What is the IWW?

The IWW is the Industrial Workers of the World (sometimes called “the Wobblies”), a democratic, rank-and-file labor organization dedicated to enabling workers to build a union and use it to express their needs and desires and to accomplish the changes they want to make in their economic lives.

The IWW concentrates on organizing our fellow workers in the workplace–where we, as workers, have the industrial power to enforce our demands. Organizing is the process by which a group of people take power through direct action over some aspect of their lives–on the job or in their communities.

The IWW is run by its members, not by hired staff and union bosses. It has only one full-time paid officer, the General Secretary-Treasurer. All general officers are elected each year by the whole membership. Local Branches elect their own officers and have complete control over local affairs, as long as they abide by the IWW Constitution.