Always on Strike: Frank Little and the Western Wobblies by Arnold Stead

By Arnold Stead

“[The governor] requested me what we'd do if the firms didn't yield to our calls for. I advised him we'd name everyman out of the mines. Then he acknowledged that if we did, that he could position them lower than Federal keep an eye on. I laughed and instructed him we might name out each employee within the nation, agriculture employees, lumbermen, munitions employees, miners, mechanics and all periods of operating males. He stated ‘Why, guy, you wouldn’t do this. This kingdom is at war.’ I stated ‘ Governor, I don’t care what state your state is battling. i'm battling for the unity of labor!”
—From the speech for which Frank Little used to be murdered in Butte, Montana

Frank Little is taken into account by way of a few to be the best organizer produced by way of the U.S. exertions circulation, and but invaluable little has been written concerning the recognized commercial employees of the area (IWW) agitator. Little was once a key chief of the country’s first unfastened speech fights, geared up a few mass moves, and used to be thought of the sort of probability to company pursuits that he was once lynched through corporation thugs for decry makes an attempt at strike breaking. Police and govt officers not just grew to become a blind eye to his homicide, they later used his phrases and activities to justify a crusade to scapegoat and persecute different contributors of the IWW.

Always on Strike chronicles and seriously engages with Little’s exploits in hopes of disclosing a brand new iteration of radicals to his lifestyles, legacy and politics.

Featuring hide paintings from a portrait of Frank Little by way of Keith Seidel, keithseidel.com

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His eastern counterparts may have thought of Little as, at heart, an adventurer and feared those he attracted to the union might likewise be mere adventurers. A comparison of eastern and western Wobbly policies and points of view offers further insight into the challenges Little and his western comrades faced as they fought to maintain themselves as individuals while at the same time remaining faithful to the worker solidarity so highly valued by the Industrial Workers of the World. In the East the IWW felt that the partially assimilated European immigrant workers, who composed the bulk of the union’s rank and file, needed a firm centralized direction, a clear and strong, traditional organizational structure.

Mac replies that he is not abandoning the struggle but needs to make more money now that a child is on the way. ” Mac asks another of his fellow workers, a man named Ben Evans, what he should do about Maisie and is told if she was worth Always on Strike text pages 7_all pages 10/21/14 5:48 PM Page 33 the western wobblies 33 marrying she would not have had sex with him in the first place. ” Evans replies that he does not trust any woman. ” Mac turns to alcohol and travels to Ludlow, Colorado.

The foreman so hard-boiled . . ” Mac and Ike were two of the “floaters” Parker writes about. The pair part ways along the road, and Mac eventually drifts to San Francisco where he meets Maisie Spencer, who works in an Emporium. They fall in love and consummate their relationship. Mac has printing skills and the newly formed IWW sends him to help editor Fred Hoff of the sympathetic The Nevada Workman in Goldfield, Nevada, during the strike of 1905; in which Frank Little participated as a WFM affiliate.

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