Definitions for "Industrial Workers of the World"
Radical union organized in Chicago in 1905 and nicknamed the Wobblies; its opposition to World War I led to its destruction by the federal government under the Espionage Act.
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
Founded in 1893, the IWW (or Wobblies) had a particular appeal among the miners and unskilled laborers in the rural West. The execution in Utah of the Swedish immigrant organizer Joe Hill contributed to the folklore of the union, but federal prosecution of its leaders led to its end by 1920.