAGO, ILL., U. S. A.   Printed by Printing and Publishing Workers Industrial Union, No. 450, I. W. W.   PREAMBLE OF THE INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found (From : Marxists.org.)
THE I. W. W. AND POLITICAL PARTIES We are in receipt of many inquiries relative to the position of the I. W. W. and political action. One fellow worker wants to know, "How is this revolutionary body going to express itself politically?" and "if it is going to hop through the industrial world on one leg?" A little investigation will prove to any worker that while the workers are divided on the industrial field, it is not possible to unite them on any other field to advance a working class program. Further investigation will prove that with the working class divided on the industrial field, unity anywhere else—if it could be brought about—would be without results. The worker... (From : Marxists.org.)
I. W. W. MANUAL of INSTRUCTION for JOB DELEGATES (Published by the General Recruiting Union, ca. 1943) Transcriber’s note: This booklet was printed cheaply and is full of errors of spelling, grammar, and typography, which I have not corrected. I have carefully checked the following transcript against my photocopy of the original in the I. W. W. Archives at Wayne State University and am reasonably confident that all errors in this HTML version are in the original. I have cleaned up the pictures considerably, but some could not be made entirely legible.—J. D. C.     HOW TO GET CREDENTIALS Credentials making you a duly authorized official delegate for the Industrial Workers ... (From : Marxists.org.)
  INTRODUCTION This is the fifth revised and abridged edition of the booklet formerly known as, "The I. W. W. in Theory and Practice." First published in 1920, to date over 50,000 copies of it have been sold. It has been translated into eight languages. Chapters have appeared in weekly labor papers in many parts of the world. [The first edition was written by Justus Ebert, whose comments in this edition are marked "J. E."—Transcriber] In as simple language as possible, it aims to tell, in contrast to the C. I. O., just what the Industrial Workers of the World, better known as the I. W. W., is. Briefly stated the I. W. W. believes that the workers should organize according ... (From : Marxists.org.)
THE I. W. W. — What It Is And What It Is Not CHAPTER 1. Misconceptions Almost every person has heard or read of the organization called the Industrial Workers of the World, commonly known as "The I. W. W." Most of these people have heard or read what the I. W. W. is not, and consequently have misconceptions regarding this organization, its policy, functions and aims. Being unacquainted with this labor union, they judge it by its reputation. Now, the character of the I. W. W. and its reputation are two entirely different things. Its character is what its membership makes it, while its reputation is what its enemies have represented it to be. Lying Capitalist ... (From : THE I. W. W. — What It Is And What It Is Not.)
"Jersey Justice" at Work The appeal now pending in the case of Frederick Sumner Boyd, convicted in Paterson, N. J., on September 30, of the charge of "advocating destruction of private property" (sabotage), is one of great importance to the working class and to every individual in America. Boyd told the striking silk workers in Paterson that if starvation forced them back to the slavery and growing degradation from which they had revolted, if their strike were lost, if the hunger of their children broke their power of resistance, they should use sabotage in the mills and in the dyeshops. Boyd was arrested, tried and convicted on two indictments, receiving a sentence of not less than one year and not more than seven years at har... (From : Marxists.org.)
Social relations are the reflex of the grouping of industrial possessions. The owners of all resources and means of wealth form a class by themselves; the owners of labor power, as their only possession in the market, another. Political, judicial, educational and other institutions only mirror the prevailing system of ownership in the resources and means of production One class—the capitalist class—owns and controls the social necessaries, to wit: the economic resources of the world. That class, for its own protection and perpetuation in power, subjects all institutions to its own interests. On the other hand, there is a class—the working class—which is eventually to change the whole system of owner... (From : Marxists.org.)
The following manifesto, issued by the Central Executive Committee of the Third International to the American I.W.W. in January of this year, should receive the careful attention of all ex-I.W.W. men and Industrial Unionists in Australia. It will be noticed that the view of those who hold that the industrial organization is all-sufficient to accomplish a social and economic revolution is not shared by the Third International. Certainly the experience of Russia would indicate the necessity of something more than the industrial weapon for combating the internal and external machinations of the capitalist class during the transition period towards a Communist social order; but the view that the Industrial Union shall ultimately be the unit of ... (From : Marxists.org.)
Published by the Industrial Workers of the World2422 N. Halsted St., Chicago, Ill., U. S. A. (1934) THE PREAMBLEOF THE INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of working people and the few, who make up the employing class, have all the good things of life. Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organize as a class, take possession of the earth and the machinery of production, and abolish the wage system. We find that the centering of management of the industries into fewer and fewer hands makes the trade unions unable to cope with ... (From : Marxists.org.)
LISTEN, RAILS! Every click of the rails is singing to you, "Get more, get more, get more !" Every exhaust of every engine is saying, "You can do it, you can do it, you can do it !" And the deep-throated wampus says: "Organize, Organize, Organ-i-i-ze!"     Published by Industrial Workers of the World 2422 N. Halsted St. Chicago 14, Ill.     THE PREAMBLE OF THE INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can (From : Marxists.org.)

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