The IWW was founded in Chicago. Its leader was William "Big Bill" Haywood, and the union was known to target the most exploited workers. It drew about 30,000 western miners, lumberman, fruit pickers, and itinerant laborers. They led strikes of Nevada miners, Minnesota iron workers, and timber workers in Louisiana and other parts of the Northwest. The labor union had an exaggerated reputation for violence and wanted to overthrow capitalism. They often faced government harassment.