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Thu Dec 22, 2011, 10:47 PM

Industrial Workers of the World | One Big Union!

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I figured I would post this and pin it - anyone can join. Power in numbers. They don't believe in craft unionism which pits worker vs. worker, nor the collaborationists like the AFL-CIO.

I think it's a pretty good resource.

If any other host in here feels it shouldn't be pinned, please unpin it for me and accept my apologies. Thank you.

Industrial Workers of the World - One Big Union



About the IWW

The IWW is a member-run union for all workers, a union dedicated to organizing on the job, in our industries and in our communities. IWW members are organizing to win better conditions today and build a world with economic democracy tomorrow. We want our workplaces run for the benefit of workers and communities rather than for a handful of bosses and executives.

We are the Industrial Workers of the World because we organize industrially.

This means we organize all workers producing the same goods or providing the same services into one union, rather than dividing workers by skill or trade, so we can pool our strength to win our demands together. Since the IWW was founded in 1905, we have made significant contributions to the labor struggles around the world and have a proud tradition of organizing across gender, ethnic and racial lines long before such organizing was popular.

We invite you to become a member whether or not the IWW happens to have representation rights in your workplace. We organize the worker, not the job, and recognize that unions are not about government certification or employer recognition but about workers coming together to address common concerns.

Sometimes this means refusing to work with dangerous equipment and chemicals.

Sometimes it means striking or signing a contract. Other times it mean agitating around particular issues or grievances in a workplace or industry.

The IWW is a democratic, member-run union. That means members decide what issues to address, and which tactics to use and we directly vote on office holders, from stewards to national offices. Why wait? Join the IWW and organize for a better future.

The Preamble to the IWW Constitution - This is the IWW's Mission Statement and call to arms.

Official IWW Literature - Official IWW literature is any literature, written by or about the IWW, that has been approved by the IWW's General Executive Board (who are elected to one-year terms by a democratic vote of the dues paying membership), or by a direct vote of the IWW's general membership.

Industrial Unionism - The IWW organizes industrially rather than by trade. These Industrial Unions are to be grouped together into six Departments. Our goal is to organize all industries into One Big Union. here we explain this concept.

Solidarity Unionism - is the term we use for the guiding strategic principles of the IWW as opposed to 'Business Unionism.' We strive to build unions based on the direct strength of workers on the job, without regard to government or employer 'recognition.' It also refers to a strategy that eschews traditional contracts as our end goal. Instead we seek to win gains and build power through direct action tactics, rejecting concessionary bargaining and the prevalent 'no-strike' and 'management rights' clauses most traditional trade unions are all too willing to accept. Here you can find out more about our the IWW's unique and innovative organizing strategy, Solidarity Unionism.

How the IWW Differs from Business Unions - The business unions foster a state of affairs which allows one set of workers to be pitted against another set of workers in the same industry, thereby helping defeat one another in wage wars. Moreover, the trade unions aid the employing class to mislead the workers into the belief that the working class have interests in common with their employers. The IWW offers a different vision

The IWW Stance on Political Parties and Anarchism - To the end of promoting industrial unity and of securing necessary discipline within the organisation, the IWW refuses all alliances, direct or indirect, with any political parties or anti-political sects, and disclaims responsibility for any individual opinion or act which may be at variance with the purposes herein expressed.

The IWW's Stance on Ecology - Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organize as a class, take possession of the means of production, abolish the wage system, and live in harmony with the Earth.

Join or die!

