Skip to main content

You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
                                                      -Mother Jones

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.

Rebel Voices
An IWW Anthology

-ed by Joyce L Kornbluh
Charles H Kerr Pub, 1988

Saturday May 11, 2013
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.

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.

Read full article here:

Gap Deathtraps

Clean Clothes Campaign

International Labor Rights Forum

Light a Candle in the Night

Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Sat May 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions and Anti-Capitalist Chat.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site