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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