The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-????, July 18, 1908, Image 1
T 1 -4 VOL.. 3 liixcoLX, Nebraska; july is, ij08 NO. Itt 3 W7 a i n rr i 0 W K 0 They are Getting Into; The Political Game There was a lot of political "dig There was a lot or political "did dings' 'at the meeting ot the Central But before the political game opened up the central body proceeded to make short shrift of several proposi tions. , A proposition was received to unite with the Modern Woodmen of America In a Labor Day celebration to be pulled off at Ashland.- It was as serted that Ashland would put up a nice wad of money for prizes, and that the keys of the city would be de livered over to the visitors. It took about a minute or less time to turn the proposition down with a dull, sickening thud. "We'ir celebrate Labor Day in Lin coln, and we'll do it right." was the unanimous sentiment of every dele gate present. On motion Secretary Kates was in structed to invite every union organ ization In the city to send two Labor Day committeemen to the next meet ing ot the Central Labor Union. As soon as this committee is appointed the central body will step aside and let the committee handle the affair. The central body Intends only to start the ball to rolling. Every union in the city and in Havelock should send representatives to Bruse's hall on Tuesday evening. July 27. If any union does not meet in the meantime, the president is requested to appoint two committeemen to act ad interim. There is every reason why Lincoln and Havelock unionists should make the 1S08 Labor Day demonstration one to linger long in the memories of the people. ' Organizer Kelsey reported the Stage Employes in line for their charter in a very short time. He also reported progress in the matter of or ganizing the cement workers, and stated that he had the revival of a de funct union in hand, but w-as not. at liberty at this particular time to enter into details. The reports of trades were not satisfactory as a whole, a number of men being out ot work. Having thus disposed of routine work the political "diddings" began, and everybody seemed to be on the same side. George M. Quick of the Carpenters offered the following res olution, which was unanimously adopted by a rising vote: "The members ot Lincoln Central Labor Union, realizing that the work ing people as a class are not getting their just share of what they produce, and that others who do nothing live in luxury and acquire great fortunes from the labor of the people who do work, and thinking it unjust that in dustrious people should be forced to remain poor with little hope of bet tering their condition without doing their fellow workers injustice, and be lieving that we see a remedy in the declarations ot the democratic ' party upon questions directly affecting la bor, which declarations have the cor dial support ot the candidate upon the democratic platform, our esteem ed fellow townsman, William Jennings Bryan, who has always championed the cause ot labor and been true to the toiler in both his public and his private life, therefore be it "Resolved. That the Central Labor Union ot Lincoln. Nebraska, endorse the principles affecting labor enun ciated by the democratic party and pledge our support to William Jen nings Bryan in his candidacy for the high office of president ot the United States, believing him at once the most capable and the fairest in his atti tude towards the workers. Be it further "Resolved. That the president of this body appoint a committee of twelve from among the delegates to convey to Mr. Bryan a copy of these resolutions, and to extend to him our congratulations and best wishes. "Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be furnished to the press in order that the thousands ot our fellow workers may know the high esteem we, who know him best, have for William Jennings Bryan." It wfes unanimously agreed that the entire central body meet at Car penters' hall on Friday evening at 8 o'clock and proceed to Fairview in a body and watch the committee of twelve present the resolutions to Mr. Bryan. It was also decided to ask all union men to accompany the central body to Fairview. Having thus settled the presidential succession the delegates proceeded to take up. the matter of scuring repre sentation in the legislature. The first man mentioned was J. W. Dickson, of University Place, a mem ber of the Carpenters' Union and chairman of the board of directors of the Labor Temple Association. When his name was mentioned the applause was loud and prolonged. A half-dozen delegates made short speeches in support of Dickson's can didacy, and then he was unanimously recommended for the legislature. Mr. Dickson is a republican . who has known to the editor of this humble little labor paper, and the editor gives it out cold, right here and now, that he is for them until the last ballot is deposited in the box. It is. rumored that the railroad organizations will of fer two or three candidates to both of the old parties. The Wageworker will be for them. It is likely that in a short time a "flying wedge" will be organized for the purpose of advancing the candi dacy of several union men who are willing to have their names put on the primary tickets for the legislature. Two years ago, before the primary system was in force, the republican county convention turned down a re quest from republican union men to nominate a couple of union men for the legislature, claiming that the re quest came too late, the "slate" hav- osition to establish a pension fund similar to the one now in force in the International Typographical Union. The proposition seems to be meeting with universal favor. The proposi tion to establish a home fro superan nuated and disabled members will al so be discussed. Work is reported a bit dull for this season of the year. There are plenty of men in sight for all the jobs. ABOR TEMPLE DIRECTORS. A Short Meeting, but Steps Taken to ; Resume the Boosting Process. The directors of the Labor Temple Association met in regular session iast Monday evening, but owing to circumstances nothing of moment was accomplished. J. W. Dickson, who Federation Officials Talk With Mr. Bryan Samuel Gompers, president; Frank Morrison, secretary, and James Dun can, first vice-president, of the Amer ican Federation of Labor, were in Lincoln for a few hours last Monday, and spent a short time in consulta tion with Mr. Bryan at