THE PRINCIPLE OF THE INDUSTRIAL UNION

From The New England Worker, July 12, 1919.

The principle upon which industrial unionism takes its stand is the recognition of the never-ending struggle between the employers of labor and the working class. It must educate its membership to a complete understanding of the principles and causes underlying every struggle between the two opposing classes. This self imposed drill, discipline and training will be the methods of the O. B. U.*)

In short, the Industrial Union is bent upon forming one grand united working class organization and doing away with all the divisions that weaken the solidarity of the workers to better their conditions.

Revolutionary industrial unionism, that is, the proposition that all wage workers come together in organization according to industry; the grouping of the workers in each of the big divisions of industry as a whole into local, national and international industrial unions; all to be interlocked, dovetailed, welded into One Big Union for all wage workers; a big union bent on aggressively forging ahead and compelling shorter hours, more wages and better conditions in and out of the work shop, and as each advance is made holding on grimly to the fresh gain with the determination to push still further forward—gaining strength from each victory and learning by every temporary setback—until the working class is able to take possession and control of the machinery, premises and materials of production right from the capitalists' hands, and to use that control to distribute the product of industry entirely among the workers and their dependents.

Revolutionary industrial unionism embraces every individual unit, section, branch and department of industry. It takes in every creed, color and nation.