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its existence, 1

is sweeping Canada, and has established units

in the United States at Oakland, Chicago, Toledo, Butte, etc.

Since the Automobile Workers were suspended from the A. F. of

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I., April 1, 1918, they have more than multiplied their membership by ten; at present 95% of the organized automobile workers of America are members of this organization, 3 and their Detroit Local of 10,000 members is the largest local of

any kind in the United States.

The Ladies' Garment Workers

have approximately 145,000 members, of whom 108,000 are in

4 New York City. In 1914 the Amalgamated clothing Workers se

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ceded from the United Garment Workers, with the result that at present the A. F. of L. union has less than 60,000 members, 5 while its outlaw rival has approximately 200,000. Moreover, the Amalgamated Textile Workers, who seceded from the United Textile Workers a year ago, have now more than 50,000 members,

and are planning to coalesce with the Amalgamated clothing

workers.

The number of "outlaw" organizations is growing, and

all of them are gaining rapidly in strength and membership,

so much so that employers are coming to feel more kindly

toward the . F. 01 L.

With wicked glee the W. I. I. U.

quotes the report of Roger W. Babson on the 1. F. of L.

Convention of 1919, in which he said: "In the great fight

against Bolshevism, clients may be sure of the help of the

1. V. R. Midgley in circular letter.
2. President W. À. Logan, in private letter.
3. The Auto worker, January, 1920, editorial page.
4. Statement from Secretary's office, in private letter.
5. Membership in November, 1914, was 60,686. Proceedings of

the 19th Convention, United Garment workers of America

(1918), 55. 6. Estimate of Business Agent of Milwaukee Joint Board, spr.1920.

h. F. of L......

"Clients may, however, feel entirely safe in believing

that the A. F. of I. is linked with them to continue conserva

tism in American society.....

"There can be no question that the convention of 1919

has on the whole served to commend organized labor to the employers of this country..1

Likewise, the Auto Workers quote the Wall Street Jour

nal as saying, in speaking of the À. F. of L., "It is time for employers to extend both encouragement and practical support.ma

Meanwhile, volcanic mutterings become ever more omin

ous.

The New York harbor strike of 60,000 workers in six dif

3 ferent crafts without permission of International officers

points toward the formation of a Marine Workers' Industrial

Union. The Machinists' Union is urging amalgamation of the metal trades unions into an industrial union, a principle to

which it pledged itself by referenâum vote as long ago as

4 1914. Members of the Typographical Union in New York walked

out by the thousands without a strike vote, in sympathy with

locked-out members of four pressmen's unions outlawed by their

5 Internationals. À spontaneous rank-and-file strike of Bricklayers in New York suggests the possibility of an industrial

6 union in the Building Trades. And the present great railroad

1. Industrial Union News, August 2, 1919. Reprinted from Ohio

Socidist, July 23, 1919. 2. The Auto Worker, January, 1920. 3. The One Big Union Monthly, August, 1919, p. 32; the auto

Workers' News, October 16, 1919. Longshoremen, carpenters,

ship joiners, pipe fitters, riggers, and helpers were involved. 4. The Machidsts' Monthly Journal, May, 1919. 5. Auto workers News, Oct. 9. 1919. 6. The Voice of Labor, October 1, 1919.

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