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THE TOILEB FRIDAY, AUGUST 27,1920. The "Independents" By JAMES PATRICK One of the most important battle fronts in tthe class war is that one on which the progress ing and reactionary labor organizations fight for sapremacy. The struggle is at all times a hard one and the pioneers of the rebel labor movement, who have fostered one independent effort after another, only to see them isolated and crushed Stf the Gompers machine, have had much cause fer discouragement. The strength of reactionary unionism lies in jfe superior organization and equipment. Not. towever, organization for waging war on the Kses, but organization of the officialdom for fie purpose of fighting any movement toward mnk and file control. Their equipment consists af large treasuries (built up by the members and JBed against them) and the ready support of the tosses, the government and the press. Also, on this issue, the officials are united. iKo matter how much they may pull apart on Sher questions, against any movement of the nbership to take away their control they band themselves together "like thieves at a fair." The One Big Union of Labor Skates has for its motto: "An injury to one is the concern of all." But the independent movement has grown steadily in spite of all and its real strength today is much greater than is generally known. New unions su,ch as the Yardmen's Association are springing up and manifesting an astonishing vitality. Older unions are mergig with new seces sions from the A. F. of L. on an industrial basis, as in the case of the Amalgamated Metal Work ers. The I. W. W. stubbornly maintains its grip in certain industries, particularly the metal mines and lumber woods of the west, notwithstanding the continued persecution. And a new and most significant development is seen in the formation of a central labor council of independent unions recently in New York, as reported on another page of this issue. The Independent labor movement as a whole is a healthy one. It is producing many able organ izers and executives; the membership is growing and is manifesting a more militant spirit as a result oi the constant struggles forced upon it. While the principles of revolution ary industrial unionism are not as clearly stated in their various programs as we would like to see, the trend in that direction is stronger than ever. The one union of militant labor which must and shall be realized without needless delay is not a thing that will materialize out of thin air on some bright morning. On the contrary it will be built out of the i tangible material that is to be found close at hand ; and no small part of that material will consist of the independent unions which are already in the field. Too Slow!