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Reply Industrial Workers of the World | One Big Union! (Original post)
Fantastic Anarchist Dec 2011 OP
socialist_n_TN Dec 2011 #1
Fantastic Anarchist Dec 2011 #2
Taverner Jul 2012 #31
Fantastic Anarchist Jul 2012 #32
Taverner Jul 2012 #33
Fantastic Anarchist Jul 2012 #34
srjmsbnd Nov 2012 #38
TBF Dec 2011 #3
Fantastic Anarchist Dec 2011 #4
socialist_n_TN Dec 2011 #5
Fantastic Anarchist Dec 2011 #6
socialist_n_TN Dec 2011 #7
Starry Messenger Dec 2011 #9
Fantastic Anarchist Dec 2011 #10
TBF Dec 2011 #8
socialist_n_TN Dec 2011 #12
TBF Dec 2011 #13
ellenrr Sep 2013 #47
Scruffy1 Dec 2011 #20
socialist_n_TN Dec 2011 #21
Fantastic Anarchist Dec 2011 #11
TBF Dec 2011 #14
Fantastic Anarchist Dec 2011 #16
TBF Dec 2011 #18
Fantastic Anarchist Dec 2011 #19
auspicious Jan 2012 #22
white_wolf Dec 2011 #15
Fantastic Anarchist Dec 2011 #17
white_wolf Jan 2012 #23
socialist_n_TN Jan 2012 #24
ChalkFace Jan 2012 #25
socialist_n_TN Jan 2012 #26
Taverner Jan 2012 #27
libodem Feb 2012 #28
Global Teach-In Mar 2012 #29
jwirr Jun 2012 #30
limpyhobbler Oct 2012 #36
tama Sep 2012 #35
Fantastic Anarchist Nov 2012 #40
srjmsbnd Nov 2012 #37
Fantastic Anarchist Nov 2012 #39
jtuck004 Dec 2012 #41
jtuck004 Jan 2013 #42
Taverner Sep 2013 #43
jtuck004 Sep 2013 #44
Taverner Sep 2013 #45
jtuck004 Sep 2013 #46
TheGoodNews Mar 1 #48
TheGoodNews Mar 2 #49

Response to Fantastic Anarchist (Original post)

Thu Dec 22, 2011, 10:54 PM

1. Even as a commie, I love the IWW..........

always have. It's what a union SHOULD be.

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Response to socialist_n_TN (Reply #1)

Thu Dec 22, 2011, 10:57 PM

2. It's for commies, too, comrade!

It's for all workers.

If you're a worker, then you're welcome.

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Response to Fantastic Anarchist (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 27, 2012, 11:43 AM

31. IWW in it's charter is non political

 

It's all about the worker and the worker's rights

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Response to Taverner (Reply #31)

Fri Jul 27, 2012, 01:55 PM

32. I was being tongue-in-cheek.

Pretty much saying it's for all workers regardless.

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Response to Fantastic Anarchist (Reply #32)

Fri Jul 27, 2012, 01:58 PM

33. I know - hard to smile in type :)

 

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Response to Taverner (Reply #33)

Fri Jul 27, 2012, 06:00 PM

34. :)

It's definitely hard to convey emotion over the internets.

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Response to Fantastic Anarchist (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 12:54 AM

38. Stop Comm Fibbing

 

I heard those wobbly debates they never achieved consensus as to the definition of the words used so it was agreed that none of the participants knew anything about what they were talking about as was stated in Finnish.

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Response to Fantastic Anarchist (Original post)

Fri Dec 23, 2011, 09:11 AM

3. I'll let Starry make the decision on un-pinning

personally I would only have a welcome thread pinned - once folks start pinning things it's harder to see the new things posted and frankly there are a lot of socialist/communist groups out there.

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Response to TBF (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 23, 2011, 10:29 AM

4. Hi TBF ...

My only intention was that this Union is available to everyone (of all socialist tendencies, or no tendency at all). I felt it would be beneficial to pin so that members, lurkers, or new members could avail themselves of the resources, and join if they wish to do so.

Again, I'll defer to the other hosts here, and if the determination is made that this is not warranted, please accept my apologies.

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Response to Fantastic Anarchist (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 23, 2011, 10:56 AM

5. Yeah, I hadn't thought too much about the pinning thing

myself until it was brought up about people ignoring it when there are too many pinned. Although I DO like the idea of pinning the "Resource" post, along with a "Welcome" post.

Remember on pinned posts, they should be ones that are used over and over again. Maybe the Wobblies post should be in "Resources". You could also put some of the anarchist resources you've posted in individual threads in the Resource post too after the floating post has run it's course. Check with wolf if you want to add them to his initial post.

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Response to socialist_n_TN (Reply #5)

Fri Dec 23, 2011, 11:58 AM

6. That seems like a good idea.

When I get a chance, I'll try to get it worked out. Stressed and overworked here.

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Response to Fantastic Anarchist (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 23, 2011, 02:35 PM

7. You're all right. We're ALL feeling our way around

here.

