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FRIDAY, AUGUST 27. 1920
An Independent Central Labor Body
By Ernest Lingg.
The campaign to solidify the forces of labor
organized independent of the American Federa
tion of Labor received an impetus by the forma
tion in New York recently of a central body
known as The United Labor Coucil. About twenty
five locals, representing a membership of 50,000,
have already become affiliated. The new organ
ization, according to an official statement issued,
is partly designed to be a defensive measure
against the avowed intention of the A. F. of L.
to crush all independent organization. The new
solidification of forces is also calculated to pro
mote the work of organization in the industries
covered by the various affiliated unions.
The following unions, among others, have
joined the United Labor Council: Amalgamated
Clothing Workers, Amalgamated Metal Workers,
Amalgamated Textile Workers, Hotel Workers'
Federation, Journeyman Bakers' International
Union, International Carpenters' Union, Interna
tional Furniture Workers' Union, United Auto
mobile, Aircraft and Vehicle Workers' Union,
United Shoe Workers, Dental Mechanics, Painters
and Feather Boa Workers.
The principle of the class struggle is empha
sized in the constitution which provides for the
restriction of membership to unions "which re
cognize these two cardinal facts: That there is
a conflict of interests between the employers and
the workers, and that the policies of the Americ
an Federation of Labor are unprogressive and
harmful to the best interests of the working
Unions joining the United Labor Council are
required to sever connections with the A. F. of
L, if so affiliated, within three months. Other
aims and purposes are set forth in the constitu
tion which follows:
UNITED LABOR COUNCIL CONSTITUTION.
NAME: The name of this organization shall be tV.e
United Labor Council.
AIM and PURPOSE): All unions forming the Unite I
Labor Council hereby agree upon the fundamental principle
that an injury to one is the concern of all, and, therefore,
there must he a closer relation between them nil in order
thnt an offensive and defensive alliance be formed for the
proper protection of all workers in any branch of industry.
The aim, therefore, is to concentrate the efforts of all
unions forming this Council, in order to exert the maximum
power of the working-class against organized Capital,
thereby shortening the industrial conflict.
DUTIES ind POWERS: The duties of the U. L. C. thai!
consist of giving consideration to all industrial conditious
involving the various unions cnuected therewith and givo
counsel, advice and aid whenever and wherever possible;
also to assist la planning and organizing campaigns among
the unorganized and to give attention to matters of civ'c
and social betterment.
Its powers shall lie, to mthorize, through the Executive
Board the unified action of all units involved whenever
necessity may require same; to assist in raising funds for
propaganda and organizing work; to map out educational
campaigns among the various unions through lectures, news
papers' and other mediums deemed proper.
COMPOSITION of COUNCIL. The Coucil shall be com
posed of delegates, elected from the rank and file of tliS
various unions, which rocognir.e these two cardinal facts.
That there is conflict of interests between the employer
and the workers, and rhat the policies of the American
Federation of Labor are unprogressive and harmful to the
best interests of the working-class.
Any union accepted to membership in the U. L. C. must,
within a period of three months sever all connections with
the A. F. of L. if vo affiliated.
Each local union shall be entitled to a delegation of two
(2) for the first three hundred (.100) members or less, and
one delegate for each three hundred additional members
or major fraction thereof.
HOARD OF THE UNITED LABOR COUNCIL: Tho
Executive Board of the U. L. C. shall consist of the business
agents and o?::anizers, of each affiliated union, or sueii
offieinls of the local unions as do the work of organizers
and business ijjcnts. They shall meet together as often M
i "uditions may require, but at least oneo weekly in the
forenoon. The Council shail have regularly elected officers
tonaiiting of a Chairman. ice Chairman, and Exccntivo
Secretnry-Trer.Mirer ind three trustees. The Secretary
Treasurer shall be a paid official and shall also act as
ecretary of the Executive Board, and he shall be bonded.
FINANCES. - An initiation fee of five dollars shall
be levied against all organisations nffiliting with tho
U. L. 0.