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  1. How to Fire Your Boss: A Worker's Guide to Direct Action

    How to Fire Your Boss: A Worker's Guide to Direct Action


    "The indignity of working-for-a-living is well-known to anyone who ever has. Democracy, the great principle on which American society is supposedly founded, is thrown out the window as soon as we punch the time clock at work. With no say over what we produce, or how that production is organized, and with only a small portion of that product's value finding its way into our paychecks, we have every right to be pissed off at our bosses. "Ultimately, of course, we need to create a society in which working people make all the decisions about the production and distribution of goods and services. Harmful or useless industries, such as arms and chemical manufacturing, or the banking and insurance scams, would be eliminated. The real essentials, like food, shelter, and clothing, could be produced by everyone working just a few hours each week. "In the meantime, however, we need to develop strategies that both prefigure this utopia AND counteract the day to day drudgery of contemporary wageslavery.…" Learn More
  2. Little Red Songbook 38th Edition

    Little Red Songbook 38th Edition


    Celebrate the Centenary of Joe Hill's execution (November 19, 1915) by singing the songs of Joe Hill from the IWW's most popular publication since 1905!

    Songs of the IWW to fan the flames of discontent

    Now with new songs and your old favorites, the new 38th edition of the Little Red Songbook is now available!

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  3. News of the Spanish Revolution

    News of the Spanish Revolution


    Members of the North American revolutionary syndicalist union Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.) have always followed international struggles with great interest. In 1936, when the Spanish Revolution began, they were inspired by the part played by the anarchist-led Spanish labor union confederation, the CNT, and the endeavor to create a self-governing egalitarian society. From the IWWs critical understanding of the danger posed by the authoritarian left, including the Communist parties of the world and the government of the Soviet Union, they were on their guard against the behavior of these groups in Spain. In the IWW press people like Joseph Wagner wrote and translated articles about the Spanish situation, offering alternative perspectives not available in either the Communist or liberal press. This collection contains some of these articles, offering a sample of what English-speaking anti-authoritarians could read about the Spanish Revolution in the late 1930s. In addition, the pamphlet contains two articles published later about participants experiences. One is by Russell Blackwell, who became an anarcho-syndicalist as a result of his experiences in Spain. The final article is about Federico Arcos, a Spanish anarchist veteran of the revolution. It provides a glimpse into what the anarchists of Spain experienced and what the participation of international fighters who went to Spain meant to them. Learn More
  4. Radical Works for Rebel Workers: Best of the IW 2015

    Radical Works for Rebel Workers: Best of the IW 2015


    Radical Works for Rebel Workers is a hand-picked collection of contemporary writing and imagery from a diverse crowd for the annual Working Writers Contest of the IWW. This Bilingual booklet features 10 contemporary works dealing with sexism, organizing, labor history and how to be a lifelong wobbly. Get two, and remember: IWW literature is better shared with a fellow worker! Learn More
  5. Remember Ludlow!

    Remember Ludlow!


    Ludlow Massacre April 20, 1914 

    by Joanna Sampson

    The land at Ludlow, where marchine gun bullets once sprayed death into striking coal miners' tents, is peaceful now.

    The study of history, especially dark events like the Ludlow Massacre, can prevent us from repeating a tragedy like the one that ended with the killing of miners and their families on the plains at Ludlow on April 20, 1914. 

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  6. Solidarity Unionism at Starbucks

    Solidarity Unionism at Starbucks


    Legendary legal scholar Staughton Lynd teams up with influential labor organizer Daniel Gross in this exposition on solidarity unionism, the do-it-yourself workplace organizing system that is rapidly gaining prominence around the country and around the world. Lynd and Gross make the argument that workers themselves on the shop floor, not outside union officials, are the real hope for labor's future. Learn More
  7. The Italian Glass Blowers Takeover of 1910

    The Italian Glass Blowers Takeover of 1910


    Syndicalism in Action

    by Odon Por

    This pamphlet was written in 1910 by an early Syndicalist organiser named Odon Por and issued by 'Wilshire's Magazine'.  It is an optimistic but fascinating glimpse into early italian Syndicalism, and answering the question of how Syndicalism would expropriate, operate and perfect the Trusts, pointed to the example of the Italian glass-blowers becoming their own employers as syndicalism in action, consciousness and the moral and economic solidarity of a certain class of workers.

    These workers had no intention of becoming capitalists.  They refused to become parasites on the body of the whole working class.  They wanted to free themselves from the capitalist yoke.  The introduction asserts they have a message for today in the example they gave in their struggles to be free.

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  8. The Union on Our Own Terms

    The Union on Our Own Terms


    This pamphlet is a compilation of the writings of Alexis Buss, who served as General Secretary-Treasurer of the Industrial Workers of the World from 2000 to 2005. These columns concerning minority unionism were originally written as articles for the IWW's newspaper, the Industrial Worker. Fellow Worker Joe Berry, an instructor at the University of Illinois in the Chicago Labor Education Program, put together the list of supplemental references. This pamphlet shows that a small group of workers, even a union of two, can effectively and unofficially keep the boss from putting his hand into our back pockets. Known as minority unionism, this method of winning better conditions is not about assuming strength in numbers or legal recognition, but in the solidarity of workers willing to act on their own behalf to gain controls over their jobs. Workers who recognize that their interests are distinct from those they work for will find this a historical, insightful, and most useful of all, a practical pamphlet to help them get around the more conventional methods of unionism that favor the bosses. Learn More
  9. Think It Over

    Think It Over


    An Introduction To the Industrial Workers of the World

    by Tim Acott

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  10. You Better Work

    You Better Work


    Queer/Trans/Feminist workers' stories ***Procedes go to the IWW Sato Fund, which helps women, trans and gender non-conforming IWW members travel to and attend events. *** Content: Introduction by Colt Thundercat Bathrooms by Gyage Operaista Sexual Harassment by Grace Parker Beyond Fuck You: an organizer's apporach to confronting hateful language at work by FW Coeur de Bord Solidarity against sexism on the shop floor by angel Gardner-Kocher Requred Extraordinariness by Doug Jadzia Sembla Beyond Fuck You 2: workplace organizing against oppressive language and behavior My Body, My Rules: a case for rape and domestic violence survivors becoming workplace organizers by Liberte Locke Learn More

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