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LINCOLN, XEBEASKA,' MARCH 27, 1909
Among the Live
The plans for the State Federation
of Labor meeting are progressing rap
Idly. Just as soon as the Deputy Labor
Commissioner can get in correspond--.re
ith the secretaries of various
Nebraska locals and secure some idea
of what date will be most convenient,
tl-e date for the initial meeting will
b' announced. However, the meeting
wii be held in Lincoln, probably at
the state house,. and it is more than
likely that it will be held some time
The need for a State Federation of
Labor was emphasised when Deputy
l-jibor Commission Maupin undertook
t. bamim caiti a itata rtfinrfkrninfir the
;.dea union of Xebraska. Before he
could make even a start he was com
pelled to write to Secretary Morrison
cf the American Federation of Labor
secure a list of all the secretaries
of national and international unions
affiliated with the parent body. Then
ne had to write to each of these gen
eral secretaries and secure the names
ad addresses of the secretaries of
locals in Nebraska.
Now that he has the names of most
ot the secretaries Deputy CoininU
iVner Maupin lu.s a foundation upon
which to work.
Some interesting things, have de
r toped in the deputy commissioner's
correspondence relative to this state
r cling. There are perhaps one bun
dled steam laundries In Nebraska,
employing more than 1,300 girls and
men. These laundries are not the
jtst pleasant places in the world in
iiich to work, and the wages are not
ta inificent. Yet. despite the apparent
t-eed of organization among this class
ot workers, there Is not a single local
of the Shirt, Waist and Laundry
Workers International Union in Ne-
. L: aska.
The- International Union of Steam
Uiglneers has one local in Nebraska,
Nx 3$ of Omaha. Lincoln local No.
Vi has been suspended since last May.
The International Association of
lridc and Structural Iron Workers
lias one local in Nebraska. No. 21 of
The International Alliance of Theat-
t Stage Employes has two locals
in Nebraska. Omaha and Lincoln.
The Bartenders International League
has two locals, Omaha and Lincoln.
The Boilermakers and Iron Ship
ouilders Brotherhood has eight locals
in Nebraska, Omaha. North Platte,
I ivelock. McCook. Fairbury. Alliance.
Grand Island and Lincoln.
The Coopers International Union
has one local 'rnaha.
Nebraska Is becoming a great mill
ing state and tea several cereal food
nil's, but to date It has not one local
ui tbe whole state.
The Cigarmakers International
Uuion has five locals in Nebraska.
U-itaha. Lincoln. Grand Island, Platts-i-uth
The Sheet Metal Workers' Interna
tional Alliance has one local in the
u le. Omaha.
The Brotherhood of Railway Clerks
boa one local. Omaha.
The International Alliance of Bil
Posters and BUlers of America has
nc local, Omaha.
The Journeyman Barbers' Interna
tional Union of America boasts of
st'ien live locals In Nebraska, as fol
lows: Omaha, Lincoln. Beatrice.
S.'uth Omaha. Fairbury. Nebraska City
I t Fremont.
The International Brotherhood of
I .cat her workers on Horse Goods has
f jur locals, Omaha. Lincoln, Fremont
The Journeyman Tailors Union has
a local at Omaha and one at Lincoln.
The International Typographical
Union boasts of three locals, Omaha,
U i) coin and Fremont.
The United Brotherhood of Carpen
t n and Joiners ot America has ten
locals as follows: Beatrice, Fairbury,
Fieinont. Grand Island. Holdrege, Lin
coln, McCook and Nebraska City, with
a Trl-City district council made up of
C-uiaba and South Omaha, each city
I ving a local.
The Wood. Wire and Metal Lathers'
International Union has two locals,
Omaha and Lincoln.
The Amalgamated Meat Cutters and
Bit cher Workmen are getting to the
ficnt again but at this time there is
n- thing to say.
The International Brotherhood of
, Klctrical Workers has four locals.
Krvmont, Lincoln and two in Omaha.
The Amalgamated Association of
Street and Electric Railway Em
ployes of America has one Nebraska
The American Federation of Musi
ns has two locals. Omaha and Lin
This by no means exhausts the list
o local unions in Nebraska. It merely
takes in all those whose general sec
retaries have responded to the request
of the deputy labor commissioner for
formation. But this information is
coming in every day, and by the first
of the week doubtless the deputy
labor commissioner will have full in
formation at hand upon which to work.
One thing is sure there is goins;
10 be a State Federation of Labor
meeting in Lincoln during the coming
unmer if it is held by only one man.
