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Sunday April 5, 1903 - More on Our Union Brothers Murdered in West Virginia
The United Mine Workers of America does not practice segregation like so many of the other unions affiliated with the American Federation of Labor. Hellraisers neglected to report that three of the miners who were murdered in West Virginia in February were colored (*) miners. They were shot to death in their sleep by deputy sheriffs. Chris Evans investigated the murders for the UMW Journal and reported that "this slaughtering of miners, simply because they are forced to struggle for a just cause [is] a sad commentary on our boasted Republic."

The United Mine Workers of America stands for a Solidarity which knows no color, creed, nor ethnicity. Miners work together, fight together, and die together in unity.

Organized Labor &
The Black Worker 1619-1981

-by Philip S Foner
NY, 1981

*Please note that Hellraisers is written from the perspective of the times and that the terms used by the Labor and Socialist journals of the day for black workers was "colored" or "Negro." Both black and white progressives of the day also used these two terms.

Saturday April 5, 1913
Paterson, New Jersey - Big Bill Haywood and Adoph Lessig Released!

Big Bill Haywood
Jubilation spread through-out the strikers' ranks in Paterson today as news of the release of these two intrepid strike leaders reached the picket lines.

When the prosecutor informed the state supreme court that a crowd had been following Bill Haywood and thereby creating a public disturbance, Judge Minturn replied, "Would you arrest me if a crowd was following me?" The judge added that the Salvation Army also draws a crowd and makes a great deal of noise.

Haywood addressed the strikers: "When Recorder Carroll sentenced me to six months at hard labor, he meant to sentence Paterson silk workers to ten hours hard labor every day for the rest of their lives."

The Life and Times of Big Bill Haywood

-by Peter Carlson
NY, 1983

Friday April 5, 2013
From In These Times: "War, Fascism and GE" by Moshe Marvit

In 1947, a campaign was taking shape to prove that unions had become too powerful.. . The House Committee on Education and Labor convened in February of 1947 to hear testimony on whether the balance between labor and capital needed readjustment in favor of capital...  Several months and thousands of pages of testimony later, Congress decided that unions needed to be reined in and passed the Taft Hartley Act with enough bi-partisan support to override President Truman’s veto.

At the same time, an incredible trial was beginning in a federal courthouse in New York City. The U.S. government was charging General Electric (GE) with being a monopoly engaged in an international price-fixing scheme. The trial examined whether GE conspired with the massive German company, Krupp Aktiengesellschaft, during World War II to create shortages of carboloy, a proprietary mix of tungsten carbide that was an important material during the war...

The juxtaposition could not have been more ironic. As Congress fretted over whether machinists at GE who were members of the United Electrical Workers (UE) might have Communist sympathies (and therefore be a national threat), letters ending with the valediction “Heil Hitler” were being admitted into evidence showing a several-year-long conspiracy between Krupp and GE that had actually endangered national security...

Read full article here:

A brief history of the UE:

All You Fascist Are Bound to Loose

Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 03:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions, WE NEVER FORGET, and Anti-Capitalist Chat.

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