ndustrial Workers of the World (IWW), byname Wobblies, labour organization founded in Chicago in 1905 by representatives of 43 groups. The IWW opposed the American Federation of Labor’s acceptance of capitalism and its refusal to include unskilled workers in craft unions
This guide uses sources from the 1930s to give a general overview of how the International Federation of Trade Unions operated during that period. It is arranged in the following sections:
◾About the International Federation of Trade Unions
◾The IFTU Executive Committee, 1936-1939
◾IFTU meetings between July 1936 - April 1939
The labor movement in the United States grew out of the need to protect the common interest of workers. For those in the industrial sector, organized labor unions fought for better wages, reasonable hours and safer working conditions. The labor movement led efforts to stop child labor, give health benefits and provide aid to workers who were injured or retired.