By joining the IWW, you will become a link in a hundred year old chain of resistance to the injustices inherent in the wage system of capitalism. More than that, you are an equal and invaluable part of building a true alternative.
The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) exists to fight for the simple, yet revolutionary, idea that workers should control their own work, and that no one should get rich off of the labor of another. In a country that touts democracy, the IWW is virtually alone in advocating democracy where it really counts, in the workplace.
Our idea of democracy is expressed in the solidarity of common action and mutual support. We stick up for each other. The IWW slogan “An injury to one is an injury to all” is not merely a slogan; it is the touchstone of our work.
The IWW is a union, but it is not like other unions in some significant ways. We are highly democratic, embodying the ideal that we hope to create in society. We keep our options open, and don’t give away the tools of struggle in agreements with the bosses. We fight to improve conditions for all workers, without exception, while recognizing that truly healing our society can only be accomplished by the eventual abolition of the wage system.
There is no set hierarchy in our union. The work is carried forward by collective decision-making, and the voluntary participation of the members. We all started out as new members, and each continually works to find our niche in the ongoing process of the union. We hope that you will join us. We welcome you to the fight for the benefit of the working people of this community.
If you have any questions, or would like to join, please feel free to contact by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 612-378-8845.
If you are not located near an IWW Branch and want to join, you can do so online at the IWW.org website.