The I.W.W. was a labor organization founded in 1905 which basically promoted the rights of all workers. My understanding is that it was pretty radical for its time as it encouraged inclusion of all workers, even immigrants. My maternal grandfather Harry Maisel arrived in America in 1905. He pledged his allegiance to this country and disavowed any allegiance to Czar Nicholas. My grandfather was the proverbial immigrant who arrived with nothing and became the owner of a silk mill in Paterson which produced beautiful broad silks. He later lost it in the Great Depression of 1933 but continued to work in the silk industry.
On Labor Day I reflect on the hard working people who were my ancestors. They struggled to provide a better future for their children. I wonder what they would think if they could see our society today, which in my opinion is pretty messed up.