The social dance given by Capital
Auxiliary Thursday evening was thor
oughly successful from the social
standpoint, and by no means a dis
appointment financially. This live
organization is seeking to make an
adequate contribution to the fund
necessary to erect a suitable monu
ment over the graves of the union
dead in the cemetery at the Union
Printers Home at Colorado Springs.
The social was held at Bohanan's hall.
Quick's orchestra furnishing the music.
There was a lack of printers in at
tendance, due to so many working at
nights and overtime in the job offices.
A number of friends of the Auxiliary
and Union were on band, however, to
share in the pleasures of the evening.
The Auxiliary will give other socials
i' ring the coming season, and prom
ises to help entertain the delegates
who will come to the State Federation
of Labor meeting.
EJsewhere will be found a report of
the last meeting of the Labor Temple
d' rectory. It is with pleasure that The
A LABOR PRIMARY MARCH 29
FOR CITY CLERK VOTE FOR ONE.
F. H. HEBBARD, Member Typographical Union.
WALTER BROWN, Member Pressmen's Union.
W. L. MATER, Member Electrical Workers' Union.
The trades unionists of Lincoln, through ehoseu representatives, '
have selected the above names to be voted upon at a labor primary
for the position of city clerk and the position of water commissioner.
This is under the present city charter. It was not deemed advisable
to attempt to run too many labor representatives. Instead, it was
thought best to cenfer upon two offiees which come in closest eontact
with labor and make an effort to elect union men to those two offices.
If the charter bill becomes a law the two men selected to stand as
candidates at the May election will be made candidates for places up
on the commission.
Two weeks ago the Central Labor Uuion set this ball in mo
tion. That body called a meeting of representatives of the different
Lincoln unions, the purpose being to select a list of possible candi
dates and outline a plan of procedure. This committee held severa;
meetiugs and last Tuesday made its final report to the Central Labor
Union. It reported a decision to nominate candidates only for city
clerk and water commissioner: to present three names for each of
fice, and to hold a primary vote for the purpose of selecting one man
for each office.
The report of this committee was accepted aud the primary will
be held at Carpenters' Hall, Bohannon block, corner Tenth and M
streets, next Monday afternoon and evening. The polls will be open
from 12:30 p. in., until 7:30 p. m., and every union man is urgently
requested to cast a vote for the nieu of his choice. The vote will be
by Australian ballot. The proper petitions will be handled by the
judges of election, and each voter will be expected to sign the pe
The six men whose names have been submitted to the union ref
erendum are all amply qualified to fill the positions for which they
have been mentioned. They are staunch trades unionists and worthy
the confidence of their fellow men. Their party affiliations are not
known to The Wageworker, and they matter not at all. It is enough
to know that thev are true blue unionists, upright eitizens and quali
fied to fill the offices with credit to themselves and to their city.
Mr. Hebbard is a member of the Typographical Union, of which
organization he has been financial secretary for three years. He has
lived iu Lincoln for upwards of fifteen years and is a man of un
blemished character. His ability is evidenced by the satisfactory
manner in which he has handled the large financial affairs of Lin
coln's largest trades union.
Walter Brown is a member of the Pressmen's Union, and is
in charge of the press room of the Freie Presse press rooms, a posi
tion of responsibility. He has been an officer of his union for a long
time. Mr. Brown is qualified in every way for the office to whieh
he has been nominated and would make an excellent official.
W. L. Maver is a member of the Brotherhood of Electrical Work-
Wageworker reports signs of revival
of the temple project. The directors
are going to do something or ''bust a
Harrie Thomas, editor of the Har
vard Courier, and formerly a member
ot Lincoln Typographical Union, has
bevn appointed secretary of the state
pnnting board, vice Lou Frazier, re
s' .-ned. Mr. Frazier resigned the sec
rtUryship in order to accept the posi
tion of postmaster at Fairmont. Mr.
Thomas is a practical printer and
ell qualified for the position. How
ever, it is not likely that he will enjoy
rue privilege of drawing a salary very
long. Either the governor will be
given the power to appoint, or the
present board will be abolished and a
l-i inting commissionership created
wth the governor the commissioner
and empowered to appoint a deputy.
In that event tbe secretaryship, or
deputy ship, will probably go to some
Clark Dailey of Havelock. who is an
active member of the Machinists
Un'on and employed in the Havelock
hops, has announced his willingness
t-i accept the nomination for county
commissioner, subject to the repub
lican primaries. Mr. Dailey is vouched
for by his fellow unionists and by a
large number of people who are not
unionists. His ability is beyond ques
tion and the indications are that he
wU make a warm race for the nom
ination. He is deserving of the sup
rort of his feiiow unionists.
