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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (March 10, 1905)
A Newspaper with a Mission and without a Muzzle that Is published in the Interest of Wageworkers Every where.
VOL.1 LINCOLN, NEUBASKA, MARCH 10, 1905 . . .. , ... NO. 4,
A Very Humble
Last week The .Wageworker inadvertently did an injustice to
the committee on public printing of the senate by charging its mem
bers with discourtesy to the printing trades. The Wageworker as
serted that the allied printing trades label bill had been referrd to
the committee on public printing, and by it reported for indefinite
postponement. The editor naturally supposed that, a printing bill
would be referred to the printing committee. This is where he made
a grave error. lie failed to take itno consideration the fact that Mr.
McGtlton is Untenant governor of Nebraska, and by virtue of his
office called upon to preside over the dclibcrtaions of the senate.
With a judgment little short of marvelous and altogether astonish
ing, Lieutenant Governor McGilton referred the bill to the commit
tee on public lands and buildings. If he has followed this plan of
referring bills throughout the session, he certainly has mixed things
up proper. Imagine the committee on public charities gravely con
sidering a bill to change the revenue laws, or the committee on fish
and garnc considering with owlish wisdom a bill. to amend the bank
Hut this printing bill went to the committee on public lands and
buildings, and was by that committee turned down without giving
the men vitally interested therein a chance to present their side of
the case. That committee is made up of the following eminent au
thorities on the subject of printing:
DIMERY OF BEAVER CROSSING.
TUCKER OF HUMBOLDT.
NIELSON OF BANCROFT.
THOMAS OF OMAHA.
GIFFEN OF GOTHENBURG.
HARSH OF LOWELL.
GOULD OF WOLBACH.
PETERSEN OF CAMPBELL.
HALLER OF BLAIR,
It's a safe bet that neither of the reverend senators named above
knows the difference between an em quad and a galley rack.
The Wageworker tenders its humble apologies to Senators
Whalcy, Good. Wall and Breese of the committee on public print
ing. Ditnery of lieavcr Crossing is a member of the public printing
committee,, but he is not included in the apology for the reason that
he is a member of the committee on public lands and buildings.
( )wing to rules and regulations laid down by the postoffice de
partment Tlic Wageworker will not say what it thinks about a pre
siding officer who would refer a printing bill to the committee on
public lands and buildings.
Capital Auxiliary met in regular
semi-monthly session at the home of
.Mrs. William Bustard on March 5.
After the trannaetion of the usunl rou
tine business a two-course luncheon
was served by the hostess. It might
not. be amUs at this time to note a
seeming lack of interest or exhibition
of negligence on the part of a portion
of the membership. There were only
sixteen members present at ilie last
Mrs. Charles H. lighter has been
seriously ill for the past, two weeks,
suffering from a severe -attack ot
quinsy. We are pleased to note a de
cided improvement In her condition.
The next meeting of the Auxiliary
will be held at the home of Mrs. Brown,
2314 N street.
' No. 209 has about 98 members in
good standing. So far 97 have ex
pressed a willingness to accept election
ns delegate to the Toronto convention.
The Cummins memorial committee is
not idle. It is framing up sometning
that will boost the memorial fund
"right smart." Wait for the commit
tee! The "smoker" is next lr order, and
the printer man who falls to show up
will be fined 'steen dollars and barred
from all future 'sessions of the "Roast
ers' club." ' '
The b'boys had lots of fun voting
on the contract at last Sunday's meet-in,-;.
As the roll was called and the
mombera voted the "anarchists" were
loudly applauded as they marcneu ror
ward. President Coney was hi Kansas City
a couple of weeks ago, and be went
down and back between the linen
sheets of a Pullmart. "It was differ
ent from one or two Kansas City trips
1 have taken," says Coffey.
The last Typographical Journal con
tains a lot of "hot stuff." The execu
live council has made charges against
hevcral members of the Philadelphia
union and demands trial on tho
charges. That Philadelphia muss prom
lees to result in some nasty business.
, "On to Toronto" is now the cry of
the printer man, and if everything goes
well Lincoln will be well represented at
the next meeting of the International.
