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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (Oct. 12, 1906)
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LIXCOLN, XEiiltASKA, OCTOBER 12, 1900
AN HUMBLE APOLOGY.
GREETING TO UNIONS.
President Smith of Central ' Labor
Union Issues Address.
To all unions affiliated with the Cen-
ivnl Labor Union:
Do you realize that as union men
von have a work before you into
which jou should put all the energy
you can spare? Do you know that a
proiK'r effort, cu your part wouii plane
organised labor in a position to greai
ly benefit t!io cnu3e of union labor, and
Mt'd very materia'ly to the welfare and
comfort of your own people and It
mankind generally? Let me tell you
now l nat as a bc.dy o? men united for
your ovvn good, you are also an orsan
i7ntiou rhat is in duty bound to work
with other organizations of the coun
try to better con (11 lions in the indus
trial, world. You realize, of course,
that Ubor wlli not be able tc secure
from its enemies what labor want--,
therefore you must, act with others to
set what you desire. In unity there is
Kt;-eni?ih, and in united and harmoni
ous tction lies victory. Therefore I
want to appeal to every union nUIialert
with the Central Labor Union to not
only elect delegates to the central
body, but get men who will aitend the
mitral meetings, p.ni see that they do
so. We had a much better attendance
at laHl Tuesday's meeting than we
have h id for some time, but not nearly
the number we should have, impoi
tant njesi ions come up before tne cen
tral body that you are directly and
vitally Interested In, and you o.ve it to
vonrsolves to be represented. Let mo
ap;eal to your unionism and your best !
self to immediately take steps to be
represented in the central body, i
promise you that if you will get alive
and boost the attendance that the cen
tral body will 1 e initiating measures
and moves that will place organized
labor in- such a position in tne city
thnt it will be stronger and better, ard
Let's work, and do somethbig for
- . HARRY W. SMITH,
.-' . President C. L. U.
at 0nfrai Labor 0
There will be a mass meeting of wor
union, a! Centra! Labor Onion hall, 1034 0
Qefobar 15. Frank L Kennedy of Omaha, id
or, and former organizer for flie Hmerioan F
address the meeting. There .will be brief a
ingmen. Every man who works for wages'
attend this meeting. If will begin promptly
working friends about it and urge f hem to be
iter of the
union and non-
y other work
i if a point to
THE OPEN SHOP.
Some Delightful Things it Secures for
Matter and Man.
The "open shop" means porlerhoti6- j
steal; for (he employes and liver foi j
the workman. i
Tbo "open shop" means individual j
bn.rgalnir.ur, so much desired by the op-
ponents of organized labor. I
The "open shop" stands for the nn j
fettered employment of women and j
children. .. . j
The "open shop" means that the em-j
ployer shall be the sole judge as to j
what your labor is worth.
The "open shop" gives the employer
the privilege of being a member of an
orgt'iil.ntlon Intended to prevent, the
payment of better wages, but denies
the laborer the right to be a member
of a labor organization.
Tbo "open shop" bars the possibilit
of a solid front on the part of the
Tba "open shop" decUfres thai some
can enjoy better conditions while
others can tnjoy the benefits without
The "open shot)" denies men the
right to cell their labor under any co;i
: dltions they elect.
The "open shop" declares there ;.J
no "living Hue" no minimum for las
price of labor.
The "open shop'' declares it is lo&ui
for an Individual to do an act that it
Is Illejt'il for a collection of Individuals !
to attempt. J
The "open shop'' would place the so-:
till loll of factory sanitation aud un
guarded machinery in the hands of tlif!
The "open shop" slum's for every
thing that will increase profits for the
employer and decreauo the income of
The "open shop ' means tlur. the em
ployer will be the master and yon will
be the slave. Minuet' polis Union.
Capital Auxiliary No. 11 to Lincoln
Typographical Ui Ion No. 209 will meet
Friday, 2.30 p. m., Oct. 19 at the home
of Mrs. W. S. liustard, 255C H street.
