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FRIDAY, SEPT. 10, 1020
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The Open Shop Fight
The National Chamber of Commerce has com
pleted its referendum on the question of the
"open shop"; the decision of its members going
almost unanimously in favor. This national or
ganization of labor skinners means to wage ag
gressive war on organized labor all over the coun
try. In many cities the fight is already on, devel
oping on a wide scale and increasing in bitter
ness. Here in Cleveland the tailors and pattern
makers are already in the midst of it. A half-page
advertisement of the merchant tailors announces
their determination to stand for "Industrial Free
dom and the open shop." This means freedom for
the bosses to close the shop to union men and fill
it with scabs and traitors ; freedom to push wages
down below the living line, lengthen the working
day and increase the speed; freedom to deter
mine the conditions of the workers' lives while
denying them any voice or representation.
If we are not to be riveted to a system of in
dustrial servitude more hideous, even, than wo
suffer under today, we must fight back with all
our power. The bosses have the advantage at the
start because they are organized in a solid body.
We must organize in the same manner if we want
to win.
Get Together, Boys!
There is lots of sentiment among the more
progressive workers for industrial unionism, and
lots of talk about it, but we don't see anything yet.
that looks like One Big Union.
The I. W. W. says it's the One Big Union. So
does the W. 1. 1. U. Independent industrial unions
are springing up all around -in some cases two or
three in the same industry and they say they're
the One Big Union.
And now the One Big Union of Canada is
coming down to enter the field. It is the latest,
as far as we know. But there may be others
we haven't heard About yet.
Now, if we could put them all together into
one organization, and swing in those fighting
unions still in the A. F. ol L. who are ready to
line up as soon as they see something that looks
like iiusiness. we would have a good start toward
the real One Big Union. As we see it, this is
what will have to take place sooner or later. The
rank and fil? of all these organizations would
welcome such a move without a doubt.
The name of the One Big Union doesn't make
any difference. And it doesn't matter much who
the officials are, if the shop committee system
and other safeguards are incorporated so as to
put actual control into the hands of the rank and
There was a time when the I. W. W. men took
the lead in every movement for the welfare of
the workers. Why don't they take the lead in
The Picket Line
PRINTERS working on a Minneapolis paper
refused to set matter for an advertisement
advocating the open shop. This is a way of say
ing: "I refuse to load the gun you are going to
shoot mc. with."
THE very fact that the employers are banding
solidly together to put over the open shop is proof
enough to intelligent workers that it is no good
for them.
HERE is a safe motto for the labor move
ment : "Find out what the bosses want and then
don't let them have it."
LABOR DAY: A special day set apart by
law for the purpose of permitting union men to
come together in public parks to listen to politi
cians tell them how much they have done to them
in the past and what they are going to do to
them in the future. -
DON'T throw your vole away. Save it for the
workers' council.
WHEN the hard coal miners protested against
the 17 per cent wage award, Wilson indignantly
asked if they meant it for a "challenge." Well,
the mines are tied up, the "leaders" are repudiat
ed and Wilson and his wage commission dis
regarded. So it seems they really meant it for a
A news paper headline says: "Harding works
hard on Labor Day speech." That's about as near
to "work" and "labor" as he and his kind ever get.

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