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SATURDAY, DEC. 4, 192.
else was organized to take its place.
This does not mean that you should get out of
the A. F. of L. No, STICK RIGHT THERE! But
fight for a change there for the big change!
Fight for a system that will give you all the
Fight for a Shop Committee System, for a
system by which the workers will get REAL con
trol of their work.
Fight for a system in which all the workers in
a shop, no matter what kind of work they do,
will elect a Committee to deal directly with the
boss and to settle all internal shop matters. This
Committee also represents the shop workers in a
Community Council of the industry. The Commun
ity Council elects a Local Executive Committee
which has power to negotiate with the bosses of
that industry in the whole city.
Each delegate to the Committee is responsible
lo the workers who elect him. He must take their
instructions. He must report to them. Just as they
elect him, they may remove him without a
moment's delay. Just as every member of thj
Communitv Council may be recalled, the members
of the Executive Committee may be recalled. In
this way, the Rank and File control!
The Community Council elects a delegate to a
District Council. This Coucil is composed of dele
gates from all sections of the industry within
that district. And, finally, all the Districts send
delegates to a National Council of the industry,
that will control the indutsry on a national scale.
Then again, each industry in a city will elect
a delegate to a Joint Community Council, which
will represent all the industries in the city. And
in the same way, a District and National organiza
tion will be built up that will control all the work
of the country.
Workers Now Have Full Control.
This will put an end to labor leaders, labor
grafters. This will ensure control by the workers.
This will build up a Rank and File system that
NOBODY CAN SELL OITT OR FEED ON! This
will be a system that nothing can break.
Furthermore, as the purpose of a union is to fight
the bosses, this form of organization is the
only one by which the bosses can be fought ef
fectively. Workers in the shop, doing all the work, know
ing everything connected with the shop, will dis
cuss shop affairs at their shop meetings. All af
fairs will be settled by men employed directly m
the shop and not by a business agent or walking
deelgate who knows nothing about the shop. Id
addition, when disturbances occur during working
hours, the workers are willing to fight. After
working hours, they are tired and want to forget
all about their daily toil. For that reason, very
few attend their union meetings, except at critical
times and even then, they frequently do not
The result is that their "leaders" use them at
they please, selling them, binding them, enslav
This unified system enables the workers is
combat all schemes of the bosses. And they wiB
have to be prepared to fight the bosses very
Prepare For The Coming Conflict.
Hard times are ahead. The bosses are resolved
to smash the unions. They dp not say that in
so many mords. They speak of the open shop
the American plan but the purpose is the same.
Their aim is that, when there is not much work
to divide up among the great number of idle
hands looking for work, they will employ ovSj
non-union men, and in this way smash the unions.
So now is the time, fellow workers. Build op
the Rank and File movement. Agitate for it and
fight for it in your shop and union. Fight for
Shop Control, for Control of Production.
It will be indispensable in the bigger, far bigger
struggle that is coming. It is the big fight be
tween the bosses as a class and the workers as a
class. It is the fight to determine who is going
to manage industry the bosses, the exploiter,
or the workers. It is the fight to fix once for all,
whether the workers are to work for themselve
as a class, or for the bosses. Whether the work
ers shall rule, or the bosses.
Behind the bosses stands the government
ready to support them and break the worker.
Behind the bosses stand the law and the courts
and the press and the schools all to be used
against the workers. Behind the bosses standi
EVERYTHING EXCEPT THE WORKERS
So it will be a grand struggle between the or
ganized force of the workers and the organized
power of the capitalists nnd the State.