You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
Monday May 11, 1903
Woodstock, Illinois - A typical iron-clad oath, or yellow-dog contract:
The International Association of Allied Metal Mechanics has provided us with this example of the iron-clad oath, often called, the yellow-dog contract:
I, the undersigned, in consideration of the Oliver Typewriter Company giving me employment, do hereby agree with the said company to withdraw from any and all labor organizations during the time or term of employment with said company , and I further agree not to urge, request or try by any means whatever to induce others to join such labor union or organization during said time.Those seeking employment with the Oliver Typewriter Company are forced to sign this oath before they can begin work.
History of the Labor Movement in the United States Vol 3
The Policies and Practices of the American Federation of Labor 1900-1909
-by Philip S Foner
International Pub, 1981
Sunday May 11, 1913
From the International Socialist Review: Big Bill Haywood exposes the silk industry.
The May issue of the International Socialist Review contains and article by Big Bill Haywood, one of the I.W.W. leaders of the ongoing Paterson Silk Strike. Big Bill has learned a bit about the making of silk during the strike in Paterson this year. The gloriously dyed fabric goes through a process called "dynamiting." That is to say, it is loaded with different kinds of metals-lead, tin, and zinc. These metals account for up to a third of the finished weight.This adulteration shortens the life and durability of the fabric. These revelations are causing quite a stir in the silk industry. Now, the article, "The Rip in the Silk Industry," also details the working to death of men, women, and children, yet it is the disclosure of the "dynamiting" process which is causing the most commotion with the public.
We will have more on the dynamiting process, and the effect on the workers, in tomorrow's edition.
An IWW Anthology
-ed by Joyce L Kornbluh
Charles H Kerr Pub, 1988
From In These Times: Bangladesh death toll now over 1000.
This while another factory fire claims 8 more lives.
Bodies continue to pile up at Rana Plaza, once a powerhouse of Bangladesh’s garment industry, where more than 1,000 corpses have been unearthed since a factory collapse two weeks ago (and today, another survivor was discovered). Meanwhile, yet another disaster, a May 8 fire at the Tung Hai Sweater Factory in Dhaka’s Mirpur district, claimed eight additional lives. In total, the death toll since 2005 from fires and other preventable incidents at factories in Bangladesh now exceeds 1,500, according to garment-industry watchdogs—including more than 110 killed by a fire at the Wal-Mart-affiliated Tazreen factory in November.Read full article here:
In a strange twist, the casualties in the latest fire appear not to have been ordinary workers. According to a New York Times summary of Bangladesh news reports, “The victims included the police deputy inspector general, Z. M. Monzur Morshed, as well as the factory’s managing director, Mahbubur Rahman. Mr. Rahman was also a director of the country’s most powerful industry trade group, the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association.” The fact that prominent industrialists were meeting with a police official in the factory after hours exposes the tight nexus between commerce and the state that has drawn public scrutiny in the wake of Rana.
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