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An injury to one is an injury to all is a motto popularly used by the
Industrial Workers of the World The Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), members of which are commonly termed "Wobblies", is an international labor union that was founded in 1905 in Chicago (''City in a Garden''); I Will , image_map = , map_c ...

Industrial Workers of the World
. In his autobiography,
Bill Haywood William Dudley "Big Bill" Haywood (February 4, 1869 – May 18, 1928) was a founding member and leader of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and a member of the executive committee of the Socialist Party of America. During the first two d ...
credited
David C. Coates
David C. Coates
with suggesting a labor slogan for the IWW: ''an injury to one is an injury to all''. The slogan has since been used by a number of labor organizations. The slogan reflects the fact that the IWW is " One Big Union" and organizes skilled and unskilled workers. Despite the reduced number of organized workers today, the slogan is still popular with
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s and other organizations.


Origin

The expression is similar to, and may be derived from, a slogan popularized in the prior quarter century by the
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, "that is the best government in which an injury to one is the concern of all".Annual Report of the Bureau of Labor and Industrial Statistics, Michigan Bureau of Labor and Industrial Statistics, 1884, pages 68–71.


See also

* Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno


References

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