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Industrial Workers of the World

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The Industrial Workers of the World a.k.a. the IWW or the Wobblies is a famous international union currently headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA and founded in 1905. A radical labor union most active in the 1920s, it has made somewhat of a comeback in recent years in organizing the food service sector, particularly Starbucks baristas in New York City, but various (small) IWW unions exist throughout many industries.

At its peak in 1923 the organization claimed some 100,000 members in good standing, and could marshal the support of perhaps 300,000 workers. Its membership declined dramatically after a 1924 split brought on by internal conflict and government repression. Today, it is actively organizing and numbers about 2000 members worldwide.

The IWW is somewhat unique in that students can become members, as can the unemployed and retired. While the IWW is primarily based in the United States, it has significant branches in Great Britain and Australia.

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This page was last modified 14:11, 10 May 2007 by dKosopedia user BartFraden. Based on work by and dKosopedia user(s) Kitrus, Allamakee Democrat and LFinMN. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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