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SATURDAY, DEC. 4, 1930.
The Offensive Against Labor
During the war while profits were highest for
the owners of industry
Labor was everything.
It was patriotic, it was honest, it was virtuous,
it was self denying it did everything the bosses
No matter how high wages went, profits soared
still higher, so the bosses didn't kick very much
besides they needed Labor to create those lucious
profits. They paid the high wages because by do
ing so they could reap the highest profits in the
history of American industry. They promised you
everything a new world democracy freedom
"labor rights" etc. etc.
After the Armistice
It was. different. The employers haye beipn tel
ling you how inefficient you are. They told you to
speed up production for profits were still high.
But they cut your wages and they discharged
many of you. They forgot all about how patriotic
you were, about your sacrifices, about your self
denial. They forgot to restore to you your ancient
"liberties" of speech and press. They forgot to
complete the job of making the world safe for
"Democracy." They began to damn you up one
side and down the other.
And now they are going to finish you.
They are going to break your organizations if
they can. They are going to reduce you to a mass
of crawling, begging worms, ready and anxious to
work under any conditions at any wage they may
choose to pay. Wages in many instances have al
ready been reduced to prewar standards, tho liv
ing costs have decline only a fraction.
Two or three millions of you have already been
fired. You have no work and you can get none.
Three winter months are ahead of you. Starvation
is at your door. Thousands of you are existing
upon the weekly benefits from your Unions. More
thousands of you are begging at the Charity
societies. You are searching everywhere for work,
from city to city you wander in droves.
You are workers no longer you are designated as
tramps, floaters, vagabonds, riff-raff. You are
neither patriotic nor honest in the eyes of the law.
You are under suspicion, a manacc. The police
man's club is ready and willing to crack your head
and no questions asked.
The Iron Heel is on your neck.
And the masters are elated. They are circulat
ing hilarious bulletins heralding their victories
over prostrate Labor. They make no bones about
their intentions toward you workers. They are
after your scalps.
And what are you going to do about it, yon
craft unionitss? Don't you think it is about time
you were changing your minds about the interests
of Labor and Capital being identical? If they
ARE identical then you ought to be happy, it's a
cinch Capital is!
Tne World Today
By George W. Gentile.
The mighty prosper.
The weak perish.
The rich live in abundance.
The poor starve.
Thieves are free to roam around ;
The honest are slut up in jails.
Where are we drifting to?
Where is the end of this road?
Workers, wake up, you had nothing to lose
but your jobs.
Now, even they are goneT
You lived on your starvation wages.
Now, you have not even wages.
You may get a job as a laborer.
You toil a day,
You toil a week.
You feel thankful.
You are the tacky one among the poor,
For you will get your soup every day,
While others walk the streets.
Walk the streets all week and don't
Even smell the soup.
Many give up in despair.
Many sell their souls,
They are the weak ones
Many suffer but fight,
They are the ones who
Will organize and take
From their masters what is theirs.
Workers, everything belongs to you.
A living wage for a family of five in New
York city now is $2,682.68, it was estimated to
day by John P. Mines, president of the presenting
demands for an increase of wages in the printing