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SATURDAY, JAN. 1, 192L
work and can express themselves in the TERMS
of the work.
Furthermore, the shop delegates must report
to the members. They must be able to answer all
questions. They must carry out all instructions. If
they do not, they can be recalled AT ANY IN
STANT! Then again, in the shops different groups
can agitate for different systems, and, at their
meetings, the best plans will be adopted.
One can easily see why the bureaucrats of
the union declare the Shop Delegate system un
democratic and unconstitutional they are fight
ing for THEIR JOBS! They are satisfied as long
as the dues come in and they control the shops!
We, the members, will not be satisfied until )see
the WORKERS CONTROLLING the union. '
Then again, it is easy for the officials to cor
ral the votes at election time, and by bulldozing
methods "put over" anything they want.
And that they do in the name of "democracy" !
But they cannot frighten us with that cry.
In the name of "democracy", Gompers and his
gang declared war on Soviet Russia! In the name
of "democracy", Noske and Scheidemann shot
down Liebknecht, Rosa Luxemburg and the re
volutionary workers of Germany! In the rtame of
"democracy", the best figters for the working
class of America are being murdered and locked
up in prison ! In the name of "democracy", fakers
like Brindell keep the workers from improving
their condition and at the same time pocket
hundreds of thousands of dollars stolen from the
Fellow workers of the International! The
Shop Delegate system is the only democratic sy
stem of work. It is the only system in which the
workers have control. It is the only democratic sys
tem of work. It is the only system in which the
workers have control. It is the system that forms
part of the movement by which ALONE the wor
kers FINALLY can emancipate themselves from
This is the first step and it must be taken.
Then by electing delegates, we must link up the
delegate bodies of one industry in a city with those
of other industries, so that we have a Central
Delegate Body for all the industries in the city.
We must elect delegates from this Central Body
to a District Body, and from there to a National
Body, which finally will control the work of the
In this way, we will create an organization
that will be able to fight those bosses. You know
that the capitalists are united in their Chambers
of Commerce, . Manufacturers' Associations etc.,
ready to crush us like one man. We must be pre
pared for this fight.
We are not to be discouraged by little set
backs. They only drive us on with greater de
termination. The Shop Delegate system, the shop
steward movement and industrial unionism are
more effective methods of fighting the bosses un
der the present system. We know they cannot free
the workers from wage slavery.
But this first step the Shop Delegate system
we must adopt in the name of WORKERS'
Shop Delegate Propaganda Committee.
How long can he do it?
Labor won the War. Now it hns to fight
those who MADE the war. Some reward!