BOOSTING THE LABEL.
ricient Order United Workmen Com
mittee Helps the Cause.
The grand lodge of the Ancient
Older of United Workmen of Nebraska
will meet in Lincoln on May 11. The
it mmittee on badges and banners
held a meeting in Lincoln last Monday
aud it unanimously decided that all
kidsts and banners wonld have to
bear the union label.
It did not require any argument to
convince the committee that this was
SELECTION, THEN STAND BY THEM
the proper thing to do. The commit
tee was right from the start. Bids
from non-union houses were not con
sidered, but the contracts were let to
houses that could furnish the label,
and at that the committee got the
Organized labor certainly ought to
appreciate this friendly feeling and
reciprocate at every opportunity.
Union Printer Will Adjudicate in the
Western Base Ball Circuit. -
John M. Dugan, member of Cincin
nati Typographical Union, and a base
ball enthusiast of renown, will be on
the - umpirir al staff of the Western
League this season. When he shows
pp in Lincoln he is going to get the
gi&d hand from a big buncn of union
ists, about 120 of whom carry cards
just like his own.
Johnnie Dugan is a prince of good
fellows and an all-'round good fellow.
In addition to that he is amply qual
ified by experience and knowledge of
the fine points of the game to make
a top-notch umpire.
The Wageworker doffs its union bon
net to Umpire Dugan, "square man.
There is nothing, save the ballot.
more powerful or more effective than
the union label in cementing the
workers. Label agitation means
solidarity, and when united action is
once secured, it can be used on the
political as well as on the economic
field. The label as an educator is
The strength of a labor union is
measured by the loyalty and courage
of the average member. Look into
your own heart, comrade; if you are
all right you need not doubt your
brothers. Buffalo Republic.
Only twenty-three deserters from
'from the 8,000 union batters who have
beeu locked out. That's a mighty
FOR WATER COMMISSIONER VOTE FOR ONE.
O. M. RUDY, Member Electrical Workers' Union.
C. H. CHASE, Member Carpenters' Union.
BERT CH1PMAN, Member Plumbers' Union.
ers. and is at present its financial secretary and its representative
in the district conference. He is one of the most active trade union
ists in this section and there is no better qualified man for the posi
tion of itv lerW within th Pivrnnrsitp limits of th eitv
The three men named above
of city clerk- It ought to give pleasure to every union man to sup
port any one of the three for this responsible position.
O. M. Rudy is a member of the Brotherhood of Electrical Work
ers and is now holding a responsible position with the Lincoln Tele
phone and Telegraph company. He is a past president of the Cen
tral Labor Union, an expert eletcrician and a man of considerably
more than ordinary ability. His worth is testified to by members
of his own union.
C. II. Chase is a member of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and
Joiners and is one of the most enthusiastic trades unionists in this
section. lie is a man of unquestioned integrity, possesses ability i:i
a marked degree, and is worthy the confidence of every citizen anx
ious for the betterment of civic affairs.
Bert Chipman is a plumber by trade and for years was one of
the most active members of the union of that craft. For two years
he has been connected with the city plumbing inspector's office,
and for that reason has been required . to take a withdrawal card.
But Mr. Chipman is still a trades unionist. He is amply qualified by
experience for the offiqe, and his character is such as to recommend
him to the people of Lincoln.
The three men named above have been suggested for the office
of water commissioner. Every unionist in Lincoln may well be
proud of an opportunity to support any one of the three at the polls.
From the three names submitted in connection with each of
these two offices it will be possible to select one who is not only
worthy of union support, but whom the trade unionists can recom
mend to their friends and fellow citizens.
There never was a better time than now for Lincoln unionists
! to set into the same and secure
tion will be thoroughly non-partisan.
appear on the regular ballot
ticket by petition. There are enough union, men in Lincoln to elect
these two officers if they will only get together, work together and
vote together. The Wageworker couldn't pick out six better men.
It feels that it could not support two better men than will be se
lected from .tblsMist of six. Every one of the six is personally known
to this newspaper, and it will stake its all on their abilitj their
honesty and their good citizenship.
It is the duty of every unionist to attend this labor primary,
vote for the two men of his choice and then sign the required pe
tition. We can win and we will win if every one of us will do his
Central Labor Union
r Demands New Charter
The Central Labor Union met Tues
day evening and got away with a lot
of important business. Among other
things it adopted resolutions asking
the legislature to pass the proposed
charter and House Roll 414, which
provides that all cities having over
5,000 people shall have the privilege
cf making their own charters.
