THE VOIC.E hof PEOPLE
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Education Freedom in
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Entered as Second-class Matter July 5, 1913, at the Post Office at New
Orleans, La., under the act of August 24, 1912.
TO ALL ELECTRICAL WORKERS.
The "REID & MURPHY" electrical workers are without doubt
the most progressive of the old time CRAFT UNIONS and lately,
as a result of the progresive spirit, the question of INDUSTRIAL
UNIONISM has been much discussed, much to the benefit of all
concerned, but the suggestion made, by L. U. 185, I. B. E. W., Hel
ena, Mont., in a circular letter under date of August 5, 1913, is not
practicable and in fact is not INDUSTRIAL UNIONISM at all but
simply a MASS organization that at no time would fill the need of
the working class.
The idea contained in the above mentioned circular letter is
that the electrical workers change their constitution and form of
organization to one that would permit them to organize the whole
electrical business. After the electrical workers were industrially
organized they would then condescend to take in under their guid
ance whatever remained of the working class. In other words the
electrical workers are to act as the SAVIOUR of the working class.
Nice of them but it is pure BUNK because it is not practicable.
The electrical workers are absolutely useless members of society
until the workers in several of the departments of the whole IN
DUSTRIAL WORLD have first performed their social labors. The
Department of Mining must have first performed its functions be
fore the elctrical worker can do anything. Must have first pro
duced the ore with which to make the motors, wire, tools, etc., be
fore the said materials can be used. The Department of Agricul
ture, Land, Fisheries and Water Products must first have per
formed its function before the electrical worker can be of any use
to society. The electrical worker has to eat the food raised on the
land, he must have a house to protect them from the weather and
the material for that house will come from the land either as ce
ment, brick, clay or LUMBER. All the electrical workers in the
world would not know how to secure, for the construction of lines
to transmit electrical energy, the necessary LUMBER for poles.
"XII the mines and lumber woods in the world would be useless
as far as the electrical worker is concerned if it were not for the
Department of Transportation and Communication. What, is the
use of copper ore in Michigan or the lumber in Micigan if there is
no way to transport it to other parts of the world, there to be
made into the things necessary to the electrical worker? Trans
portation and Communication form one department for the very
good reason that a means of transportation, under our highly de
veloped system of production, must, in order to be EFFICIENT,
have a quick and reliable means of communication. The speediest
developed system so far is the Electrical Telephone and Telegraph.
How Efficient would the rail roads or the steam ships be to-day if
it were not for the Telegraph and Telephone? It may not he clear
to many how the telephone and telegraph play an important part in
the handling of the steam ship lines but the Captain of a modern
vessel must be in a position to COMMUNICATE with the engineer
in order to properly handle his vessel. To-day a vessel is sighted
out to sea and the word sent via the telephone or telegraph to the
docks to make ready, long before the vessl is actually in port. The
wireless to-day keeps the steam ship in touch with the land always
and as a result the efficient handling of the commerce of the world
is facilitated. To be Efficient and ever more efficient is the object
of society to-day and, in order to conform to the RULE OF EFFI
CIENCY to-day, it is absolutely necessary to couple the means of
TRANSPORTATION AND COMMUNICATION in one depart
meait. The Department of Manufacturing and General Produc
tion must also have performed its function before the electrical
worker becomes effective. The ore not made into wire or motor
castings, spurs, pliers, connectors, hand axes, brace and bits, trans
formers, machines, pulleys, etc., would not be of much value to a
man whose business was, not to MAKE these things, but only to
The Electrical worker would be in a pretty fix if the Depart
ment of Construction had not provided the buildings for power
plants, manufactories, homes and other places for the necessities
of life to be produced in.
The Department of Public Service must have also provided the
WATER, GAS, LIGHT AND POWER for the electrical worker.
How much power could the electrical worker produce without wa
ter ? Water operates the largest of our plants to-day, the hyrdo
electro plants, and steam is only water gone crazy with the heat.
You could not even run gas plants or gasoline engines without
WATER AND THE FUNCTION OF THE DEPARTMENT IS TO
The average electrical worker who does not follow to a logical
end the idea of INDUSTRIAL UNIONISM may take exception to
the preceeding statements but the facts still remain.
In the mines of to-day electricity is largely used, not that it is
not indispensable but because of the fact that it is the MOST EF
FECTIVE agent for purposes to which it has been put. The world
COULD GET ALONG if electricity were not used in the mines, but
could the world to-day get along without the mines? All aroupd
us we see tools, utensils, and metals of all kinds that are absolutely
necessary to society as it now stands; but electricity as a power
factor incidental to the production and manufacture of these ne
cessities could be if, absolutely necessary, dispensed with.
In the textile industry, which would come under the Depart
ment of Manufacturing and General Production, motors and elec
tric equipment plays a prominent part as the operative power fac
tor but it does not dominate the industry by any means. Some
one had to produce the materials, wood, metals, etc., to first make
the textile machinery and to build the home of the industry be
fore the electrical workers could find reason for their services.
