Amalgamation – Trade Union Educational League (1922)

1840-1945, Capitalism, Consciousness Raising, Date, Defining the Enemy, Disruptive Spaces, Subjectives of Refusal, Tactics of Disruption, The Workplace, Workers

The Trade Union Educational League was founded in late 1920. It was supported by the Communist Party USA and a majority of members were also members of the Communist Party USA. Its goal was to build a union and workers’ movement. This pamphlet specifically urges for the unification – “amalgamation” – of trade unions as a way to empower workers and combat capitalism.

“The first stage of the capitalists’ getting together came when they discovered the economy and efficiency of the industrial factory. In the manufacture of a machine the products of several trades are necessary: draftsmen, patternmakers, moulders, blacksmiths, machinists, etc. Why not gather all these crafts together under one roof and one management?”

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