James P. Cannon on the Legacy of the IWW
Cannon, James P.http://www.icl-fi.org/english/wv/1070/iww.html
Year Published: 2015 First Published: 1955
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX17901
Formed in direct opposition to the craft unionism of the American Federation of Labor, the IWW drew its membership largely from young workers who took to the road to find work where they could -- as railroad construction workers, lumberjacks, metal miners and seamen. Taught by harsh experience that the bosses could not be overpowered at the ballot box, those who formed the IWW called for "One Big Union" that would serve as the instrument to seize the means of production from the capitalist class.