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The Centralia Tragedy and the Lessons of the Past

By Lindsay Mimir On November 11, 1919, during the first celebration of Armistice Day following the conclusion of the First World War, a violent confrontation between the American Legion and the IWW occurred in the logging town of Centralia, Washington. The various accounts of the event—dubbed either the Centralia Massacre (by the Legion) or the … Continue reading The Centralia Tragedy and the Lessons of the Past

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The Workers’, Soldiers’, and Sailors’ Council: Efforts to unite the working class in post-war Seattle

By Hannah Hopkins and Lexi Owens When people went away to the battlefields of World War I, people who couldn’t—or wouldn’t—fight, as well as those who stayed behind, like most women, Black men, immigrants, and other people of color, filled their vacancies in the workforce. For instance, in the Puget Sound, white and Black women … Continue reading The Workers’, Soldiers’, and Sailors’ Council: Efforts to unite the working class in post-war Seattle

In the News: notes from around the Northwest

By James Smith Despite making billions of dollars a year in revenue, the ambulance company AMR claimed they didn’t have the money to pay their EMTs in Seattle much above minimum wage. The EMTs, who are represented by Teamsters Local 763, were rightfully skeptical of the company’s claims and voted to strike. Because they would … Continue reading In the News: notes from around the Northwest

The Seattle Worker February 2019: Seattle General Strike Centennial Edition

Download the full issue of the February 2019 issue of the Seattle Worker. In honor of the Seattle General Strike of 1919, and in commemoration of the Centralia Tragedy that happened later that year, the Seattle Worker Committee is proud to present our General Strike Centennial Edition. Along with our regular "In the News" snippets from James … Continue reading The Seattle Worker February 2019: Seattle General Strike Centennial Edition

“The Union will make you go on strike!”: Refuting Myths about Unions

By Lexi Owens Bosses love to tell half-truths and say that if workers join a union, the union will force them to go on strike. But our union is completely democratic. No decision can be made without the workers' consent. Workers will go on strike because they decide to go on strike. Applebee’s restaurants’ parent company … Continue reading “The Union will make you go on strike!”: Refuting Myths about Unions

History Corner: Elizabeth Gurley Flynn Visits Seattle

By Hannah Hopkins Elizabeth Gurley Flynn is pictured here standing on a soapbox on the right side of the image above the two large umbrellas. She is addressing a crowd of people in Seattle in 1917 at a rally in defense of IWW prisoners who were imprisoned following the Everett Massacre. At this time, Flynn … Continue reading History Corner: Elizabeth Gurley Flynn Visits Seattle

Revolutionary Unionism

By Maria Garcia There are many ways to effect positive change in the world (activism, electoral politics, legal action, changes in individual behavior, etc.), and all of them have been used with various levels of success in addressing the acute problems caused by our economic system. But any attempt to effect real, permanent, systemic change … Continue reading Revolutionary Unionism

All Quiet on the News Front (Why your union is organizing underground)

By Lindsay Mimir The Seattle IWW is organizing in no less than seven workplaces in five different industries across the city­­ education, food service, retail, tech, and office workers. Our organizers are working diligently to build up their organizing committees, train and recruit their fellow workers, and win gains on the shopfloor. We just held … Continue reading All Quiet on the News Front (Why your union is organizing underground)