Industrial Workers of the World

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Industrial Workers of the World

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(Historical Terms) an international revolutionary federation of industrial unions founded in Chicago in 1905: banned in the US in 1949. Abbreviation: IWW See also Wobbly

Indus′trial Work′ers of the World′


n.
an international industrial labor union that was organized in Chicago in 1905 and disintegrated after 1920. Abbr.: I.W.W., IWW
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Noun1.Industrial Workers of the World - 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
labor union, trade union, trades union, union, brotherhood - an organization of employees formed to bargain with the employer; "you have to join the union in order to get a job"
labor movement, trade union movement, labor - an organized attempt by workers to improve their status by united action (particularly via labor unions) or the leaders of this movement
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It's long past time to join in common cause and to remember that old Wobblie slogan: 'An injury to one is an injury to all.
In act 1, Parritt, explaining to Larry Slade why he has shown up at the saloon from the West Coast where his mother has been arrested, says: "I hung around pool rooms and gambling joints and hooker shops, where they'd never look for a Wobblie [a variant spelling, `Wobbly' being the more common form], pretending I was a sport" (27).
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The International Workers of the World (IWW), known colloquially as the Wobblies, aimed for nothing less than the overthrow of capitalism.
Actors from Knights of Labor to Single Taxers to Wobblies to New Leftists to the Squamish Five are woven into the tapestry.
The pair traveled with, and sometimes worked alongside, migrant workers, many of them Wobblies.
I strolled through that horrible, bland, identikit mall called the Bullring and saw no end of wobblies of all ages waddling about, many scoffing food that would not be high on a dietician's 'must eat' list.
In the early 20th century, a migrant worker in Vancouver became an outspoken radical activist working closely with the Prince Rupert Industrial Association (PRIA), a local affiliate of The Industrial Workers of the World (or Wobblies as they came to be known).
Obesity has assumed plague proportions: we're a nation of wobblies, waddling from chipshop to pie-shop and producing children who weigh 20 stone at age seven.
Princess Pushy, who lives just along the corridor, tells Tatler magazine: "I thought she (Kate) would get the wobblies.
Unfortunately, to master these skills they become mini-control freaks and throw wobblies when Mummy says no.