There will be an election held at the
home of Mrs. C. H. Turner, 1202 P
street, Monday afternoon from p. m.
to 6 p. m. The election is to veto on
the proposed amendments to ibo eon
stlmtlon of the Woman's International
Auxiliary. Monday, Oct. 15, 190C.
A DUTY WE -OWE: TO CHILDREN AND TO OURSELVES
Nebraska is the only northern slate that has no child labor
laws upon its statute books. The state with the smallest per
centage of illiteracy is classed with states like Mississippi, Ala
bama, Georgia and Louisiana.
There is not in Nebraska a law that will prevent a drunken,
shiftless, irresponsible parent from compelling his 8 or 10-year-old
child to work in a store, a mill or a factory, and turn the
wage over to him to be spent for liquor.
The only protection the child has under the Nebraska stat
utes is the compulsory school law, and even that beneficent law
is not enforced as it should be.
Under the present Nebraska statutes the convicts in the
penitentiary are bound out to a contractor who pays the state
50 cents a day per head for every convict he uses, the state
boarding and clothing the convicts. This contractor then puts
the convicts to work making articles of commerce which are
sold on the open market in competition with the. articles made
by free labor, the result being that free labor is forced into
idleness. Two years ago the free workingmen of Nebraska
asked the legislature to enact a law compelling all convict-made
good3 offered for sale to bear the stamp, "Prison Made." A
. bill was drafted and introduced after a long search for a legis
lator willing to stand sponsor for the bill. The bill was referred
to a committee, and after infinite pains and labor tbe union men
secured a hearing before tbe committee. The committee lis
tened, asked a few questions, looked wise and then reported
the bill with the recommendation that it be indefinitely post
poned. The house concurred in the recommendation, not a
single member protesting and asking for justice for the free,
lawabiding and honest workingmen who were being driven to
the wall by convict competition.
Under the Nebraska statutes a man injured by the incompe
tence or the negligence of a fellow servant has absolutely no
recourse against the corporation responsible for the employment
of the negligent and incompetent workman. There is no ade
quate, just and fair employer's liability law in Nebraska.
Under the present law governing the leasing of convict
labr it is possible for the penitentiary convict to engage in any
branch of manufacturing he pleases," using convicts to perform
the work. He can compete with free cigarmakers by making
cigars in the pen. He can compete with the printers by estab
lishing a printing plant. He can compete with the harness
makers, the glovemakers, the garment workers, and many other
The workingmen of the state demand some legislation cal
culated to protect them against these things. Nebraska's in
dustrial development is just begining. Workingmen demand
dustrial development is just beginning. Wohkingmen demand
conditions that exist in the congested manufacturing centers
of the'east and south. They insist that now is the time to take
steps tc ; rotect the children.
Experience has taught us that it i3 foolish to expect any
thing along these lines from politicians who are interested only
in their own selfish political schemes. Experience has taught
us the folly of expecting a lawyer, or a doctor, or a farmer, who
may be a legislator, to take an active interest in these matters
and give labor bills the constant attention they must have if
they are to receive any consideration from the legislature.
The only way for labor to get what it wants is to elect men
from their own ranks who will devote their entire time while
in the legislature to pushing the bills introduced in behalf of
labor. The time has come when the men who toil must show
by their votes that they demand recognition. The time has
come. when laboring men must stand as solidly at the polls as
they do on Labor Day. It is time that laboring men quit being
the tools of cheap politicians who flatter them during the cam
paign and then betray, them after the ballots are counted. If
laboring men do not vote for their own interests it is a cinch that
nobody else will.
There are laws imperatively demanded by the hosts of toil
laws that will put them on an equality in the courts with em
ployers ; laws that will protect them against unf air competition ;
laws that will give the free workingman a show for his white
. The workingmen of Lancaster county have their chance
now. They have a chance to demonstrate that they will no long
er be puppets in the hands of the machine politicians. They
have a chance to elect two workingmen to the legislature two
that steps be taken in time to prevent the unholy and brutal
work and vote for the things outlined above. They will devote
their time to the accomplishment of these things. They are
not "agitators" or "walking delegates." They were drafted
instead of seeking the nominations. They are entitled to the
vote of every man who works for wage.
