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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (Oct. 23, 1909)
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XJ2J5KASKA, OCTOBER 23, 1009
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Temple Directors Get
Busy With the Building
The board of directors of the Lin
coln Labor Temple Association met
In regular session last Monday even
ing, and It was the busiest and best
meeting of the board since that fate
ful evening nearly two years ago when
a few Interested men first met and
launched the project. Everybody was
full of ginger, and' not only were some
lively plans mapped out, but they
were put Into operation that very
night. As for the next day well,
.there was some lively and successful
The contract for the purchase of
the building was ratified and the terms
accepted. F. A. Kates was selected
to manage the work of remodeling the
building so as to get It into imme
diate condition for occupancy. A com
mittee was selected to visit unions
and union men to secure stock sub
scriptions, and another was selected
to visit business men and interest
them in the project. Superintendent
Kates was instructed to get the of
fice room on tho ground floor ready
for immediate occupancy so that a
cigar stock could be put In and the
work of attracting men to the Temple
Word was received from tho union
clgarmakers that they would come to
the front and supply the first stock
of cigars without cost to the asocia
tlon. This announcement was re
ceived with applause.
Already a bunch of live electrical
workers has torn out the old wiring
so that the painters and paperhangers
can get busy. Just as soon as the
carpenters, lathers and plasterers
have finished the painters and paper-
hangers will get to work. The plumb
ers are going to take care of the
changes in the plumbing, and the elec
trical workers- are going to put in con
cealed wires just as soon as the build
ing is ready for them. A large part
of the work of remodeling will be do
nated by enthusiastic unionists.
The changes in the building will
provide for four meeting halls on the
second floor, each one equipped with
an ample ante-room. There will be
toilet facilities in each meeting hall,
and each hall will have plenty of quest of the defense a continuance
light and ventilation. