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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (Feb. 13, 1909)
Among the Live Workers
Here, There and Elsewhere
The Barbers' Union of Lincoln la
among the liveliest of the live organ
izations of the city. Ever since The
Wageworker started this bunch o
good fellows has tubscribed, and they
have been Wageworker boosters all
the time. Perhaps this fact has some
thing to do with the success of the
prganization. What? And it has
had a lot to do with the success of
The Wageworker. Yes!
Now the Tonsorial Artists have de
termined to get into the social game.
The union has been in existence for
a number of yetrs, but it has never
yet given a boll. It is going to break
this record this year by giving a ball,
and it will be a success. The barbers
have a habit of achieving success.
The first annual ball of the Union
Barbers of Lincoln will be held at
Williams' hall on March 4, with
liruse's union orchestra furnishing
the music. This hall Is in the build
ing formerly occupied by Rudge &
Guenzel. The committees have been
appointed and are now hard at worii
on plans that are bound to make the
affair a great success.
On February 3 the Lincoln local
closed Its fiscal year, and it has every
reason to be proud of the record ot
the year closed on that date. The
ear ended with a handsome cash bal
tnce in the strong box, and during
the year every sick member drew the
constitutional benefit, and every
legitimate appeal for help from other
unions of all crafts met with generous
response. During the . year better
rhop conditions were secured, and at
the same time i better feeling be
tween employer and employe was
created. Everything h harmonious.
The following officers have been
elected for the ensuing year: "
President, Roy McConnaugney.
Vice-President, Charles Keith.
Recorder. N. A. Otis.
Financial Secretary, Robert Robert-ton.
There is a "Business Men's Asso
ciation" in Omaha. - It has a big law
yer for legal advice and another
lawyer for its secretary. Its member
ship is made up of business men,
many of whom are wealthy. A few
days ago a bunch of union womei
garment workers struck for decent
pay, shorter hours and a weekly pay
day. And these big business men
hastened to the "sweater" employer
and tendered him the assistance of
the organization. Now' don't that
bunch of business men look bully tak
ing tip a fight against a lot of girls?
And don't, Chief of Police Donahue
cut a fine figure using his police force
to help that bunch of business men
browbeat and bullyrag the two score
girls who are asking for simple jus
tice? Every now and then we see some
thing that makes us ashamed of our
the "chieftanesses" of the Auxiliary,
and . will mean r. lot to the cause of
unionism in this neighborhood. At
the same time the meeting will mean
much to the business interests of Lin
coln and the engineers should receive
the hearty co-operation of Lincoln
business men in the effort to make
the meeting a grand success.
It is said Raymond Robins is to
organize a new political labor party
similar to the one in existence in Eng
land. Raymond must be looking for
trouble. Omaha Western Laborer.
Here Is the "Union Social Calendar"
as far as The Wageworker has been
Typographical Union ball. Fratern
ity hall, Wednesday, Feburary 17.
Brotherhood of Locomotive En
gineers' ball. Auditorium, Monday,
Journeyman Barbers' Union ball,
Williams' hall, Thursday, March 4.
The Wageworker will be glad to
announce social events in union cir
cles If notified thereof. But The
Wageworker's "society editor" is not
a mind reader.
Tuesday, February 23, is the date
of the semi-annual election of officers
for the Central Labor Union. Every
delegate shov. ?ar this fact In mind
and be on hanu to assist in selecting
the very best possible men for the
offices. The central body ,has ac
complished more in the last six
months than in any previous six
months in its history and all because
it woke up and got into the gams.
It has aroused an interest in civic af
fairs, and as a result the general
public knows that there is such a
'thing as a Central Labor Union in
Lincoln. Let the central body keep
right on In this line and also take
up some new lines. Be on hand at
the election and do your part You
have no just cause of complaint?
the officers are incompetent if you fail
tc be on hand to select competent
After eleven years of struggling the
Waiters' Union of Omaha has sur
rendered its chnner. Six years ago
the union went through a disastrous
strike. One of the chief agencies
in beating the union was one H. S
lialduCT, the confectioner and restau
rant man. He fought the union to a
finish. Now tomes an interesting
.coincidence. On the very day that
Omaha Waiters' Union No. 23 sur
rendered its charter. H. S. Balduft
filed a petition in bankruptcy.
Is it possible that there is any con
nection iictween these two events?
