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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (July 10, 1909)
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TRADES THareilI COUNCILS
LIXCOIiX, NEBRASKA, JULY IO, 1909
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Among the live Ones
Here and Hereabouts
Has your local selected Its member convict bricklayers, either with or
1 - . :. ! rithmit string A lot of union men
or th general Labor uay roiumu. - - - --- -- .
Or Me 5n" ... I hHit!9r: at I
the bathing beach at Manawa, and
be driven home. The writer has seen
it happen more than once. The Lin
coln laundry that first unionizes, short
ens its hours and raises its wage soa;e,
is going to make more money than any
laundry ever made in Lincoln. It will
have 2.500 earnest boosters behind it-
t If not. better gei uuj.
Day is only about six week off. and if
it is to be celebrated in Lincoln as
usual, now is the time to get busy.
Several locals have selected their com
mitteeman. The celebration last La
bor Day is " evidence of what can
be done by intelligent and tireless el
tort. U was the greatest celebra
tion in the history of Lincoln union
ism. Of course Mayor Love had a right
to appoint whomsoever he pleased to
the position of city weighmasier, but
In appointing a successor to T. C. Kel
.h mavor had no warrant for in-
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; the faithful omciai wno n
were astonished to find several men
on the ground clothed in prison stripes
and minus the union card. The union
men withdrew at once.
Here is another sample of what
unionism stands for: Last week Wal
ter E. Allen, a member of the Electri
cal workers Union at Sioux City, died,
leaving a widow and a couple of
small children. The union buried him.
More than that, it held a special meet
ing the day after the funeral and
raised $100 for the widow and orphans.
And there will be more money forth-
1 coming when the widow and orphans
HH.u - . J. I f nroanWotinill as
chars of the city scales tor tne " " "7
foTor five years. -I want a man who this that the JCirbys .the Cleaves
m ill not be run by the hay setiers
market square." Major Love Is report
ed as saying. That is an insinuation
that is not borne out by the facts. Mr.
Kelsev took charge of the city scales
when that branch of the city's business
was conducted about as loosely as a
business cou'.d be conducted. He
made it a source of profit to the city
and a credit to his business-like Judg
ment. He was faithful and until the
mayor's insinuation appearea, "
noUce of appointment of another, there
never was the faintist intimation that
Mr. Kelsey was not doing his whole
duty. The displacing of Kelsey is
not a matter of surprise unless it be
surprise that It did not occur sooner.
But there are several thousand people
In Lincoln who know Kelsey was not
displaced because of Inefficiency. A
better man tor the place never held it.
and the Parry's would put out of business.
If ever the cigarmakers needed the
support of their fellow unionists they
need it now. The prohibition wave
has worked havoc with their business.
Why? Because - millions of cigars
made by union men and women were
sold in saloons, and now that the sa
loons have been put out of business
that source of demand has been closed.
You can help them wonderfully by ask
ing your grocer to carry Lincoln made
cigars. Begin a systematic demand
for Lincoln made cigars right now.
and if it is made as strong as it
should be, another six months will see
the present force of Lincoln cigar
makers more than doubled.
Installs Officers and Obligates a Couple
of New Members.
Lincoln Typographical -Union No.
209 installed its newly elected officers
last Sunday. Then President Binga
man assumed the gavel and brought
the local through a mass of business in
record time. Two new members were
obligated. Delegate Coffey reported
from the State Federation of Labor
and the union immediately and unani
mously voted to affiliate. It also drew
a warrant for its initiation fee and the
first quarter's dues.
The newly printed copies of the
constitution and bylaws were passed
around. Then the union proceeded to
do a little financial stunt, the vote be
The August meeting will be held just
prior to the St. Joseph convention, and
at that time whatever instructions the
delegates need will be given.
terly report, which showed 133 mem
bers in good standing. This makes the
Musicians' Union the largest in Lin
coln. It also enjoys great financial
STREET RAILWAY MEN.
How They Conspire
Against Union Labor
The truth is that the trouble be
tween the Pittsburg Railway company
Midnight Meeting Was a Hummer and . and its employes was part of the
New Members Taken In.
The Motormen and Conductors held
a special meeting at Bruse's hall at
midnight last Saturday night, and in
! general plan now being carried out
to 'break up the labor unions. There
the language of one of the men it was
a "hum dinger," whatever that is.
A dozen new members were added
to the roll, and the interest and en
thusiasm displayed by the rank and
file was good to see. The members
are taking hold in earnest, and they
are proceeding cautiously. Conserva
tism is in control, and will continue
The meeting lasted until 2 a. m.,
and it was full of ginger to the end.
Some of the speeches made were
worthy of men who have been in the
movement for years.
An effort is on foot to secure the
presence of President Mahon in the
near future, and if he " comes there
will be a meeting that will shake the
building to its foundations.
