An article by Colin Bossen about the IWW's decline and if there are lessons to learn from that period today.
For more than 100 years it has been a Wobbly tradition to remember all of those who gave their lives to struggle for a better world during the month of November. The historian Franklin Rosemont argued that this tradition predates the founding of the IWW itself, and harkens back to remembering the Haymarket martyrs.
A reflection of how far the IWW has come in the last 13 years, and what might be still needed.
I have been a member of the IWW since 1999, virtually my entire adult life. During my time as a member the union has grown in both numbers and in vibrancy. When I joined the IWW, only a handful of members had any significant organizing experience.
Two letters to the Industrial Worker about a piece called 'Sowing the Seeds of Workers Power'
“Workers’ Power” Column Should Be About Workers’ Power
Dear Industrial Worker,
Colin Bossen talks about 3 different organizing campaigns he's been a part of and why the succeeded or failed.
Over the last seven years I have been involved in three major IWW organizing campaigns. The first of these was with the Chicago Couriers Union. This campaign succeeded in building a union of bike messengers that over the last seven years has maintained a small but dedicated membership.