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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (April 7, 1905)
WHO WILL GO
At the regular meeting of Lincoln Typographical Union No. 209
last Sunday nominations were made for delegate to the International
convention which meets at Toronto, Canada, on August 13. Frank
M. Coffey, Jesse E. Mickel, James M. Leaden and O. C. Fodrea were
nominated as delegates, and Henry Bingaman, F. C. Greenley, Roy
Rhone "and J. E. Mickel were named as alternates. There is one
delegate and one alternate to elect. The sum of $123 was allowed for
the expenses of the delegate.
Arrangements are being made for a banquet to celebrate the
signing up of the union's contract with the seven closed print shops
of the city, and when it is pulled off it will be a function to remember
for a much longer time than the contract calls for.
The last social of Capital Auxiliary No. 11 was poorlys attended
by printers, and a number offered as an excuse for their absence that
they did not know about it. That there may be no such excuse for
absence from the next one it is hereby stated, made known and given
publicity, that the April social of the Auxiliary will be held on Wed
nesday evening, April 17, at Dohanan's hall, and it will be well worth
attending. The printers who are not giving their loyal support to
the Auxiliary are not doing their duty to their craft, for the Auxil
iary is doing a splendid work for unionism.
Samuel Reese, one of the big job printing employers of the west
and the largest in Omaha, was in Lincoln last Monday, trying to
get a line on the Lincoln situation. The Omaha employers realize
that Lincoln Typographical Union No. 20!) cut the ground from
tinder them when it made a contract with the Lincoln employers, and
ihc result is that the Omaha employers feel sore: Mr. Reese says the
Typothetae will fight the 8-hour day until hades boils down to a
poultice, all of which is very interesting, to say nothing of being val
uable information. Forewarned is forearmed, and the union printers
had begun to show signs of overconfidence. There is one good trait
about Samuel Reese he fights fair, and if he wins he does not rub
it in. and if lie loses he does it good-naturedly.
At Sunday's meeting a member who opposed the method of war
fare adopted against the Henry . George and George W. Childs cigars
arose in his place and said he wanted to make admission that the
fight was a winner. These two brands are being thrown out of the
cigar stores, and dealers who persist in handling them are losing
trade. The short speech was greeted with applause.
SOMETHING TO VOTE ABOUT.
I found myself seated in a train a few nights ago by the side of
an intelligent representative of a 'typographical union. lie had been
to the state capital on business of the union, and our conversation
naturally drifted into state politics. I asked him why the unions
seemed to take so little part in politics. He gave several replies, that
it seemed best for them not to be involved in party strife, that they
did not wish to interfere with the individual's religion or politics, and
so on. "Anyhow," he added, "we do not have anything to vote about
in our local elections or state elections. It is just a fight between
men to get office."
I agreed with him that this was too true, and p.sked him why the
unions did not force an issue, such as municipal ownership, or better
assessment and taxation. lie could give no satisfactory answer ex
cept that in the one instance in which they had tried, the result had
been disappointing. They had questioned two candidates as to a
certain measure which they hoped to have passed. One had refused
to promise assent: the other had readily, but half-secretly, promised,
and after his election, in which they had supported him, he had as
readily vetoed the measure at the behest of corporate interests. He
concluded, however, by saying that he thought the time was coming
when the workingmen, through their unions or otherwise, would take
a larger part in what he called real politics, that is, politics with some
thing to vote about.
Considering his general intelligence I was surprised to find that
he knew nothing of the Ohio campaigns in which Tom Johnson had
presented things to vote about, nor of the Colorado election in which
local option in taxation had been defeated, nor of the Chicago strug
gle for municipal ownership of street railways. He said he did not
sec how workingmen could be divided on any such propositions as
these, and could explain lack of unanimity only by the fact that men
still allowed personal politics or an idle' party enthusiasm to keep
ihein from thinking.
Certainly as to local and state elections the great need is that
some principle and policy be presented as an issue. It would be
well if at each election some definite issue could be forced into dis
cussion. Such an ejection would at least be educative, whereas the
usual local and state elections are distinctly otherwise. They are in
fact degrading. Rarely is any question at stake but that of personal
ambition. Either it is a fight between two political rings, or it is an
attack upon a ring by a so-called reform movement which is itself an
incipient ring. Hardly any of the reform movements have put for
ward any policy of any definite measure. Their stock in trade has
been the cry of electing good men to office, and the, good men have
often been closer to corporate influcuces than the bad men of the
regulars. At most it is a campaign of personalities. There is no
realization of the need of genuine measures of reform.