George F. Quick and Harry W. Smith are the candidates
of the hosts of labor for the legislature. If you want to vote
for your own interests you will place an "X" after the names
of Quick and Smith.
Think it over for yourselves. Tell the professional politi
cians that you are tired of pulling political chestnuts out of the
fire for them to enjoy. Vote for "Molly and the babies" once
and see how you like it.
Tendered - in Deep Humility to the
Western Union Telegraph Co.
A short time ago The Wageworker'
charged the Western Union Telegraph
company, doing business in Lincoln,
with violating the law by employing
messenger boys under the legal age.
The Wageworker was wrong. The Tel
egraph company does nothing of the
kind, for the simple reason that Ne
braska has no child labor laws. The
Telegraph company can employ boys
three years old without violating any
But just the same the Western Union
Telegraph company in Lincoln is vio
lating every law of morality and hu
manity by employing little boys to de
liver messages night and day, and de
liver them to houses of ill fame and
vile dens where they receive their
first lessons in debauchery that" sets
them on the road to graduation into
lives of crime and dissipation. It em
ploys boys in this work because
would have to reduce its liberal divi
dends a little bit in order to employ
young men. The eminent gentlemen
who control the Western Union Tele
graph company do not give a tinker's
dam about the welfare of the boys.
They are concerned only in the mak
ing of big dividends. The state can
look after the boys after they have
The Western Union Telegraph com
pany in Lincoln is murdering the souls
of boys every day in the year but The
Wageworker was wrong when it
charged the company with violating
any statute law. For the mistake we
apologize. In the meanwhile the soul
murder by the company goes on,
thanks to the criminal carelessness
of the people of Nebraska.
Will Elect National Officers by Refer
endum Vote This Time.
- The' Brotherhood of Carpenters at
their convention in Niagara Falls
wound up their business by nominating
William D. Huber, J. Schwartz and
Charles Mains for the presidency,
Frank Duffy was nominted for gen
eral secretary and Thomas A. Nealo
for general treasurer. For vice-president
F. M. Guerin and H. C. Fuller
were named, while the nominees for
second vice-president are Arthur A.
Quinn, Perth Amboy; N. J. Wilson,
Jacksonville; Frank G. Shnson, Bal
timore. Some surprise was created
by the fact that men have been nomi
nated against all the principal officers,
and it is evident that the election will
be hotly contested. The election will
be by referendum vote, which will be
come effective 'in this Brotherhood fop
the first time on February 1st. Hugh
Stevenson of Toronto asked that . the
Canadian locals be requested to affili
ate with the A. F. of L. in the United
States. Michigan Union Advocate.
Judge Pollock Says It May Be Used by
Topeka, Kas., Oct. 8. Judge Pollock
in the United States district court last
Monday granted a permanent injunc
tion against the members of the Elec
trical Workers' union in Wichita pro
ventng them from interfering with tha
property and employes of the Missouri
& Kansas Telephone company. A tem
porary injunction was granted against
the union and its members some time
ago. When the question of the perma
nent injunction was brought up the
court dismissed the injunction against
the union, but granted it as against
the men. Judge Pollock in . his opin
ion says that it was impossible to en
join the men from using "moral sua
sion, ' but they must not use violence.
A Pertinent Question.
How would . you like' to smoke a
cigar that has been "mouthed' by a.
dirty Chinaman? When you buy i
trust cigar you do that very same
thing. Chinamen make a large por
tion of them, and moisten the' point
with their tongues to shape them up.
In a union shop' no workmen is allowed
to touch a cigar with his mouth, pure,
vegetable glue being used to stick the
ends. Be sanitary; see that the blu3
label is on the box before buying a
cigar. Spring-Held. 111., Tradesman.
The arbitrators in the street railway
dispute in Hamilton, Ont., have award
ed the men 16 cents for the first year
and 20 cents as the maximum wage
after three years' service. The Duu
das men will also receive the raise. .
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