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Topic: Wobblies

 OSU Press at Oregon State University
The harvest Wobblies of eastern Washington followed this pattern of combining the effort to improve the work lives of laborers with larger goals that were significant for the life of their revolutionary union.
Harvest Wobblies, in the form of the Agricultural Workers' Organization AWO and later the AWIU, eventually became one of the largest and most dynamic constituencies of the IWW.
From the founding of the IWW in 1905 until the mid-1920s, harvest Wobblies had to face challenges to their organizing efforts from unions affiliated with the American Federation of Labor (AFL) on the Pacific Coast and from ethnic associations of Asian and Hispanic farm workers that focused on immigrants.
oregonstate.edu /dept/press/g-h/HarvestWobIntro.html   (2842 words)

 Centralia Massacre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The first Labor Hall closed after the building's owner discovered he was renting to Wobblies, and the second was destroyed by vigilantes during a parade in 1917 to support the Red Cross.
Fearing violence from the marchers, who were largely anti-Labor veterans, the Wobblies armed themselves and stationed men inside the hall and on the rooftops and in the windows of the surrounding buildings.
Several Wobblies were convicted of second degree murder and sent to prison.
www.americancanyon.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/Centralia_Massacre   (509 words)

 Encyclopedia: Wobblies   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Wobblies differed from other union movements of the time by its promotion of industrial unionism (often confused with syndicalism); they were one of the largest examples of anarcho-syndicalism in action in the United States.
The response was simple but effective: when a fellow member was arrested for speaking, large numbers of people descended on the location and forced the authorities to arrest all of them, until it became too expensive for the town.
Wobblies also played a role in the sit-down strikes and other organizing efforts by the United Auto Workers in the 1930s, particularly in Detroit, though they never established a strong union presence there.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Wobblies   (2758 words)

 Against Odds in Today's Labor Movement, the Wobblies Are on Firmer Footing
Their idealistic battle was ignited generations ago by Wobblies that became legendary: Mother Jones, who agitated for labor rights into her 90s and inspired a magazine that still bears her name.
Wobbly locals are active across the country, from Boston (Education Workers Industrial Union 620) to San Francisco (Marine Transport Workers Industrial Union 510).
What union bosses "forgot to kill" was the Wobbly dream of one union for all, regardless of race, nationality, gender, income or occupation.
www.newhousenews.com /archive/story1a083100.html   (1762 words)

 The Return of the Wobblies
Wobblies have continuously engaged workers in a war of sabotage or direct action meant to cripple the profits of the bosses.
Cyrehl Esaf, a North Philadelphia native and a Wobbly who describes himself as being "on the fringes" of the organization, lives at the center somewhere on the third floor.
A very active anarchist and Wobbly, Lamson affirmed that the goal of the IWW — when it was founded in 1905, and today in 1996 — is industrial revolution.
www.citypaper.net /articles/011896/article006.shtml   (2731 words)

 Swans Commentary: Wobblies! A Graphic History of the IWW, by Louis Proyect - lproy24
Wobblies is timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the IWW and a traveling exhibition of IWW memorabilia that Buhle helped curate (http://www.wobblyshow.org/).
The Wobblies were repressed during WWI, not just for their political opposition but for their role as strike leaders in crucial war industries.
Wobbly picket lines were broken up in Arizona in 1918 on the pretext that copper production was a "war utility." Hindering production would make the offender liable to prosecution under a new Sabotage Act.
www.swans.com /library/art11/lproy24.html   (2083 words)

 The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: Wobblies try to unionize a Starbucks in New York
The Wobblies, otherwise known as the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), a leftist labor organization founded in 1905 and now based in Philadelphia, has taken initial steps toward unionizing a Starbucks coffee shop in New York City —; the first in the United States.
The Wobblies were the left wing of the Northwest labor movement and were involved in several violent confrontations in the Northwest early in the 1900s.
One of the arrested Wobblies was later lynched by a mob; others were convicted and sent to prison.
seattletimes.nwsource.com /html/businesstechnology/2001970405_sbuxunion02.html   (682 words)

 ::: Centralia Massacre Collection :::
The Wobblies, as they were known, believed there must be radical changes in American capitalism to improve the oppressive conditions that workers faced.
Wobblies believed that the poor treatment and low wages in the industry would make lumberjacks and mill workers receptive to leftist ideas.
After a heated confrontation involving gunfire, five Wobblies and two deputies were killed, over thirty men were wounded, and an unknown number of Wobbly sympathizers fell overboard to their deaths before the boat cast loose and returned to Seattle.
content.lib.washington.edu /iwwweb/readIWW.html   (908 words)

 Industrial Workers of the World - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
They are best known for the 'Wobblie Shop model of workplace democracy, in which workers elect their managers.
In the 1960's, the folk music revival in the United States brought a renewed interest in the songs of Joe Hill and other Wobblies, and seminal folk revival figures such as Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie had a pro-Wobbly tone, while some, like Phil Ochs, were members of the IWW.
Some other notable Wobbly poets and song writers include Matti Valentine Huhta (better known as T-Bone Slim), who penned "The Popular Wobbly" and "The Mysteries of a Hobo's Life", and Ralph Chaplin who authored "Solidarity Forever".
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Wobblies   (2908 words)