Fairview. During his short visit in Lincoln President Gompers made the follow ing statement: "I am very well satisfied with t-ie democratic platform as promulgated at the Denver convention," said Mr. Gomper3, "and I will do everything in NOW TAKE YOUR CHOICE DEMOCRATIC PLATFORM. The courts of justice are the bulwark of our liberties, and we yield to none in our purpose to maintain their dig nity. Our party has given to the bench a long line of distinguished judges who have added to the respect and confidence in which this department must be jealously maintained. We resent the attempt of the republican party to raise a false issue respecting the judiciary. It is an unjust reflection upon a great body of our citizens to assume that they lack respect for the courts. ' It is the function of the courts to interpret the laws which the people create, and if the laws appear to work economic, social or political injustice, it is our duty to change them. The only basis upon which the integrity of our courts can stand is that of unswerving justice and pro tection of life, personal liberty and property. If judicial processes may be abused, we should guard them against abuse. Experience has proven the necessity of a modification cf the present law relating to injunctions, and we reiter ate the pledge of our national platforms of 1896 and 1904 in favor of the measure which passed the United States senate in 1896, but which a republican congress has ever since refused to enact, relating to contempts in federal courts and providing for trial by jury in case of indirect contempt. Questions of judicial practice have arisen especially in connection with industrial disputes. We deem that the parties to all judicial proceedings should be treated with rigid impartiality, and that injunctions should not be is sued in any cases in which injunctions would not issue if no industrial dispute were involved. The expanding organization of industry makes it es sential that there should be no abridgment of the right cf wage earners and producers to organize for the pro tection of wages and the improvement of labor conditions to the end that such labor organizations and their members should not be regarded as illegal combinations in restraint of trade. We favor the eight-hour day on all government work. We pledge the democratic party to the enactment of a law by congress, as far as the federal jurisdiction extends, for a general employers' liability act covering injury to body or loss of life of employes. ' We pledge the democratic party to the enactment of a law creating a department of labor, represented sep arately in the president's cabinet, which department shall include the subject of mines and mining. REPUBLICAN PLATFORM. The republican party recognizes the special needs of wageworkers generally, for their well-being means the well-being of all. But more important than all other con siderations is that of good citizenship, and we especially stand for the needs of every American, whatever his oc cupation, in his capacity as a self-respecting citizen. The republican party will uphold at all times the au thority and integrity of the courts, state and federal, and will ever insist that their powers to enforce their process and to protect life, liberty and property shall be 'pre served inviolate. ; We believe, however, that the rules of procedure in the federal courts with respect to the issuance of the writ of injunction should be more accurately denned by statute, and that no injunction or temporary restraining order should be issued without notice, except where irreparable injury would result from delay, in which case a speedy hearing thereafter should be granted. ; The same wise policy which has induced the republican party to maintain protection to American labor, to estab lish an eight-hour day on the construction of all public works, to increase the list of employes who shall have pre ferred claims for wages under the bankruptcy laws, to adopt a child labor statute for the District of Columbia, to direct an investigation into the condition of working women and children, and later, of employes of telephone and telegraph companies engaged in interstate business; to appropriate $150,000 at the recent session of congress in order to secure thorough inquiry into the causes of cat astrophes and loss of life in the mines, to amend and strengthen the law prohibiting the importation of con tract labor, will be pursued in every legitimate direction within federal authority to lighten the burdens and in crease the opportunity for happiness and advancement of all who toil. support these declarations and of course that means we will work tor the election of the men who stand for our principles. "I have never expected defeat ia any undertaking, never hoped for de feat and never have given up fighting tor an idea or principle that I firtalr believed to be right and Just. I win always be found fighting for what I believe is right, no matter what the temporary results may be. I believe that in this fight we now have on hand, that we win win, and I shall work for Mr. Bryan's election and for tie ratification of the principles that we have advocated as officers and as an organization." "Will the American Federation of Labor be as active this fan as it was two years ago in opposing 'Uncle Joe Cannon?" Mr. Gompers was asked. "We haven't got to Hinois yet. re plied Mr. Gompers. quickly, and then he added, "Wait a minute!" accom panying the remark with a significant closing of an eye and a characteristic gesture which certainly did give one the impression that pretty soon the la bor folks win get to Illinois and that then they will do some unpleasant things to "Uncle Joe's" political aspirations. worked in the party ranks in season and out of season, and he would be a credit to the party, to his fellow union ists and to Lancaster county as a member ot the legislature. O. M. Rudy, ot the Electrical Work ers, president of the Central Labor Union and a member ot the board of directors, of the Labor Temple Asso ciation, was also unanimously en dorsed. Mr. Rudy is another life-long republican, and he is eminently quali fied to represent Lancaster county in the legislature. Sam Chaplin, a member of the Barbers" Union, and vice president of the board ot directors of the Labor Temple Association, was the third man unanimously endorsed. Mr. Chap lin is a democrat. These three men were pledged