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SATURDAY, NOV. 27th, 1920.
THE TOILER PAGE II I Right here is where the Trade Union Edu cational League hopes to be of service. I ascribes our slowness of progress to the lack of organization and plan on the part of those elements in the movement which most realize the necessity for progress. Among them there has been entirely too much pessimism, too much of the " it-can 't-be-done" spirit, to much chas ing of rainbows in trying to reorganize the whole labor movement according to the dream of De Leon; and entirely too little of determin ed and systematic effort in bringing the groups of workers together. The' new body, which is purely educational in character, will seek tc correct this. Working in harmony with the naturl evolution of the trade unions, it will strive to make this evolution broader, deeper, swifter and more clearsighted. It will provide militant union men with the organization neces sary to formulate and apply the practical pro grams so saddly needed to create a real solid arity among the toilers in (the industries. It will make closer affiliation a live issue in every union in the country. Special Program For Each Union. "Just as'quickly as practicable the educa tional work will be specialized according to in dustry. That is to say, when sufficient numb ers of live wire unionises are enrolled from the unions in any of the above-mentioned industrial divisions they will draw up a special organiza tion among themselves and map out the pro gressive program for their industry. "For example, with such an educational or ganization existing in the railroad section, we would find the militants in the score of unions (instead of demoralized and planless as now) all thinking the same thoughts and working on the same practical measures, ever leading on ward from the present network of federations to the final and inevitable general union for the whole industry. That substantial headway can be made tiirough such methods, cannot b? doubted by those familiar with their use in various countries. "In the near future we will issue our offi cial journal. It will follow closely the structuml and other developments of trade unions all over the world, and will carry the message to Amer ican unionists. Just now the Trade Union Edu cational League is seeking to get in touch with live union men and women so that local branches by be set up in the various localities and industries. The headquarters are at 166 W. Washington St., Chicago, HI. o The Vicious Circle. By Colonna. Everything seems to move in a circld from the universe to the wages system. We have no objection to the former continuing its circular routine, but we dislike the tatter's objection'ale imitation. Up till now, the forking class has been unable to find better recompense for low wages other than striking for higher wages. Then, up go the prices of life's necessities down goes the value of the increased wage. This does NOT mean that nothing is achieved by a strike but it proves that a strike is not in itself enough for the workers. A great factor of the class war is foreign competition. If one country is forced to increase wages to meet a greater demand on the part of the workers, and the workers of other countries fail to enforce their demands, it means that the capitalists of the former country suffer a loss of business in favor of their foreign rivals. The con dition of the working class is best, under a cap italist system, in those countries where there is J WHY NOT SUBSCRIBE? ; ; Several thousand Toiler readers get their ; I paper each week from newstands and agents. 1 1 Sometimes they fail to get it for some reason ; I of other. We suggest that these thousands ! ', of readers subcribe for six months or a year 1 ', and BE SURE to get it every week. Do it ! I now. Use the blank if you wish. 0 SUSCRIPTION FOR MONTHS i J Yearly $2.00 Half year $1.00. ! j Name J ; Address 1 I! City State I Adress THE TOILER j j 3907 Clark, Ave. Cleveland, Ohio.