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SATURDAY, DEC. 18, 1920.
The Coming Coal Miners' Convention
What will the miners accomplish during the coming Convention and after?
By A Friend.
During the last convention the miners had an
opportunity to save the steel strike as well as to
trengthen themselves in any future strikes.
A resolution was introduced at the last year's
convention to go on record to refuse to supply
coal for any such purposes which would have in
any way endangered the success of the steel
Had this resolution been carried and enforced,
the steei workers would have won their strike.
What happened to the resolution promising as
sistance to the steel workers during their strike?
The resolution was introduced but not carried.
The resolution was referred to the Committee or
Resolutions, who substituted another resolution
for it, which resolution in its effect defeated the
The substitute resolution recommend that the
natter be left to the coal miners' "International
officers and representatives on the Steel Com
mittee, without binding them to any definite plan
"Without binding them to any definite plan of
DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANT? It
meant in its effect that the miners' officials have
bound themselves to NO plan of action.
Here is the documentary proof:
"During the recent steel strike the Na
tional Committee (of the steel strikers) tried
to arrange a joint meeting with the OF
FICIALS OF THE MINERS and railroad
brotherhoods to see if some assistance, moral
if nothing else, could be secured for the steel
workers. BUT NOTHING CAME OUT OF
IT." Wm. Z. Foster in "The Great Steel
Strike," p. 241.
Had the miners passed the original, resolution,
had they pledged themselves to "refuse to supply
coal for such purposes which would in any way
endanger the success of the strike of the steel
workers," the coal miners oculd hope, the coal
miners could expect, the tcoal miners could de
mand that in future coal mine strikes the stra
tegically situated workers in other industries
should assist them. What a great aid it would be
to the coal miners should the railroad workers re
fuse to transport coal mined by scabs during
strikes. Other transportation workers beside the
railroaders could also greatly assist the miners to
win their strike. Machinists, telegraphers, steel
workers and electricians could also be of great
aid' should a coal strike occur.
Other workers ready to help you.
All these workers in these other industries are
ready to help you win, if you are ready to help
them. You know that in the recent steel strike,
the Switchmen decided to co-operate with the
steel strikers, and the Lake Seamerfs Union de
cided to refuse to carry ore while the steel strike
lasted. Surely it was in the interest of the miners
to render the steal strikers similar assistance.
In the coming convention the miners should
go on record to dov unto others as they expect
others to do unto them. A resolution shuld be
passed refusing to supply coal for any such strike.
The resolution should also contain an appeal, cal
ling for aid in a possible miners' strike, by work
ers occupying positions which would be of aid
should a coal strike occur.
How world wide demand
coal affects coal
During the threatened coal strike in England,
we read that in case England was unable to sup
ply coal for her own use and for other Europeiui
countries to which English coal had been export
ed, then the United States would supply that coal.
You know what that means! It means that you
miners would have had to scab while the miners
in England were on strike.
France, for example, is getting a large quantity
of coal from United States, England and Ger
many. And if the coal miners of one country pro
duce additional coal for exportation while tho
coal minei'H in' another country are on strike;
what is that if not scabbing?