Electricity as the only agent would have an awful time raising,
feeding, caring for, and transporting sheep. Yet without the sheep
there would be no wool, no woolen cloth and so no weaving of
wool. Electricity could not plant, grow, pick, card, spin and weave
cotton of itself. The same holds true in hundreds of occupations.
Electricity is the economical power agency but it is riot the pivot
upon which depends the necessities of life.
Modern civilization and industrial development, prompted by
the LAW OF EFFICIENCY, has made mankind absolutely depend
ent upon one another and in order that man might live in the most
efficient, sane and economical manner, SOCIAL LABOR must be
performed. From the Atavistic State to the Present as man has
developed more and more he has become more and more dependent
upon his fellow man. Centuries ago man hunted for himself, pro
vided food, clothing and shelter for himself unaided, but as mans
family spread the idea of community interest spread and the little
tribes or clans were formed for mutual protection; thus began so
ciety. Mental development and progress are responsible for the
highly civilized society we have to-day. With the result of
SCIENCE, SOCIETY and INDUSTRY we are now in a position
where it is absolutely impossible for us to produce, independent
of one another, the things that are social necessities, i. e., food,
clothing, and shelter. The man that makes bread cannot grow
wheat, the man that makes a machine cannot spin the cloth, the
man that spins cloth cannot build houses, sewers and sanitary sys
tems. The man that uses pliers and spurs, wire and cable cannot
make the same. The forest worker is not a sea captain, the cap
tain not a miner, the miner not a machinist, and so on indefinitely:
We were brought into this world as a result of nature and na
ture intended that the whole world was to be our heritage. That
all of the earth and the sea and all that either contained was to be
used by the creatures of nature for the maintenance of life and the
pursuit of happiness. That no one had more right than the other
to the riches of nature and that the resources were for all. Man
made law has taken precedence over natural law and we find man
exploiting his fellow man by what he calls his sacred right to the
gifts of nature; i. e., the mines, the rivers, the sea, the air, the land
and the means of production and distribution.
The capitalist class has organized the workers in the indus
tries of the world into one big PROFIT PRODUCING UNIT and,
if the workers are to ever get what they produce, they must or
ganize into ONE BIG UNION to DESTROY PROFIT. Labor pro
duces the wealth of the world and labor is entitled to the fruits of
toil. Under this present system we are slaves for we have an ap
petite that must be supplied; in order to supply that appetite we
must work. So, when a man or a set of men have the power to say
whether.we can work or we must remain idle, that man or set of
men have the power to say when we shall eat and when we shall
not eat; in otherwords, when we shall die or live, for we must eat
All real labor under the Capialist system being slavery, why
should we restrict ourselves to certain forms of slavery only ? A
craft union card compels a man to engage only in that particular
carft slavery and should the holder of a craft card decide to change
his occupation he must also change his craft privilege to slave.
Why not one card for all forms of slavery ?
The thing for the REID & MURPHY electrical workers to do
is to remain in their own organization as it now stands and as in
dividuals take out I. W. W. cards, start I. W. W. electrical workers
r unions and thus be able to propagate the full philosophy of indus
Strial unionism in the ranks of the slaves who are still worshipping
at the shrines of Gompers, Mitchell, Morrison, Lewis, Garritson,
and the rest of the American Separation of Labor Pie Card Ar
tists. The organized men in the electrical business represent less
than one per cent of the workers in the electrical industry. The
capitalist never hires a single worker more than is necessary to
the industry, be they man, woman or child. This being true, it is
nece:;sary for the workers to have every worker in the industry
organized in the union. To day thousands of workers in the in
I dustry are not eligible to the Reid Brotherhood but the members
I of the I. B. E. W. are eligible to the ONE BIG UNION that means
Sthe emancipation of the working class and they should join in
Sorder to form the nucleus of the ELECTRICAL WORKERS IN
I DUSTRIAL UNION.
The I. B. E. W. cannot offer anything to the telephone girls
I or the groundmen or the other so called unskilled workers for the
Sreason that, as unskilled workers, they are more apt to be forced
Sto change their place and kind of occupations. If changes of this
kind were made their membership in the Electrical Workers Inter
I national Brotherhood would be useless and it would be necessary
to pay a. initiation into the union of some other industry.
It is like trying to get away from the inevitable, for the va
rious bodes DOW orgazed, to try and get away from the full phi
losophy of industrial ',,,.cnism as advanced by the I. W. W. You
may change the name but you cannot change the method. Read
the I. W. W. literature and learn; present opinion is largely a re
sult of that moulder of thoughts, '.the SUBSIDIZED capitalist
press. Do your thinking. Stop condemning a thing just because
the press that represents your enemy says it is to be condemned.
The sooner you investigate the L W. W. fully, the sooner you will
get the full product of your social toil, be emancipated from slav
ery and the sooner the parasite will be made to produce for him
Yours for Industrial Liberty and Life,
J. T. DORAN.
By Ruby Idom.
