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AN INJURY TO ALL Organization* Is Power 1 9
It is not our intention to say what is being done
at other locals, neither is it our intention to say
what they will do in the future. But we want to
say for the good of the whole Southern District
that Local 275 has this to say; we are already or
ganized. At our last business meeting, which was
Friday night Nov. 14th, we initiated 11 new mem
bers. This leaves only 6 more workers on the job
to organize before we have a solid membership of
all who work on the job.
Now right here, fellow-workers, let us tell you
that the secret of organizing is simple. This work
of organizing must be done on the job, and it must
be done by the workers themselves. We waited
for some time, depending on some leader to come
into our local and do this work, but in this we were
disappointed, for we soon found out that organiza
tion depended on the common consent of the work
ers before this work could be done.
We began to talk among ourselves, there were
about 15 of us, we discussed the matter, then
agreed to form plans of our own, we (lid so and
held a meeting of just a few members and formed
our own local plans by which to go about this
We adopted a plan to let each member become
an organizer. And receive one months' dues for
each applicant he brought in. This method of work
gives new courage and inspiration in the work.
Since adopting this plan of organising we have
increased our membership from 1 5to 111 mem
bers and that within the last few months. We
have had all the theories we need for a while, we
have helped to fight all important battles that we
coull in the past, and we are going to continue
more so than ever. But first and most important
of all questions is organization on a systematic
In certain localities it may be a little difficult at
first to find a plan under which to start this organ
zation work, but if four or five members will get
their heads together and work out their own plan
and go to it, they will succeed, and without any
leader except their own leadership. We have found
out that "leadership," unless it is always on the
jo, is "misleadership."
Local 275 is composed of workers who claim to
be small farmers, we own our little patches, and
while some members of our families work the little
farms, the other members work in the Lumber In
dustry and make up the whole crew of workers at
the Camps. And right here, let us appeal to all you
little self-employing farmers in and around the
Lumber Industry, the future was never brighter
for success in this work.
Most of you have kin folks working at every
mill and camp in the South, we are all suffering
alike from over-work and under pay. Now, if you
at other Camps and mills will adopt the same or
similar plans as adopted by Local 275, the I. W. W.
will grow faster and on a more permanent basis
than ever before. I)on't say that it can't be done.
DIon't say "they wont stick." I)on't say "I'll wait
and see." Just come on the job at Local 275 and
we will "cite you." We will show you a solid crew
of I. W. W. lumbterjacks. We will "cite you" to a
crew that organized themselves. We will "cite you
to a crew that has complete job-control." And we
want to say right here, that if you starving Lum
berjacks ever expect to get any more of the goo!
things of life it can only lh, done through the
workers on the job.
We have had two strikes in which the Lumber
jacks were successful this summer. Success is our
motto. Victory is our "Hero." Soliaarity is our
"Leader." All others are fakes. We have not qluit.
No, we have just started. We have raised wages,
we have got a taste of better conditions, we have
Ibecome more anxious than ever to get more. We
have job control, and yet we are not satisfied, no,
nor never will be until we get the full products of
our labor and stop the system that allows a set
of "shirkers" living at the expense of the"work
Yours for the I. W. W.
Press Committee, Local 275.
By Ed. Lehman.
"Say, "Good Boss," that fellow working yonder
is ln agitator, an undesirable citizen and a despee
ate character for he belongs to the I. W. W., and
he advised me last night to join the ONE BIG UN
ION and DEMAND my rights, and he told me that
you were robbing me out of four-fifths of what I
produced." So spoke the company sucker, the
modern Judas of the working class, to the Boss.
"Alright," says the Boss, "I will discharge him."
