IWW Edmonton Library

Members have full access to the branch library. Visit the library webpage to browse our catalogue and check out items.

Useful IWW Documents & Literature

Preamble, Constitution, and General Bylaws of the Industrial Workers of the World

The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of the working people and the few, who make up the employing class, have all the good things of life. Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organise as a class, take possession of the means of production, abolish the wage system, and live in harmony with the earth.

One Big Union

The union’s source of strength is its members. The more directly we are involved in union business, the stronger we are. Our liberation won’t be won by paying dues into a union treasury. While money helps the union function, we can’t purchase our freedom. What makes the union win for us all is the effort and enthusiasm of its members—something that can’t be bought. Our efficiency is the result of our democratic structure, empowering the rank-and-file.

Think it Over

Working people have only one real option in today’s economy. We have to resist, with all our might, the big-business program of further and deeper poverty for working people. Together we can win. Together we can make this world a better place to live, to raise our children, to spend our old age.

Rusty’s Rules of Order

Good meeting procedure is probably the most basic tool in the organizer’s kit and the building block for any form of collective action. A good meeting helps a group of people—small or large—to accomplish more than they could as individuals. Without a democratic and efficient way to make decisions, people can do little more than burn themselves out and reinforce the idea that fighting the boss and authorities is impossible and that the labour movement is nothing more than one useless meeting after another


Industrial Worker
Organizing Work

Documentaries & Podcasts

Laborwave Radio
Working Class History