It is very well to have good men in office, to have in a general
way upright administrations ; but this is not all. The very best ad
ministration of things as they are means little to the masses of the
people. In every community, in every state, there are needed re
forms enough to supply issues for every campaign. And even if no
issue were put forth, candidates could at least be forced to commit
themselves publicly to the carrying out of some neglected enforce
ment of a good law. In either case there would be something to vote
for other than the personal ambitions of a set of 'candidates. J. H.
Dillard in The Chicago Public.
LIST OF UNION LABELS.
Every union member, or sympathizer
f uriceil whon milking purchnxeii or hav
ing work clone, to Uemtind the following
union kibcla which havt been endorsed
by he American i'eduji', on of Labor;
United Hnttem. .
International Typo jhleul Union.
Allied I'rlnlinn Tr -s.
I'lKiirmiikera' lnt ..niitlonnl Union.
Wood I'nrvem' Association.
Hoot and Shoe Workeru' Union.
Wood Workers' International Union.
, 1 "lilted Uarnient Workers.
Tobacco Workers' International Union.
Journeymen Tailors' Union.
Iron Mulders' Union.
Journeymen linkers and Confectioners'
Coopers' International Union.
Team Drivers' International Union.
United Itrotherliood of Leather Work
ers on 1 lorse Goods.
National Union of United Brewery
International Broommnkers' Union.
International Union Carriage and Wag
onmakers. international Association of Brick, Tile
and Terra-Cotta WorkerB.
International Association of Allied
Metal Mechanics (Ulcycle Workers).
lilass Hot tie Hlowers' Association.
Metal Polishers, Buffers, Platers and
Brass Workers' Union.
International Association of Machinists.
International Union of Journeymen
International Association of Watch
International Iwidles' Garment Work
American Federation of Musicians.
Shirt. Waist and Laundry Workers'
International Jewelry Workers" Union.
American Wire Weavers' Protective
AmerS'im Federation of Iabor.
Upholsterers' International Union.
Internutlonul Brotherhood of Black
smiths. . ,
Amalgamated International Association
Sheet Metal Workers.
Journeymen Barbers' International
Itctitll Clerks' International Protective
Hotel and Restnurnnt Employes' Inter
nntlonul Alliance and Bartenders' Inter
national Lchkuh of America.
Actors' National Protective Union.
Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen.
Stove Mounters' International Union.
International Steel und Copper Plate
United Cloth lint and Can Makers.
Internutlonul Brotherhood of Paper
United Hold Beaters' National Union.
International Union of Wood, Wire and
AmiilKiimnted Rubber Workers' Inter
nal lonal Union.
Elastic Gorinst Weavers' International
International Prlntnc Pressmen's Union
Natlonnl Association of Machine Print
ers and Color Mixers.
Theatrical Stage Employes Interna
Trunk and Bag Workers' International
Union. , ,
ITnlted powder and High Explosive
(Secretary of Local Unions are urg
ently requested to report all changes.)
Central Labor Union. Meets second
and fourth Tuesdays at 1034 O St. T. C.
Kelsey, president; I. R. DeLong, secre
tary; T. C. Evans, treasurer.
Carpenter and Joiners, No. 1055. Meet
every Tuesday evening at 130 So. 11th
Sti Chas. F. Smith, president; J. M.
Schueler, vice-president; G. F. Quick, re
cording secretary; Ed. S. Scott, financial
secretary; H. B. Atterbury. conductor;
John Robinson, treasurer; T. J. Adams,
Typographical Union, No. 209. Meets
first Sunday in each month at 130 So.
11th St. Frank M. Coffey, president; H.
C. Peat, vice-president: F. H. Hebbard,
financial secretary; Albert Strain, record
ing secretary; J. G. Sayer, sergeant-at-arms.
ClQrmker. ' Meet first Friday. J.
Steiner, president; J. M. Anhauser. vice
president: T. W. Evans, corresponding
and financial secretary; R. R. Speechley.
treasurer; A. Hermlnghaus, recording
Capital Auxiliary, No. 11. (To Typo
graphical Union. No. 209.) Meets first
and third Fridays. Mrs. W. M. Smith,
president: Mrs. C. B. Rlghter, vice-president;
Mrs. Fred Mickel. secretary; Mrs.
