Revolutionary Radicalism: Its History, Purpose and Tactics with an Exposition and Discussion of the Steps Being Taken and Required to Curb It, Being the Report of the Joint Legislative Committee Investigating Seditious Activities - Vol. 3

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CHAPTER V
International Relations of American Organized Labor

Almost from the beginning relations were opened between the American Federation of Labor and European workmen's organizations. Representatives of French workmen came to America in 1883 to open relations with the Federated Union of the central region of France. In 1885 the A. F. of L. endorsed an international law proposed by the government of Switzerland for regulating labor. In 1887 the A. F. of L. was invited to send a delegate to the International Trade Union Convention in London in 1888, but it was considered wiser to first unite the labor organizations of America before trying to unite with the workingmen of Europe.

When the International Labor Congress was held in Paris in 1889, notwithstanding the fact that the Second International was founded at that time, no steps were taken to join in the movement, nor was any encouragement found in 1890 for joining an International Labor Conference. The conservative character of the A. F. of L. prevented any co-operation with the various Socialist Congresses in Europe. An invitation to send a delegate to the International Congress of Socialists in 1895 was declined as it would imply recognition of the Socialist Party. In 1899 the President of the A. F. of L. was instructed to invite representatives of foreign trade unions to attend the A. F. of L. Convention, and the delegates sent over by the British Trade Union Congress were heartily welcomed.

It was not until 1910, however, that the A. F. of L. delegate to the International Secretariat offered it resolution recommending to the trade union centers the formation of an International Federation of Labor, and it was placed on the program for consideration in 1911. It provided that autonomy of the trade union movement of each country be guaranteed.

The misrepresentation of the A. F. of L. in Europe by representatives of Industrial Unionism came to a head in 1911 at the International Labor Convention at Budapest when a representative of the I. W. W. in the United States attempted to present himself as the sole proper representative of labor from America in opposition to the delegate from the A. F. of L. Although the I. W. W. representative -- the since notorious Foster -- was supported by French representatives of the Syndicalist organization

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Table of Contents iii
  • Volume IV viii
  • Addendum xviii
  • List of Illustrations xxi
  • General Introduction 2011
  • Section I - Protective Governmental Measures 2015
  • Chapter I 2017
  • Chapter II 2024
  • Chapter III 2075
  • Section II - Organized Labor and Capital and Industrial Problems 2095
  • Introduction 2097
  • Chapter I 2106
  • Chapter II 2133
  • Chapter III 2148
  • Chapter IV 2151
  • Chapter V 2154
  • Chapter VI 2160
  • Chapter VII 2166
  • Chapter VIII 2174
  • Chapter IX 2180
  • Chapter X 2193
  • Chapter XI 2204
  • Chapter XII 2216
  • Chapter XIII 2226
  • Chapter XIV 2238
  • Chapter XV 2244
  • Chapter XVI 2251
  • Section III subsection I - Educational Training for Citizenship 2275
  • Introduction 2279
  • Chapter I 2293
  • Chapter II 2328
  • Chapter III - Teacher Requirements and Teacher Training 2335
  • Chapter IV - Curricula Recommended for Courses of Citizenship Training 2346
  • Chapter V - Regulated Attendance 2350
  • Chapter VI - Appropriations 2356
  • Section III subsection II 2359
  • Chapter I 2361
  • Chapter II 2366
  • Section III subsection III 2411
  • Chapter I 2417
  • Chapter II 2439
  • Chapter III 2564
  • Chapter IV 2569
  • Chapter V 2623
  • Chapter VI 2701
  • Chapter VII 2949
  • Chapter VIII 3018
  • Chapter IX 3052
  • Chapter X 3060
  • Chapter XI 3079
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