An "On to Toronto" club is being or
ganized. The plan: is to pay weewiy
PKHPHsments from April 1 until August
I. and then charter, a 'car and make the
trip as a body. Next week this depart
A C LOS
On Sunday, February 5, Lincoln Typographical Union No. 20!.
and the employers representing the State Journal company, the
Jacob North Printing company, the Woodruff-Collins Printing com
pany, the Press Publishing company, The Star Publishing company:
the Nebraska Independent and the Western Newspaper Union, rati
fied and entered into a contract dated February 6, 1905 and continu
ing for a period of four years from date.
By the terms of this contract
Typographical Union No. 209 and
standing of the union. The job
'floor men" are raised to the machine scale, and the eight-hour day
recognized in daily newspaper and
contract provids that negotiations
pose of considering hours of work,
by the International Typographical Union for the universal adop
tion of the eight-hour day.
This is the first contract Lincoln Typographical Union has ever
made on its ow n motion, and while the union did not . succeed in
getting all that it asked, it did
sions, and conditions today are more satisfactory and favorable that!
ever before in the history of the
The negotiations between the
ciation have been in progress for upwards of three months, and
while many of the sessions were long, there was never a moment
when the utmost "good nature did not prevail. Members of the em
ployers association have assured The Wageworker that they never
met with a committee equal in ability, earnestness and desire to do
right to the. committee representing the Typographical Union. On
the other side, the union's commitec speak in the highest terms of
the fairness shown by the employers' association. All in all, every
thing accomplished has been accomplished without any ill feeling
whatever, and while disappointments have been experienced by both
ment expects to be able o give an ap
proximate estimate of the expense ot
the trip, and then the projectors of the
Hub will be able to give Jetailed plans.
V. C. Greenley and Colonel McQultty
have reached that point where they
turn pale at the sight of pink colored
The cheerful way in which the boys
are paying their little old half-cent as
sessment into the 8-hour fund argues
well for the success of the movement.
This one-half of one per cent assess
ment 13 more than some local unions
pay altogether but up to date no print
er has been heard to make a "holler."
' "A machinist," says Charley Bowers,
"is a man who has to stand for the
work of bum operators." "That's not
so," says Ollie Mickel. "A machinist
Is a man who draws easy money for
looking after machines that good ope
rators never put ,on the bum." The
matter will be officially decided at the
next . regular' meeting of the? "Roast
ers." '.',. ..."' '. . " :," :" ' " ";'"'
BLOWN ABOUT A BIT.
A Gasoline Explosion Jars a Couple of
Lincoln Boiler Makers.
L. D. Foscutt and Manager Daven
port were the victims of a combination
of a match and gasoline gas the other
day. The accident occurred in the Cap
ital Boiler and Sheet Iron works. Fos
cutt and Davenport were repairing a
tank that had contained gasoline. The
tank -Had- been empty for some time,
but when Foscutt held a lighted match
to the opening to see if the tank was
all right inside, there was an explosion
that sent the two aen ballooning.
Foscutt was severely burned and
bruised, and Davenport was uncere
moniously blown through a door and
landed in a heap.
The printers' strike in Kansas City
is not spreading. On the contrary sev
eral of the offices have signed up and
the indications for satisfactory set
tlement all around, are goo.'
THESE EMPLOY UNION TEAMSTERS.
This is not an advertisement. It is a guide for union men and
women who buy coal or building material and want it hauled by
union teamsters. But one of these firms- Hutchins & Hyatt ad
vertises in The Wageworker, but all of them employ union team
sters and are therefore entitled to union patronage. All of them
should be Wageworker advertisers, of course, and, of course, the
firm that is entitled to especiai patronage from Wageworker read
ers. But, at any rate, give your patronage. to fair employers and
the following are fair:
THE ADAM SCHAUPP COAL CO.
THE F. W. BROWN LUMBER CO.
WHITEBREAST COAL CO.
HUTCHINS & HYATT.
LANDY CLARK. AGENT.
UNION FUEL CO.
BADGER LUMBER CO.
SEARLES & CHAPIN.
E D SHOP CO N
the employers recognize Lincoln
will employ only members in good
scale is increased $1 per week.
weekly newspaper offices. The
may be opened only for the pur
thus providing for the time set
succeed in securing many conces
union and the employers' asso
THE LABOR TEMPLE PROJECT.
The labor temple project need not scare anybody. The idea is
a feasable one, the chief difficulty being to get union men to take
hold of the project. It is not necessary to raise, all the money, at
once. Certainly 1,800 union men are able to raise money enough to
buy a good lot in the business section. The lot once bought and
paid for will insure the erection of the building. Rents will more
than take care of the interest on the deferred payments, the taxes
and the insurance. A sinking fund will not be difficult to secure.
