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Come Aive! Join The Militant Minority! Any Old Dead Fish Can Swim With The Current.
IMMEDIATE DEMANDS: .. THE GOAL:
ONE DOLLUR DAY.N HOU Organization " Is Power A FREE RACE.
ONE DOLLAR AN HOUR. IN A FREE WORLD.
E VOICE toPEOPLE
"AN INJURY TO ONE IS AN INJURY TO ALL."
V'1" 1 II M i NEW OkLEANS, LOUISIANA, THURSDAY, SEPTE/IBER If 1913 "T'rnuT CONQUEIRS" NUMBER 1
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A. IlIagrantly Violated By (oat
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Ihih. iiiv i' h iu I s IN'lI hIro k 1 5*)I -c t often
I ~ li' olhiliE'r'lfl t lo di the o l o ut i o
1(:( an( t ten f"ii the wol d P .,l(t to f t he g
r11the uiersI plac orrom . No. Pthse
*Iittnu11c 1ºclE-j ii i'hpe ' Ia t th i
Tools on Strike.
Yel'ars ago whenl the worker owned
his little kit of tools a:nd all of the
work was done by hand, it was con
siudered perfectly proper, in case of
a strike by the workmen, for them
to bundle up their tools and take them
off the jobl, on strike with the men.
To-day, as a result of the (;ENIIS,
the tools of Jproduction are not con
tairledl in a little kit, but are mighty
machines that cover hundreds and
hunldreds of ! luare feet of floor or fac
tory space, and ''THE lI'OSS OWNS
TIII: M. It is criminal in the eyes of
the ow%,ners of these machines to put
them on strike when the workers walk
oil the job; the A. F. of L. looks upon
the matter in the same light; not so
with the I. W. W., he believes that
anything is legitimate in order to take
from the robber class more of that
which has Ibeen stolen from the work
The I. W. W. holds that the most
imlortant thing on this old earth is
Ill MAN I,"FE, and that inasmuch as
we have a capacity for happiness, our
lives -should be passed under the most
lhappy, easy and pleasurable circum
stanlces possible. In order to attain
ourI concelption of what life should ibe
we justify everything that may be a
means to that end. EXCEPT Mt 1:
I IL l. 'he cal;italist justifies all
means, to the satisfaction of his ends.
justify every crime against mind,
bodIy, mature and home. The capital
ist, in an tllort to satisfy his desire
for the accumulation of profit, MIt'
i t'lltilll' d oil Pi'ag' I .
Gulf Longshoremen Fight Each Other
Capitalist Press Declare Suckers "Patriots" for Signing Five Year
Contracts At Old and Reduced Wages in the Face of a Rapidly
Rising Cost of Living.
Fate of New Orleans Dock and Cotton Councils Shows How Fast
A. F. of IL is "Evolving Toward Industrialism."
Once Powerful Council Shot to Pieces by Politicians and Union
The local capitalist press has lately
been filled with accounts of struggles
in the (lifferent (;ulf Ports, New Or
leans, Mobile, Gulfport and Galveston
have all been in the limelight.
First came the strike of the Marine
Transport Workers, I. W. W. and the
Sailors Union against the United
Fruit Co., which was a hard fought
battle of the workers against the bo)ss
and which would have been won had
unot the Longshore and other Trans
port Unions scabbed it on the Seamen
until the Fruit Trust was able to im
port Chine.;e scabs from England.
Then came the fight of the Gulfport,
Miss., Iongshoremen for higher
wages which is said to have been par
tially won. Then the strange strikes
(?) in Mobile, Ala., and Galveston,
In Mobile, the COLORED i)Long
so,,,remen went out demanding better
condlitions and a more equal SHARE
1" TlHE WORK )DONE; and then,
later the WHI1TE Lo)ngshoremen went
out demanding a settlement of the
controversy and a SIIARE IN THE
WORK OF I,()AIIN(; TIMBER,
which seems to have been entirely
handled by the Colored workers. In
other words, one of i'ellamy's dreams
had come triue the workers were
lllTlING ;EACIi OTHER TO SEE
Who() WOIrI) 00 TlHE WORK, on
ly there was no play about it.
