Image provided by: University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln, NE
About Will Maupin's weekly. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1911-1912 | View Entire Issue (April 28, 1911)
of from- $100 to $500 or by imprisonment from
one month to a year.
The Train Service law, House Roll 71, intro
duced by Representative Gruber, is for the pro
tection of railroad employes. It provides as fol
lows: Employes engaged in the operation of trains
are not permitted to work longer than sixteen
consecutive hours. After working that length
of time they are to be given at least ten con
secutive hours of rest. Operators, train dis
patchers and similar employes are permitted on
duty only nine hours out of twenty-four where
thercr is day and night service only. In cases of
emergency such employes may work four ad
ditiOhal hours on not to exceed three days in the
week.. After a hearing the state railway com
mission may extend this time for cause. Viola
tions of the act are made punishable by a fine
of net to exceed ?500. It is made the duty of
the bounty attorney in any county having juris
diction to bring such suit within one year. The
provisions of the act do not apply to crews of
wrecking trains, nor in cases of casualty, nor
where the delay arose from unknown and un
avoidable causes. The railway commission is
authorized and directed to execute and enforce
the provisions of this act.
A bill was introduced providing for the use
of the allied printing trades label on all of the
state's printed matter. It was introduced in the
senate by Senator Tanner and in the house by
Reprcsenative Hospodsky. The house 'j'.U was
allowed to die in commitee in the house, but the
senate file was recommended for the general
file after a bitter fighting which Senator Tanner
took the lead. The committee of the whole of
the senate recommended the bill for indelinite
postponement, but , when the senate reconvened
Snator Tanner took the floor and succeeded in
having the bill placed on general file. On third
reading for final passage the bill was defeated.
Senator Volpp of Dodge is on record as fearing
voted against the bill, and in t'lls connection a
word of explanation is due. Senator Volpp
roted for the bill on first roll call, then, seeing
the bill was defeated he changed his vote to the
move a reconsideration if deemed advisable by
the friends of he measure.
Other bills covering the following subjects were
also introduced by your committee:
A bill amendatory of the plumbing law.
A bill providing for the branding of all goods
made in penal institutions.
A bill providing for examination and licensing
A bill providing for a semi-monthly pay day.
A bill for the preservation of evidence in all
cases of injury or damage in industrial acci
dents involving injury or loss of life.
A minimum wage scale bill.
A bill providing for the eight hour day on all
state or municipal work.
A bill providing for the licensing and bonding
of employment agencies.
Several of these bills would have doubtless
been enacted into law had it been possible to get
them considered. But in the great volume of
bills introduced they were smothered your com
mittee being unable to rescue them. All of
these bills, however, have been preserved and
will be . turned over to the organization for its
use and guidance in the future.
House Roll 72, introduced by Representative
Bushe, was the ."exemption bill," better known
as the garnishee bill. It provided for, the gar
nishement of 10 pr cent of a wage earner's
wages, regardless of the exemptions otherwise
provided. Your committee exhausted every ef
fort to scure the defeat of this measure, but was
unsuccessful. But after it had passed both
branches of the legislature your committee fol
lowed it to the governor's office, and there se
cured a veto of the iniquitous measure. Your
committee can not pay too high a tribute to Rep
resentative John H. Grossman of Douglas county
for his splendid assistance in opposition to this
measure, nor for his co-operation in making a
presentation to the governor of its iniquity a
presentaion that resulted in the executive veto.
Your committee found many friends of labor
among the legislators, but it is not deemed out
of place to make especial mention of a few of
them who were untiring in their efforts " in pur
behalf, and always ready to respond to every call
made ..upon them. Representative Lawrence of
Dodge, Representative .Evans of Adams, Repre-
senative Leidigh of Otoe. .. Representative
Mockett of Lancaster, . Representative Hospodsky
of Saline, and Representatives Grossman,
Holmes , and Mpriarty of Douglas, were the
friends and helpers most prominent in the house
In the senate Senators Tanner, Reagan and Tal-
cott were always to be depended upon. To these
men your committee desires to. extend its hearty
thanks, and takes upon itself this occasion to
also thank them in behalf of the organized- work-
ers of Nebraska.
Your committee also desires to thank, and
heartily, Messrs. Beitebender, Hale and Painter, of
Omaha, for their splendid assistance when the
fate of Senate File 16 hung in the balance. Their
assistance, and the result thereof, go to-show ,
that if the State Federation of Labor had been
givn the active assistance of every local union .
through affiliation with the state organization,
a much longer list of labor laws would have been
submitted at this time.
At the height of the legislative work, President
Maupin, chairman of the legislative committee,
was called to Oklahoma, by the dath of his father. ,
Upon his return he was compelled to sacrifice ,
a great deal of time that should have been de
voted to his own private business, and devote :
days and nights of effort to secure the enact
ment of these needed laws. r H. Bridwell, a mem-
ber of this committee, was compelled by ill ;
health and pressure of .business in Omaha to :
leave the work after a few days. But although r
he was with us only &, shorty time be perf ormed ;
effective work and paved. the way for the rest .;
of the committee to follow .with more ease.
Deputy Labor Commissionr Guye also gave your
committee much valuable assistance'. '
.: your committee feels that it has made it, pos- 3
sible for future committees to achieve far greater
results from . the same . amount, of effort." But
what the future brings depends wholly upon the ; :
interest taken in the state organization.. There -are
scores of unions as yet unaffiliated. These -have
not contributed one penny to the expense
of this work, yet they profit ' equally with those J
that have affiliated and helped to bear the
burden. With every local . union, affiliated here
is no limit to the good that may be accomplished
for the wage, earners of the state. Respectfully
WILL MAUPIN, Chairman
FRANK M. COFFEY.
We feel that it is no more than just to a fel
low unionist . that we make especial mention of
the splendid service rendered to the Nebraska
State Federation of Labor by Frank M. Coffey,
ex-president of the Federation and the "live wire"
of the . legislative committee.. Had Mr. Coffey,
who is a lawyer as well as a union mechanic,
been paid for his services on the basis of an at
torney's fees, he would have drawn dollars where
he drew dimes. His knowledge of. law, and ; his
experience in former legislative sessions were
invaluable to this organization. He was "on the
job" day and night, and to him, more than to any
other man, or to all the rest of us put together,
is due the large measure of credit for the good
results accomplished, i Our. organization was in
deed fortunate in having the "unselfish and un
tiring efforts of such a zealous . unionist. No
words of praise that we might utter would do Mr.
Coffey full justice.
WILL M. MAUPIN, President.
, W. A. CHRISMAN, Secretary-Treasurer.
NEBRASKA STATE FEDERATION OF LABOR
There is nothing in the Printing
Line we cannot do and do well
That is a Specialty with this
Printery. See our samples
Doubtless you can get cheaper
printing elsewhere. You can
riot get good printing cheaper.
.Arid cheap printing is .dear at
any price. We do the best,
and aim to make a fair profit.
When you have a job you want
done well and quickly, phone .
us , and we will be there in a
minute with sample and price.
Will Maupin's Weekly
1705 "0" STREET
Powered by Open ONI