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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (Sept. 11, 1909)
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Matters of Especial Interest To and Con
cerning Those Who Do the
Work of the World
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EVERY EVENING AT 8:45
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Every sack warranted. We want the trade of
Union men and women, and we aim to deserve it.
If your grocer does not handle Liberty Flour, 'phone
us and we will attend to it. Ask your neighbor
how she likes Liberty Flour. We rely on the
recommendation of those who use it.
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J. H. M. MULLEN, CUTTER AND MGR.
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LITTLE HATCHET FLOUR
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It is insurance against sweat shop and
tenement goods, and against disease. . . .
William DobstV secretary of the
Bricklayers and Masons International
union, has finished his report for the
six months ending June 30. and copies
of the report have been sent to the
rarious local unions throughout the
country. In regard to the report Mr.
Dobson says: -In submitting the
semi-annual returns of subordinate
unions for the term ending June 30,
1909. we find much that is gratifying,
for, notwithstanding the continuous
efforts that are being made through
out many parts of our jurisdiction to
establish the non-union shop, our org
anization as a whole remains intact.
Conditions of work, at least so far as
our members are concerned, are much
improved over those of last year, and
we have every reason to believe that
the future holds much that is good in
store for us.
'The eastern states are once more
enjoying the blessing of ready employ
ment. New York city in particular,
which was one of the most afflicted
cities during the recent great finan
cial panic, has become the scene of
great activity in the building indus
try, and at the time of writing nearly
all of our members are employed. And
the most pleasing feature of this sud
den improvement in our affairs gen
erally is the indication that the pres
ent activity will continue for an in
"The middle west is very satisfac
tory, and much improvement is shown
in the southland. In the far west,
while no boom is on, our members
generally are being employed. The
southwest, however, is where the
great wave pf prosperity has struck
us as never before in the history of
our organization. In that section of
the country the demand for our labor
has been uuusually great and the
wages correspondingly high. Condi
tions in the northwest, to say the
least, are on a par with former
years. ilr. Dobson explains, how
ever, that trade disturbances still con
front the organization in many sec
tions of the country.
The report shows that the total
membership in good standing was 60.
6S2, a net gain of about 200 in the six
months. Some of the strongest unions,
by the way, failed to send in their re
ports, and so this information is not
altogether complete. The report
further shows that the total number
of local unions was 993.
In regard to finances, the report
says that the financial reports of sub
ordinate unions show that about $17.-
900 was paid out to sustain strikes,
$3,100 of which was donated to unions
of other trades. The sum of $43,500
was paid out for beneficial purposes.
the amount being about 113,000 less
than for the corresponding term of
the preceding year. The amounts in
the treasuries of subordinate unions
showed s total of $353,502, which, com
pared with the previous report, was
an increase of about $33,500.
German Iron Workers.
Consul George Nicholas lift of Nu
remberg reports as follows concerning
the prevailing wages in the South
German iron and steel industry In
"The South German Iron and Steel
which comprises 12.493 concerns, em
ploying 210.6S9 workmen, reports the
average yearly earnings of a fully em
ployed journeyman workman during
the year 1908 at $283.94. as compared
with S2S0.13 in 1907, an increase of
$3.31 for the year. Not counting Sun
days and deducing SO days for holi
days, it will thus be seen that the av
erage daily wages of the journeymen
workmen in the South German iron
and steel industries was less than 97
"While even this was a slight in
crease for the workman lucky enough
to have steady employment, there was,
however, during the year less em
ployment to be had than in 1907. The
number of hours of actual labor per
formed in these concerns In 1907 was
592,950.000 and for 1908 this dropped
to 591.160.000 hours, a decrease of
1.790,000 hours, or. at eight hours per
day. a total of 283.750 days less.
"Because of this lesser opportunity
to work, the annual earnings of the
individual workmen were, in many
cases, undoubtedly considerably small
er. The number of journeymen work
men employed in 1903 was 197.054, as
compared with 197.649 in 1907, but the
advance in wages was enough to
make the total wages paid slightly
higher, the actual figures being $54.-
901.840 for 1908 and $54,649,560 for
1907. The number of employes in
sured (including masters, journeymen
and apprentices) was 210.689 for 1903,
as compared with 210,246 for 1907."
Child Labor in England.
A committee of the British board of
education has learned that 170,000
children between the ages of 1J and
14 have left school and are not re
ceiving any kind of further Instruc
tion, and that out of a total of 3.000,
000 children not yet 17 years old. onlj
one in four is striving after additional
educational equipment. The natural
result Is that through lack of tech
nical training countless thousands fail
to acquire that knowledge of handi
craft which would enable them, to
rise to higher levels in skilled em
ployment, while the absence of
physical training eventuates in im
paired bodily powers and consequent
poverty of self-control. Nor is that
the worst aspect of the situation.