J. G. Sayer, treasurer; Mrs. Will Bustard,
guide; Mrs. Freeman, chaplain.
Bricklayers' Union. Meets every Fri
day at 129 So. 10th St. Nels Carrel, presi
dent: W. J. Harvey, vice-president: H.
Swenk, financial secretary; C. Gersten
berger. recording secretary; J. Anderson,
treasurer; Grant Roberts, doorkeeper;
Gus Swanson. sergeant-at-arms.
Hod Carriers and Building Laborers.
Meet every Thursday. Westerfield's hall.
T. W. Calkins, president; L. D. Wertz,
vlce-persident: Miles Burke, recording
secretary; A. L. A. Schiermeyer. financial
and corresponding secretary; F. W.
Swanson, treasurer; T. Frye, sergeant
Painters and Decorators, No. 18. Meet
st Bruse's hall every Friday. W. E.
Deney. president:- . Charles Jennings,
recording secretary; J. R. DeLong, finan
Leatherworkers on Horse Goods. Meets
first and third Tuesdays. 1034 O. J. A.
Lantry, president; J. L. Lorey, recording
secretary; Geo. H. Bush, secretary-treasurer.
Atlanta, Ga., has a bricklayers'
union made up of negro workmen, and
after a long seige the union has se
cured recognition from the employers
and bid fair to be a power in negro in
The carpenters of Yazoo, Miss.,
have just signed up with the Jefferson
Construction Co., one of the largest
companies of the kind in the south.
For twelve months the company will
employ only union carpenters.
See Our East Window Display
OF UNION MADE DRESS SHIRTS.
The shirts are worth looking at, and what is more, they are worth buying.
Boys' extra good Shirts 21c
Boys' fine dress shirts 4ite
Boys' Black Cat hose 21c
Boys' 20c hose. lic
Boys' 15c hose itc
Eoy.j" 4c handkerchiefs lc
Boys' Sc hondkerchiefs . ; 2c
Boys' blouse woist 15c
Boys' Good quality Blouse waist 21c
Boys' extra fine Black Sateen blouse
Boys' )) sweater 43c
Boys' T."c sweater 5!)c
Boys' $1.00 sweater 85c
PAINTERS TAKE VACATION
Pending Settlement of Misunderstand
ing Rest a Little Bit
It is a mistake to say that the paint
ers and paperhangers of the city went
out on strike. If the daily papers had
investigated thoroughly no such re
port would have been given publicity.
The painters and paperhangers them
selves deny that there is a strike, and
they ought to know about it. There
merely has been a temporary cessation
of industrial activity in painting and
paperhanging circles, pending an ami
cable agreement concerning hours of
toil and compensation therefore dur
ing the ensuing twelvemonth. That is
all, and nothing more.
Owing to a failure to agree on a new
schedule the members of the local
union of the Brotherhood of Painters
and Paperhangers did not go to work
last Saturday morning, the old agree
ment having expired at midnight the
night before. Every member of the
union reported at union headquarters
in the morning, but a number hastened
out to finish up jobs of Inside paint
ing and bits of paperhanging, so that
the public might not be discommodes.
All outside jobs, however, were at a
The "boss painters" advertised ex
tensively for men and as a result a
number of country workmen came in.
The really good country workmen soon
discovered the situation and refused to
"scab," and those who did not imme
diately return home came over and
joined the union ranks. A few whose
skill is very questionable managed to
get work, and there were no deser
tions from the union's ranks.
The union committee has remained
busy ever since the work stopped, and
as a result several of the "bosses"
have signed up. The following shops
are "square" and have union men em
ployed at the union scale of wages
FRANK W. BROWN.
LINCOLN WALL PAPER CO.
C. E. SICKLE.
These four have about fifty men at
work, all members of the union and
working the 8-hour day. These have
lots f work, but they are in shape to
handle everything that comes their
way and do it to the satisfaction of
One "boss" sent some non-unionists
down to the Lau job to All a lot of oak.
The men worked blithely all day, but
when the carpenters went to handle
the oak they discovered that the im
ported painters had filled the wrong
side of the oak. That "boss" imme
diately saw a great light and asked
for a conference. He is now "square"
and his men are dragging him ' busi
ness by the bale.
