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OUR HISTORY

A history of winning gains for workers

Formed in 1905 to organize work beyond a narrow set of skilled trades, the IWW cut its teeth unionizing in some of the most difficult sectors, such as textiles, docks, agriculture and mining, quickly gaining a reputation as the first racially integrated union in the United States.


Today, IWW members are found across many sectors, and continue to hold deep convictions encapsulated in the preamble to our constitution.

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