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0. B. U. has only a crude and hazy knowledge of the tactics and
1 functions of Industrial Unionism.
If a dispute cannot be settled by a local unit through
its Grievance Committee, it must be referred to the Central La
bor Council or District Board.
Failing settlement here, it may
be referred to the General Executive Board.
The General Exe
cutive Board may refer a dispute to all the Central Labor Coun
cils and District Boards, and if a majority of them vote in favor the General Executive Board is empowered to call a strike of all affiliated bodies.
However, "nothing in the previous clauses shall prevent
any Central Labor Council or District Board from calling a
strike in their own District or industry, provided, however,
that any Council or Board calling a strike without the con
sent of the General Executive Board, does so on its own re
According to one report, the local industrial unit
4 has complete local autonomy. The Central Council also has
"complete autonomy in its district, but it has no povier to
call a strike.
Any local unit may call a strike of its mem
bers comprising that entire industry in its locality, by a
plain majority vote, with or without the sanction of the
local Central Labor Council. Should, however, a general strike be desirable, & fifty-five per cent majority vote
of the units affiliated with the central council is
1. Ibid, September 27, 1919.
Portland Labor News.
A most ingenious check upon officials has been devised.
To quote further, "Full control is maintained by the rank and
file, by reason of a provision in the general constitution which
calls for each delegate to maintain his credentials in good stand
ing, whether he be sent to the Central Labor Council, to the
General Convention, or elected a member of the General Execu
"For instance, should the president of the General
Executive Board prove unsatisfactory to the rank and file of
the local unit of which he is a member, they can call in his
credentials, which automatically forces him to resign.
course can be followed by the Central Labor Council with
which his local unit is affiliated.
Should the delegates there
be dissatisfied with him, they can call in the credentials
which they issued to him and which enabled him to attend the
convention, from the floor of which he was elected to his po
The term of office is only six months, and a paid of
ficer is ineligible for re-election unless his local unit issues fresh credentials. 3
Since the spirit of decentralization is so narked,
it is with surprise we read that at the recent convention
"a decided antagonism to the I. W. W. was displayed during
the debates. 14
Possibly this is explained by the following
statement made by an I.
magazine: "The O. B. U. of