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SATURDAY, OCT. 23rd, 1920
For An American Triple Alliance
By J. J. D'Arcy
President, Lodge No. 107, United Assn. OfRailway Employees.
The railroad men of Philadelphia, who are
still on strike and determined to stick to a finish,
are taking the lead in what we hope will soon
develop into a nation-wide movement to strengthen
and solidify the forces of labor for the coming
struggles with the organized capitalist class. Seeing
the great power wielded by the famous "triple
alliance" of British miners, railroaders and transport-workers,
we have started the ball rolling
for the same kind of an organization in America.
We are holding conferences now with the
striking anthracite miners of the Pennsylvania
fields and we are also in constant com
munication with the transport workers of Phila
delphia. The following circular which we have
addressed to the miners sets forth our ideas on the
subject. If the rank and file all over the country
will take up the idea and push it through in spite
of the so-called "leaders", whc are only agents of
the capitalist class in disguise, we will soon have
a power that will be able to tell "conciliation
boards" where to get off at.
Appeal To The Miners.
You are still on strike, in spite of the influenc
es that are trying to drive you back defeated. We
railroad workers have been on strike for the past
sixteen weeks. These two facts should mean some
thing to both of us as workers.
Last year the steel workers went on strike.
They were defeated. They fought alone. Last year
you coal workers went on strike. You were defeat
ed. You fought alone. We railroad workers also
went on strike. If we continue on as at present,
we, too, must be defeated. All these defeats took
place because no effoi-t of the kind we are now
making was then made. Mr. Miner, if you con
tinue striking in the same manner as you did last
fall, alone, you will again be defeated. Past defeats
must have demonstrated to you, as they have to
us, that this is the truth.
There is one answer. This is it: THERE
MUST BE A COMBINATION OF THE FORCES
OF THE WORKERS WHO ARE FORCED TO
STRIKE! We are asking you at this time to co
operate with us, not only because we must have
you in order to win our strike, BUT BECAUSE
YOU MUST HAVE US IN ORDER TO WIN
YOUR STRIKE!! With the miners and railroad
workers united, there is no power on earth that
can deny us even a portion of that which we
demand. WE MUST get together for the first time
in history of the American labor movement, and
unite our forces to give the boss the soundest
licking he ever got; a licking which he will so
remember that hereafter the mere threat of a
strike on the part of our JOINT ORGANIZATION
will be sufficient to bring him to his knees in
granting our demands.
Mr. Miner, representatives of our organiza
tion will soon visit your Unions, and it will then
be the duty of you, who have had the opportunity
to read this leaflet, to see that these represent
atives are given a chance to talk to you NO MAT
TER HOW MUCH THE PULL-BACKS OF THE
LABOR MOVEMENT MAY OPPOSE IT. MR.
MINER, WE RELY UPON YOU. YOU MAY
RELY UPON US.
Joint Organizations :
UNITED ASSOCIATION OF RAILWAY
EMPLOYEES OF NORTH AMERICA; and
WORKERS, SOLDIERS AND SAILORS
COUNCIL OF PHILA. AND VICINITY.
92 per cent of the whole government expense
is for the army and navy. The 640,000 civil service
employees account for only 4 per cent of the annual
expenses. "Peace" loving America! There will soon
be an army of 300,000 regulars, 435,000 national
guards with the latest equipment even tanks
mainly for home use. Workers who failed to reach
the front during the late war, may still learn
what tanks are like in action.
In order to RAISE PRICES, the Rubber Grow
ers' Association has decided to reduce .the output
of raw rubber 25 per cent.
In 1923, the United States will be the leading f
power, with 16 warships with 16-inch guns as
against none for England.