PR Efforts of the Chicago Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)

For decades, labor unions have stood in the way of companies’ unceasing search for cheap labor. Unions have held sway over politics, local and national, and have consolidated power blocks in the American political landscape through decades of struggle against oppressive work conditions. Workers made their cases known through largely through posters, pamphlets, parades and protests, especially, up to and after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911. Founded 1905, the Chicago Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) promoted itself as “One Big Union” and designed some of the most powerful labor rights materials of all time. These pieces managed to effectively build awareness for and influence public opinion on the need for labor legislation many decades before social media or even, the TV news.

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