Industrial Workers of the World

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a former international labor union and radical labor movement in the United States

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Moreover, its leaders were influenced by the syndicalist doctrines that were attracting support on the left in several countries--James Connolly, ITGWU Belfast organiser from 1911 had organised for the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) in the United States; Peter Larkin, brother and comrade of James, was one of the 'IWW Twelve' jailed for anti-war activism in Sydney in 1916.
From 2004 to 2007, the Industrial Workers of the World union embarked on a campaign to organize wage employees at four Manhattan Starbucks stores.
The legacy that these unions inherited was the early, progressive era of American labor radicalism, one that saw the rise of the International Workers of the World, the Molly Maguires and Big Bill Haywood, founder of the Industrial Workers of the World.
Borrowing its title from the Industrial Workers of the World's motto, "An Injury To One Is An Injury To All," Travis Wilkerson's An Injury To One made quite a splash in film festival circles when it was released in 2002.
Among them were the NYC Transit Workers Union, with nearly 40,000 members; the SEIU's massive 32BJ union, which claims to represent over 120,000 property service workers; the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) union, endorsing the movement because it "calls into question the very foundation in which the capitalist system is based"; and more.
During the war these bodies and the newly-established Massachusetts Bureau of Immigration (1917) spent much of their energies cooperating and facilitating government propaganda campaigns on behalf of the war and spying on war opponents, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), and other suspected radicals.
One of these was the dilemma over 'boring from within' in order to take over existing trade unions, the policy that led syndicalists to the leadership of the CGT (Confederation Generale du Travail) in France, and 'dual unionism' which 'aim[ed] to destroy' existing unions, according to IWW (Industrial Workers of the World) leader 'Big Bill' Haywood.
Of course, he meant the "Industrial Workers of the World," the "Wobblies" or the "I Won't Work" people that early in the twentieth century made up this famed and aggressive syndicalist organization.
In 1947, he joined the Industrial Workers of the World and later became a columnist and editor of its paper, The Industrial Worker.
The delegates represented 50,000 organized workers but claimed the majority of Americans as their constituents by circumstance and spirit; and with romantic hubris they christened themselves the Industrial Workers of the World, or IWW.
In Butte, for instance, the radical Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) union flourished at the turn of the century until executives at Standard Oil's Anaconda Copper company had organizers shot or lynched.
AITS first recorded use was in a songbook produced by the Industrial Workers of the World, an anarchist organisationformed in the US in 1905.
The section on labor begins in the pre-Cold War years with reminiscences by Fred Thompson and George Stith of their organizing activities with the Industrial Workers of the World and the Southern Tenant Farmers Union, together with those of militant Teamsters in Minneapolis and a long account by Stanley Nowak, an organizer for the United Auto Workers in the 1930s, who was elected to the Michigan Senate in 1938 and arrested for his politics in 1942, and again in 1952 under the McCarran-Walter Act.
Although he would retain aspects of his critique of capitalism, Harrison grew disillusioned with white socialists, who sanctioned segregated locals in the South and, in Harrison's words, put the white "race first and class after." Following a brief involvement with the radical Industrial Workers of the World, Harrison advanced his own "race-first" perspective from Harlem soapboxes--he was co nsidered a "brilliant and unrivaled" soapbox speaker--and in The Voice, a journal he founded.
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