Around 8 years ago, the Twin Cities IWW decided to resurrect the idea of Work Peoples College with a series of workshops, one-day educationals, and presentations. This eventually transformed into a multiple day event up in the Iron Range of Northern Minnesota in 2012 and 2013. In Germany, European Wobblies began their own WPC just this summer. But where did this concept come from?
Saku Pinta’s “Educate, Organize, Emancipate: The Work People’s College and The Industrial Workers of the World” gives background on WPC. Originally appearing in the PM Press book Anarchist Pedagogies: Collective Actions, Theories, and Critical Reflections on Education, Pinta’s chapter focuses on the school, which was established by Finnish socialists in Northern Minnesota in the 1910s. It eventually became affiliated with the IWW and continued operation into the 1940s.
Published with permission from the author and PM Press. Read more
A sequel to a previous article we’ve published, a Twin Cities IWW member writes about how he’s dealt with homophobic remarks and sentiments at work. This originally appeared in YOU BETTER WORK: queer, trans, feminist workers stories #1, which has a Facebook presence and can be purchased here. Read more
During the 109 years of the existence of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), there have been many organizers and members whose name has come to prominence within the union. Some were respected, a few have been hated, and others triggered feelings that are a mixture of the two. But arguably, no one has been as admired in the IWW as Vincent St. John. Read more
UPDATE 2/28/15: Added 50 titles.
UPDATE 8/19/14: Added 21 titles. Cleaned up some formatting. Put ‘Unknown/Unclear Dates’ in alphabetical order.
UPDATE 8/3/14: Added 5 titles to list. Corrected date on 1 title. Added 1 more to the criteria.
Here’s a list of IWW pamphlets. Most have links to PDFs or text, some may not be on the internet yet. Recognizing this is a work in progress, if you have information on pamphlets that aren’t on this list, please let us know in the comments!
Here is the following criteria for this list:
–Must be more than 8 pages (any less and it is more a leaflet than a pamphlet)
–Must be under 100 pages (beyond that I think it can be considered a book).
–Must be put out by some official body of the IWW (or consist of material that was) or independently, by IWW members, as long as it is about, for or aimed at other IWW members or people who may be interested in the union.
–Must be directed more outward than inward (so pamphlets on how to do delegate tasks, fill out paper work or run a meeting are, for the most part, excluded).
-Must be in English (other languages should be a separate list/project) Read more