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SATURDAY, DEC. 4, 1920
When Sam dies of course, long, long after
he is dead, we may hear of the snug little fortune
Sam saved up, after paying all expenses. For
Sam's friends are rich men the biggest men in
the country and big men know how to handle
fellows like Mitchell and Gompers. They will cod
dle them and flatter them and bribe them as long
as they NEED THEM and then they will KICK
THEM OUT! But unfortunately for labor, THEY
DO NOT KICK THEM OUT SOON ENOUGH.
Just Part Of The Game.
And now our good friend Robert Brindell stirs
up a mess, just because he went a little too far.
He, too, was a labor "leader" one of the better
sort. He actually ran the whole building industry
ordering the men and the bosses about. The
bosses paid him graft the men did the same. It
is hard to say which paid him the most. Both par
ties loved Bob and tried to outdo the other in
generosity towards him. $25,000 was nothing for
Bob to take to "arrange" a job to suit the bosses,
or as his price for calling off a strike. $10 a
week Bob thought just right for ordering the
builders about; and then he received $1 a year
from each of the 30,000 men organized in "His"
Yes, it was truly "HIS" union. Bob ran it for
all it was worth. He was the friend of govern
ors, mayors and big business men. He and a law
yer dictated what should and should not be done.
And their word that is HIS word, for he had the
final say was LAW!
It went along very pleasantly, everybody was
satisfied, even the workers who were bled, week
in and week out. and the bosses, some of whom
were even ruined. Well, what would you do about
it? Things were that way, and that was all there
was to it. Workers have got used to expecting
their "leaders" to be grafters just as they ex
pect it of all politicians. It simply is part of the
Bob is said to own $1,000,000. They are going
to try him for graft. Capitalist papers are taking
keen advantage of his case, in order to fight or
ganized labor. The capitalist think they now have
a good reason for demanding the open shop, be
cause men under the influence of such "leaders"
as Brindell and others, have no choice, are not
free men, cannot enter "freely" into an agreement
And, of course, this is contrary to the United
States constitution. And since hard times are
coming, the bosses insist on saving, at least, the
An Endless Line Of Fakirs.
One could go on endlessly, telling how Lewis,
the mine leader, fell down and betrayed the work
ers, becaues President Wilson waved the flag,
and Lewis declared he was a 100 patriot and
could not, would not, fight when his president
ordred him not to! One could tell of Berry of the
Typographical Union, who sold out the printers,
who were just about to close agreements with the
bosses, giving them higher wages and shorter
hours, when Berry stepped in and stopped it.
One could tell about the Brooklyn Rapid Transit
stnke, when the leaders refused to call out all the
men, which would have assured a victory re
fused because the "PUBLIC" might suffer!
But why go on? It is the same story from be
ginnin to end. LABOR LEADERS ARE LABOR
BETRAYERS! It is high time for workers to
learn this fact. It is time for them to understand
that any man who leaves the ranks of labor to be
come a leader, who has no touch with work any
longer, who is given a high salary that makes him
forget the position of the workers, is very, very
likely to betray the workers in a crisis.
Do not think it is different anywhere else. Look
at England, France, Germany. It is the leaders
who always back down and refuse to fight. They
are always for compromising always for giving
in until driven by the rank and file, which does
the work and does the suffering.
Time For The "Shop Committee."
It is time, fellow workers, that we put an end
to this system of graft. It is time that something
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