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Response to Fantastic Anarchist (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 23, 2011, 09:48 PM

9. Whenever you get a chance.

I liked seeing it up here, but eventually we'll want to add this valuable addition to the "Reading List" or "Resources" so if people want to lay a link on people of things to read, this will be included. But this lets people get a chance to check out something new too. I don't really have a "pin policy", I just know from other forums that when they stack up, people tend to mentally scroll past them.

I hope you get some rest soon! Good posts FA!

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Response to Starry Messenger (Reply #9)

Sat Dec 24, 2011, 11:26 AM

10. Thank you ...

Hope everyone is enjoying their Holiday Season (as well as you).

I'm at a friend's house watching her dog while she's out of town. I love the peace and quiet!!

Goes off to snooooooooze.

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Response to socialist_n_TN (Reply #5)

Fri Dec 23, 2011, 09:42 PM

8. "Resource Post" - love that idea

that could include recommended reading & different groups everyone is affiliated with.

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Response to TBF (Reply #8)

Sat Dec 24, 2011, 11:35 AM

12. I think that it's a MUST for us since we've STILL got a lot

of agitation and education to do. It just makes sense to put them all in one place for easy access. And wolf's "Resource" post that already pinned is a good start. It would be like our DU socialist's library.

I DO think that FA's posts on the history and theories of anarchism (including this IWW post) should be included in the Resource post.

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Response to socialist_n_TN (Reply #12)

Sat Dec 24, 2011, 02:10 PM

13. Sounds great to me - Welcome & Resources - agree completely.

Two pins shouldn't overwhelm anyone.

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Response to socialist_n_TN (Reply #5)

Mon Sep 23, 2013, 07:08 AM

47. as a reader, I like this being pinned..

caught my attention, as I did not think views like this were allowed expression at DU. Glad I'm wrong about that. I love the Wobblies.

Anybody see the movie "The Wobblies"? It is wonderful. Just average working Americans standing up to repression. Something I don't see a lot of these days.

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Response to Fantastic Anarchist (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 09:29 AM

20. There are some who are not eligible for membership.

Generally speaking self employed, union officers and bosses are excluded. But then this is left up to each Branch to decide in practice.

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Response to Scruffy1 (Reply #20)

Sun Dec 25, 2011, 10:47 AM

21. Good to see you here, Scruffy

Welcome comrade!

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Response to Fantastic Anarchist (Original post)

Sat Dec 24, 2011, 11:33 AM

11. Okay, I requested white_wolf add this to his resource list.

Feel free to unpin when necessary. Thank you all!

Hope you all are enjoying your Holiday Season!



I'm relaxing finally.

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Response to Fantastic Anarchist (Reply #11)

Sat Dec 24, 2011, 02:12 PM

14. Are you still in school, FA?

I'm a SAHM now, so my times to relax are when my children are at school/activities. Holidays are always hectic. This year we are in Florida for Christmas, and it has been pretty quiet, so I've been able to get on my laptop a fair amount.

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Response to TBF (Reply #14)

Sat Dec 24, 2011, 03:49 PM

16. I work as a productivity analyst (ironic, eh?) and resource planner ...

... for a clinical research organization. But, that's not what I want to do when I grow up. I'm actually going to school in February to get my CCNA certification. Then after that, I'm going to get my MCITP. That's the goal anyway.

I'm just a single bachelor. I'm actually watching a friend's dog at her house while she's out of town. So, it's total peace and quiet for me; just like I like it.

Edit to add: What is SAHM?

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Response to Fantastic Anarchist (Reply #16)

Sat Dec 24, 2011, 07:45 PM

18. sahm is stay at home mom

My masters is in human resource development ... I like to recruit and train but not crazy about other HR functions

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Response to TBF (Reply #18)

Sat Dec 24, 2011, 07:51 PM

19. My real goal is to win the lottery. ;)

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Response to Fantastic Anarchist (Original post)

Sat Dec 24, 2011, 02:49 PM

15. Unpinned because I just added the link to the Resource thread and we decided to only have two sticky

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Response to white_wolf (Reply #15)