The union is confident that every
member will be at work inside of the
next week, if not in closed shops con
ducted by employers, then in some
other way. The committee is feeling
Boys of All Ages
Boys' 25c odd knee pants . :
Boys 4(lc all-wool odd knee pants.. 2Hc
Boys' Corduroy knee pants 29c
Boys' 75c quality full all-wool knee
pants, double seat and knee,
special price 50c
Boys's odd long pants 75c
Boys' extra good odd long pants for .
every day 98c
Boys" school odd long pants $1.25
Boys' extra good school odd long
Bovs' fine dress odd long pants at
$1.75, $2.00, $2.50, and 3.00
good,' and making a great campaign
for patronage for the t'ajr employers.
The union, instead of losing members,
has already gained twelve, and expects
to keep right on growing and strength
ening its lines.
CONVENTIONS IN MAY
Where Some of the Labor Gatherings
Will Be He:
, May 1 New York, N. Y., United
Cloth Hat and. Cap Makers of North
May New. Brunswick, N. J., Na
tional Print Cutters' Association of
May 1 Philadelphia, Pa., Amalga
mated Lace Operatives of America.
May 8 Holyoke, Mass., Interna
tional Brotherhood of Paper Hangers.
May 8 Kansas City, Mo., Hotel
and Restaurant Employes' Internation
al Alliance and Bartenders' Interna
tional League of America.
May 8 Buffalo, N. Y. Order of
May 9 Wheeling, W. Va., Tin Plate
Workers' International Protective As
sociation of America.
May 15 Detroit, Mich., American
Federation of Musicians. Compiled by
Kansas City Labor Herald.
MR. BRYAN'S PRESENCE
It Was a Meeting That Had Its Pe
In its report of the Omaha Allied
Trades Council "smoker" recently,
which was attended by Mr. Bryan, the
Western Laborer says:
"It is doubtful if Mr. Bryan ever at
tended such a meeting in his life.
There were the employers and em
ployes smoking and listening to the
singing and music by members of the
craft. When the speaking began he
heard the president of the Typo
graphical union say the eight-hour
day would be instituted January 1,
lSOii, and he saw one of the most suc
cessful employers take his place at the
rostrum and heard him talk right
back to the printers and say, 'You
won't get the eight-hour day without
a fight.' The craftsmen , present
cheered what both men said, and went
right on smoking together just like a
regular old-time chapel meeting, and
at 'lunch time' they broke bread to
gether, drank punch and coffee and
smoked some more;"
The Silent Strike
Look at the clothes you are about to
buy. If they have the union label,
complete your purchase. If not, let
them lie on the counter unbought.
Letting them alone is your silent
strike. You can exert it against scores
of articles of wear and of household
utility. Millions of working people
the trades unionists and their families
can do the same. This silent strike
they can carry on all the year around.
The beauty of the silent strike is that
Be Better Dressed Than Usual
By Wearing Armstrong Clothes This Spring
7T will cost you less to wear Armstrong Clothes than any other clothes, and
besides this you will be better dressed. It means a good deal to a man to be
able to put up the right sort of front and this is what we want you to do. We
have made it possible, not for a few, but for every man no matter how small or
how great his incor ;e may be, we can fix him up in clothes that will be becoming,
stylish and lastinp it a price which will be cheerfully paid when he sees the clothes.
Men's Suits, Overcoats Raincoats
at $10, $12.50, $15, $18 and $20
Garments that are rightly made, stylishly made, honestly macfe and above all
"Union Made." They are hand-tailored throughout, constructed out of finest
domestic and foreign woolens and may be had in all the newest colorings of the
season, including of course a big variety of blacks and blues.
We Want the Boys
to Dress Well Too
Just to show what an interest we have taken in having the
boys dressed rightly and at the same time economically; we
request you, personally, to inspect our beautiful stock of Boys'
goods for this Spring. We believe you will be glad to admit
that it is the best stock ever placed before Lincoln buyers.
We Call Particular Attention to the Line of Knee Suits,
selling at $1.50, $J.98, $2.45, $2.98, $3.45, and $3.98.
They embrace the ever-popular double-breasted knee styles,
also Norfolk, Sailor Norfolk, Eaton Sailor, Russian Blouse
and the like. Each and every suit offered is strictly " all wool
and worth from $J.OO to $2.00 more than our price.'
SUITS FOR BOYS WEARING LONG PANTS, age
14 to 19 years, at $3.50, $3.98, $4.50, $5.00, $5.95, $6.45, $6.95,
$7.50, $8.50 and $10.00.
you lose no time, no money, no sleep.
