On this day in 1915 Ralph Chaplin finished writing the song “Solidarity Forever”. The song was first written for and published by his union, the Industrial Workers of the World (the IWW). Little did Chaplin know at the time that the song would go on to become an anthem of the latter-day labour movement and subsequently spread to unions in beyond US borders. The song has also spread into the political realm, with the New Democrat Party in Canada singing “Solidarity Forever” at its founding convention over 50 years ago.
For the union makes us strong.