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SATURDAY. OCT. 30-th 1920
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
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
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.