Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • abbr. Industrial Workers of the World

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  • proper n. Industrial Workers of the World

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Industrial Workers of the World (the name of two American labor organizations, one of which advocates syndicalism)

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a former international labor union and radical labor movement in the United States; founded in Chicago in 1905 and dedicated to the overthrow of capitalism; its membership declined after World War I
  • n. a former international labor union and radical labor movement in the United States; founded in Chicago in 1905 and dedicated to the overthrow of capitalism; its membership declined after World War I

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Examples

  • All labor organizers—especially members of the determined yet small Industrial Workers of the World, known as the IWW or the Wobblies—had been targets before the war and continued to be during the war.

    Savage Peace

  • Although the IWW should be a subject for a future article, it should be noted that the IWW did not have anywhere near the resources of the AFL and received little help and much hostility from it.

    In Defence of Marxism

  • And the IWW is a unique union well outside organized labor's mainstream, best known for its radical organizing efforts back in the 1910s.

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  • There was a lot of support at that time for something called the IWW, international

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  • The bookstore will also provide a meeting and office space for the IWW, which is providing a mountain of books to the collective to start up.

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  • Well, like John Greenway called the IWW a banzai charge on capitalism, and that was about right.

    Democracy Now!

  • The cornerstone of the IWW was the notion that people in the same industry should belong to the same union.

    Democracy Now!

  • Williams's address blamed the boycott on 'ill-balanced and fanatical Socialists of the baser sort', and detected the sinister influence of the 'IWW', which was 'notoriously financed by Germany'.

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  • I don’t want to make it sound like the IWW is the signature organization in any of the cities I’m intimately connected to, they’re usually seen as just a side project.

    Direct action gets the goods

  • The company has also clashed with workers who tried unsuccessfully to organize in Europe and New Zealand, and it has battled with unionized workers in North America, where 300 employees are members of the IWW Starbucks Workers Union.

    Starbucks Workers Plan Chile Strike

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