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hi the interest of a square deal for the farmers IN*'* VOL. 10, NO. 10 I «V~* 2* As Leaguers will remember. Nonpartisan league candi dates earned Idaho the primaries two years ago, but lost in the general election, due to a combination of old line Republicans and Democrats. There will be a dif ferent situation this ear, this article by the editor of the Idaho Leader indicates. With labor of the Gem state lined up solidly with the farmers, no' combination of mere j?pUticians on garth can beat the Idaho people's ticket. v, litical campaign. 1 cJ(f* 'W-* I. P. MacDOWBLL^I&l^iS® TARTLING the reactionaries of the West, the Idaho State Federation of Labdr, at its 1920 annual convention, broke its historic precedent and as a unit decided to affiliate with the or ganized farmers in the coming po- Pocatello, the scene of the convention, is the larg est industrial center in Idaho. Here about a year ago the labor unions insurged, went into politics, and elected a complete labor ticket, headed by W. P. Whittaker, a locomotive engineer, as mayor. That victory was a forerunner of what labor and _t .if farmers can do in Idaho. In that campaign labor •'$forces were called the bitterest names known \n political history. But "they stuck'' and "they won." Their mayor invited the state federation to meet in &$$$. that city at their annual convention., Political action was in the air. Delegates came from all over the state, representing miners, the lumber mill workers, and the various crafts unions. Labor had been invited by the Nonpartisan .league in the preceding state election to name its share on the state ticket, and to nail down its planks oh the. Nonpartisan league platform. This was done.' The labor forqes never forgot the wel come of the Nonpartisan league farmers. POLITICIANS ATTEMPT TO, PREVENT CO-OPERATION ,V So at the state federation convention there was a determination on the part of the delegates to get political action-and to carry the Pocatello idea over the state of Idaho. To affiliated with the farmers was the first logical step. Rumors of what might happen had been circulated over the state several weeks ahebd of the convention. In a frantic ef fort & prevent this amalgamation with the Non partisan league farmers the political bosses of the state hastened to Pocatello. They were busy but tonholing the Relegates and their friends, trying to T-i'": head,off the copartnership and warning the labor union delegates against "those awful Nonparti sans" T^ese political bosses,-hoping to discredit., Js». f* *. ?, t. '~if *4 & This picture Shows v1?! ii*6' ati.ani'ueiifaMW'jriHByiwtii'i fe ,• -m-: -v i-'- WwV ''^*f X--v-.', Official Magazine of the National Nonpartisan League "W ..- I^N MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, MARCH 8, 1920 Big Campaign Started to Insure a State-Wide Victory at Gem .r^ ,• State Elections This Fall THE coming elections the Non partisan league will be stronger than ever before, because of the active, organized assistance of labor. Two years ago the workingmen of the cities, as individuals, largely supported League tickets. But labor, organized for political purposes, is just as much stronger than labor, voting individual ly, as the organized farmers are strong er than unorganized farmers. Idaho is only one of the states in which labor is organizing this year for political co-operation with the farm ers. In Washington the Triple Alliance was organized a year, ago, in whifeh Federation of Labor unions, railroad brotherhoods and organized farmers work together in one big political or ganization. In Minnesota.the workers, union and nonunion, are affiliated in the Working People's Nonpartisan Po litical league. This organization will hold a state convention at the same time that the farmers hold their state conVention and" the two conventions will act jointly in selecting a state ticket. In Montana similar political organizations of the wage-workers will act with the organized farmers in selecting and supporting a state ticket. The Leader, in future issues, will tell something of the co-operation between farmer-labor forces in other states. the farmers, called the Leaguers "I. W. W.," "dis loyalists". and "Weary Willies." "Hold on," exclaimed one of the leading labor men from Pocatello, "that is what the politicians called us last spring when We. went into politics. That js your old game—to make political scare crows and then try to keep us from lining up with the farmers. Forget it." IDAftO LABOR DELEGATES WHO DECIDED ON UNION WITH FARMERS *1 W tf z* 5 So1 v- some rf the delegates jit the 1920 session of the Idaho State Federation ,it -fir?*! -1 a /',, sf v,v' The convention called some of the League' men' day for Idaho as well as for North I »fi/Jr/ 1 A -V I v. of ^P_r°8ressive. Tocatello, a year ago, was the scene of labor's first big victory in politics. This year the labor men have started thtf ball rolling for a bigger -victory this fall through joint action with the organized farmers to elect a complete state ticket for the benefit of the common people^fjg PAGE THREE Ray McKaig addressed the convention "WE'LL STICK" SPIRIT PERVADES THE CONVENTION This alignment now of labor and farmer forces in Idaho is the beginning of the campaign. Big Sunday afternoon massmeetjngs of laborers and farmers are being held all over the state. 1 A magazine that dares to print the truth WHOLE NUMBER 233 League in and requested that they address the members. Several farmers had credentials ar fraternal dele gates. 2or an hour and was enthusiastically received. He por trayed what the labor movement had received at the hands of the League farmers of North Dakota. He toli of the amalgamations from Minnesota to Seattle of farmer and laborer. Then the largest State Federation of Labor that has ever met in Idaho, representing nearly 10,000 workers, voted for political action and union with the organized farmers to secure that result. The vote was unani mous and was received with cheers and much ap plause. The state executive committee was made the po litical executive committee and they decided to buy immediately 10,000 copies of the "New Day of North Dakota Laws," to distribute among the labor unions. State President R. H. Park, one of those progres sive leaders that never goes wrtmg but fights for the cause of better government, made the statement publicly that over 90 per cent of the delegates to the state convention were in favpr of the Nonpar tisan league. And since then President Gompers of the American Federation and the national ex ecutive committee have asked the unions to throw their hat into the political ring. It looks as if strikes, which were a last recourse for union labor, have been discarded for the better way of political action. As one carpenter union delegate aptly put it, "I came down here to Pocatello to attend a state federation of labor convention and I find the Non partisan league spirit has inspired every one of us." Thus the farmer will understand the questions that bother union labor and the union man will know what problems are confronting the farmer.' As has been well said, there are only two classes in America, the "skinned" class and the "skinners." When the "skinned" classes get together, the farm-? er and labor forces, there will be a better day, a new- v. t- tt & Jt S& .Labor, held at Pocatello. Idaho/labor has won |i si over :k Dakota. •j 3 1 i-4& the reputation of be--''