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SATURDAY. OCT. 30-th 1920
THE TOILER PAGE 3. Mr. Brindell and the Painters By Jack Frank The other day I passed by the New York Labor Temple on 84th street and noticing dozens of high priced motor cars parked in the vicinity, I could not suppress my curiosity. All kinds of ideas came into my mind. "Perhaps it's a Red Raid", I thought, the profiteers having lent their automobiles for the purpose. But to settle my doubts I made inquiry and dis covered that it was a meeting of the Building Trades' Council of the A. F. of L. and that the Cadillacs and Packards standing outside belonged to the honorable delegates of the Building Trades Council who were assembled within. Mr. Brindell, the central figure in the big graft revelations, was on hand ; Mr. Brindell, whose net income is $30,000 per year, besides the "pickings." All delegates to the Building Trades' Council are business agents who draw not less than $75 per week in straight salary. They are all elected for three year terms, and locals which do not accept this condition, set up by Brindell, cannot have re presentation. The Revolt Of The Painters. The B. T. C. is recognized officially by the A. F. of L. Several locals refused to submit to the rulo ot Brindell, chief among them being the Painters. This local of New York painters, we are told, is controlled by the Bolsheviki. This must be true, be cause it has the most aggressive membership of any local of painters in the country, and it has a remarkable history. It's members are the best paid of all the trades, ten dollars per day for the forty-hour week with Saturday and Sunday off. Naturally this local was a thorn in the side of Brindell and the bosses, since it set a bad example, driving the other trades forward through its mili tancy, and endangering the jobs of the Brindell gang if they could not produce the same results for their own members. So Mr. Brindell decided to strike a bargain with the bosses and it snme out as he calculated for a while. A strike was declared by the painters in the city. Brindell bided his time, letting the painters stay out till he thought they would be ready for his scheme. But the painters stood so solid that the bosses began to surrender; and before long only a few of the bigger concerns, his best friends and co-plotters, were left that did not agree to the demands of the men. Alarmed at the success of the strike, Brindell organized a fake local of painters, giving them a charter from the B. T. C. and settled with the remaining bosses. What he orgenized was a veritable scab agency called a "Union." The capi talist press, of course, praised him for his sanity, loyality and Americanism ; but the painters stuck to the real union. Dissolve The Bogus Union. The national organization of the painters, through the initiative of the New York local, threatened to withdraw from the A. F. of L. Then the good friends and brothers of Brindell at Wash ington, D. C. began to sound the retreat. He got instructions to dissolve his bogus painters' union. At the present time it looks like a clean-cut victory for the genuine union of painters; the bosses are eager now to settle with them. But you will hear more about Brindell. He is not to be done away with so easily, as he is a product of that organization against labor that calls itself the A. F. of L. The bosses are out to tame the workers and he is one of their chosen tools ; a part of that jungle-like entanglement that has been built up by the A. F. of L. to keep the workers down. Nothing in the form of real action can be ex pected on the part of labor until the shackles of the American Federation of Labor are blown to hell and the workers are organized into one solid body, as the bosses are organized. Then labor can use its giant power in the fight for emancipation. The Independent Socialist Party of Germany was split wide open at their recent congress at Halle. Three-fifths of the delegates, after hearing an address by Zinoviev, voted for unconditional ac ceptance of the program of the Third Communist International. This party has 900,000 dues paying members and polled 6.000,000 votes at the last election. The result of the conference is of world wide importance and is regarded as a smashing victory for the Communist International.