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You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
                                                      -Mother Jones

Monday May 4, 1903
From the International Socialist Review: World of Labor

More by Max S Hayes on recent N.A.M. Convention in New Orleans where war was declared against the A.F. of L.

[The delegates] adopted a platform that declares against strikes, boycotts, etc., and favors "open shops" and wage rates and pay days to suit themselves; they endorsed the so- called Independent "unions" that are springing up in different parts of the country, declared in favor of "regulating the bad in unions," and patted themselves on the back for defeating the eight-hour and anti-injunction bills in Congress. Finally the manufacturers decided to organize the employing class by trades and federating them on lines similar to those followed by the unions, and for the purpose of resisting the demands of the latter. To clinch matters and to prove that they heartily endorse their president's policy, the convention re-elected Parry unanimously.
International Socialist Review
May 1903

Sunday May 4, 1913
Charleston, West Virginia - More on the military raid on the Socialist Labor Argus

The raid was conducted by militia units commanded by General Elliot and Major Tom Davis. Fred (Fritz) Merrick was arrested. He is suspected of being the temporary editor, filling in for Charles H Boswell who remains confined in the Military Bastille. The Argus has labeled the Hatfield settlement a sellout, and has agitated vigorously against it. This is their only crime: disagreeing with the terms of a settlement which leaves the brutal company gun thugs in place, to rule over the miners and their families.

Working Class Radicals
The Socialist Party in West Virginia, 1898-1920

-by Frederick A Barkey
WV U Press, 2012

Saturday May 4, 2013
From The Tennessean: a recent letter to the editor.
Let’s pretend to be a Nissan worker: Grab six screws, three parts and a couple of tools and get into your car. Raise your hands to the roof for 30 seconds. Get out of your car. Repeat this procedure 400 times over the next 81/2 hours.

If by chance you have two defects in a month, you are subject to “corrective action.” As a Nissan worker, your CEO is the highest paid in Japanese industry. You’re not the highest-paid in your industry. You have endured some reductions in benefits each year. You have not had a base pay increase in six years. You learn a coworker is not coming back, and the line speed will be increased by one job per hour....

The UAW didn’t just happen to show up. We as workers invited them because we believe things could be better. We are committed to Nissan’s success and we are committed to securing and improving the future of our families and the families of our co-workers.
-Edward Ensley

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Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Sat May 04, 2013 at 03:00 PM PDT.

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