AGITATE, EDUCATE, ORGANIZE. How many realize what
is summed up in these three words? i Do you know what we are up
against in the "Sunny South ?" 'te land of sweet magnolias,"
where peonage still exists in all its pristine glory? Where, over
vast stretches of country, the agitators are looked upon as law
breakers and destroyers of property ? There are still homes in our
midst, shrouded in capitalist darkness, yet WE 'know that the pov
erty, despair and suffering (to the millions who make up the
working class), is unbearable. With 'all the history of the past be
fore us, we know that an upheave)l f the masses is is certain as
the movement of the planets. Beneath the iron heel of capitalism
we can remain contented no longer.
Politicians seek to persuade us that our safety lies in our re
maining forever contented instead of taking chances to escape our
wretched fate. But we have so ridiculously little to lose, that we
are really taking no risk at all when we join the list of discontent
ed and agitate for better conditions.:
The preacher tells us our philosophy is "damnation to the
soul ;" they ever preach contentment to the working class, beg
ging them to believe that unrewarded toil is this world will reap a
"SPECIALLY rich reward beyond the grave;" but these paid pal
averers are careful to take a rich and prompt reward HERE and
NOW in this world for their service, while at the same time they
are urging the wage slaves to accept unsigned checks payable in
heaven-following this vanishing hare millions are mentally par
alyzed on the subject of justice.: 'The wage slave forgets the
thousand wrongs thrust into his weary life and the life of his class.
THE INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD wants to give
all the right to work; the right to work un-robbed, the right to
work under dignifying conditions, and to maintain ourselves at
the utmost levels of life, without whining like a spaniel for per
mission to do so. GET OFF OF YOUR KNEES AND THEN THE
BOSS WON'T SEEM SO TALL. The working class must study
together, reason together, and band together in ONE BIG UNION,
a form of power that makes these kings of industry fear the awak
ening of the working class. Join the army of the discontented and
let's ORGANIZE DIXIE. Workers of the South, get busy! Use
"THE VOICE" and make it a power.
TO THE WORKERS IN THE OIL FIELDS.
By Fred L. Tiffany.
For some time past the Standard Oil Company has been send
ing oil well drillers and tooleys, better known as tool dressors, to Ja
pan, Roumania and other foreign countries to develop the oil indus
try. At the same time they have refused to buy oil from any well
not belonging to the trust, thus forcing the small concerns to close
down or sell out for little or nothing. Recently they refused to
take any more oil from the latrest well in the California oil fields,
yet they are refusing to sell any more drude oil than they can help,
their claim being that the oil they refu$ed to buy was too heavy for
their use. But it is known that thdreL has been a contract let for
fifty million barrels per year for use in the United States Navy.
The opening of the Panama Canal will doubtlessly mean that,
in addition to the navy, a large number of transport boats will use
oil for fuel in place of coal. To make oil burning a success there
must be cheaper oil and the Standard Oil Company to meet the de
mands will be forced to cut wages and exploit new oil fields. So
the rmall producers are being forced to the wall at the same time
that the Standard people are opening new oil fields in other coun
tries. The present demand must be maintained and oil produced
as cheaply as possible.
Once the Standard Oil Company is in possession of all of the
oil wells they will be in a position to dictate the amount of wages
oil workers shall receive, the hours you shall labor, the other condi
tions of employment, and so can place you further within the bonds
of slaver:,. They may have to give the eight hour day but that
reform will be met with new machinery that will do twice the for
mer amount of work in the same length of time. They can cut
wages proportionately with the shortened hours.
Now they are sending tool dressers and drillers to foreign oil
fields to teach the workers there to drill and do tool dressing, in or
der that they may cheapen oil production and thus pile up more
profits when the transportation industry displaces coal with oil as
BUT WIIAT ARE YOU OIL WORKERS GOING TO DO
ABOUT IT? WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO TO KEEP THE
OIL KINGS FROM CUTTING YOUR WAGES?
There is but one way to meet the situation. You must organ
ize regardless of race, creed, color or age. You must organize in
aiustrially and fight against every attempt to lower your standard
s:f living. You must organize to right to have the eight hour day
enforced for it will never be put into operation unless the industri
ally organized workers force it. You must organize to prevent the
speeding up of the machine and thus force the boss to put more of
the unemployed to work and by so doing put yourself in a position
to demand higher wages and a still shorter work day. And you
must organize to take over the whole oil industry and operate it so
that its dividends will cease to go to those who do no useful work
and will go in the form of their full product to those who de the
The oil industry is one of the largest industries on the North
I merican Continent; so when you organize you must do so in a way
that can tie up the entire industry and not just a part of it. You
can tie up the whole industry by industrial oaganization only and
that is the way the I. W. W. wants you to organize. Read up on
Industrial Unionism, you oil workers, arnd see where your only hope
of freedom is to be found.
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