Sat Dec 24, 2011, 03:50 PM

17. Thank you, white_wolf. nt

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Response to Fantastic Anarchist (Original post)

Sat Jan 21, 2012, 12:16 PM

23. I felt it was only fair to repin this post since there was not enough room in the resource thread.

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Response to white_wolf (Reply #23)

Sat Jan 21, 2012, 02:12 PM

24. Good call wolf........

Nm

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Response to Fantastic Anarchist (Original post)

Sat Jan 21, 2012, 02:28 PM

25. Occupy the DOE

To whom it may concern:

On March 30th to April 2nd, 2012, the grassroots education reform organization United Opt Out National (http://unitedoptout.com) will be holding an event in Washington, DC called Occupy the DOE. As a collection of teacher educators, K-12 teachers, and parents from around the country, we ask for your participation and support.

For more than a decade, the reform narrative in education has been dominated by test-based accountability, competition, and punishment. Large foundations and other corporate entities have propagated market-based principles like school choice, pay-for-performance, and for-profit management of schools. Consequently, large amounts of private wealth go towards influencing legislators and other public officials to dismantle public education, ultimately in favor of a private system that can be run for profit.

The key lever is the vaunted score on high-stakes state standardized tests, used to justify a slew of controversial decisions. As a result of ten years of this kind of reform, we are experiencing schools just as segregated by race and social class as they were in the 1950s. We in the United States are also experiencing a teaching profession that is constantly undermined and under attack. The culture of punishment and competition created under No Child Left Behind and now Race to the Top has proven to be a massive failure. Yet, private entities still push for test-based accountability measures despite near-universal opposition from educators and the pile of evidence against it.

In order to grind this failed reform climate to a screeching halt, we at United Opt Out National feel that an ultimate act of civil disobedience is all that we have left. We therefore call upon educators, leaders, parents, and students across our vast public education system to withhold the data by opting out of their state’s standardized tests. If policy-makers, legislators, and other officials cannot make responsible decisions based on quantitative data, and if they refuse to appreciate evidence to the contrary, then the only arrow left in our quiver is to simply refuse to hand over the data.

We at United Opt Out National certainly understand the potential consequences of refusing state standardized tests. We appreciate the reluctance of teachers and administrators to engage in an opt-out measure. Various state departments of education and their officials falsely claim that parents do not have the legal right to opt-out, that their refusal to concede to the tests will unfairly punish their children and their schools. While officials might be able to fire teachers, they cannot fire parents. If school systems wish to continue their obsession with test scores, then they must also be prepared to offer alternatives for the growing wave of parents who see test preparation violating their consciences and robbing their children of meaningful educational experiences.

Our Occupy the DOE event will include numerous teach-ins, social events, and actions in protest against test-based and corporate driven education reforms. In preservation of a free and equitable public education, and to support a new direction in education reform, we ask that you strongly consider participating in our event. If you would like any other information, feel free to contact any one of our administrators through our site at http://unitedoptout.com, which provides direct links to our myriad social media accounts, endorsements, readings, and other documentation.

Thank you for your consideration,

United Opt Out National
http://unitedoptout.com

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Response to ChalkFace (Reply #25)

Sun Jan 22, 2012, 11:52 AM

26. Hey ChalkFace why don't you make this a separate post?

It might get lost in this thread. Unless you guys are Wobblies.

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Response to Fantastic Anarchist (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2012, 09:14 PM

27. I'm a member! WOTWU!

 

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Response to Fantastic Anarchist (Original post)

Fri Feb 10, 2012, 01:17 PM

28. I like it

My grandad was a wobbly. And even tho he was a Mormon he said no church was going to tell him how to vote or dictate whether he could belong to a union.

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Response to Fantastic Anarchist (Original post)

Sat Mar 24, 2012, 06:41 AM

29. Spam deleted by Ian David (MIR Team)

 

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Response to Fantastic Anarchist (Original post)

Sun Jun 24, 2012, 01:28 PM

30. Are retired workers included?

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Response to Fantastic Anarchist (Original post)

Fri Sep 28, 2012, 05:55 PM

35. T-Bone Slim (Matti Huhta) and Hiski Salomaa

 

I took a look how international the (in)famous wobblie gang is, and although it's functioning (currently) just in English-speaking countries, I found some very nice connections...





