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Industrial Workers of the World, World War, Outreach

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Department
Labour Studies
Course
LABRST 1A03
Professor
David Goutor
Semester
Fall

Description
Labour Studies Lecture -Industrial workers of the world -aka I.W.W & Wobbles -“We Shall Be All” -Re. Membership, Structure, Activism -Revolutionary Syndicalism Outrea -Methods -Outreach -Basics -Culture -Repression -Industrial Workers of the World organized immigrant workers, everybody, skilled, unskilled etc. -Symbolized as a fist, since it represented not just one finger, it symbolized everyone to organize a strike, with the hope the strike will bring down the system -extremely radical, wanted to create a revolution and reached out to the most oppressed workers known as the revolutionary syndicalism -Outreach: have to go out and recruit the people, if you are involved, you are considered an activist -go the most remote areas to organize -Wobblies were workers themselves and were able to communicate to the workers -Patterson Silk Strike in 1913 -there were leaders which included women such as Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Big Bill Hayward (very good speaker) -IWW understood that they had lofty ambitions; they needed to start with simple ideas in order to get the people involved. Focused on the fundamentals, for example stating that the employer will not even pay the minimum -BC the lumber industry, the workers were resting heads on logs so they had a campaign on pillows, the IWW used the most simple characteristics to help start the strike -Culture was a colourful organization, since they knew they had to reach out to the immigrants, reached out in cultural ways to others (such as through art and music) -Joe Hill, top figures of the IWW and he was a musician, would hold concerts for people to get into music, used music that people bought from their own cultures, the idea was that if we organize everyone, we can shut everything down -Employers feared the IWW since they were a revolution, immigration marginalization -Usually when the IWW leaders were spreading their word, the authority would use force to break up the rallies to stop the momentum of the workers -the government used their power to oppress the leaders, arrest them and put an end to the labour movement World War 1 -Trauma and Transformation Early Wartime -War Measures Act
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