The accused generally gets his discharge, (unless
the Boss is short handed) down the pike he goes
singing and rejoicing because he lost a master. The
Boss smiles and says, "Rid of one more of those
fellows that know too much." But, lo and behold
this accused fellow worker had some class cony
scious friends on the job the Boss did not know
about. In about three or four days, up comes Mr
Sucker with the cry that his saw is killing him. "It
pulls like hell and wont cut," is his cry. He ditches
his saw and buys a new one, but in two or three
days the same old story, "it will not cut and pulls
like hell." The consequences are Mr. Sucker goes
down the road worked half to death, but a whole
lot wiser. Now, "Murder! help!" hollers the on
ery Boss, "something is wrong with my machinery,
it will not run," and, instead of saying the wo! '
ing class will not use Saotage for it is lawless ,
unchristian like, he says, "If they do not quit us
ing it I will be broke soon." That is the way of the
Saboteur, the class conscious worker who consid
ers the concern of one, the concern of all. He has
not forgot the blacklist, he has not forgot the
abuse you heaped upon him, my masters, nor he
never will until you will wear the clothes of a
working man, and do useful labor, and be of some
benefit to society. It is Sabotage against the black
list, it is Sabotage against your peonage and bull
pens, it is Sabotage against your whole rotten sys
tem. It is a fight for the right to live, it is a fight
for freedom. On with the fight! Turn the Sab
Cats loose! So said the Saboteur who is class con
Southern Distric Demands
Wage Scale for Loggers and Saw Mill Workers.
Join the One Big Union.
Initaiation Fee, $1.00; Dues 50c Per Month.
National Industrial Union of Forest and Lumber
Workers, Southern District.
We demand an eight-hour day.
We demand that eight hours be the working day
from calling out in the morning until return at
We demand abolition of discount system.
We demand that all men shall be hired from Un
ion Hall.
We demand that $2.50 per day, or $50.00 per
month and board, shall be the minimum wage for
all employes in the logging or railroad camps.
We demand 75 cents per Ihousand, or $4.00 per
day per man, 11,000 feet to constitute a day's
work, for log cutting, stumps 36 inches high.
We demand a 50 per cent. increase in the pay of
Tie Makers, Stave Mill, Turpentine, Rosin and all
other workers in the Lumber Industry and its by
product industries.
We demand that overtime and Sunday work
shall be paid for at the rate of time and a half.
We demand that injured workmen be given im
mediate attention.
Begin Organizing NOW and make a report each
month of members in good standing at each Local
and the vote of all UNION and NON-UNION
workers, white and colored, native born or foreign
in favor of these demands, and a GENERAL
STRIKE to enforce them. DOWN WITH PEON
For further and full particulars, address:
JAY SMITH, Secretary,
Box 78, Alexandria, La.
General Stribke
General Strike Threatened I. liad.
Larkin was sentenced to 7 months in jail. He
served only 17 days, because the workers through
out England held thousands of protest meetings.
The government dared not keep him. The work
ers asked why their leader was in jail for rebel
lious utterances, when the lords of Ulster that re
belled against the government were free, besides
that the strikes spread as soon as Jim was sen
tenced, to such an extent that Dublin was almost
cut off from the rest of the world.
When Jim came out, thousands upon thousands
of workers were gathered to receive him and car
ried him in triumph to liberty hall. But no hall
could hold the mass of people, and he had to speak
from the balcony to them on the street. He said:
"The government made a big mistake when it
arrested me, but it made yet a bigger mistake
when it set me free. In a few hours I go to Eng
land to plant the flaming cross. In a few days a
general strike shall begin not only in Ireland, but
throughout Britain."
The workers in England are already thoroughly
aroused, according to the latest fosormation, the
workers look upon their conserlathf labor leaders
as their deathly enemies in cahoot with the capi
talists, and have decided to act for themselves. In
fact being forced to do so on account of threatened
lockout. 100,000 spinners are to be thrown out in
the textile industry by the bosses, which will make
about a million workers jobless. The clothing in
dustry all over the world has gone down on ac
count of the style that strips the women of their
ancient superfluous clothing, and the bosses want
to keep up their dividends at the expense of the
: orkers by disciplining them in lockouts. But the
workers in other industries -threaten to make
sympathy strikes. The railroad workers and min
ers may make common cause, and the London
dockers are threatening to strike again. Even the
police in London are touched by the proletarian
spirit and have formed a policemen's union with a
membership of two thousand, and have a program
that demands their neutrality under strikes. So
that they shall not be forced to shoot down the
strikers. This is certainly a hopeful sign. The po
licemen are the workers sons, why should they not
be subject to the workers influences? The work
ers all over the world should try to get the police
with them. The police are only poor, despised
workers forced to do the dirty work of the capital
ists. Let us teach them how to Sabotage that
Religion and the Class-Struggle.
