- Oct 18, 2009
Joe Steele said:I believe in one thing only, the power of the human will.
By the end of the 1932 congress, one thing was clear. The Industrial Workers of the World was to become known as the Combined Syndicates of America. The delegates left to their respective unions abuzz with Jack Reed's words. Distinct factions were forming within these groups already, but for the moment differences were to be set aside.
Several men who rose to prominence after the meeting of the IWW were Jimmy Hoffa of the Detroit Teamsters Union, Joe Steele of the Chicago Waste Syndicate and Alphonse 'Al' Capone of The Chicago Outfit. Seeing an opportunity these gentlemen associated themselves with the workers for the betterment of both.
As part of the CSA's remit, it was decided to begin forming a state within a state, as well as a political party in order to attempt a peaceful solution through democratic politics. Part of that remit called for the formation of militia groups, something the unions, whilst rich in manpower, were unable to perform in other ways. The addition of the men who had not attended the IWW congress brought the core groups of several Union militias that later became renowned for their actions the arms and training required so that the CSA was able to respond in kind against an aggressive opponent, or government attempts at suppression.
-Upton Sinclair, The Birth of a Movement