President-elect , Hannan appeared
ai.d was installed, and after assuming
Uic gavel showed that he knows bow
to push business along. The following
resolutions were unanimously adopted
and the secretary instructed to send
copies of the same to the senate and
house of representatives:
"Whereas, The people of Lincoln
have evidenced a preference for a com
mission form of government, and
"Whereas, The proposed charter.
while not in all of its features what
we would have it, is a step in the
light direction, tending to a better
municipal government, and
"Whereas, A cardinal principle of
trades unionism is the initiative and
referendum, this body, made op of
delegates from affiliated bodies repre
senting a large percentage of the total
voters of the city sought to secure the
submission of said charter to a vote
of the people, and
"Whereas. The legislature has seen
St to deny to us the privilege of so
voting upon the instrument under
wCich we shall live and conduct our
municipal business, therefore be it
'Resolved, That while deprecating
the refusal of the legislature to sub
mit the charter to a referendum, we
still insist upon the commission form
of government and therefore petition
the legislature to enact the proposed
charter into law, leaving it to as to
secure correction of whatever errors
may develop in future.
"Resolved, That while we can see
shortcomings in the proposed charter.
we can see in it a long step' towards
Meeting trades union demands, in that
have been suggested for the office f
representation. The coming elec-
No partisan designation will
Every' candidate must go upon the;'-0 day' work toward the erection of
it nrovides for the initiative and ref
erendum, and. above all. the recall.
whereby faithless or worthless pabbc
oifir-ials may be discharged from tna
public service; that it eliminates par
tisanship, that bane of progress lost.
rom municipal government and pots
merit above party affiliatios; that it
renters responsibility and 1b a meas-
i prevents payment of poiitiral
debts with public funds and pubfie
Resolved. That Liacoia Central
Labor Union record itself in favor of
the immediate enactment of the pro
posed charter into law, and promise
to join with all good citizens in am
effort to further elevate the moral and
commercial welfare of tbe city of
which we are so rightfully vrood.
And be it farther
'Resolved. That this body respect
fully petition the honorable senate to
pa H. R- 414. now past the house,
which gives cities of 5.0OO and over
the privilege of making their own
President Hannan, announced tao
appointment of the folio icing com
mittees: Label Jones. Typographical; M
Mahon, Cigarmakers; Evans. Barbers.
Organization Keisey. Leatnerworfc-
ers: Anderson. Electrical Workers.
Home Industry Potter. Glove Work
ers; Dailey, Machinists ; Benson.
Chase was appointed chairman of a
committee of three, his two associates
u be selected by himself, to formulate
i working plan for the employment of
an educational secretary and submit
the same to the central body at lis
A committee was appointed to
watch the garnishee bill now in tbe
legislature and use ever7 effort to
prevent its enactment into law.
The meeting was the best attended
in many months and tbe Interest was
keen. The machinists were well rep
resented and the presence of a dele
gate from the glove workers was a
source of pleasure.
THANKS, BROTHER GUINEV.
Fellow Labor Editor Pays Wageworker
Editor a Compliment.
Will M- Maupin. editor of The
Wageworker at Lincoln. Xeb, and
now labor commissioner of that state,
is nothing if not forcible and pro
gressive. He starts bis administra
tion of the important office to which
Le has recently been appointed by in
augurating a moTement which will
undoubtedly succeed under bis Inspir
ing management and be of great as
sistance to organized labor in his
state. He has announced that soma
time daring the early summer he wis
call n meeting at Lincoln for the par-
pose of organizing a state federatjoa
of labor in Nebraska. His plan is to
get each labor organization in the
state to send one delegate and bare
this delegate convention draft a form
ft organization and government for
the proposed federation. Knowing
what we do of the benefits derived
from oar own state federation, w
commend his purpose most cordially;
i.nd knowing what we do of him. we
can see only success for his undertaking-
Our best wishes attend the ven
ture and oar full confidence in its"
keneficient and fruitful results goes
hand in band wtih them. Minnesota
EVANGELIST SUNDAY "RIGHT.
"Billy Sunday, in addressing the
Carpenters Union, who attended the
r-ieeting in the tabernacle last week.
hs. quoted as saying in the beginning of
his address: "Xo class of men get
next to my heart and exist in whom I
become so enwrapped, more than the
expressmen, carpenters' onion and ail
men of toil. Every place 1 have gone
J many of them hare contributed one or
Uie tabernacle. They are always
anxious to help, and when we mnt
compelled to hire any help it is always
rnion men. There's n bunch that has
never turned me down; never passed
me np. and to all I express my appre
ciation and esteem. Springfield (ITL)
New York legislators have
confronted with a bin. providing for
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