About Us


Educate, Agitate, Organize!

We are the Northeast Ohio General Membership Branch of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). We organize workers in and around Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Ashtabula, and Youngstown.

We are the Industrial Workers of the World because we organize industrially. This means we organize all workers producing the same goods or providing the same services into one union, rather than dividing workers by skill or trade, so we can pool our strength to win our demands together. Since the IWW was founded in 1905, we have made significant contributions to the labor struggles around the world and have a proud tradition of organizing across gender, ethnic and racial lines long before such organizing was popular.

We invite you to become a member whether or not the IWW happens to have representation rights in your workplace. We organize the worker, not the job, and recognize that unions are not about government certification or employer recognition but about workers coming together to address common concerns.

Sometimes this means refusing to work with dangerous equipment and chemicals. Sometimes it means striking or signing a contract. Other times it means agitating around particular issues or grievances in a workplace or industry.

Because the IWW is a democratic, member-run union, members decide what issues to address, and which tactics to use and we directly vote on office holders, from stewards to national offices.

Heard enough? Join the IWW today!