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IWW Chronology (1946 - 1971)

Originally Titled, 95 Years of Revolutionary Industrial Unionism, by Michael Hargis - featured in Anarcho Syndicalist Review, #27 and #28.


  • MTW wins maritime strikes on several ships. British Administration established by MTW.
  • IWW Convention adopts "no check-off" rule prohibiting practice of having employers collect union dues from workers' pay.
  • IWW locked out at Jones & Laughlin barrel plant in Youngstown, OH.
  • Strike at Schrimer-Dornbirer pump company wins 45 cent/hour pay boost in Cleveland.


  • MTW backs British maritime wildcat strike.
  • MTW Branch at Galveston, TX, & Houston Towing Co and NLRB victory at Gold Barge & Towing and on the Pasadena and Lynchburg ferries.


  • IWW placed on U.S. Attorney General's List of Subversive Organizations.


  • Cleveland Branches withdraw after IWW referendum refuses to sign Taft-Hartley anti-communist affidavits.


  • IWW turns 50, near extinction.


  • Organizing campaign among restaurant workers and greenhouse workers in New York City.


  • Strike against Hodgeman's Blueberry Farm in Grand Junction, MI.
  • Strike against Cedar Alley coffee house, Berkeley, CA.
  • Free speech fight at Roosevelt University, Chicago;
  • unemployed organizing in Uptown neighborhood forced to retreat in face of SDS JOIN project.


  • Agitation among unemployed in San Francisco to gain support for shorter work-week and among apple pickers, Yakima Valley, WA.


  • Boston, MA: Resistance anti-draft group joins IWW.
  • IWW referendum votes to allow students to join IWW as members of Educational Workers IU 620.


  • IU620 Branches established at University of Waterloo, University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.


  • IWW helps to organize creation of "Chicago People's Park" in opposition to urban renewal.
  • Liberated Guardian becomes IWW shop.


  • IWW-affiliated Le Presse Popuiaire du Montreal closed by police under War Measures Act.
  • San Diego Street Journal El Barrio becomes IWW shop.


  • Chicago Seed staff joins IWW as well as staff of the radical center, Alice's Revisited;
  • Strike against Hip Products;
  • Strike against Three Penny Cinema wins contract.
  • IWW organizes boycott of University of Illinois (Champaign) Student Union to induce university to buy UFW label head lettuce.
  • San Diego, CA: IWW member Ricardo Gonzalves indicted for criminal syndicalism along with two member of the Brown Berets; Fascist Minuteman organization fires shots in Street journal offices.
  • Silver miners branch established, Ward, CO. MTW branch established among dockworkers in Malmo, Sweden.