recent alarming development and aggression of aggregated wealth, which,
unless checked, will inevitably lead to the pauperization and hopeless
degradation of the toiling masses, render it imperative, if we desire
to enjoy the blessings of life, that a check should be placed upon
its power and upon unjust accumulation, and a system adopted which
will secure to the laborer the fruits of his toil; and as this much-desired
object can only be accomplished by  the thorough unification
of labor, and the united efforts of those who obey the divine injunction
that "In the sweat of thy brow shalt thou eat bread," we have formed
the * * * * * with a view of securing the organization and direction,
by co-operative effort, of the power of the industrial classes; and
we submit to the world the objects sought to be accomplished by our
organization, calling upon all who believe in securing "the greatest
good to the greatest number" to aid and assist us:
I. To bring within the folds of
organization every department of productive industry, making knowledge
a standpoint for action, and industrial and moral worth, not wealth,
the true standard of individual and national greatness.
II. To secure to the toilers a
proper share of the wealth that they create; more of the leisure that
rightfully belongs to them; more societary advantages; more of the
benefits, privileges and emoluments of the world; in a word, all those
rights and privileges necessary to make them capable of enjoying,
appreciating, defending and perpetuating the blessings of good government.
III. To arrive at the true condition
of the producing masses in their educational, moral and financial
condition, by demanding from the various governments the establishment
of Bureaus of Labor Statistics.
IV. The establishment of co-operative
institutions, productive and distributive.
V. The reserving of the public
lands--the heritage of the people--for the actual settler; not another
acre for railroads or speculators.
VI. The abrogation of all laws
that do not bear equally upon capital and labor, the removal of unjust
technicalities, delays and discriminations in the administration of
justice, and the adopting of measures providing for the health and
safety of those engaged in mining, manufacturing or building pursuits.
VII. The enactment of laws to compel
chartered corporations to pay their employe[e]s weekly, in full, for
labor performed during the preceding week, in the lawful money of
VIII. The enactment of laws giving
mechanics and laborers a first lien on their work for their full wages.
IX. The abolishment of the contract
system on national, State and municipal work.
X. The substitution of arbitration
for strikes, whenever and wherever employers and employe[e]s are willing
to meet on equitable grounds.
XI. The prohibition of the employment
of children in workshops, mines and factories before attaining their
XII. To abolish the system of letting
out by contract the labor of convicts in our prisons and reformatory
XIII. To secure for both sexes
equal pay for equal work. 
XIV. The reduction of the hours
of labor to eight per day, so that the laborers may have more time
for social enjoyment and intellectual improvement, and be enabled
to reap the advantages conferred by the labor-saving machinery which
their brains have created,.
XV. To prevail upon governments
to establish a purely national circulating medium, based upon the
faith and resources of the nation, and issued directly to the people,
without the intervention of any system of banking corporations, which
money shall be a legal tender in payment of all debts, public or private.