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FRIDAY, SEPT. 17, li2i.
A Talk To Min
The fighting coal miners of the Belleville, 111
nois District, who have always been in the fore
front of the industrial struggle in America, are
now beginning to wake up to the fact that labor's
fight for freedom is a world-wide affair and that
the workers of all capitalist countries must stand
or fall together. It was with this new idea in mind
that local union No. 2703 of Nigger Hollow mine
No. 1 passed a resolution endorsing Soviet Russia
with its working class government and calling on
all class conscious workingmen, especially miners,
to stand by our Russian brothers and refuse to
do any work that would help their enemies.
Following this lead, the sub-district miners'
convention held at Collinsville passed a similar
resolution and the subject is up for discussion in a
great many of the other locals in this district For
the information of miners and other workers in
different parts of the country, I will quote a part
of the resolution adopted which sets forth the
reasons for the action we have taken.
Workers' Control in Russia.
"Today in Russia the entire control of the gov
ernment is in the hands of the organized workers.
The management of industry fixing of wages,
hours, shop conditions and other phases of the
work of production is handled directly by the
labor unions without any bosses or "operators''
drawing any profits from the labor of the workers
or exploiting them in any way.
"The idle, parasite class, that lives by sucking
the blood of labor, realizes that when the working
people of other countries see that working class
control is a successs in Russia and that it is much
better than the present system of wage slavery,
they will organize themselves for action to follow
their example. Therefore they are doing every
thing in their power to break down the Russian
Soviet Government. They blockade the country
and thereby starve innocent women and children,
hoping by this to weaken the courage of the brave
workers and peasants.
"They also furnish money and supplies to dif
ferent generals of the old czar's regime who have
tried time and again to organize armies to defeat
the revolutionary forces. But the brave soldiers
of the red army, fighting for bread and freedom,
have defeated all such attempts.
rs and Others
"We declare our firm opposition to any war
which the capitalist governments of the world
may undertake against our Russian brothers and
appeal to all coal miners to refuse to produce any
coal or to do work of any kind to help them in
this murderous conspiracy."
The West Virginia Struggle.
Another matter which should be considered
by the organized coal miners is the struggle in
West Virginia. This is a very important affair
which should concern the miners at large, especial
ly the Illinois miners. Our brothers there are
hounded by corporation thugs, spies, etc. The
miners' wives and children are suffering, being
starved and thrown out of their homes in a so-called
"free" country. Why is it that President Levis
and the other officials of the U. M. W. of A. do
The coal miners in West Virginia are carry
big on the struggle to tree themselves from the
clutches of the coal coi-porations and we must re
cognize that an injury to one is an injury to all.
Their fight is our fight and if the officers of our
union do not want to take action, then I say it is
high time the rank and file should take it up. And
if 400,000 coal miners cannot do it alone, let us
take the entire labor movement. Let us all unite
as a body of workers to help the coal miners of
West Virginia win their struggle.
Railroad Workers and Anthracite Miners.
The same thing applies to the so-called "out
law" railroad workers and the anthracite miners
who are making a fight for living wages. We are
not doing our duty when we stand idly by and
offer no help to any body of workers who cany
on their battle alone against the organized pow
er of the capitalists class.
Fellow workers, the time has come when we
as workers in general must unite as a solid body
in One Big Union to accomplish our freedom. And
furthermore, working men and women, it is our
duty to look after the coming generation to see
that they are not enslaved as we are at present.
The slave chains of the masters are clinching
tighter and tighter. Let us ge'i, rid of that slavery.
It behooves us, vanguards of the coming genera
tion, to work, to organize for working class con
trol in industry and government.