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About Will Maupin's weekly. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1911-1912 | View Entire Issue (May 19, 1911)
UNIOtt LA3EL TRUTHS.
The union label is a constant
reminder of the common interest
and common duty of all trade
unionists in and toward each
other and a certain guide in the
discharge of that duty.
The union label is a weapon
that profits the employer equal
ly with the employee, but only
so long as both aim at the same
object. It can never be turned
against the employee, because it
is the latter's exclusive property.
to be given or withdrawn at X
To the woman of the trade
unionist household the union la-
bel affords a guarantee that the
wages earned under union label
conditions are expended upon X
union products and for the f
maintenance of union condi-
tions, to return with interest in r
improved conditions for all. X
The union label enlists and
arms in labor's cause those ele-
ments which determine the is- t
X sue of every cause in civilized 4
j society namely, the women and J
J, children. X
You can always tell a union T
man by the coat that he wears
if it bears the union label. T
LABOR IN CONGRESS.
Sixteen Representatives Are Members
of Trade Unions.
The 'officials of the American Feder
ation of Labor are of the opinion that
the Sixty-second congress will pass
more labor laws than any of the past.
They claim that sixteen representa
tives are members of labor unions,
some of them formerly prominent la
Hero is the list of the sixteen union
ists in tho house and their affiliations:
Victor Li. Berger of Wisconsin, priut
?r and Socialist.
W. I. Wilson of Pennsylvania, for
mer secretary of the United Mine
Workers and Democrat.
Frank Buchanan of Illinois, former
International president of the Struc
tural Iron Workers and Democrat.
Isaac It. Sherwood of Ohio, printer
and Democra r.
S. E. Iioberts of Nevada, member of
Western Federation of Miners and
Robert E. Lee of Pennsylvania,
blacksmith and Democrat.
John A. Martin of Colorado, railroad
fireman and Democrat.
W. J. Cary of Wisconsin, telegra
pher and Republican.
Wiiliam Hughes of New Jersey,
weaver and Democrat.
James T. McDermott of Illinois, te
legrapher and Democrat.
David J. Lewis of Maryland, miner
Charles B. Smith of New York, te
legrapher anil Democrat.
James P. Maher of New York, hatter
Carl C. Anderson of Ohio, musician
John R. Fa rr of Pennsylvania, print
er rnd Republican.
C. J. Cantrill of Kentucky, president
Farmers union and Democrat.
Labor Importers Fined.
The supreme court of Arizona has
fined the Grant Bros.' Construction
company of Arizona $45,000 for bring
ing forty-five Mexican laborers into
this country under a promise of em
ployment. The case has been in the
courts since 1007. The fine is the lar
gest ever imposed for violating the Im
migration laws. .
THE CONSUMERS' LEAGUE.
It shall be the special object of
the National Consumers' league
to secure adequate investigation
of the conditions under which
goods are made in order to en
able purchasers to distinguish in
favor of goods made in the well
ordered factory. The majority
of employers are virtually help
less to maintain a high standard
as to hours, wages and working
conditions under the stress of
competition unless sustained by
the co-operation of consumers.
Therefore the National Consum
ers' league also purposes to edu
cate public opinion and to en
deavor so to direct its force as
to promote better conditions
among the workers, while secur
ing to the consumer exemption
from the dangers attending un
wholesome conditions. The Na
tional Consumers' league fur
ther recognizes and declares the
That the interests of the com
munity demand that all workers
shall receive fair living wages
and that goods shall be produced
under sanitary conditions.
That the responsibility for
some of- the worst evils from
which producers suffer rests
with the consumers who seek
the cheapest markets regardless
how cheapness Is brought about.
That it Is therefore the duty
of consumers to find out under
what conditions the articles they
purchase are produced and dis
tributed and insist that these
conditions shall be wholesome
and consistent with a respecta
ble existence on the part of the
jni iff 1
Trade Union Gossip.
The International Uniou of Cutting
Die and Cutter Makers will meet in
convention at Chicago on May 1.
Madera, Visalia. Exeter, Hanfora
and Fresno, Cal., are building up
strong labor union organizations.
The Illinois legislature is investigat
ing charges of blacklisting against the
clothing manufacturers of Chicago.
There are twenty-one unions, with an
aggregate membership of 25,000, affil
iated with the New York city Allied
Printing Trades council.
The Chicago Federation of Labor has
indorsed Edward F. Dunne, Democrat,
and Charles E. Merriam, Republican,
as candidates for mayor of that city.
The new constitution of Arizona con
tains an anti child labor clause, provi
sion for the referendum and initiative,
an employers' liability clause and pro
hibition of alien labor on public works.
