This informative documentary covers the activities of the Industrial Workers of the World, the IWW., one of the most revolutionary organizations in history, during the first part of the 20th century. The nickname for the members of the IWW was the "Wobblies," originating with a Chinese man who said he belonged to the "I. Wobble. Wobble." Information on the union's activities, including a textile strike in Massachusetts in 1912 and another strike in Paterson, New Jersey in 1913 is provided by interviews with elderly former union members and a look at their memorabilia.
IWW is an international labor union that was founded in 1906 in Chicago, Illinois in the United States of America. The union combines general unionism with industrial unionism, as it is a general union whose members are further organized within the industry of their employment.
In the 1910s and early 1920s, the IWW achieved many of their short-term goals, particularly in the American West, and cut across traditional guild and union lines to organize workers in a variety of trades and industries. At their peak in August 1917, IWW membership was more than 150,000. The extremely high rate of IWW membership turnover during this era (estimated at 133% per decade) makes it difficult for historians to state membership totals with any certainty, as workers tended to join the IWW in large numbers for relatively short periods (e.g., during labor strikes and periods of generalized economic distress).
The movie is unique for its images, culled from still photographs, cartoons, posters, and archival footage.
Directors: Deborah Shaffer and Stewart Bird
The movie will be presented in English with Russian subtitles.