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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (May 29, 1909)
CENTRAL LABOR UNION.
Electa Federation Delegate and Do
nate to Striking Hatters.
The Central Labor Union met
Thursday evening and performed two
good stunts in a very short space of
time. It elected George Locker to rep
resent it at the State Federation of
Labor meeting and sent $3 to the
striking hatters. In addition to the
$5 voted from the treasurer for the
hatters the delegates present chipped
In and raised $3.03 more, making a1
total of $$.05 for their striking broth
ers. Each delegate was instructed
to urge his local to come across at
once with donations to the hatters
war chest." Now is the time to do
it if it Is done at all. The United
Hatters are up against it. and unless
they get instant assistance they will
O. A. Walker presented his resigna
tion as a delegate from the Bartend
ers Union and Immediately thereafter
presented his credentials as a dele
gate from the Lathers Union. 'This
action means that the Bartenders lost
a faithful and efficient delegate while
the Lathers gain one. And the cen
tral body also gains by the action be
cause it retains Walker's services
while securing the co-operation of an
Mr. Locker's election as delegate to
the Federation meeting was by accla
mation and he accepted the honor in
a neat little speech.
President Hannan was absent on
account of illness and T. C. Kelsey
presided in his stead. The secretary
was notified to correspond with locals
whose delegates have not been regu
lar in attendance.
Getting Back Into the Game Again,
and Will Hustle Some.
The Lathers Union is waking up,
and the membership, while small,
purposes making its influence felt in
industrial circles in this good town.
f or several years it nas oeen exist
ing now it will live and move and
have some being. There are about
twice as many non-union lathers in
Lincoln as there are union lathers,
but the nnion men are going to re
verse this order.
As the first step the Lathers elected
G. A. Walker to represent them in
the central body. Then they decided
to have an open meeting and smoker
on the evening of June 14, at 1034 O
street, and all lathers, nnion and non
union will be invited. At this meet
ing the. situation will be discussed
aad an effort made to show the non
unionists the benefits of organization.
The union will also seek the co-operation
of the other building trades.
William Jacobs has been elected by
the Lathers as their delegate to the
State Federation of Labor.
Cities and meet people who are really
interested in helping workingmen ad
vance their best interests. It was an
inspiration to meet and mingle with
as fine a lot of men as made up our
Annual Memorial Services Will Be
Held on Sunday, May 30.
Lincoln Ty poo graphical Union No.
209, assisted by Capital Auxiliary No.
11, will observe "Printer's ' Memorial
Day" next Sunday, (tomorrow) .May
30. The annual memorial sermon will
be delivered at the First Christian
church, corner Fourteenth and M
streets, by the pastor. Rev. Harry H.
Harmon. Union and Auxiliary, with
all friends who care to join them, will
meet at the Lindell hotel, corner at
10:30 Sunday morning, and at 11
o'clock will proceed in a body to
At 2:45 in the afternoon the Union
and Auxiliary will meet at Fraternity
hall, and at 3:15 will take a special
car to Wyuka cemetery. At the Union
burial lot appropriate decorative ser
vices will be held. Following is the
Song. "Nearer My God to Thee."
Invocation, Brother Fred W. Mickel.
Address, C. D. Traphagen, manager
State Journal Co.
Address, Brother George EL Locker.
Decorations of Burial Lot.
Benediction. Rev. H. H. Harmon.
At the conclusion of the services at
the Burial Lot a committee will dec
orate the graves of deceased members.
All who can do so are requested to
A circular from Omaha Union No.
190 conveys the pleasing intelligence
that thirty-five shops in Omaha and
South Omaha are now using the label.
Six linotype compositions firms, six
daily newspapers all there are in
Omaha and South Omaha and twenty-
six weekly papers are also printed
in union offices.
H. C. Peat, chairman of No. 209's
label committee has received notices
that the following concerns are using
unfair printing: Kickapoo Medicine
Co., CHntonville, Conn.; Allen's "Foot
Ease Co.. LeRoy, X. Y.; Munyon Rem
edy Co., Philadelphia: Foster-Milburn
Co.. Buffalo. N. Y. As a result of
the label campaign the Free port Hook
Co., Free port. Ills., is now using the
"little joker on its printed matter.
- CAPITAL AUXILIARY.
Their Delegate to Minneapolis Brings
Back Interesting Report.
While there is absolutely nothing
doing along business lines with the
Bartenders Union of Lincoln, do not
make the mistake of thinking that
the local is a "dead one." Far be it
from so. The charter still hangs on
the wall, the members, although seek
ing other work, are still paying dues.
sick benefits and looking after depen
Charley Benson, who represented
the Lincoln local at the international
convention at Minneapolis the first
of the month, has returned to Lin
coln and brings back an interesting
report of the convention's proceed
ings. We had about 200 delegates," said
Mr. Benson, "and every session was
full of business that was transacted in
a business-like way. The per capita
tax was increased from 15 to 25 cents
a month, which will put about $10.