There is a demand for good office rooms and-store rooms in the
central business sections. The unions of the city are already paying
out over $1,000 .a year in rent, and that is 5 per cent interest on
$20j000 enough to put up a fine building. There is a demand for
a good hall for socials, and the proper kind of hall will bring in a
return of from $1,000 to $2,000 a year. Within the last thirty days
labor unions have paid out $100 for a single hall in which to hold
balls. All this money should be paid to a "terruMe fund." .
The principal thing, to do is to get the unionists of the city tc
take an interest in the project. , A little nerve, good business judg
ment and a determination to win are the ingredients necessary to
make the project a success. ; -
When the Central Labor Union committee reports let the
"knockef" lay aside'Jiis vocal, hammer, let the spineless unionists
starch. . his :spmal. vertabraie, let. the weak-kneed get a. set of braces
and let everybody take hold. It is possible to dedicate a labor, teni-ple-'
in Lincoln Kefore another twelve months: slide by. into eternity.
",It is 'merely 'a question of doing.
WELL, WHY NOT7
Ministerial Delegates Would Learn, and
So Would We.
The proposition to asV the Minis
terial Union to' send delegates to tae
Central Labor Union is creating some
discussion." Why not? It would not
hurt the ministers to learn a whole lot
more about the needs and desires of
the laboring man, and it wouldn't hurt
the average laborlng man a bit to know
a lot more about church' work.'
If the Ministers' Union does send
delegates the ministers' selected will be
warmly welcomed, and they 'will not
long be wondering why laboring men
do not attend church. The delegates
to the Central Labor Union are not in
the habit of mincing their words.
The Pressmen are now having their
innings with the employers. So far the
conferences have been marked by good
feeling, and while no agreement has
yet been reached'- lt is expected "soon. -
sides, the contract is as a whole satisfactory to all parties interested
The chief sticking point was on the question of hours. After
everything else had been practically agreed upon, the eight-hour
question came up. The employers wanted a contract for three years
with the nine-hour day." This the committee would not listen to for
a minute. It was a matter absolutely outside of their jurisdiction
being a matter already decided upon by referendum vote of the In
ternational Union. By that vote the International decided to put
the eight-hour working day into effect on January 1, 1900. The local
committee could not ignore that law. And there negotiations hung
fire for several days. Conference after conference was held. Presi
dent Lynch was asked to help out the local committee, but being
sick he was unable to respond, and Vice President Hayes acted. Mr.
Hayes was in Kansas City trying to settle a bit of trouble there,, and
to Kansas City went one member of the union's committee and one
member of the employers' association. These two met with Mr.
Hayes, and the work of fixing the whole thing up to the satisfaction
of both sides was a matter of a few hours. The wage scale is settled
for four years, but the question of the work-day may be opened up
This satisfied both sides. The contract Was thus drawn up and
signed by the members of the employers' association, and last Sun
day Lincoln Typographical Union No. 209 formally ratified it.
The union's executive commitee had charge of the matter, and
this committee was made up of the following members: Jesse E.
Mickel, O. C. Fodrea and Henry Bingaman. President Coffey of
the union acted with the committee throughout the entire negotia
tions. After the ratification of the agreement a unanimous vote of
thanks was tendered by the union to President Coffey and the com
mittee. The Typographical Union has appointed a committee to arrange
for a- "smoker," to be given by the union to the employers, and when
it is held it will be a corker.- '
Capital Auxiliary Gives 1
A Colonial Tea Patty
Last Monday evening Capital Auxiliary resumed its regular
monthly sociables and inaugurated . the new season by giving a
"Colonial Party" at Central Labor Union hall. The attendance was
by no means as large as it should have been, and those who failed to
attend missed one of the best socials ever given by Capital Auxiliary
and . those who have attended-vforme socials know what that
means. Members of the Auxiliary were costumed like the dames of
the Revolutionary days, with powdered hair and black patches,, and
several printers arrayed themselves in knickerbockers, ruffled shirts
and huge wigs. ' ,
A short program. was rendered, Master Clarence Mickel and
Dorothy Odell rendering each two piano solos, Mr. Donald Plumb
vocal solos and Master Barngrover a clever recitation of Eugene
Field's ever popular "Just 'Fore Christmas." Each of the perform
ers was warmly applauded as they deserved, for they entertained
the audience well. The committee had displayed upon the walls
pictures of all the presidents, each picture numbered, arid those
present were asked to fit the names to the pictures. There was a lot
of fun in this. From Lincoln down to Roosevelt was easy, but be
tween Washington and . Buchanan, it was a harder job than one
would naturally expect. The old fellows looked very much alike
with their wigs and stocks. Will M. Maupin managed to fit nine
teen names correctly and won the prize. V :'f4Mj
The refreshment table was decorated with flags, and the lunch
eon served was heartily enjoyed by everybody. Following luncheon
dancing was indulged in until the clock warned the merrymakers
that the Lincoln Distraction company was about to take its valu
able cars in out of the weather. Before adjournment three cakes
were disposed of to good adventage by means of three lumps of loaf
sugar properly marked. This was a departure from the usual plan
of selling them at public auction, and the departure was profitable,
to say nothing of its being hilarious.