Then canme the fight in (alveston,
wherein Craft Ulnionism seems to
have reached the dizziest heights of
glory. There the WHITE Long
slhoremen made a live-year contract
with the losses, THlE BO)SSES
AGR;I:EEIN; NOT 'ITO HIRE ANY
('OLOIl) LAIORi. 'The Colored
workers met this strange principle of
Unionism ( ?) by striking on all the
jobs they controlled, thereby tying up
the iort of (;alveston. The white
Longshoremen tried to excuse their
treachery to the colored Ilnion men
on the groundl that THlE LAWS OF
TI I'E. INTERNIATIO()NAI, ION(;
SHOI:RE:MEN'"S ASS,:CIATION 1)11)
NOT ALLOW ('( C I,OREI) W)iOKEIRS
TO( I:l:(')OME MEMBERS, which is
what the I. W. W. has been telling
them all along--that the A. F. of I,.
only "organized" ( ?) them when it
could not double-cross them into star
vation otherwise. In New Orleans
there were no strikes of the IAong
shoremen, either white or co!ored. In
steadl the "leaders" ( ?) met the Boss
es in the Cotton E'xchange andl "con
tracts" (?) running from two to five
years, on the basis of a ten hour day,
with about two men for every job on
the River Front, were signed up at
the ol(d or a reduced rate of wages,
this to "E':NAl'i.E NEW ORLEANS
TO COMPETE WITH THE OTHIEI"
C I'L.F PORTS---AT TlHE EXPENSE
These "contracts" completely de
stroy the unity of the New Orleans
l)ock an'I Cotton (Council which was
only a few years ago practically an
Industrial Union and the strongest
and most militant labor organization
in the (ulf States. When these
treasonable contracts were signed the
capitalist press was unanimous in de
claring the suckers on the River Front
"patriots." As old Dr. Johnson once
observed, this proves that "patriotism
is the last refuge of a scoundrel" and
that a "patriotic" working man is a
sucker who is willing to see himself
and family go ill-clad, ill-housed and
ill-fed as long as the good Boss hands
him the bullcon and a little cheap rot
gut every Saturday night. And so
ends the once powerful and militant
Dock and Cotton Council of the Port
of New Orleans.
So un-class-conscious has it become
that not itself nor a single one of its
constituent Unions donated a cent to
wards the defense of the Seamen in
their struggle with the Fruit Trust
and to the last man, white and col
ored, they worked all during the Sea
men's strike side by side with Chinese
and nigger scabs and never even took
a punch at one of them.
As a shining example of how the
A. F. of L. is "evolving toward Indus
trialism" we respectfully refer the
Sallon Socialists and Syndicalists to
the I)ock and Cotton Council of the
Port of New Orleans. In subsequent
issues TlHE VOICE will try to show
up the rotten conditions on the River
Front here and tell the tale of how a
militant industrial union was put on
the bum by the "leaders" of an organ
ization (?) that is strenuously assert
ed to be "evolving toward Industrial
ism." I ntil then, we will remark
that "You cannot put new wine into
old bottles with,.ut busting them" and
that a labor union that falls into the
hands of politicians of ANY PARTY
is billed to get NOTHING for SOME
I'IIN;, to become a coffin fund, a
machine for the conservation of politi
cal graft, and not an INDI )STRIAL
i'OWlE;lR to be used to raise the
wages, shorten the hours and tetter
the conditions of its members.
SAY, you fellows on the wharves,
whyinhell don't you wake up and join
the ONLY LAHOR I'NION in the
I;,ulf Ports, the MARINE TIRANS
'PORT' W()RKERS IUNION OF TlHE
INI)1 ST''RIAI, WORKERS OF1 THllE
1)0 IT NOW, TO-I)AY.
Y()O have NOTHING but your
('CAINS to LOSE. The New Or
leans hleadqluarters is located at 307
North Peters Street, where Secretary
Parks and organizers Albers and Fil
gueria are always on deck to welcome
all true rebels of the working class.
The m( iritiation fee and dues are low,
AND TlHE ONLY WAY OUT OF
YOI' PRI'IESENT SLAVERY IS
T''llltO 1(;l ONE I(; IUNION OF
TIRA NSPORT WORKERS. Come
alive! Join the army of the World's