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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (Oct. 9, 1909)
LABOR COMMISSIONER'S REPORT.
(Continued from Page 1.)
First Annual Ball
' Wednesday Evening, Oct. 13
BRUCE'S ORCHESTRA YOU ARE INVITED
50c PER COUPLE EXTRA LADY 25c
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF
A Few of IU Declarations Upon Which
It Appeal to All Working People
To Organize, Unite, Federate, and
Cement the Bond of Fraternity.
1. The Abolition of all Forms of In
voluntary Servitude, except as a pun
Ishmem for crime.
2. Free Schools, Free Text-Books,
and Compulsory education.
3. Unrelenting Protest Against the
Issuance and Abuse of Injunction Pro
cess In Labor Disputes.
4. A workday of not more than
Eight Hours In the twenty-four hour
6. A strict recognition of not ovei
Eight Hours per day on all Fedeir.:
State or Municipal Work and at noi
' less than the prevailing Per Diem
Wage Rate of the class of employ
ment in the vicinity where the work
6. Release from employment One
Day in Seven.
7. The Abolition of the Contract
System on Public Work.
8. The Municipal Ownership of Pub
9. The Abolition of the Sweat Shop
10. Sanitary Inspection of Factory,
Workshop, Mine, and Home.
11. Liability of Employers, for In
jury to body or loss of life.
21. The Nationalization of Tele
graph and Telephone.
13. The passage of Anti-Child Labor
Laws In States where they do not ex
1st and rigid defense of them where
they have been enacted into law.
14. Woman Suffrage coequal with
15. The Initiative and Referendum
and the Imperative Mandate and Right
16. Suitable and Plentiful Play
grounds for Children in all cities.
17. Continued agitation for the Pub
lic Bath System in .ill cities.
18. Qualifications in permits to build
of all cities and towns that there shall
be Bathrooms and Bathroom Attach
ments in all houses or compartments
used for habitation,
19. We favor a system of finance
whereby money shall be Issued exclu
sively by the Government, with such
regulations and restrictions as will
protect it from manipulation by the
banking Interests for their own pri
The above is a partial statement of
'he demands which organized labor,
in the interest of the workers aye,
of all the people of our country
makes vpon modern society.
Higher wjges, shorter workday.
titter labor conditions, better homes,
better nd safer workshops, factories,
mills, and mines. In a word, a better,
higher, and nobler life.
Conscious uf the justice, wisdom anl
nobility of our cause, the American
Federation of Labor appeals to all
nien and women of labor to join with
us In the great movement for its
More than two million wage-earners
who have reaped the advantages of
organisation and federation appeal to
their Jirotheri and sisters of toll to
participate in the glorious movement
with its attendant benefits.
Thera are affiliated to the Ameri
can Ftataratlan of Labor 118 Interna
tional Trades Unions with their 27.
000 Local Unions; 36 State Federa
tions; 537 City yCentral Bodies aal
650 Local Trade and Federal Labor
Unions having no Internationals.
We hcv nearly 1,000 volunteer and
special organis ers as well as the offi
cers of the uions and of the Amer
ican Federation of Labor Itself alwayi
willing and an-lous to aid their fellow
workmen to organize and in every
other way better their conditions.
For information all are invited to
write lu uio aiuouvau stu?i ctuuu v.
Labor headquarters at Washington,
even of the teamsters
Bit of Labor News Picked and
ferod From Everywhere.
Meat cutters have organized
Cleveland cloak pressers
ganlzed a union.
The cloak makers won their strike
in Baltimore, Md.
The lady clerks In Leavenworth,
Kas., have organized.
It is reported that the Increase In
the number of members of the In
ternational Brotherhood of Teamsters
in and around New York during the
past few months has exceeded all ex
Steam engineers and hoistermen
have organized in Joplin, Mo.
The Colored Waiters' Union in St.
Paul, Minn., is gaining steadily.
The 90 catalogue of the Livingston
Seed Company in Columbus, O., will
hereafter be printed by union labor.
The Photo-engravers' Union reports
a membership of 3,366, a net increase
of 364 for the year. Total number
of locals, 49, a gain of four.
The marine engineers now have a
total membership on the coasts, the
lfcbes and the rivets of the United
States of more than eleven thousand.
Thomas L. Wilson, International
vice-president of the Machinists'
Union, announces that several new
and big lodges are to be soon formed
In the immediate vicinity of Boston.
Boston Metal Trades Council has
begun a movement for the unification
of th forces of the metal trades for
the eight-hour workday in all the
Burgess Chambers of Vandergrift,
Pa., prohibited the Labor Day parade
of that place upon the ground that it
might lead to trouble due to the ex
istence of a strike.
naiamazoo s nome-coming ' seems
to be outgoing. Fifteen cigarmakers
left that burg within a week for
Indianapolis, where they have secured
A short, time ago more than 200
retail grocery clerks joined the asso
ciation in Philadelphia. Within three
months every grocery clerk in that
city is expected within the fold
Striking coopers in Milwaukee have
secured a settlement of their difficul
ties with the breweries and are back
at work. They secured a raise of
2V cents an hour and several other
Chicago lathers by an overwhelm
ing majority have voted to discon
tinue the trust feature of their five
unions and will hereafter accept In
ternational Union traveling cards
from other cities.