Here is something vastly creditable
to the union waiters of Omaha. When
they surrendered the charter the
membership consisted of six men and
two women. When these eight loyal
unionists sent the charter back to
headquarters they sent with it $175,
which was the full amount in the local
treasury. The Wageworker doffs its
bonnet to union men and women of
The Brotherhood of Ixcomotivj
Engineers ' is making every prepara
tion for n splendid social time on the
occasion of their grand ball, Febru
ary 22, at the Auditorium. The bail
is given for the purpose of raising
money to help defray the expensas
of the big Brotherhood meeting iu
Lincoln some time next summer. The
meeting will bring the "big chiefs"
of the Brotherhood to Lincoln, also
The motormen and conductors of
Lincoln are the poorest paid members
of their class between Pittsburg and
San Francisco. They receive les3
than the motortr en and conductors of
Sioux City, Des Moines, St. Joseph,
Dubuque, Davenport, Rock Island
and other cities of that class. Their
wages aro less than in many towns
half the size of Lincoln. There is
not a -city In the United States where
the motormen and conductors are
organized that the men do not receive
better wages arid better hours than
the motormen and conductors of Lin
coln. And the Lincoln men will
never get anything better until they
By the way, it is none too soon for
the union men oi Lincoln to be cen
tering their strength for the purpose
of electing a couple of good union men
on the board of city commissioners.
The . early bird captures the worm.
Don't be the worm.
at odd times during the past couple
of years. ,
The Wageworker has no particular
comment to make on this incident
other than to refer to the fact that
Mr. Bramwood has been in a large
measure responsible for the central
ization of power in the hands of the
executive council, and he may now
be in a better position than before
to realize what that means. The
Wageworker hopes that "Johnnie"
Bramwood will speedily recover his
No. 209 threshed over a lot of busi
ness at the meeting last Sunday. The
one big committee now at work made
a report that met with the approval
of the members, even if the report
took less than a minute. It looks
The committee on annual ball re
ported practically every arrangement
made and the outlook for a success
ful social affair is as bright as a
new silver dollar.
The label has been ' re-granted to
the Gillespie-Phillips shop.
Word comes from Wellington, Colo.,
that John E. Marshall has suffered
from what appears to be incipient
paralysis, and that he is coming back
to Lincoln to receive , treatment in a
local sanitarium. Mr. Marshall was
one of the most popular members of
No. 209, and every member of the
local is hoping that he will soon be
back on the active list.
The twenty-sixth annual ball next
Wednesday night looks like a sure
social and financial success. A large
number of tickets have been disposed
of and the interest among the mem
bers is ! unusually good. Governor
and Mrs. Shallenberger will be among
the guests of honor, and the other
state officers have been invited to
be the guests of the union also. The
membership is hoping that every offi
cial will accept and partake of the
Mark Perkins publisher of the Fre
mont. Daily Herald, was in Lincoln
one day last week. The Herald is
the only union print shop in Fremont.
At Sunday's meeting F. M. Coffey
was made chairman of a committee
of three to draft a bill providing for
a modification of the injunction writ
and providing for a trial by jury in
cases of Indirect contempt.
shall, who is editor and proprietor cf
the , Wellington Sun,, has been in a
very critical condition and was able
to walk down town without the use
of his cane for the first time Sunday.
He expects to leave in a few days for
Lincoln, Neb., to receive treatment
at the Sulpho-Saline sanitarium.
Loveland (Colo.) Reporter.
Some Recorded Facts About Better
Halves of Printermen.
Capital Auxiliary met last Wednes
day at the home of Mrs. B. C. Gilbert,
1245 South Twenty-first street. On
account of illness among the members
the attendance was not as large as
usual. The president, Mrs. F.' H.
Hebbard, is under quarantine or was
and the vice president, Mrs. G. N.
A letter from Mrs. F. A. Kennedy
of Omaha was read, asking the Auxil
iary to give an entertainment on
March 17 for the benefit of the Print
ers' Home monument fund. A com
mittee was appointed to make tho
necessary arrangements. An interest
ing letter from Mrs. Charley Barn
grover, of Loveland, Colo., was read.
It conveyed the news that John Mar
shall was very ill and about to return
to Lincoln for treatment.
The flower committee reported send
ing flowers to Mrs. Hebbard and fam
ily, who have been under quarantine
for two weeks. Charley and Dorothy
Righter have been sufferers during the
past week, Charley from rhemartisru
and Dorothy fiom a burn which
brought about blood poisoning.
The Auxiliary is about; to lose an
other of, its valued members, Mrs.
Bert Pentzer. Mr. and Mrs. Pentzer
will leave about March 1 for their Kin
kaid ranch in northwestern Nebras
ka. They will rent their pretty home
to Mr. and Mrs. Jones.
Wednesday's meeting was the first
since the departure of Mrs. Will Nor
ton, and she was sadly missed.
UNION BARBER SHOPS.
OUR OLD FRIEND JOHN.
Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Barngrover
visited with Mr. and Mrs. John E.
