Statement of principles that the Council passed in April 1906:
The Labor Harold, Kansas City, Missouri,Friday, April 10, 1906
The Industrial CouncilDeclaration of Principles of Kansas City’s Big Labor Organization.
The Council favors Arbitration and Believes it is the Duty of All Union Men to Take Active Part in All Civic Movements.
The Industrial Council is on a more solid foundation than ever before in its history.The financial part of the organization is in excellent shape.New unions are gradually coming into the Industrial Council.A new constitution and by-laws was recently adopted, and the following Declaration of Principles was made:
First – While we are opposed to entering any political party as a body, we declare it our duty to use our influence with the law-making power to secure the passage of all laws which this Industrial Council declares to be in the interest of the wealth producing classes, including laws regulating reforms in prison labor, so as to prevent the product of the convict coming into competition with honest industry; the enactment of laws for rigid inspection of all workshops, factories, mills, department stores, bake shops, tenement houses, mines, etc.; also the proper equipment of same with fire escapes in accordance with state and national laws; to secure the enactment of laws to abolish child labor under 16 years of age; to shorten the hours of labor to eight, and to secure equal pay for equal labor to both men and women; and we further declare in favor of the adoption of a constitution amendment requiring the election of president of the United States, United States senators and judges of the United States supreme court by direct vote of the people; government ownership of all means of communication and transportation; prohibition of gambling in stocks and all necessities of life; municipal ownership of water, gas and electric light plants, telephones and all street railroads; all municipal franchises to be owned and operated by the municipality in the interest of the people; all municipal work to be performed directly by the municipality without intervention of contractors; the abolition of the fee system in all public offices; the abolition of the tenement house and sweat shop system; the adoption of the initiative and referendum – i.e., that all laws passed by the law making bodies shall be referred to the electors for ratification or rejection; the adoption of the recall system.
Second – We declare it the duty of every laboring man to use his utmost endeavors to secure the amelioration of the condition of the laboring classes generally; and, to accomplish this, we believe that a central organization should exist, whereby all branches of labor may prove allies to any particular one that may be opposed by capital.
Third – We hereby pledge ourselves to assist each other in securing fair wages and fair treatment to the laboring classes by all honorable means; and we shall withdraw, and use our influence to shave others withdraw, all patronage from any unfair employer.
Fourth – We declare that all labor laws should be rigidly enforced, and we pledge ourselves to tale such measures as will secure such enforcement.
Fifth – We are in favor of arbitration whenever differences exist betweenemployes <<sic>> and employer.
Sixth – We favor self-employment of labor, as only complete independence can be obtained when the laborer is no longer dependent on other individuals for the right to work; and especially do we recommend that, whatever trades intend striking for the accomplishment of any just purpose, if the funds of the organization will not allow it, the resistance instead of being passive, should become active and aggressive by using the funds productively instead of unproductively.
Seventh – We demand the enactment and enforcement of a law making employers liable for injuries sustained by employes through the negligence of fellow servants.
Eighth – We demand the enactment of a law, free from technicalities, giving mechanics and laborers a first lien on the products of their labor to the full extent of their labor.
Ninth – To advance the sale of union made articles bearing the union label and educate the people to the necessity of demanding union made goods, all labels to be registered in and adopted by the American Federation of Labor.
Tenth – We declare it our duty to take an active and conservative part in all matters that pertain to the general welfare of the community.