The proletariat of Ireland is strongly permeated
with the Catholic Religion, and under the priests'
dominance. Even Jim Larkin is a Catholic. His
utterances, such as the FLAMING CROSS, shows
that he is strongly permeated by religion. In fact,
it is here he has got his hold on the Irish prole
tariat. But now witness: The English workers
loyally aided the workers in Dublin in their strug
gle, and when a call was sent out for the workers
to take the strikers' children, hundreds of Eng
lish workers offered their homes to the little ones.
But now came the priests with the explanation
that the childrens' souls were in danger of being
lost by being sent into Protestant homes, even in
to Socialist homes. Think of it! These black foxes
went from house to house to work upon the minds
of the workers, and used the national hatred that
has always existed between England and Ireland
and their religious fanaticism to prevent the little
ones being sent away to escape suffering and star
A Miss Rand with fifty children went to Kings
town to get a boat for England. There she was
shamelessly treated and arrested. A Miss Monte
fiore that in Dublin sought to take 300 children to
England was also arested. Both Miss Rand and
Miss Montefiore were arrested for child robbery.
A procession of religious fanatics blocked the way
Shreutans 1 a
to the water-front where the chldren most pia.
and the.strikers tried to get them thugh but
were prevented by the police. It is amid that the
priests' work is done under the nbmlens ed the
employers, while the greater part of the strikers
are good Catholics.
Thus in the class-truggle the workers learn by
experience what the church and priests stead for,
which is the only way they an lear n Irelnd,
at least, and to a great exteat all over the world.
But once they learn, they will not forget.
So that while every infonned worker knows the
role the church is playing, and hates it like poison,
he knows that it cannot help the cause by begin
ning to antagonise his felow-workers on that
point. They will not listen to him with their heads
full of superstition. A human being is ever surer
of anything than that which he has been taught
ever since he can remember by beings that every
body look up to with reverence. Begin by showing
him the injustice of his relatonship in soiety,
where he as a producing member is deprived of
everything except the barest necessities, while the
non-producers have all the good things lf fe. And
when the class-struggle breaks out, the priests are
forced to show their hands and in whose service
they are. Religion and politics are two faithful
hrothers of the rulin class, and both are woes
sheep cothaing, always ri a pi g to
keep t~i workers peaceful slaesOne tenls us that
all glory and power come out of haven; the other
chant that all glory and power come out of the pare
liament, just send me and my party to parliament
for you have no power of yourselves, prattles the
latter. Nay, for the workers to deny that absurdi
ty of the politician-is an anarchistic treason.
just as it is inspired by the devil himself for the
worker to deny that God has anything to do with
his slavery. Fight alone will show those two fel
lows up in their true light, for both of them have
to stand by the state for law and order and God.
all figments of imagination erected to keep the
workers down. The state disappears when the
workers comradeship ignores the state lines, and
law, all law against the workers is null and void
the day that they refuse to recognize it, and God is
only a dead lord stuck up in heaven as a comple
ment to the landlord and moneylord here on earth.
When the moneylords and landlords disapper so
do their shadow in the sky. The workers' God is
nature that responds to their every touch of hand
and brain, and lavishes all its richness, beauty and
wonder on them, the moment that they can take
the horrible lies, fears and superstition out of their
mind, for at that moment they know that they are
free-that the race is free. Therefore, on with the
class-fight, instead of religious and political dis
As syndicalists we declare our heutrality to all
religious and political parties. We are proletarian
warriors on the economic field. In that war alone
can we unmask our enemies, giving each other
perfect freedom to believe in any and all things.
All we ask is that they stand by us to fight for
economic justice, to build upon a non-beaurocratic
basis the foundation of a new society.
NOTE:-As to the "Flaming Cross," we South
erners clearly understand Jim Larkin's meaning.
He is speaking in the ancient mother tongue to us,
and not as the priests and preachers speak. We
understand-it is the soul of the Clansmen calling
the sleeping workers into battle. We will answer,
soon we will come. C. H.
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