A new. union which has recently
been organized with members from
St. Paul and Minneapolis, and known
as the Twin City Cement Workers'
Union, has begun Its career under fa
The Pen and Pocket Knife Blade
Grinders and Finishers' National
Union of America is one of the best
organized trades unions. It controls
over 90 per cent of the workers in
The 15th of October next the 111!
nois Broom Company will retire from
the broom-making business at the
Michigan state prison in Jackson.
i ne company gives as a reason ac
tivity of labor unions In opposition to
prison-made goods, and the demand
for the union label. This is the kind
of news that aggravates Post,
The striking dressmakers in New
York City are Jubilant over their
victory. The conditions upon which
the girls return to work are, that
they shall be paid weekly, that they
shall work an hour less on Satur
days, that they shall all be taken
back to work, and that all shall be
given $1 a week increase in wages
By a popular vote of its member
ship, the American Flint Glass Work
era' Union has decided to establish
and publish on official magazine.
E. J. Brais, business agent of the
Journeymen Tailors' Union In Cleve
land, has his eye on the office of gen
eral secretary of the International
Union to succeed John S. Lennon
JoFeph P. Hunter of Niagara Falls
N.Y., special organizer of the Broth
erhood of Painters and Decorators of
America, last 'week presented Mrs.
Ann Goodrich of Petersburg, Ind., the
only woman painter and decorator,
with a gold emblem voted by the
The New .South Wales government
proposes to find work for the unem
ployed In clearing and leveling a
quantity of crown land near Kensing
ton. The piece-work principle of pay
ment will be adopted.
The New South Wales government
has granted 2,000 pounds to the Bos
ton Hill municipal council to carry
out relief work for the unemployed.
The co-operative shop started by
the Plumbers' and Steamfitters'
Union In Denver is proving a great
, Zanesville, Ohio, painters have been
granted . the eight-hour day. The scale
agreed to calls for a minimum wage
of $3 a day.
back the company migh consider in
dividual cases on their merits, and if
it bad a grievance against any man
because of his connection with the
strike, the case should be fairly and
impartially arbitrated by a committee
composed of three men, consisting of
one from the company, one from the
men and yourself, acting in your of
ficial capacity as the commissioner of
labor. tThe men agreed to this, but
President Wattles refused.
With this I ceased all efforts to re
concile the parties in the controversy,
feeling that I had exhausted every
means at my command.
With some experience in labor
strikes and industrial disputes, I am
compelled to say that the present
strike in Omaha has been conducted
with less disorder than any strike of
a similar nature within my experience.
The strikers are conducting them
selves in a most orderly manner.
True, there has been some disorder,
but it has been caused by foolish sym
pathizers of the strikers.
It appears to me, your excellency,
after a careful investigation of the
causes leading up to this strike, and a
faithful effort to bring it to an end,
that an impartial Investigation should
be had under the provisions of the
statutes, said provisions being at
tached hereto and marked "Exhibit
C." This, I believe, should be done
for the purpose of making a perma
nent record if for no other reason.
Business is suffering, men are suffer
ing, the general public is suffering. I
believe this whole matter could have
been settled without a strike. The
striking employes say that they have
at all times been willing to submit
every point of dispute to arbitration,
and to return to work in a body if
assured of fair and impartial arbitra
tion of the points mentioned. Presi
dent Wattles has so far refused to
submit anything whatever to arbitra
tion. Very respectfully,
WILL M. MAUPIN,
Deputy Labor Commissioner.
UNION MADE STUFF.
Ground Out in The Wageworker Shop
By Union Men.
The fifty feet fronting on O street,
at the southwest corner of Thirteenth
street and occupied by Miller &
Paine's store, is owned by parties who
live in California. Miller & Paine own
the building and pay ground rent
amounting to thousands of dollars a
year to the California people.
Less than fifteen years ago Miller &
Paine could have purchased that fifty
foot lot for $35,000, but did not have
the money. Today they would gladly
give $100,000 for that fifty-foot front
age, and they have the money. ' But
the California owners will not sell.
This is an increase of $65,000 in
fifteen years. Really it is more than
that for Miller & Paine would pay sev
eral thousand dollars" more than $100,-
000 for the lot. But call it $65,000.
Who gave that land Its greatly en
hanced value? Not the California
owners, for they have not performed a
lick of work in Lincoln; they have no4
put a dollar more Into the lot, either
In money or in work. Well, who did?
You, Mr. Carpenter; and you, Mr
Bricklayer; and you, Mr. Printer; and
you, Mr. Barber; and you, Mr. Rail
road Man; and you, Mr. Painter
every last man and woman in Lincoln
If you have need of a
reliable bug killer of any
kind, especially Bed Bugs
we have one that is Sure.
If it fails, come and get
your money back.-
It breaks up nesting
places and kills the eggs.
Put up in convenient
squirt top bottles.