 Infoshop.org - Library - BEAUTIFUL LOSERS: THE HISTORIOGRAPHY OF THE INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD by Bob Black   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Wobblies, especially Western Wobblies, were rootless, footloose people, people with nothing to call their own and no place to call home.
Wobblies often put their own words to the tunes of familiar hymns, especially the simple, emotionally direct gospel songs which had become an important expression of popular Protestantism in the 1870s.
And while the Wobblies' Communist rivals, for instance, had (to say the least) no objection to the state as such, they were as hostile to the existing capitalist form of the state as it was to them.
infoshop.org /texts/iww.html   (18404 words)

 Wobblies ZR
Those who at some point in their lives have been excited by the story of the Wobblies, and wished it might somehow be kept alive for the new generation, will be grateful to Mrs.
The Wobblies engaged in dozens of "free-speech fights" in places like Missoula, Montana and Spokane, Washington, to establish their right to speak on street corners to working people.
The IWW emphasis was on self-defense; the Wobblies' big weapons were the withholding of their labor, the power of their voices.
www.thirdworldtraveler.com /Zinn/Wobblies_ZR.html   (1630 words)

 IWW NYC General Membership Branch Industrial Workers of the World Wobblies   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Two Wobblies have joined the United Federation of Teachers local chapter committee at the school, and have been working to democratize the functioning of the UFT local.
Although the New York City GMB did not function as an affinity group during the protests at the Republican National Convention, all the active members of the branch were in Philadelphia that weekend and a couple of members participated in the direct actions of August 1st.
Wobblies have volunteered time, resources, and skills to groups in the NYC community like Direct Action Network, DAN Labor, Reclaim The Streets, Blackout Books and Infoshop, and ABC No Rio (a radical cultural center).
bari.iww.org /~iww-nyc/report99-00.html   (1233 words)

 St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture: Wobblies
Long before the rise of the Bolsheviks in Russia, the courageous and militant Wobblies were calling for a socialist revolution and began organizing strikes around the nation as a prelude to a general worldwide strike among the working class.
As the Wobblies battled for free speech and higher wages across the nation, a legendary folklore developed regarding the union because of the violence and mayhem that seemed to follow them everywhere.
The Wobblies became the scourge of middle-class America, especially in the highly charged atmosphere of World War I and the postwar Red Scare.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_g1epc/is_tov/ai_2419101329   (812 words)

 What is the Origin of the Term Wobbly? | Myths and Legends About the IWW | Culture, History, and Library | Industrial ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
"Wobbly as an Insult" - The term was coined by the boss class and gladly accepted by the IWW in defiance.
It is entirely possible that "wobbly" refers to workers withdrawing efficiency from the job, as if walking on wooden sabots (the true origin of the term "sabotage").
Since the IWW adopted the use of sabotage as a tactic (at least in theory) and the wooden sabot as a symbol for direct action on the job, this could also be the origin of the term.
www.iww.org /culture/myths/wobbly.shtml   (1755 words)

 Wobblies are BACK : SF Bay Area Indymedia
And Wobbly songwriters like Hill penned popular and irreverent tunes skewering the bosses and celebrating the working class: songs like “Rebel Girl,” “Fifty-Thousand Lumberjacks” and “I’m Too Old to Be a Scab.” In California, carrying a copy of the Wobblies’ Little Red Songbook could land you in jail.
To this day, the Wobblies hold dear their mascot, “Sabo Kitty,” an angry fl cat with its hair on end, which came to be a symbol for sabotage.
In 2002, the Wobblies expanded their membership in the recycling business, organizing the 20-person workforce at Community Conservation Centers where residential recycling is sorted, by hand, into paper, plastic and aluminum streams.
www.indybay.org /news/2005/01/1714552.php   (4139 words)

 Wobblies Take the Capital : Thunderbay IMC
During this period, Ottawa-Outaouais Wobblies were met with disdain by Starbucks managers, and Starbucks employees were reminded that they are under contract to not divulge company information to any “third parties,” under threat of legal recourse.
The Wobbly agitators were told that soliciting was forbidden at Starbucks, and they replied that they had nothing to sell.
Later on the 26th, the various Wobbly contingents, together with flying squads from the Canadian Auto Workers and the Canadian Union of Public Employees, participated in a snake march through the heart of Ottawa’s business district.
thunderbay.indymedia.org /mail.php?id=858   (572 words)

 Wobblies Return to Botto House   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Since then, she has cherished the memory and the spirit of the Wobbly speakers who had stood on her second-floor viranda, agitating and entertaining the strikers.
A few Wobblies were even warned to cease their disputing or else theyƕd be asked to leave.
Wobblies everywhere, we urge you to contact Botto House and tell them how disgusted you are about the corruption there.
bari.iww.org /~iww-nyc/botto.html   (1531 words)