Marshall at Wellington over Sunday,
returning this morning. Mr. Mar-
Since the votes were cast in the
national election last November, Pres
ident Eldridge of the National Sewing
Machine company at Bevidere, 111.,
has made two reductions in wages of
the employes, each amounting to 15
per cent. .
Information as to Where You Can Get
Your Work Done Fairly.
Following is a list of the union bar
ber shops of Lincoln, the name and
location being given:
Gus Petro, 1010 O street,
W. A. Jackson, 1001 O street.
W. E. Myers, Capital Hotel.
C. A. Green, 120 North Eleventh.
Geo. Shaffer, Lincoln Hotel.
J. B. Ramer, 1501 O Street.
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p J - , V
A. L. Stern, 116 South Thirteenth. v
A. L. Kemmerer, Lindell Hotel.
Chapman & Ryan, 127 North
Knight and Parmenter, 122 South
H. C. Leopold, Fraternity Building.
Frank Malone, Havelock.
E. A. Wood, Havelock.
C. B. Ellis, Havelock.
Windsor hotel, C. B. Lewis, Prop.
Apex Barber Shop, J. J. Simpson,
Prop., 1001 O Street.
J. V. Masully barber shop, 1014 N St.
POPULAR MR. SINK.
Nebraska has in her legislature n
man by the name of John Sink, who
has made himself quite popular. He
first introduced a bill in the house
requiring hotels to furnish beds with
sheets nine feet long. Now he has
just introduced a bill limiting freight
trains to fifty cars. The Railroa J
Brotherhoods are back of the last
bill. Council Bluffs Times.
UNION PRINT SHOPS.
Printeries That Are Entitled to Us -the
Allied Trades Label.
Following is a list of the printing
offices in Lincoln that ' are entitled
to the use of the Allied Printing
Trades label, together with the num
ber of the label used by each shop:
C. S. Simmons, No. 2.
Freie Presse, No. 3.
Jacob North & Co., No. 1.
Woodruff-Collins, No. 4.
Gravts & Mulligan, No. 5.
State Printing Co., No. 6.
Star Publishing Co., No. 7.
Western Newspaper Union, Nt t
Wood Printing Co., No 9.
George Bros., No. 11.
McVey Printing Co., No. 12.
Ford Printing Co., No76.
VanTine & Young, No. 24.
Dairyman Pub. Co., 130 No. 14th.
Graves Printery, No. 5.
New Century, 213 South Thirteenth.
ORGGANIZED LABOR ON TRIAL.
If Justice Wright is Right Organized Labor Dare Not Fight When
Enemies Attack. i
Another, and perhaps a greater menace to the liberty of speech
and of the press has arisen. This is the decision of Justice Wright
against the American Federation of Labor, and the sentencing
of its officers, Gompers, Mitchell and Morrison to jail for disobedi
ence of the court's order in the boycott of the Buck Stove & Range
The American Federation, of Labor is the chief association of
organized labor in this country. It has been of inestimable value in
improving the condition of the working men both within and with
out labor unions. As the strike has always proved an expensive
and wasteful process and one to be resorted to only in emergencies,
the boycott has proved a most efficient weapon in enforcing labor's
demands, and organized labor has always exercised its prerogative
of saying as publicity as it thought necessary that it does not pat
ronize those whose acts have been hostile to its cause. '"
If Justice Wright's decision is sustained by the higher courts
it will mean that the workingmen of this country have no right
through their organization to retaliate when they j have been , at-.
tacked. It will mean to that extent an abrogation of the right of
freedom of speech and of the press. If Justice Wright's opinion
is found to be justified by the law, it is high time that such an ab
surd, autocratic and un-American law should be stricken from the
statutes. We predict that if Gompers and his associates ever go to
jail ,any political party which adequately represents a protest against
this proceeding, will be triumphant in 1912. Success Magazine.
The union men of Lincoln ought to
be boosting the "Made in Lincoln"
exposition to the utmost limit. Of
course there will be some exhibitors
who are on the unfair list, but wo
don't have to boost them. We can
center our strength on the firms that
are fair. And above all we ought to
be boosting for a bigger ands better
Lincoln. Let's get all the manufac
turing plants possible. If we can't
unionize 'em after they get here it
will be onr own fault.
WITH THE PRINTERMEN.
Some News About the Men Who Put
the Facts In Print.
On Monday, February 1, John W.
Bramwood, secretary-treasurer of the
International Typographical Union,
tendered his resignation to President
Lynch, and the resignation was im
mediately accepted. On February 3
came the announcement that John W.
Hays, first vice-president, had been
appointed to succeed Mr. Bramwood.
Ill-health is given as the cause of
Mr. Bramwood's resignation. He has
been secretary-treasurer and editor
of the Journal for fifteen years. Mr.
Hays has acted as secretary-treasurer
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