Labor spy report by Agent #106 to Broussais Beck, August 6, 1919
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In this report to Broussais Beck on August 6th, 1919, "Agent #106" describes a conversation with Walker C. Smith about steps the Boilermakers' Union needs to take to educate its members. Kate Greenhalgh tells #106 about Mrs. Mooney's plans to advocate for a strike in support of her husband. That evening, #106 attends the Central Labor Council meeting. A lengthy debate is held between radicals and conservatives over the causes of the failure of the Mooney strike in July. The Council hears a communication from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers encouraging support for nationalizing the railroads, which it endorses despite Vincent Brown's argument that putting an industry in the hands of the "capitalistic government" will not benefit the workers. The Council's newly elected officers, including J. C. Mundy and Phil Pearl, the new President and Vice-President, are installed. Mrs. Mooney addresses the Council, expressing her extreme disapproval of its claim that "the...