You are; getting full pay while you are
striking, and doing effective work.
Your family, instead of being a draw
back to the success of this strike, are
a benefit. They can help you in it by
always asking for "label goods" and
in urging their friends to do the same.
Memphis Union Labor Journal.
Capital Auxiliary No. 11
There is still room for a few more
members in No. 11. Those who do not
belong have no idea what good times
they miss, and what pleasant people
we are. "Come with us and we will
do you good." You will find us ready
to rejoice with you in prosperity and
sympathize and help you in time of
sorrow. Two years ago the writer
could count her acquaintance among
printers' wives on the fingers of one
hand, but now it is quite different, and
no doubt many others have the same
experience. We are not a mutual ad
miration society, but do try to be a
mutual help to each other. Try us,
and you will not regret it.
We are glad to welcome Mrs. Jesse
The treasurer is not a candidate for
Toronto the' fund is not large enough
at present. TREASURER.
Chiid Labor in Iowa -
The tenth annual report of the Iowa
labor bureau says : "Between the years
of 1898 and 1902 the number of chil
dren reported to this bureau as being
employed In the state has increased
322.15 per cent. The average length
of the work-day for children Is nine
and one-half hours. Children were
found in some establishments who
were only ten years old and many
who were but twelve. The appearance
of such children was pathetic in the
extreme, surrounded as many were
with the dirt and grime of their em
ployment." Parry Cries "Socialism"
Mr. D. M. Parry, the ultra plutocrat
who is at the head of the National As
sociation of Manufacturers, denounces
as "socialistic" the purposed enlarge
ment of the scope of the interstate
commerce law. It may be remarked
in -passing that Mr. Parry is a vice
president of the Indianapolis Southern
railroad, and this might account for
his views of railroad regulation, but
he is perfectly consistent. Taking the
position he does against the rights of
employes it is not strange that he
should take the side of the railroad
against their patrons. The Com-
Bound to Win
The annual interclass debate was
held at Vassar College Saturday night
between the T and H House of Com
mons and Qui Vive, the question being
"Resolved, That the efforts of em
ployers to abolish the closed shop is J
for the best interest of the employes."
The T and M took "the, negative of
this proposition anfi Qui Vive the'' af
firmative. The decision was in favor
of the negative, of course. Judge Alton
B. Parker was one of the judges and
the decision was unanimous. '
Good as Gold
The Switchmen's Union of North
America has been quite extensively ad
vertised as being unable to pay its just
claims. By this month's Journal you
can see we have paid out over , four
hundred thousand dollars ($400,000).
We have paid out over sixty thousand
dollars , ($60,000) since- January 1st,
Does this look like we fail to pay just
claims? Journal of the Switchman's
Shut them from the light of day. ,
Rob them of their youth and play,
Stunt and dwarf the coming race, .
Flabby limb and bloodless face ,
Prison mill the infant's place
Steal their freedom and their joy. .
Sacrifice the girl and boy, ,
Dividends! Dividends! N
Foolish, blind, impotent state,
Sowing dragon-teeth of hate
Save the nurslings from this fate
Robert Loveman, in ! Switchmen's
Miss Gertrude Barnum, daughter of
William Barnum, formerly a judge in
Chicago, and endowed with wealth,
has instituted an aggressive campaign
to organize the working women of
New - York. During the textile strike
In Fall River she found homes for
more than 200 1 girls who had been
thrown out of employment.
Speak up: "Is the label in your
shoe?" Omaha Western Laborer.
Speak up: "Is the collar round your
neck?" Parry's "Industrial Independ
ent." ' .
Not by a darned Bight! We are nol
Parryized "free and independent work
ingmen." One of the Best
"Doc" Righter, one of the best union
men in the west, and who is known
all over the country, accompanied Mr.
Bryan and Mr. Maupin up from Lin
coln and was the guest of the Allied
Trades council. Western Laborer.
The strike of the machinists and
boilermakers on the Santa Fe seems
likely to end soon. A conference be
tween the interested parties has, been
Arranged. t y
en, vwi g I
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Studio. 1332 J Strettt
Formerly instructor in the State Univer
sity School of Music, Lincoln, and Wes-
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Call at Studio, or ring up Autophone 1332
FRESH AND CLEAN
Give us a trial.
To the Workingmen!
..UNION MADE GOODS.,
and am a workingman myself.
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133 NORTH I4TH STREET.
J. Madsen's Market
Strictly First Class
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