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Today in Labor History

Aug. 17, 1918
More than 100 leaders of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), also known as Wobblies, were convicted in Chicago Federal Court for violating the Espionage Act during World War I by calling strikes in war industries and calling for the end of the draft.  
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