DOC 2 Lecture Notes - Lecture 13: Industrial Workers Of The World

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Industrial Workers of the World
IWW (1905)
Commonly referred to as the “Wobblies”
“One Big Union”
Intentionally intersectional
International
All races, sexes, and skills
“...a working class movement that shall have for its purpose the
emancipation of the working-class from the bondage of capitalism.”
(Zinn, 87-88)
Proponent of direct action and free-speech activism
Ex: labor conditions
Jack White
Arrested in San Diego for 1912 for free-speech violation
“I know what Justice is.”
Similar to MLK’s Letter from Birmingham Jail
Mentions of structural adjustments against the working class
Invokes constitutional founding beliefs
ILGWU
Memories of the 1982 ILGWU Strike in NY Chinatown
Written by Quan
International Ladies’ Garment Worker’s Union
One of the largest unions in the country
One of the first with mostly female membership
Health and welfare benefits, wages, holiday pay, vacation benefits,
pension, death benefits, and childcare
Triangular bargaining system
Page 171
Even with unions, garment workers struggled
Piece rate system
Wages paid per item produced (vs. hours worked)
Daily battles with employers over prices
union
contractors
Manufacturers
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A working class movement that shall have for its purpose the emancipation of the working-class from the bondage of capitalism. Proponent of direct action and free-speech activism (zinn, 87-88) Arrested in san diego for 1912 for free-speech violation. Similar to mlk"s letter from birmingham jail. Mentions of structural adjustments against the working class. Memories of the 1982 ilgwu strike in ny chinatown. One of the largest unions in the country. Health and welfare benefits, wages, holiday pay, vacation benefits, pension, death benefits, and childcare. Wages paid per item produced (vs. hours worked) I call the piece rate system the system of being both the slave and the slave driver. You"re the slaved because you"re doing the work. But you"re the slave driver too, because you force yourself to work faster and faster, believing that the more pieces you sow, Connections between time periods, industries, and worker populations. Regardless of when or who, everyone suffers from the system.

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