Who came up with this idea? It’s historically befuddled and hilarious.
The AFL-CIO’s online “Union Shop” is selling “I’m a Little Wobbly” T-Shirts.
“Your little one toddling around will show his or her union roots with this “I’m a Little Wobbly” children’s T-shirt in bright red. ‘Wobbly,’ of course, refers to a member to the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).
1. The IWW was created out of vehement opposition to the AFL and craft unions.
2. The tough Norwegian and Finnish miners and lumberman and itinerant laborers who were the backbone of the IWW would be appalled at being made into a cute product.
3. Who remembers the Wobblies?
The little black kitten is funny, too. It’s a take-off of the Sabotage Cat, an anarchist symbol adopted by the IWW, which actively promoted sabotage, the disruption of industry, including during wartime.
Is that really a symbol the AFL-CIO wants to be selling?
Either you’re advocating sabotage or you’re admitting you’re a pussycat.
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