000 more each year into our treasury
to use for the benefit of the organiza
tion. Our old officers were re-elected
with practically no opposition.
"Our treatment at the hands of the
people ot Minneapolis was fine. The
social entertainments were numer
ous, and while not at all neglecting
business the delegates were permitted
to take in many interesting sights,
look over the fine parks of the Twin
Decides on New Plans for Arousing
Interest In Organization.
Capital Auxiliary No. 11, met Wed
nesday afternoon with Mrs. W. M.
Maupin, 840 North Thirty-third street.
Owing to the bad weather the at
tendance was not as large as usual.
Arrangements were made for the an
nual memorial services Sunday morn
ing and afternoon.
The Auxiliary is planning to arouse
more Interest by having one open
meeting each month. The members
will endeavor to interest non-members
by inviting them to these meet
ings. The first open meeting will be
held on June 9 at the home of Mrs.
Will Bustard. Twenty-ninth and N
streets. Each members is expected to
bring one or more friends who are
eligible to membership. W. M. Mau
pin will be present and give a short
talk along union lines.
FLAYS LABOR'S ENEMY.
John Mitchell Denounces John Kirby
In Most Emphatic Language.
New York, May 26. The recent, ar
raignment of organized labor made
here in the course of his speech of
acceptance by John Kirby of Dayton,
Ohio, the newly elected president of
the National Association of Manufac
turers, is made the subject of a con
demnatory article by John Mitchell,
former president of the United Mine
Workers of America, published In the
current issue of the National Civic
Mr. Mitchell quotes Mr. Kirby as
saying that he has been elected to the
presidency of the National Association
of Manufacturers, not on account of
his ability or on account of his national
reputation, but because the members
of the association know where, he
stood on the labor question.
He then goes on to illustrate where
Mr. Kirby stands on this question by
contrasting his utterances on the sub
ject of organized labor with those of
President Taf t, Pope Leo . . Ill, Cardin
al Manning, Gladstone, the late Mark
Hanna, Potter Palmer, Wendell Phil
lips, the late Bishop Potter and Mel
ville E. Ingalls.
From the parallel Mr. Mitchell de
duces "that the only truthful and sane
declaration made by the newly chosen
spokesman of the National Association
of Manufacturers, is that in which he
says: 'I have not been seleced as your
president on account of my ability.'
"Paradoxical as it may appear," con
cludes Mr. Mitchell, "the representa
tives of this employers association in
one breath decry and denounce what
they term 'class divisions,' and class
hatreds, and in the next breath malign
and berate their fellow citizens who
are workingmen and all other groups
in society In sympathy with, the legiti
mate purposes and high ideals of the
labor movement. They claim and pro
claim the right and necessity of orga
nization among employers, yet deny to
workingmen the right of organization
and combination. . They prate about
law and order, yet advocate violence
and anarchy. They suggest the nse of
the cannon as a means of dispersing
the workingmen. They malign and
traduce the great majority of the em
ployers of labor who refuse to join
them in carrying forward their un
holy and un-American designs to de
stroy the organized labor movement,
and to cap the climax of their incon
sistency they impugn the motives and
question the. intelligence of the religi
ous, educational and philanthropic in
stitutions of our country, simply be
cause those institutions have opened
their doors to the organized labor
movement and have listened respect
fully to the claims made in behalf of
workingmen and women whose brain
and brawn have contributed in no
small degree to the commercial, intel
lectual and moral supremacy of tbe
"How much better it would be for
themselves, how much more would it
contribute to the honor and glory of
our common country if these gentle
men of the National Association of
Manufacturers would examine with
open minds and intelligent discern
ment the real purposes, policy and
philosophy of the American labor
ALL WROUGHT UP!
EVERY SHOE "UNION MADE" HERE
$3.50 a $4
All w-"FCS KEN"--AII Mtw
Street Railway Men Eicited Enough
to Talk About Organizing.
The Traction company employes
have been all wrought up for several
days. So wrought up, indeed, that
they actually held a meeting and cifter
framing up a protest mentioned with
bated breath the subject of organi
Because the management posted no
tices in the cars asking patrons to
report any incivility of motormen and
conductors the men grew wroth. But
they must be given credit for one
thing they didn't ask the Ministerial
Union to appear before the council
and get an ordinance passed prohibit
ing the posting of such, obnoxious no
tices. That's the way they got the
The men also want an increase inj
the wage scale. By working every
day an average of twelve hours a
day the four-year men can make about
$75 a month. They want a little more.
The two-year men can make about
$56 a month. They, too. want a raise.
They will petition for it.
This petitioning business, when it
comes to a wage increase point, is a
little funny to union men. Union men
usually have some voice in fixing the
wage scale for. their craft. They long
since discarded the petition game.
