Who can join the IWW?

As long as you are a worker — not an employer — you can join the IWW. Members of other unions (except officers), students, retirees, the unemployed, the self-employed, those in informal professions, and those unable to work may also join. You can choose an Industrial Union based on your current job, and you can read about how the IWW is structured in One Big Union.


You select your dues level based on your self-reported current monthly income. Your first month as a member will include an initiation fee that is the equivalent of your dues rate, so for your first month as a member you will pay twice your normal dues rate. (If you select an $11 dues rate, your first month’s payment will be $22, with each subsequent month being $11.) A breakdown of our current dues rate can be found below, as well as on page twenty-six of the IWW’s constitution.

  • $6 — if you are financially burdened by unemployment, underemployment, being a student, or other circumstances
  • $11 — if you make less than $2,000 per month
  • $22 — if you make between $2,000 and $3,500 per month
  • $33 — if you make more than $3,500 per month