Sam Chaplin thinks "chicken- awake
and dreams -chicken asleep. That's
why he made a mistake the other day
and drove a nail through his hand in
stead of through a board. This Is an
explanation of why Chaplin is carry
his left hand around in a bandage
and his chair left vacant in the barber
Th. management of the Lincoln
Traction Co.. took special pains to
declare that the increased wage scale
was In no wise due to the fact that
..- mn had orxanixed. Of course it
Th increase Is due wholly to
the generosity of the management. But
Isn't it funny that it took we niu8-
w.t fivo or six years after tne aa
vent of "prosperity to get their gen-
: vorkine order, and that
when It did begin to work It was with
in a week after 85 per cent of the
.mon and conductors had organ-
ixed a union and received a charter
The newly organized Team Drivers
Union held a short meeting Saturday
evening and transacted a lot of busi
ness. The interest in this organiza
tion is growing, and another month
will doubtless see the membership well
around the hundred mark.-
If there is any one class more than
another in Lincoln that needs the ben
efits of organization it is the laundry
workers. The girls in these estab
lishments work long hours at work
ill-suited to them. Their pay is not at
all commensurate with their labors.
Watch the laundries closely this sum
mer. You'll see girls taken from the
terrible atmosphere therein, hot and
moist, and carried fainting to hacks to
First July Meeting was Put Through
5 in "Jig Time.
The Musicians met last Sunday at
noon, and rushed through their busi
ness in jig time. It took just twenty
minutes to transact all the business
and it amounted to a whole lot. But
the executive committee had paved
the way by getting everything ready.
Then again, it was frightfully hot, and
many of the members were due for
PAYS FOR HIS NERVE. .
Violator of Contract Labor Law Con
, victed and Fined.
Norman Thackarey, foreman of the
Arnold Print Works in North Adams,
Mass., was convicted of violating the
alien contract labor law, in the United
States district court last Tuesday, and
fined $200. It was contended he in
duced Clifford Galard and Bernard
Tugwell, two English mill hands, to
come; to this country and work in the
plant of which he was foreman.
still to eat
Secretary Kendrick read the quar-
SAMUEL GOMPERS IN LONDON,
Samuel Gompers, president of the
American Federation of Labor, land
ed from the steamer Baltic at Holy
head, and arrived in London at 1
o'clock on June 27. He was met by
engagements at 2 o'clock witfiWflfieTr-fTJjmsJ' J. . Shaekieixm and James A. Sed-
don, members of the House of Com
mons, and other labor leaders.
have been a number of conferences
held by big employers of labor, most
of whom are members of the Na
tional Manufacturers association, to
devise ways and means of crushing
all organizations of workingmen by
concerted action all over the coun
try. It is said here that the steel
trust first suggested that such an
effort be made and that the Lake
Carriers' association acted with the
steel trust in interesting all other
organized employers of labor in the
The crusade against organized la
bor was decided on, according to the
story told here, over nine months
ago when Van Cleave was president
of the National Manufacturers" asso
ciation, and it was agreed that the
program would be followed out just
as soon as the campaign was over.
The action of the Lake Carriers'
association in declaring for the open
shop and establishing a blacklisting
system was part of the plan.
It i3 stated here that the steel
trust declared for the open shop in
its sheet and tin plate mills in pur
suance of the program agreed upon
over nine months ago, and that in
similarly declaring for the open shop
the Republic Iron and Steel company
is now carrying. out its compact to
join in the movement to destroy the
Proof or the conspiracy has been
obtained, according to reliable au
thority, and this evidence," so it is
said, shows that the hat manufactur
ers had joined In the agreement.
The claim also is made that the
Pittsburg Railway company deliber
ately planned to have its employes
eo on strike and that the scheme
was to inaugurate in this city a gen
eral crusade against organizations of
street railway men aQ over the- cows'
So far as the aUac oa street rail
way unions is concerned, the erosade
ended in failure became of the atti
tude assumed by Mayor Xagee. The
mayor found that, vender an olil law,
he had the power t? seise the prop
erties of the railway company and
operate them on behalf of th muni
cipality. He accordingly served no
tice on the officers of the railway
company that if the strike was noc
settled he would take advantage of
that law, seize the company's prop
erty and operate the road.
This threat brooght the e-KBpaa?
to time immediately. All its care
fully laid plans to continue th strifce
until the unions were destroyed were
It has been learned that week a?i
the railway company here had ar
ranged with other street rail ay
companies in at least a dozea eie
to detail all their extra men to Pitts
burg just as soon as the strike was
declared. And among the companies
that had agreed to send nwa to Pitts
burg to take the places of the strikers
was the International Railway cotzv
pany of Buffalo. Special to Buffalo
Republic from Pittsburg.
BARBERS TO HOLD CONVENTION.