It is claimed that the street rail
way men would organize were it not
for the opposition of some of the old
er employes. Well, suppose the old
men do oppose the idea? They'll die
some of these days, but when they do
those who are young men now will
be old men then. Why not organize
today? Why not get In touch with thir
ty or forty thousand other street rail
way employes? Why not have some
voice in fixing hours and wages? Why
not profit by the example of other
The street railway employes of
Lincoln will never get anything as
long as they "wait for Scudder."
THAT PRISON CONTRACT.
Governor Shallenberger Right In Of
fering Extension of the Evil.
Governor Shallenberger has made
a strong protest against the letting of
a contract for leasing Nebraska con
vict labor to a St. Louis firm to make
overalls and jumpers and sell them
on the market in competition with
free labor, and we hope the influence
of the governor will be strong enough
to win the co-operation of the repub
lican members of the state board,
which has charge of this matter. It
would be very bad politics for the re-
Competitive Managers Sate
. Our business this season has been ahead of last year's, and we are going to
by and show the largest possible gain for the first six months of this year, so du
ring the month of June we are going to hold a
Managers' Competitive Sale
Each buyer for the separate departments is going to enter a contest against
each other for a prize. The department man or woman that can make their de
partment show the largest percentage of gain over the business for the correspond
ing month last year will win the prize and their name will be published in the
Where the Public Comes In
Every Department Manager Knows that the Way to Seccre CI3
Sales is to Give Cig Values
so that the month of June will be one of extraordinary values in our store.
LOOK FOR PINK CARDS ON SPECIAL VALUES
THE STORE THAT
A T I S ! I E
publican board to override the demo
cratic governor and make a contract
with those speculators. It would be
contrary to public sentiment to do so
and be simply giving Nebraska the
worst of it to give money to outside
speculators. Governor Shallenberger is
dead right in his position on this mat
ter and we want to see him sustained
by the other state officers. Western
FELLOW-SERVANT LAW KILLED.
The Illinois legislature Wednesday
passed by a vote of 98 to 8 an employ
ers' liability bill, which abolishes the
fellow servant rule in regard to haz
ardous occupations, and it also nulli
fies all contracts of employment which
releases the employers from responsi
bility for bodily injury.
DOES SOUND FOOLISH.
This Talk About "Delivering" the
State Federation of Labor.
The Sunday Bee's Lincoln corre
spondent needlessly took a fall out
of Labor Commissioner Will M. Man-
pin's efforts to organize a state fed
eration of labor in Nebraska. He de
clares Maupin is organizing a political
machine for Governor Shallenberger
in the state . federation. L J. Copen-
harve. a republican and an employe
of the Bee, is a delegate from the Om
aha printers' union to that convention
and he is a candidate for secretary of
the new state organization He is the
only candidate for one of the offices
that we have heard of and no doubt
he will be elected, as he is a capable
fellow. We would like to have the
Bee's Lincoln man explain how Mau
pin is to "deliver" the state federation
of labor to Governor Shallenberger
without the repnblican secretary of
the organization knowing something
about it- We do not know who the
delegates of this convention are, or
how many have been elected, but we
do know that the job of making a
political machine of the federation is
quite an undertaking, and Will Maupin
knows better than to even think of
such a foolish ' thing. If Governor
Shallenberger makes good as an offi
cer of the state, the rank and file of
organized labor win not need to be
told about It next year by the dele
gates who attend the convention in
Lincoln in June of this year. This
thing of organizing a political ma
chine out of a state federation of la
bor is such an easy task, why did not
Labor Commission Jack Ryder orga
nize it for Governor Sheldon? Shel
don was a good governor and Jack Ry
der is a whole lot shrewder man poli
tically than is Will Maupin. Jack Ry
der ran the labor commissioner job
the way he thought best for the state
and nobody criticised him. Now, let
Maupin take a turn at it. Maybe Mau
pin is making a mistake by promoting
the organization of the state federa
tion of labor. Maybe he ain't. Instead
of Maupin making a political machine
A Matter of
HE EXPENSE IS ALWAYS A
CONSIDERATION WITH THE
WAGE EARNER, but if you im
agine the use of Gas for Fuel is
more expansive than coal, you 'v
another think coming.
The Cost of Gas
Fuel Gas is cheaper than coal and it is al
ways at hand, no matter how cold or hot the
day; no matter how stormy the weather, we
deliver the fuel into the kitchen. And yoa
can save just one-half the fuel bills by using
gas. We are able to prove tins assertion. You
will save health, time and temper, too.
A Modern Gas Range
is a time-saving tool that the housewife is en
titled to. We have them in the best and most
reliable makes. Come in and see them. Open
evenings for your convenience.. Let us dem
onstrate to you the economy of using fuel
Lincoln Gas & Elec
tric Light Company
of the new state organization for
Governor Shallenberger it Is just pos
sible the socialists may capture it
rand make a socialist machine out of
it Maupin stands about as much
chance as we do to control the votes
of men he does not know or has never
seen. We say to the onions of Omaha:
Elect -a delegate to the Lincoln con
vention and then instruct him to vote
for the kind of federation yoa want.
This is just what they win do, any
how, so our advice is .wasted. West
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