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The toiler. (Cleveland, Ohio) 1919-1922, November 20, 1920, Image 13

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SATURDAY, NOV. 20th, 1920.
letter was mailed to we machinists in 1919, while
we had an organizing campaign on. For answering
the letter in my own language and for my activ
ities in organization work. I got black balled by
the masters. In this letter the bosses' secretary
told the machinists "there is an active ten com
posed of Reds, Bolsheviks and I. W. W.'s who are
persuading you men to join the union. Breuk away
and be loyal to the Company upon which you must
depend for your living". No business or labor lead
ers were mentioned, but the "active ten" was A
Committee of workers who were red enough and
had backbone enough to organize the other work
ers. Not long ago I heard one of those spell binding
yellow organizers deliver an address in which he
denounced Reds, I. W. W.'s, Bolsheviks and every
thing that endangered his job. He said they want
to break up our organizations. Oh, he had a won
derful gift of gab, but after the meeting he told
me in answer to my questions that he knew that
the very elements he had just been denouncing
were the very life of the organization and that ail
progress that had ever been made in the labor
One Big Union
movement, came by the efforts of an active ten
the Reds.
He admitted further that ownership of the in
dustries by the workers was the only logical solu
tion of the situation and that with the proper
leadership this could easily be brought about. So
you see, in the hall he was talking for his job,
while to me he admitted facts.
Now, fellow workers and comrades, these labor
brokers have no intention of ousting any more
Reds than is necessary in order to hold the labor
mvement in check for well they know the surest
way to break up organized laber is to take the
bosses' advice and kick out the Reds. And when
this is done, the organization is done also.
But it is necesscary for them to oust enough
radicals to enable them to retain control of the
labor movement and they will continue to oust a
few wherever they think the radical element is
geting too strong for their safety.
Now the way to prevent this is for the radical
workers to organize within, that is, to get together
and have a thorough understanding among them
selves and act as a unit and be prepared to re
sist at all times the efforts to oust any of our
i numbers.
It is up to us to do this, for upon us, who
know what the goal of labor is falls the burden of
leading the masses to that goal and we can not do
it unless we are organized to resist the attacks of
the masters and also false leaders.
BERLIN Morging of the Communist
party of Germany with the left wing of the In
dependent Socialists, with the immediate goal
of the socialization of all industry, was voted
at the convention of the Communist party.
The Communists voted to avoid direct act
ion in tho sense of an immediate revolution,
but decided to set going a vigorous campaign
for the formation of shop councils, and the so
cialization of industry.
Tho merger of the two revolutionary part
ies will take phce at a joint convention to be
hold in December. Th9 combined body will
form the largest Communist party in the
world, with a membership of upwards of 2,000f-000.

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