-ir t..i, Tv';-w .Tn th new resident of the Manufacturers'
Association, was most bellicose in his attitude toward organized
labor in his inaugural address at tne time 01 nis recem n-n.
He said among other absurd things: "The way to handle the
animal that we have been fighting is to take mm ny tne noma
and shake the eussedness out of him."
That is not exactly a new policy; Mr. Van Cleave has been
Irving that and Mr. Post and Mr. Parry before him, and yet the
rv" r aur '-on'mal" so far from hanging to existence by a
Ued a union and TM rt, in another part of bis speech
froM their e-tiona. "' than ever. Tfmay not be entirely
the organization had nothing to do
with the Increase, we suggest tnai
the management have their statement
repeated daily in the papers. There
is little enough of humor in the daily
papers these days, anyhow.
The Central Labor Union will meet
next Tuesday evening, and by that
tinw. it is expected that the Labor Day
Committee will be ready to organixe. .
This meeting ought to be a rouser.
There hav been "doings" in the or
ganized labor field since last the cen
tral body met, and when it meets again
there ought to be representatives from
a couple of new unions on the spot-
Bert Chipnian came up from Kan-r-iiv
a few days ago and will visit
with relatives in Lincoln for a time.
He has been in Kansas City tor sever
al months. It looks good to see Bert
around among 'em again. He is al
ways a booster tor unionism. His old
enemy, rhumatism, still gives him a
twinge now and then.
raniial Beach Is a mighty pretty
place these days, and you'll enjoy an
afternoon and evening there with your
family. You'll hear a lot of good union
made music And you will be enter
tained by a number of other attrac
tions furnished by the management.
This amusement resort is worthy of
liberal patronage, and there is no bet
ter place to send your wives and little
ones for a day's outing.
m i .nA Rhrw Workers will
hold their 1911 convention in St. Paul
Tk. nnion bricklayers of Council
Bluffs draw the line at working with
i.f. tn take the "animal" bv the horns. Someone else might be
Mr Kirby waxed very abusive and, as usual with such at-
tempts, resorted to misrepresentation instead 01 stating xauu.. .
that renresentatives of the American Fed-
eration of Labor had accepted invitations to speak before women s
ohiha and that the Y. M. C. A. even desired information on the
lhr movement and that men of standing in the community
should associate with leaders of organized labor. Such wild abuse
might contain possibilities tor grave puone miscniei were 11 uui
neutralized by its own vicious stupidity.
Mr. Kirby as the Bombastes Funoso of the Aiamuactnrers
Association is likely to do more harm to his own class and col
leagues than to the hosts of labor. He is likely to complete the
revolt which started with an outburst in his convention against
Van Cleave s abuse of organized labor. Some employers have been
ith harborina the fire-eating type
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srwwh savored of recklessness and exaggera-
tion. But if this were ever in a degree true of labor s represen
tatives it might have been accounted xor uu- s
of wrong which conceivably would render a man bitter and violent
in his statements; but we hear very little nowadays of this type of
labor orator. Strangely enough the Manufacturers' Association
tko ;isr.rm;hll hitter, reckless tone and its hated opponent
I the labor union manages to keep sweet tempered even under re
r- Tr;rhr fvrc.ts that under our American institutions the
workers are not in a separate class, there is not the old time status
aP o on.l currant hilt" all are in some sense masters of their
own destiny and all equally valuable as eitizens of our eountry.
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None may gainsay tne riiriit or tne worsens u urjiam u cu.-
nli ft of the whole people. Mr. Kirby
t. ClUV tlV .v-a.
makes the mistaken assumption that labor has no rights except
u nAAA..,i ht. tha Anmmvprs nnti 1 1121 l me uiauiiauuu ui
muse anviucu -, -1 -
iflWtr . TmihVioiislv misehievous.
T,,t- ko rf mir oiintrv know better, 1 hey know that
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lakA. .a mi Mnnr.mi neeessitv. that it is here to stay
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and that the moutnings 01 tne iviroy s ami vau viws uut ua
vA Aouoa -ti-hioh thev nroress to represent.
VI vvnr l &1 V - IW i, M-.-k. . xr .
horn of the iniDositions and injustice of
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employers, who, confident of their strength, treated the workers
just .as Mr; Kirby would have them treated now. He would have
fkom run-iriliiil ac cliivoe and orimina s Hp woulil denv tnem an
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rights before the law, and then grossly misrepresent their effort
to obtain justice.
We fear that Mr. Kirby suffered somewhat Irom exasperation
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ana trepidation, xie ijiius mai, luc ktumuic auu m.
w.isvi-o nnnrttrcr ot-o rtnt tn Tn -fnr.loil liv the hitter, vindie-
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live, and viruiem auunc yvxucu aix :oiica "--"i
upon tne labor unions, inere are a good many cuina
who like them.