 American Experience | Emma Goldman | People & Events | PBS
The Wobblies solicited new members among the most discriminated-against groups of the workforce: unskilled workers, non-whites, immigrants, women, and migrant workers.
In the next few years this position would be used against the I.W.W. The federal government imprisoned Wobblies, for example, under the Espionage Act of June 1917.
In the next two years Wobblies and members of the Union of Russian Workers and other labor organizations would be "arrested at their workbenches, held incommunicado, and denied counsel or a chance to contact families and collect belongings," according to historian Alice Wexler.
www.pbs.org /wgbh/amex/goldman/peopleevents/e_iww.html   (1130 words)

 Libertarian socialism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW, or 'Wobblies') are an anarcho-syndicalist labor union that was prominent in labor struggles in the United States during the early 20th century.
While they never advocated straight out violence, they were clear in their intent to defend themselves if attacked, and fought back with force against policemen and Pinkerton security guards.
The Wobblies were openly revolutionary (as many labor unions were at the time) and saw their struggle for worker's rights only as a tool towards the eventual worker takeover of factories that the syndicalists envisioned at the time.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Libertarian_socialism   (5554 words)

 Return Of the Wobblies / At the height of its strength, the union fought for the 40-hour week
Ongerth said the organizing naturally evolved from contacts between the Wobblies who bring the recyled materials on trucks and the workers at the center.
They still favor "direct action" over bureaucratic change, even sabotage or "monkey wrenching" in "the most heated of battles," and they still are identified as radical "syndicalists" or "anarcho-syndicalists," referring to their belief in worker control and their dislike of hierarchy.
Wobblies say their beliefs are expressed in many labor struggles where they provide support and advice, and labor scholars say the IWW's legacy is still having an impact today.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2001/01/07/MN32064.DTL&type=printable   (1540 words)

 The Wobblies - index page - Free MP3 downloads, CDs, Bio Info, Tour Dates, Lyrics and More!"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Wobblies are a gritty New York punk three piece whose garage-influenced sound has a gilded edge.
A master of the short word and phrase, his lyrics are clipped and jagged and he has and the ability to sum up whole lives and situations in just a few words.
In a genre which has become increasingly second-rate and dull, and often cliched and puerile, The Wobblies are among its few remaining innovators.
artists.iuma.com /IUMA/Bands/The_Wobblies   (234 words)

 Wobblies: Photos & Stories
The industrial workers of the world — the I.W.W., also known by their nickname of wobblies— would prove to be the most radical and militant movement in the nation's labor history.
When wobbly leader "Big" Bill Haywood offered to bankroll an appeal of his conviction to the supreme court, Hill refused the offer.
For the Wobblies, Joe Hill was a martyr whose name would be invoked in labor struggles for the next fifty years.
www.kued.org /productions/fire/photos_stories/wobblies.html   (1394 words)

 Briarpatch Magazine: Sabo the Wobblies' cat
The IWW, or Wobblies as they came to be called, led some of the biggest organizing drives and strikes in North America during the first two decades of the 1900s.
One of the more popular and enduring Wobbly symbols was a stray, fl, cartoon cat named Sabo, who appeared regularly in the pages of the IWW newspaper Solidarity.
Sabo Tabby was the full name of this unofficial mascot of the Wobblies, despite the fact he was not a tabby but solid fl in colour.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m0JQV/is_7_33/ai_n6251554   (334 words)

 St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture: Wobblies
The Wobblies planned to do what no union had tried before: unite fls, immigrants, and assembly-line workers into one powerful force.
As the Wobbly "menace" became more influential, American leaders took action to limit the union's power.
Nearly forgotten today, the Wobbly spirit still can be found in novels by John Dos Passos and Wallace Stegner, as well as numerous plays and movies.
www.findarticles.com /g1epc/tov/2419101329/p1/article.jhtml   (812 words)

 North Coast Journal - June 9, 2005: PREVIEW - The Wobblies are coming
Those who "want to join the one big union and improve the conditions in the workplace and our community" are urged to attend an informal gathering at the RPJC Thursday, June 9, to celebrate the organization's 100th birthday, eat free pizza and learn about the IWW's past, present and future.
Bruce Valde, an IWW organizer from the Bay Area, is in town to speak to people interested in forming a branch of the Wobblies here in Humboldt County.
His plan for the IWW meeting in Arcata is to paint a picture of the organization in broad strokes, then let those who are interested decide what they want to do locally.
www.northcoastjournal.com /060905/preview0609.html   (996 words)

 Wobblies on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The day W.O. met the Wobblies: logger's tale of the IWW and the river drive not for delicate ears.(Looking back: stories about people and businesses of Wenatchee Valley's past)(Industrial Workers of the World)(W.O....
Battling for American Labor: Wobblies, Craft Workers, and the Making of the Union Movement.
Starbucks baristas to vote on 'Wobblies' union representation in Manhattan.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/X/X-W1obblies.asp   (290 words)

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