When the American Federation of Labor meets at Toronto, Canada, October 7, for its forty-ninth annual convention, the matter of ohief interest to the delegates will be the progress made during the last year in the Federation's campaign of trade union organization. At the 1928 convention at New Orleans a program to “double union membership” during the ensuing twelve months was adopted. Reports to be submitted to the Toronto convention will show an increase in paid-up membership during the year from 2,896,063 to 2,933,545.
The aim to double union membership has fallen far short of achievement, and little or no progress can be reported in organizing workers in such basic industries as automobiles, iron and steel, and electrical goods. The United Mine Workers, for long ...