Why Incarcerated Workers Should Join the IWW

Providence Industrial Workers of the World

This originally aired on “The Final Straw” radio show and was published in The Incarcerated Worker Vol. 1 No. 1 February 2015.  There are nearly 400 members of the IWW behind bars. Help grow this effort. Create your own letter writing group, or get involved in other ways by emailing iwoc@ riseup.net.Donate to your delegate or online at: https://fundly.com/theincarcerated-workers-organizingcommittee#. We can’t do this alone.

Why Incarcerated Workers Should Join the IWW
By Sean Swain

X380847. That’s my membership number in the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). The IWW has been around since 1905, making typical unions with the bosses and bureaucratic party nervous, since the stated goal of the IWW is the abolition of the wage system altogether, rather than reformist efforts to “improve” the conditions of the owners and union bosses. Unlike every other union during its formation that sought to divide the workers…

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