What is the IWW?

The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) is a labor union representing nearly 9000 workers across North America. Established in 1905, the IWW is known for its high standards of democracy, transparency, multinationalism, and active use of the right to strike.

The IWW is a general union that is open to workers from all industries and companies, rather than just one organization or particular sector.

The IWW promotes the creation of “One Big Union” and contends that all workers should be united as a social class to supplant capitalism and wage labor with industrial democracy

Why Organize with the IWW?


Time is of the essence. With a light weight administration, the IWW is able to move with agility and speed to meet member needs as they develop.


Since 1905, people have trusted the IWW to show up and get the job done, for as long as it takes.


Our books are open to all members for independent verification of good governance, and every level of decision-making open to membership oversight.


As a results-oriented labor union, the IWW aims to take the most pragmatic, and effective path from A – Z to higher wages, shorter hours, and more democracy at work.

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