The Boston Cement, Artificial Stone
and Asphalt Workers' union has taken
into its fold a large number of the ce
ment waterproofing men and has been
asked to take in all the mosaic and ter
razzo tile workers.
The law of England requires the em
ployer of every workman injured In
his service to pay immediately the in
jured man one-half of his rate of
wages until he is able to work again
and in the case of death to pay the
heirs three years' salary.
"Portland (Ore.) steam titters haveask
ed that their daily wage be raised
from $6 to $0.50 for a seven hour day.
The strike order issued by President
Lewis of the United Mine Workers call
ing out 10,000 miners In the eastern
Ohio fields was obeyed by all but about
The Busy Dollar
The busy dollar is the one that is earning money for
its owner. We find jobs for your idle dollars. Deposit your
savings with us and let your money work for you while you
are working- for more. We Pay Four Per Cent Interest,
Ten years without loss of a dollar or the foreclosure of
a loan is the record we point to with pride. Come in and
let us explain our method of doing business. Incidentally
you are cordially invited to see us in our new home on South
Eleventh. We'll be there in a few days.
AMERICAN SAVINGS BANK
132 NORTH 11 TH ST.
Outline of System Employed by Penn
Stockholders of the Pennsylvania
Railroad company at their last annual
meeting added $200,000 to the annual
appropriation for employees' pensions
This, with increases to be made ijii
year by cither lines of the company,
will make the amount set aside annu
ally for pension allowances for eni
ployees of the Pennsylvania railroad
east of Pittsburg ami Erie more than
The statement of the pension depart
ment of the Pennsylvania railroad foi
H) 10 as approved by the stockhold
ers showed that the disbursements
amounted to S6U0.G87.24.' Of this $5.-
I) 7(5.!)!) represented operating expenses,
all of which were paid by the rail
road. The number of employees eutit led to
pensions on Jan. I. 1010. was 2.320,
and on Dec. 31 the number was 2,505.
The Pennsylvania pension system
basis for payment of pension allow
ances provides that there shall be paid
for each year of service 1 per cent ol
the average regular monthly pay for
the ten years Immediately preceding
retirement, determined by ascertaining
the total amount of wages the em
ployee actually earned and for which
he was carried on the payrolls during
the ten year period and dividing that
amount by 120 calendar months. The
pension allowances are paid monthly.
Dining the eleven years in which the
pension system has been operating the
total payments on the entire Pennsyl
vania system have amounted to near
HUMANITY IN NEW ENGLAND.
Factories Send Tuberculosis Patients
to Hospitals For Cures.
Two years ago Dr. Melvln Overlock,
a factory inspector of Massachusetts,
found among the employees of a well
known corset company at Worcester a
girl., withincinjent, tuberculosis .. He
First Trust and Savings Bank
0wnedby Stockholders of First National Bank
The Bank for The Wage Earners
Interest aid et Feu r er Cent
139 South Eleventh Lincoln, Nebraska
told her that she" mus7qufrwTrk alld
go to the Rutland sanitarium. She re
plied that she hadn't the money. The
inspector went to the head of the es
tablishment and told him that if he
roti Id make it possible for the girl to
go to Rutland she could be cured, oth
erwise her doom was certain.
A few days later he received a let
ter from the manufacturer. Every
employee found to be suffering from
tuberculosis, he said, would immediate
ly be sent to Rutland at the company's
expense for three months or longer if
necessary. Dr. Overlock has kept the
letter. He has. secured others like It
from all the prominent industrial con
cerns of Worcester and its vicinity:
New England manufacturers gener
ally see the advantages of the plan.
Twelve hundred of them have fallen
into llne. Tens of thousands of em
ployees come under the provision of
the Worcester plan. One of the legiti
mate expenses of the business of man
ufacturing in New England Is the ex
pense of sending employees who have
incipient tuberculosis to a place where
I hey can recover. They not only recover,
but they come back to the community
as trained experts on how to prevent
tuberculosis by fresh air, cleanliness,
sunshine and saving their energy. The
Worcester plan has great vlrtnes.
Victory For Brewery Workers.
By the terms of the agreement
signed by committees representing the
Syracuse Brewers' Exchange and the
unions directly and Indirectly interest
ed in the strike all the strike breakers
are to be discharged and all the men
who went out are to be reinstated in
their former positions. The brewers
unreservedly granted the wage in
crease of $2 a week demanded by the
Garment Workers Active.
A strike involving nearly a million
garment workers In all parts of the
United States will, It is said, be called
In August if garment manufacturers
do not accede to the demand for bet
tered conditions for employees, which
will be made at that time.
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