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? You can join the IWW online or come to ourmonthly meeting and organize for a better future.
Monthly Business Meetings
Meetings are held on the first Sunday of each month at the UE Hall at 37 South Ashland, near the Ashland stop on the Green and Pink Lines, from 3-5pm (please note the change from the previous meeting time of 7pm).
At our meetings, we follow a slightly modified version of Rusty's Rules of Order, which were developed by the Portland GMB. If you are confused about how the meetings work, you are encouraged to read up! Guests & prospective members are usually welcome to attend our meetings, but we reserve the right to close our meetings to non-IWW members if needed. If you would like to attend our meeting as a guest, please consider contacting us ahead of time so we know you are coming and can put you on the agenda if we need to.
- Phone: 312.638.9155
- Fax: email for fax information
- Postal Mail: PO Box 57114 Chicago, IL 60657
- E-mail: chicago AT iww.org
- Branch Secretary-Treasurer Email: chicagoBST AT gmail.com