the undivided support of every delegate present if they got into the race, and it is believed that they will make the race before the primaries in an effort to land the nomination. Several other names were mentioned, but it was deemed unwise to endorse them until they could be consulted. But the proceedings made manifest one thing the union men of Lan caster county are going to make their presence felt in the coming primary fight and the ensuing campaign. The three men whose names are mentioned above are all personally ing been made. That excuse cannot be offered now. Then the democrats nominated a couple of'uinon men for the legislature, and while they made a good showing for themselves it was an almighty poor showing for organ ized labor. There is no senator to elect next year, and that club can not be used on the heads of union men who show a disposition to bolt the partisan -candidates and vote for a fel low unionist. THE CARPENTERS. Prepare to Boost One of Their Num ber Into the Legislature. The Carpenters got busy last week and decided to take a stand in the political game. Having so decided they unanimously agreed to do all they could to secure a nomination upon the republican ticket for J. W. Dickson, and send him to the legislature. Then they made it known that they were ready to endorse any good union man who happened to get a nomination for the legislature, regardless of his poli tics. All they want to know is that he is a "square" man, a good citizen and loyal to his fellows. The annual convention of the Car penters' and Joiners will be held in Salt Lake on Septenmer 15. One of the most important things to be con sidered by the convention is the prop- v-as recently selected as business rep resentative, has to date been unable to arrange his private affairs so he could take up the work of the posi tion. He announced the latter part of the week, however, that he would begin active operations next week. When he gets started there will be fomething doing. The board will meet again next Monday evening, and members should uiake note of the change of meeting piace. Hereafter the meetings of the board will be held in the directors' room of the Commercial club, in the "'raternity building. CAPITAL AUXILIARY. Capital Auxiliary met Friday, July 10, at the home of Mrs. A. T. Pentzer. The new office'?, were instated and new committees appointed for the next six months. The next meeting will be with Mrs. Floyd McKinney, 1925 T street, Fri cay, July 24. The newly appointed flower commit tee is as follows: Mesdames Ihringer, Pentzer and Peate. Mrs. B. C. Towner of Council Bluffs is visiting friends in Lincoln. Mrs. Gilbert has been entertaining friends from the east. my power to ratify that platform. The officials of the American Federation of Labor .seem satisfied witix the Denver rlatform and will support it. The re publican party has repudiated the just demands of the working people, and in that action has taken a stand for injustice and unfair treatment of la bor. We do not ask for any special privileges, but we do ask equality of justice. We did not get any expres sions in that line from the republican platform, but the democrats went on reford for the fair thing. "As for myself, I have been a re publican, but I shall vote litis fall for Mr. Bryan and will go on the stump for the democratic national ticket and vill use all honorable means within Hny power to secure his election. The democratic platform expresses the principles for which the American Federation of Labor and its officers have worked, and of course. In sup porting and fighting for the success of these principles we will support and fight for the candidates who are pledged to carry them into effect. "All our affiliated organizations have been instructed to work for the prin ciples of justice and right and in their meetings they have declared for the principles that the democrats have embodied in their platform. The labor organizations have been instructed to THE BARTENDERS. Pay Respects to the Memory of Their Departed Comrades. On Sunday, July 5, in acocrdance with a custom established one year ago, the Bartenders" League of Lin incoln held annual memorial services at Wynka cemetry. The services were brief but impressive. Meeting at Car penters' hall the Bartenders took a special car to Wynka, and there the graves of departed comrades were dee orated with the choicest flowers. Her man Sundean read Bryant's immortal poem "Thanatopsis," before' Jot Ing hands decorated the graves. The ser vices made a marked impession. The Lincoln League was the first to estab lish this custom among the Bartenders and the example is being followed an over the country. LABOR DAY IN LINCOLN. Every Local Union Should Begin Prep arations Immediately. The Central Labor Union has ini tiated the movement for the proper observance of Labor Day this year, and the local unions should now take the matter np and carry it through to a successful conclusion. No celebra tion was had last year, the chief reason being the impossibility of se curing union music. That difficulty will not face organized labor this year, as Lincoln musicians are thoroughly organized. The first meeting to arrange for Labor Day will be held at Bruse's hall on Tuesday evening. July 28. and every local union in the county should be represented, either by duly ap pointed committeemen or by the pres ident and secretary. Let's make next Labor Day's cele bration one long to be remembered. And celebrate right here at home, too. UNION MADE TOBACCO. If You Say You Cant Get It, You Tell an Untruth. There is absolutely no excuse for the union man who smokes or chews non-union tobacco. There is plenty of union made smoking and chewing tobacco offered for sale in Lincoln. The Wageworker has made a little in vestigation and found the following brands of chewing tobacco oji sale: . "Hand Made." "Fame."' "Deimonico." "Stronghold, "Yankee Girl," "Red Band Scrap," "Mail Pouch." The following brands of unioa made smoking tobacco may be found in any tobacco store worthy of anion patronage: ' "Edgeworth." "Manhattan CoektaiV" "Sweet Tips," "Crashed Cubes." "After Dinner Mixture." "Son Cared." Xow quit telling as that you "just can't use anion made tobacco because it makes my mouth sore." A MAUDLIN PLANK. The maudlin plank on injunction in serted in the republican platform pleases Joe Cannon, bat is dabbed a fake by the workingmaa. Sioux City Union Advocate. .