About the IWW

The Industrial Workers of the World, or the IWW, shook history in the early 1900s by organizing unskilled workers - women, men, people of color, immigrants, and American born - for better conditions and a different world, changing the labor movement and generating a powerful legacy of struggle. More recently, the IWW has come back into the mainstream with organizing work in service, prisons, and community self-defense around police brutality and the rise of Trump. The IWW is a member-run union dedicated to organizing on the job, in our industries and in our communities. Two major principles of the IWW are:

Industrial Unionism - The IWW organizes industrially rather than by trade. Our goal is to organize all industries into One Big Union. This means that Education Workers (teachers, support professionals, nutrition specialists, engineers, paraprofessionals) are all considered part of the same union and that they work in solidarity with other industries, such as Health Service Workers. This is in contrast to business unions which organize workers into different job classes such as a Teachers Union with a Support Professionals Unit. These groups organize together under the IWW philosophy.  

Solidarity Unionism - The IWW strives to build unions based on the direct strength and relationships of workers on the job. This means that the goals and tactics of IWW unionizing contrasts with business or trade unions who offer governmental or employer 'recognition'  and who negotiate work conditions through contracts. Instead we seek to win gains and build power through direct action tactics and based on authentic relationships built amongst fellow workers. 

We believe that our greatest power lies in the labor we do - both to refuse work that is against the interest of our class, like racist curriculum or standardized testing, or to do our work differently, like changing the curriculum or how we do discipline in our schools.

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