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SATURDAY, OCT. ItHh, 1920.
An Open Letter To American Labor
By H. E. Keas
(Cert. 248, Div. 96, 0. R. T.)
Brothers, Comrades arfd Fellow Workers:
A paper of, by and for the working class!
Such a paper is THE TOILER. Here is a REAL
paper of the great masses of the American work
ers, a paper in which you will find expressed the
deepest aspirations and most earnest longings of
our toiling brothers m the mines, in the mills, on
the railroads and in the fields, the powerful rank
and file of American labor.
Neither misguided officials nor so-called labor
leaders control it. In it they have no voice. The
rank and file has no use for stumbling-blocks.
We particularly have in mind here those labor
lieutenants of the capitalist class who have so
often wantonly betrayed the workers' cause as,
for instance, in the recent "outlaw" railroad strike.
So then, primarily, THE TOILER is the organ of
that great body composing the American labor
movement which has been so often without voice
in time of crisis, which, though pitifully in need
of a medium of publicity during the times that
are of greatest moment to its organized effort
for betterment, so many, many times finds itself
in the grip of forces almost beyond its power to
control, the press, the pulpit, the armed forces
of the greedy plunderbund, all the means of re
pression of present-day government and, last but
not least, hindered by reactionaries in its own
ranks, the labor lieutenants of the capitalist class.
These latter are the ones who by every under
handed means, try to ".control" and swerve the
organized effort of the workers aside from its
real purpose, and thereby so disorganize and
enmesh the workers in a maze of hypocrisy and
falsehood, that almost every strike and protest
movement in which they so valiantly enter, is to
them a lost effort.
The Mission Of The Tofler.
Right here is where THE TOILER comes in.
Its mission is to comb,at by every means within
its power all harmful tendencies in the American
labor movement. It has entered the lists definitely
and without counting the cost, for the amalgama
tion, the welding together of the many different
factions and working class groups, both within
and without the organized labor movement, into
one wide-awake, powerful whole, a program that
will give it REAL POWER, where now it has
little beyond the mere desire. THE TOILER lays
particular stress upon the creation of shop com
mittees and workers' councils of the rank and file,
in the mines, in the mills and shops, on the rail
roads and in the many other fields of industry,
these committees and councils to be officered
directly by men of their own choosing, so that at
all times the .great body of American labor may
have full control of its own ordered destiny. That,
in short, will be the continued policy of THE
TOILER. The vital importance of such a move
ment to the American working class, should not
be underestimated. It is but the outward sign of
the new times, in which the great labor move
ment, in ever increasing numbers the wide world
over, is demanding, and in no uncertain terms, that
day of the under dog has come to stay.
The Men Who Make The Toiler
ARE YOU WITH US? In line with the ex
pressed poHcy of the magazine, many of us of
the rank and file, among whom is the writer, have
given of our spare time and labor, and will con
tinue to do so, that this new voice of the workers,
this clarion call to action of the toiling masses
for POWER, shall be gotten up in such shape
and distributed so widely, that its message may be
read by every worker in the land, wherever his
daily toil finds him.
Can you write? Can you draw? Are you able
to tell us of the struggles of the workers m your
particular industry? If you can do this, give us
your best effort. The workers need your heh. They
will assuredly appreciate what you may be able to
do for i he, good of the rank and tile. JJut if you
are unable to do these particular things, there is
SOMETHING EVERYONE CAN DO. Help to
spread the message of THE TOILER where you
work. Circulate it among your associates in the
mines, in the mills, on the railroads, everywhere
amomjr those who toil. This is not a hnrd task.
Co-operative effdrt' works wonders. And this co-