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FRIDAY, SEPT. 10, 1920
Carmen, Strike To Win!
(The mail brings us a leaflet issued by the
United Communist Party to the carmen on strike
in Broklyn, N. Y. We print it for the information
of our readers so that they may learn the tactics
of this new political party in the field of working
class activities. Editor) .
They've decided to fight you again, fellow
workers. They've decided that you are not even
entitled to a living wage. They've decided that
they won't even discuss matters with you. They
want you to wait for two weeks, then they'll lu;ve
all the strike breakers they need and you'll fail
miserably. They want two weeks to break up your
ranks and then tell you to go to the devil!
You must stand together, fellow workers!
They are playing a dirty game, but you keep
your ranks closed just the same. For weeks, they
have known you were going to strike, if your
wages weren't raised and conditions changed.
Still, Actinu Service Commissioner Barret NOW
has the impudence to say that he is going to be
gin to investigate the cause of your strike!
Nothing To Investigate.
What is there to investigate? 1
You are earning anly 52c to 62c an hour. And
you are demanding 84c to 92c. AND NO ONE
DARES TO SAY THAT YOU ARE ASKING
MORE THAN YOU ARE ENTITLED TO! You
know how the cost of living has gone up and so
does the B. R. T. But the B. R T. says it can't pay
you a living wage. THEN LET B. R. T. GO OUT
You have even given up the demand for the
closed shop--and that means something to an or
ganized man. But they don't care.
In August, 1919, the B. R. T. agreed to arbi
trate all matters but now it refuses. And Judge
Mayer has the impertinence to want to be the solo
and final judge of everything. You are not going
to submit to that, are you, fellow workers?
The B. R- T. is not sorry you are on strike. The
big capitalists have determined to crush union
labor and this is the beginning of your fight
Press on Bosses' Side.
Of course, they're working up the public against
you. They've got all the press on their side:
that's part of the capitalist game. So don't expect
any sympathy there. And the police are on the
job. That's what they are for to shoot obe
dience into you. And the business men, lawers and
bankers of Brooklyn are getting on the job. That's
what they are for, too. And next, the American
legion and the militia will be called out, to teach
you your place.
Two weeks ago, Receiver Garrison said he
wasn't afraid of a strike. He made preparations.
And do you know that those preparations were,
follow workers ?
Mr. Garrison, the ex-secretary of war, knows
his business mighty well. He knows the business
of war and bullets. So he made provision for the
strike-breakers that are taking away your jobs.
He got COTS AND BLANKETS FOR THEM
FROM THE MILITARY WELFARE LEAGUE
- AND HE HAS TO GET PERMISSION FROM
THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT FOR
So you see what you are up against, fellow
You can't expect to win as things stand. The
power men, electricians and motormen arc scab
bing on you. What can you do when your own
fellows break your strike?
Tie up the whole System!
You have got to agitate among them to tie up
the whole system, so that all the strikebreakers
they import can't take out the cars. If the B. R. T.
dares to send out any cars with scabs, they'll bp
in danger of repeating the Brighton wreck. And
you've got to get help from the B. R. T. employee:;.
For if you don't, the city authorities will manage to
get the crowds to and from work and that will
The longshoremen arc on strike.
ALL YOU WORKERS OF THE TRANSPORT
INDUSTRY MAKE IT A GENERAL STRIKE!
IT'S YOUR DUTY TOWARD YOUR FELLOW
Of cour&e, that isn't A. F. of L. tactics. The A'.
F. of L. believes in letting one craft strike by itwlf
and other crafts scab on it. That's what it js let
ting the powerhieu, electricians and motormen do