Join the IWW

So, you want to join the IWW?

It’s easier than you think, fellow worker — just read the info below.

Don’t hesitate to contact us today if you have any questions or concerns about joining!!


  1. Encouragement, mutual aid and support.
  2. Advice and help with procedures like disciplinary or grievance hearings.
  3. Help and guidance on organizing your workplace.
  4. An international organization dedicated to working together to build worker power on our jobs and in our communities.
  5. Some practical things:
    • Membership Card
    • Membership Pin
    • Access to member e-mail lists and internal communication networks
    • Subscription to the GOB, or General Organization Bulletin, a discussion bulletin which includes reports from the general administration and correspondence from delegates, committees, and individual members.
    • Subscription to the IWW’s newspaper, The Industrial Worker (IW)


The IWW organizes workers without limits. Low wage, high turnover, precarious, and non traditional workers and industries which have largely been ignored by business or trade unions have often been the focus of IWW organizing. Migrant and seasonal workers, domestic workers, sex workers, students, and unemployed workers have organized, and won, under the banner of the IWW. Anyone who is a member of the working class (meaning, anyone who is not an employer) and who agrees to abide by the IWW Constitution is eligible for membership in the IWW.


In the IWW, dues are paid directly to a delegate, not taken directly from your paycheck. Dues rates are based on a members income and paid on a monthly basis.  Dues must be paid regularly in order for a fellow worker to remain a member in good standing and hold all rights and privileges of membership. When you first join the IWW, you will be asked to pay an initiation fee which is equivalent to one months dues.

Dues rates include the following:

  • Sub-minimum – $5.00 – for those who are unemployed, incarcerated, or otherwise in a dire financial situation.
  • Minimum – $9.00 – for those who make less than $2,000 per month.
  • Regular – $18.00 – for those who make between $2,000 and 3,500 per month.
  • Maximum – $27.00 –  for those who make $3,500 or more per month.


The easiest way to join the IWW is to meet with a delegate who can answer questions, take your dues and initiation fee, issue your red card, and help you get involved!

You may contact the local delegate-at-large, Chris, to set up a time to join or pay dues. Chris is located on the southwest side of the city, but will also meet in an area more convenient to you.

You may also visit the General Headquarters (GHQ) of the IWW which is located on the northeast side of the city at 2036 w Montrose, a few blocks from the Montrose Brown Line stop. The GHQ keeps regular business hours of 9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday, and often is open later, just be sure to call them at (773) 728-0996 or send them an e-mail if you are unsure if they are open. If GHQ is open, a delegate will be present to sign you up or take your dues.

If you are unable to meet with a delegate in person, you can join the IWW online or you can print out the application form and mail it to the GHQ at PO Box 180195, Chicago, IL 60618, USA.

Don’t hesitate to contact us today if you have any questions or concerns about joining!!


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