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SATURDAY, NOV. 20th, 1920.
we were paid for surplus production or knew it
went to help our fellow workers we would make
"They say we are well paid. With out in
creased pay we cannot live anywhere near as well
as we did in peace times. We are forced to choose
between food or clothing. We cannot buy both.
"But we know what we want and the engin
eers are with us. One fine day if socialization is
postponed the owners may find tht.t their mines
have been taken over by the workers."
"Ousting The Reds From The Craft Unions"
By H. W. Garner.
At the present time more than ever before, the
yellow Traitors, commonly called International Of
ficers and Organizers of the craft unions are cry
ing abut Reds, or as they put it, "sinister forces
within our ranks."
A yellow labor paper published in Washington,
D. C, and labeled "Labor" through mistake, car
ried in the edition of Oct. 2, an article entitled
"Machinists Oust 0. B. U. Delegate from Conven
tion. Determined to purge organization of Red
The article states that no member of the I. W.
W. or the 0. B. U. can remain a member of the
Boilermakers or the Machinists organizations.
Both organizations having expelled men from
their conventions who acknowleged that they were
members of the L W. W. or the 0. B. U.
The article continues "The Intel-national officers
have made inquiries and found that the 0. B. U. is
the offspring of the I. W. W. Declaring that both
organizations are made up of two elements, the
impatient radicals who would substitute revolu
tion for evolution, and the paid agents of em
ployers intent on destroying the solidarity of
labor and that organized labor has more to fear
in the latter than the former, altho both are
The membership of the L W. W. and the 0. B.
U. is small, continues the article and neither could
survive long if it were not for the support received
from associations of employers through their
I rewrite this article for the purpose of showing
op a part of their program to blindfold the work
ers and thereby hold on to their leadership and
more important, their salaries. I do not mean to
say that all international officers and organizers
axe crooks, for some are as sincere in the cause of
labor as they can be and yet hold their jobs. But
I do say that the interest of highly paid officers is
not the interest of the worker, the underdog, and
many of them cany a line of gab, intended to keep
the workers in ignorance for they know that
when the workers become wise enough to change
the Industrial system from a wage and profit
system to a system of cooperativ ownership of the
industries by the workers, the workers will be the
worker, owners and managers, and they, the of-'
ficers, must then go to work, for no labor brokers
will be needed. Now it can be plainly seen why
these labor brokers cry out so loudly against the
radicals or Reds as they choose to call them, for
the prgroam of the Reds is to educate the workers
to the revolutionary goal of taking over the in
dustries. But do they really want to oust all of the Reds
from the craft unions? What would happen to the
unions if the Reds were taken out ?
This question was answered during the steel
strike in 1919 by the capitalist press, which is
the official mouthpiece of the masters . At that
time the press came out and told the world in plain
words: "Take the Reds out of the ranks of the
steel strikers and we have nothing to fear, we will
soon break your strike." Ah, yes, thanks to the
masters' papers , it told what the master was
During the outlaw switchmen's strike they, too,
were called Reds, I. W. W.'s and Bolsheviks. It
is true the switchmen lost their strike but what
did they do? They got an increase in wages for the
rest of the railroad workers.
The wage board was soon appointed, when the
rank and file took matters into their own hands.
I hare a letter, which was mailed to we machin
ists of the Contract Shops, by the national secre
tary of the Metal Trades Association, which is the
masters' organization in the metal industries. This