The Auxiliary is doing a splendid work in the cause of union
ism, especially the printing branch thereof, it is little less than a
downright shame that the members of Lincoln Typographical Union
do not show more appreciation. Members who haven't missed a
day's work in a year pinch their little old fifteen cents just as if to
morrow was bound to bring a walk-out and destitution, and show
no appreciation whatever of the splendid efforts of as loyal and en
ergetic a band of union women as ever insisted on the label and
"roasted" a retailer for handling "scab" goods. Some of these days
the printers are likely to meet up with a situation that will recall to
them the fact that they missed it when they did not show apprecia
tion for the Auxiliary's work. .
T R ACT
Outlook for the Building Trades Was
Never Brighter Than Right Now.
Prospects were never brighter for the
building trades in Lincoln. In fact, the
building season did not close up dur
ing the winter, although the cold snap
made a short vacatlpn necessary. But
with the advent of spring building ope
rations have taken on great activity.
With possibly one excption every
thing is pleasant in the building trades,
and the exception promises to disap
pear. Business Agent McKnight of the
Teamsters' Union may be found at Car
Business Agent Kent or the Carpen
ters' Union keeps regular hours at the
Central- Labor Union meeting next
Tuesday evening. All delegates should
be present. '..;.. '
' It is reported-that the 'job printing
firm of McCartney & Simmons has been
dissolved, Mr. Simmons retiring.
THE LABEL LEAGUE.
The regular meeting of the Woman's
Union Label League will be held at
Central Labor Union hall next Tuesday
evening. It is especially desired that
there be a full attendance at this meet
ing, as plans for the summer's cam
paign are to be discussed. ..".'
The League committee has been vis
iting the different iocal unions during
the pa3t two weeks, striving to arouse
interest iff the work of the League and
secure new members. Tho committee
has met with many encouragements
and feel that the visits have been pro
ductive of much good.
. Members of the League assert that
the grocer who will keep in stock a
supply of union made broms will reap
a goodly ; harvest. One member was
sent a Lee broom by her grocer, and
when she fired it back the grocer com
plained about it; The lecture she gave
that grocer was something worth while
and he has doubtless been thinking
about it ever since.
.'The ''something just as good or bet
ter" talk that some dealers put' up
don't go with, the members of the La
bel League any more.. It must .have
the label, or it does not get into the
house. ; . - . .
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' "Billy" McQuiston's dream of 'wealth
Is over. For a year or two "Bflly'has
been spending the thirty thousand
plunks he had in his mind. He bought
houses and lands and automobiles; ho
founded colleges and libraries and
made ' philanthropic stunts that put
Carnegie on . the bum. All this, of
course, in his mind! In other words,
"Billy" was going to do all these things
when he got next to the city treasury
of Utica. But some one cougnea ana
"Billy" woke up. It happened this
way: "Billy" was arrested in Utica for
selling something without a license.
He was thrown into the donjon keep
for an hour or two and the imprison
ment, being unjustified, made him sore.
So he sued the village for damages.
But owing to the perverseness of
twelve men he was defeated. However,
"Billy" had the . fun of spending all
the money several times over in .his
The local Barbers'-Union 13 growing
steadily in strength and influence. The
local now has upwards of sixty active
members on the rolls,' and Interest in
the work of unionism is growihg every
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