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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Industrialisti

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Response to tama (Reply #35)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:40 AM

40. Excellent! I watched the girl playing chords.

Very talented. Nice voice.

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Response to Fantastic Anarchist (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 12:51 AM

37. I want a Dues Rebate

 

I want a dues rebate from the IWW since: 1. none of them are nice enough to visit 2. After all encounters with them it was decided they are radical ET aliens who argue dogmatically too much for a political/worker organization as what I thought I joined instead of the debating club of wind bags they are 3. Since I am a nice enough earthling to not hold it against them that they are all spies agitators or something or another with no sense of humor, too much humor or simply long winded,

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Response to srjmsbnd (Reply #37)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 10:27 AM

39. I'll bring it up at the next meeting ...

... when you become funny. Only if and when.

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Response to Fantastic Anarchist (Original post)

Sun Dec 16, 2012, 08:55 PM

41. Violence of the most violent sort is the only way we will ever prevail in this struggle.



So said Bill Haywood, and I concur.

"The IWW advocates violence of the most violent sort. Violence that consists of keepin our mouths shut, and our hands in our
pockets. In doin' this and stayin' on strike we are committin the most violent of acts. Cuttin' off our labor. Let them weave cloth with
bayonets."

Until we, labor, own the means of producing wealth we will always be second class citizens. The only way that stops is when we can stand together, quit operating it for our opponents, buy the assets or develop our own and run it for ourselves.

Because if you aren't seated at the table, you are on the menu.

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Response to Fantastic Anarchist (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 06:29 PM

42. First condition of joining - "You are a worker (not an employer);"

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What about democratically run co-operative business? Are they all seen as workers? Those are worker-owners, yet they have interests that are the same as workers everywhere. They are the embodiment of what Bill Haywood knew this movement and power could achieve, and where he parted with what I see as the traditional "government ownership" meme associated with "socialism". So just wondering...

Is there anything like an auxiliary of unemployed, craft-less people as an arm of the IWW?, Maybe subsidized, no dues, or $1 a year, get them in the fold so to speak, offer them education they can't get anywhere else?

We live in a different time. When Haywood was organizing people were were shot, hung, jailed, imprisoned for not helping the wealthy take their money, in a time before organizing got some legal protection, and before Gompers and his crew sided with the wealthy. Now people are sent food stamps, income tax subsidies, unemployment, many of those put in place to keep them from seeking to join with others or march in the streets, or because they did. Now that motivation that would have driven them to seek out the IWW is gone, so there is really no reason that _they_ see, (which is the most important thing for motivation). They will never hear any of this stuff in school beyond a few meaningless dates, largely no critical discussion, and even less chance if they go to most colleges.

Is there an effort to bring these ideas to that crowd?

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Response to jtuck004 (Reply #42)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 04:06 PM

43. Like Alvarado Street Bakery in Santa Cruz? Well then yes, the owner would be worker...

 

Since all workers are owners over there

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Response to Taverner (Reply #43)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 04:46 PM

44. Exactly. Since that time I did some reading and the IWW does charter groups where


the workers are the owners in a real cooperative.

And given the future for 100 million or more Americans, they might want to avail themselves of the advantages of such associations, I'm thinkin', because it's becoming increasingly clear that they are becoming just the food supply for finance, and nothing more. A cooperative, and a union of cooperatives, might offer them some chance at not having to live on the plantation.

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Response to jtuck004 (Reply #44)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 05:04 PM

45. If the IWW blesses it, I bless it nt

 

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Response to Taverner (Reply #45)

Sat Sep 14, 2013, 05:18 PM

46. Yup. n/t.

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Response to Fantastic Anarchist (Original post)

Sat Mar 1, 2014, 05:34 PM

48. re: IWW history in the U.S.A.

"Around the turn of the century, the Wobblies and other anarchists played the central role in winning workers the 5-day week and 8-hour day." Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology by David Graeber

So the next time you're off on the weekend or don't need to work 10-12 hour days, thank a Wobbly. Ⓐ

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Response to Fantastic Anarchist (Original post)

Sun Mar 2, 2014, 05:22 PM

49. Documentary on the IWW!



BRING BACK THE WOBBLIES!

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