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FRIDAY, AUGUST 27. 1920
THE TOILER PAGE 9 An Independent Central Labor Body By Ernest Lingg. The campaign to solidify the forces of labor organized independent of the American Federa tion of Labor received an impetus by the forma tion in New York recently of a central body known as The United Labor Coucil. About twenty five locals, representing a membership of 50,000, have already become affiliated. The new organ ization, according to an official statement issued, is partly designed to be a defensive measure against the avowed intention of the A. F. of L. to crush all independent organization. The new solidification of forces is also calculated to pro mote the work of organization in the industries covered by the various affiliated unions. The following unions, among others, have joined the United Labor Council: Amalgamated Clothing Workers, Amalgamated Metal Workers, Amalgamated Textile Workers, Hotel Workers' Federation, Journeyman Bakers' International Union, International Carpenters' Union, Interna tional Furniture Workers' Union, United Auto mobile, Aircraft and Vehicle Workers' Union, United Shoe Workers, Dental Mechanics, Painters and Feather Boa Workers. The principle of the class struggle is empha sized in the constitution which provides for the restriction of membership to unions "which re cognize these two cardinal facts: That there is a conflict of interests between the employers and the workers, and that the policies of the Americ an Federation of Labor are unprogressive and harmful to the best interests of the working class." Unions joining the United Labor Council are required to sever connections with the A. F. of L, if so affiliated, within three months. Other aims and purposes are set forth in the constitu tion which follows: UNITED LABOR COUNCIL CONSTITUTION. NAME: The name of this organization shall be tV.e United Labor Council. AIM and PURPOSE): All unions forming the Unite I Labor Council hereby agree upon the fundamental principle that an injury to one is the concern of all, and, therefore, there must he a closer relation between them nil in order thnt an offensive and defensive alliance be formed for the proper protection of all workers in any branch of industry. The aim, therefore, is to concentrate the efforts of all unions forming this Council, in order to exert the maximum power of the working-class against organized Capital, thereby shortening the industrial conflict. DUTIES ind POWERS: The duties of the U. L. C. thai! consist of giving consideration to all industrial conditious involving the various unions cnuected therewith and givo counsel, advice and aid whenever and wherever possible; also to assist la planning and organizing campaigns among the unorganized and to give attention to matters of civ'c and social betterment. Its powers shall lie, to mthorize, through the Executive Board the unified action of all units involved whenever necessity may require same; to assist in raising funds for propaganda and organizing work; to map out educational campaigns among the various unions through lectures, news papers' and other mediums deemed proper. COMPOSITION of COUNCIL. The Coucil shall be com posed of delegates, elected from the rank and file of tliS various unions, which rocognir.e these two cardinal facts. That there is conflict of interests between the employer and the workers, and rhat the policies of the American Federation of Labor are unprogressive and harmful to the best interests of the working-class. Any union accepted to membership in the U. L. C. must, within a period of three months sever all connections with the A. F. of L. if vo affiliated. Each local union shall be entitled to a delegation of two (2) for the first three hundred (.100) members or less, and one delegate for each three hundred additional members or major fraction thereof. HOARD OF THE UNITED LABOR COUNCIL: Tho Executive Board of the U. L. C. shall consist of the business agents and o?::anizers, of each affiliated union, or sueii offieinls of the local unions as do the work of organizers and business ijjcnts. They shall meet together as often M i "uditions may require, but at least oneo weekly in the forenoon. The Council shail have regularly elected officers tonaiiting of a Chairman. ice Chairman, and Exccntivo Secretnry-Trer.Mirer ind three trustees. The Secretary Treasurer shall be a paid official and shall also act as ecretary of the Executive Board, and he shall be bonded. FINANCES. - An initiation fee of five dollars shall be levied against all organisations nffiliting with tho U. L. 0.