Industrial Workers of the World

INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD (IWW) was a radical syndicalist union founded in Chicago in 1905. The IWW spread rapidly across the American West and into BC, where it appealed mainly to workers in LOGGING, MINING and construction industries. Members of the IWW—known popularly as Wobblies after a Chinese restaurateur mispronounced the initials "Eye Wobbly Wobbly"—advocated worker control of industry and general strikes as a means of direct action. By 1907 at least 8 IWW locals were active...

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