They have dealt with unions for a period of years and find the
dealing satisfactory, such men can not be iooiea or coerceu iuw
joining the Manufacturers association and conmouting wiifj
in order that the labor unions may be vilified and hounded ont or
While the labor unions much prefer to spend their resources
in the constructive work of organization, and regret the expendi
tures made necessary in court proceedings and unjust injunction
cases, yet we can say truthfully that the fierce attacks of the hire
the Manufacturers' Association in the last two years have
but raised up friends for the labor movement on every side. De-J
spite the depression of the past year and a half the unions have
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held their own and there is no trace 01 any m eixeci ib
attacks of the Tan Cleaveites, and they are now moving forward.
Such persecution has always made the persecuted flourish. The
result seems to worry Mr. Kirby. It looks as though he were not
too cheerful or too hopeful in taking up the bad job where Van
Cleave let it off.
desire to become
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a force for good or to range itself with the constructive and pro
gressive organizations of our time it snouid pray iur a prrur...
who would evidence a sufficient amount of well-balanced gray mat
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ter in his cranium to refrain from suen mournings as iuuk
which Mr. Kirby immensely amused the wnoie counirj rtfceuu..
We said in our editorial last montn:
"it ; lli-o oa-tr that we entprtain neither hope nor desire
that the National Association of Manufacturers shall elect as its
;.i... ,n;na utnnlnvor who has neither the courage, m-
telligence, nor the bonesty of his convictions: but he need not be
an extremist or a fanatic or centuries Denina xne times.
filling so responsible a position should be an employer representa
tive in character, representative in business, and representative of
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the best conceptions Ol American uiauuuuu aim cuii"i'-
Jlr. Kirby is none or tnose tnings, we regret to a, t
effect of his time-worn tactics will be to make his own colleagues
ridiculous rather than to inflict any great damage on the workers.
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Meanwhile the labor movement goes serenely on its way, uunu-
: . nnl naioAtiii(, rrirn rti sni i iri Munnpratinff with everv
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civie, reform and educational foree which makes for progress. A
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comparison OI me wotk acmevea uy iue lauur union ia 11s wu
r.f...tivo flFit iiiiil ti a VlAatniAtive tapt"i fif th TCirhv's and
Van Cleave's should draw a parallel which no sensible employer
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Can auoro to ignore. Aiuencau t-upraiiuuist.
First International Assembly ef "rh
Craft in Many Years.
Something in the way of a novelty
for the Journeymen Barbers' Interna
tional onion is soon to take piace. Th
novelty win be in the form of aa in
ternational convention, and may be
called a novelty becaase It is the first
that the organization has hei.i for a
long time. It will be held in Milwau
kee, beginning October 5. and win oc
cupy about one week.
The organization, was formed is 1 337
in Buffalo. X. Y at a meeting that
was attended by five mem represent
ing five local onions of barbers. TbcT
mmbership, which whea formed was
about ISO. and the membershj ia
good standing at the present time ht
about 26.000. Convention were he id
each year until IS 54. when it was de
cided that they shoald be held rati
three years, and since then there has
been no international cowventio of
the barbers. In support of this poli
cy the argument is advanced that con
siderable money is saved.
One of the matters that will be
brought op at the XQwaakee eoaves
tion will be a proposition to establish
a home for barbers, soraethios; after
the nature of the home of the Interna
tional Typographical anion. Jaroo
Fischer, international secretary of the
barbers. Tisited the Printers' Home-
several months ago, and espressei
mnch satisfaction with what he saw.
He will make a fall report of his vfeiit
daring the convention.
Installed Officers and Transacted m
Lot of Other Business.
Local N'o. 1055 Installed the follow
ing officers Monday night at the regu
President, S. D. Swab. t
Vice-President, EL 31. Heywortd.
Recording Secretary. C. H- Chase.
Financial Secretary. E. S. Acott-
Treasurer, John Pirn.
The attendance was small oa ac
count of celebration of the Fourth.
Next meeting is a called meeting,
and the matter of labor on the pro
posed band stand win come np.
The local is invited to send twi
delegates to the dedication, at Indian
apolis, IbA, of the new headquarters
building, July 22. bat this will fcar dly
be done on aecowat of the expense.
We win have soma more to say shoot
Bro. X. B. Sickard of Cnlverirr
Place is still laid np with rhessaa
tism and his wife is barely able t
be around from the same eacse.
They have been laid up for tw
months or more.
Bra. A. J. Marsh of Eureka Sarins.
Ark is keeDfnc his dnes 9u Says
he does not care to become a hack
number, even if he Is clear away
from any local.
FOR REXT 1221 South 15th St.
choice 3-foom cottage, with bath, sani
tary closet, city water, foresee, gas
for lighting and cooking. Sse law a
and shade, first-class location. See
M. L. Williams. 15 C Sc
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