Such are the conditions of modern in
dustry that there is an increasing ex
ploitation of boy and girl labor during
the years of adolescence. Washing
. Actors' Pay in Germany.
The campaign of the German actors
in favor of the new theater laws which
are under consideration In the Ger
man reichstag has caused much pub
lic discussion as to the profession and
the income which it yields. One sta
tistical article which is being exten
sively circulated says that 45 per cent.
of Germany's actors receive from 720
to 1,000 marks a year; S3 per cent.,
2.400 marks; 20 per cent, from 2.400
to 3,000 marks, and only ten per cent,
have an income of over 3,000 marks a
year. The worst of it all. the actors
say. is that they cannot be employed
for a whole year, even at those fig
ures. "That the theater year only
lasts about nine months Is no fault
of ours, nor do we blame the man
agers, but that 3,000 marks a year
(about $750) is looked upon as good
par for an actor for a year's services
is proof that we should have an or
ganization. says one of the aggrieved
Unions Help Girls.
The waitresses of Chicago have a
onion that makes It possible for them
to demand wages that will allow them
to live in something like decency. A
waitress Is not, as a general thing,
paid a very good tealary, the expecta
tion being that shi will make enough
money by tips to help out. In the
poorer classes of restaurants, these
tips amount to so very little that a
ui ion seems to be the only solution of
$520 for Beginners.
- As a vocation for women and as a
stepping-stone for young men there
is nothing equal to stenography. The
principal of the oldest shorthand
school in the Cnited States, Mr.
Hickox. says that he cannot supply
the demand made upon him for
stenographers at a beginning salary
of ten dollars a week. In what other
profession can the minimum salary of
$520 a year be had by the expenditure
of from six to nine months' time and
about $100 in money.
The Kansas City' (Mo.) hod car
riers' strike is over. At a meeting of
the Builders club it was decided to
offer the hod carriers 37 cents an
hour, a compromise suggested by the
state board of arbitration. The union
accepted the offer. The union called
the strike when the contractors re
fused to increase the carriers" pay
from 35 cents an hour to 40 cents.
The trauiwaynien of St. Petersburg.
Russia, struck some time ago, on ac
count of a set of new rules being is
sued by the management which al
tered the working time to the disad
vantage of the men. This is the first
forward movement of St. Petersburg
workmen since the reaction in the la
bor movement of 1906 and 1907, and
it will be of good augury for the fu
ture, if the men manage to win even
a few concessions.
The miners employed at the col
liery proposed to be taken over by Sir
fchristopher Furness, M. P.. to be
worked on the co-partnership system,
have refused to adopt the scheme. It
is admitted that the o3er was a fair
one, especially to the miners, for the
union was to be fully recognized and
represented en the labor council.
The International Pressmen's union
purchased at court sale the Hale
Springs property, 60 miles east
Knoxville. Tenn. A national home
for aged, indigent and disabled press
men and stereotype rs will be estab
lished. The purchase includes t
Hale Springs hotel and 1.100 acres.
witn iour mineral surings.
According to the annual report of
the British chief inspector of factories
and workshops for 1908, the total
number of accidents nrrnirinr that
year throughout his jurisdiction was
i -z,i4. a decrease of 2.1 74. as com
pared with 1907. Of these 1,342 were
fatal accidents, a decrease over the
previous year of 137.
Denmark unions paid in 1903 more
man .oq,oM in unemployed benefits.
besides collecting a special effort fund
for giving relief to members out of
benefit, which fund reached $72,500.
This fund was started in January and
during its existence there have been
14 distributions: at the first 6,655
members out of benefit were helped,
at the ninth the figures had risen to
7,867, at the last there were 3,090 to
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BOOT AND SHOE WORKERS' UNION
246 Sumner St, Boston, Mass: f
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f Hot .Wcathen
Mr. Inside Man, you have an electric fan.
How aboat your good wife? Has she an electric
fan? Is she still broiling herself and the steaks
over a red-hot coal range? Why not pause and
consider her comfort and convenience a little bit?
If not both electric fan and gas range
(Get si (Gas
It will make the kitchen comfortable; it will
save hours and health, and make home happy.
Cheaper than coal and so clean, convenient and
comfortable. We sell the ranges (cash or pay
ments) and furnish the gas. You furnish the
match. And then the housewife is equipped
with labor-saving machinery. Once used, never
abandoned. Ask 5,000 Lincoln women who
cook with gas..
Lincoln Gas and
Electric Light Co.
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