Big Bottles 25c
12th & o
Tf. tE TAKE PRIDE in the fact that we are
ji I VV agents tor Lincoln and vicinity for the
stoves that are the best brains and money can '
produce. The satisfaction comes not only to the
A. D. Benway Company in selling such a stove,
but also to the purchaser of either a Steel Range
or a Heating Stove made by Moore Bros. Co.
In the purchase of a Moore Stove it means buying satisfaction as well,
as in the case in most all lines of merchandise, the price does not make the
. There are Ranges sold in Lincoln at an an exhorbitant price, while there
are others sold so low that if a person should stop to think, they would
know that a Range with satisfaction along with it could not be bought at
such a low price. We strike the happy medium as regards price, at the
same time give you the best Range on earth, one that has more features
that go to make a perfect article than any other Range on th3 market.
A few only of the exclusive Moore's features are Glass Oven Door,
Controller Damper, Thermometer Guide, Everlasting Fire Back, and many
more that need only to be seen to be appreciated,
Besides being agent for the Moore's line of Stoves and Ranges, we are
also agents for such nationally advertised lines as Ostermoor Mattresses,
Macey Sectional Bookcases, Hoosier Kitchen Cabinets, Sterns & Foster
Mattresses, Sanitaire Iron Beds, Limbert's Arts and Crafts, Holland Dutch
Furniture and Brenlin Window Shades. '
Don't forget we furnish 4 rooms complete for housekeeping for $84.65.
See our east window bedroom for $344 complete, and our west window
diningroom for $377.50, complete.
who toils at any branch of industry.
You have put every bit of added value
into that lot, and. the California owners
are enjoying the fruits of your toil.
Why. is this? Because you are
either too indolent, or too Ignorant or
too careless to protect yourselves. You
put the value into that property, and
you are the ones who ought to' be
reaping the benefit.
How could you reap it? Not by be
ing content with three meal's a day
and a place to sleep. Hogs and steers
and horses get that much. ..' The way
to get it is to study, and then use your
You'll get what's coming to you by
meeting it more than half way.
The best strikebreaker Arbitration.
Labor's worst enemy Ignorance.
Labor's best friend Education.
Capital Crystalized labor.
Councilman Hardy ' has refused to
accept his salary for the two months
he was in Europe. If that had hap
pened a few years ago Mr. Hardy, or
any other man doing likewise, would
have been haled before the lunatico
"Gee, but dis has been a frightfully
busy summer," exclaimed Dusty
Rhodes as he threw himself down in
the shade of the water tank.
"What'n thunder you been doln'?"
queried Tired Walker.
'Well, I've worn myself t' a frazzle
dodgin' work ever since spring opened
up," yawned Dusty.
ducted according to the views of the
"open shop" advocate would be about
as useful as a locomotive without
steam, or a wagon without wheels.
The professional strikebreaker la
usually a thief and a thug. The men
who furnish them are no better, and
the men who employ them are wprse.
TRUE BLUE UNIONISM.
Involves Care for the Interests of Oth
ers in All Things.
The really "good" union man is not
he who pays dues promptly, who at
tends meetings regularly or even who
discharges all his obligations to his
own organization or craft. All of
these things may be done in a spirit
of pure selfishness, having in it noth
ing of the spirit of true unionism.
The test of unionism is devotion to the
interests of others, obedience to the
mandate, "Bear ye one another's bur
dens." The man whose unionism ex
tends no further than concern for the
welfare of his own union is not' a
unionist at all: he is merely an organ
ized individualist. His is the spirit
of the beasts that hunt in packs, not
of the men who move in unison.
k rnuortnuus umura,
A tenfold growth in membership
during the last . year is the record
established by the International
Brick, Tile and Terja Cotta Worken?';
A 1 1 i J) Tl P " TTnr fha rvmfntr vao, sno.
cial work will be carried on in Ohio,
Indiana, Illinois, Texas and the Pa-'
A WEEKLY NOW.
The Union Label Bulletin of Den
ver, formerly issued monthly as a
magazine, is ' now issued weekly in
newspaper form. . This suits us, for a
weekly visit from the Bulletin is Just
four times better than a monthly visit.
We wish for W. D. Henderson, the ed
itor, abundant- success. , 1
Herp o Islieimer 's
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Love lightens all labor.
The more a man knows the less
time it takes him to tell it.
Holding some judges , in contempt
does not signify disrespect for the
Organized labor loses more because
of ignorance than becouse of capital
What advocate of the "open shop"
would submit to having his home run
on that principle?
Organized labor will never get any
where by devoting Its time to whin
ing because it is not handed more.
The man who is bound by partisan
ship merely makes a monkey of him
self when he boasts of his freedom.
The man who insists that there is
nothing to arbitrate merely confesses
that he is in wrong and don't want to
We believe in moral suasion, but the
only argument chat will appeal to a
professional strikebreaker is one that
touches his physical feelings.
If banks were run on the "open
shop" principle they would be in the
hands of the receiver before the jan
itor could air out in the morning.
Advocates of the "open shop" de
clare they have no objections to un
ion "rightly conducted." A union con-
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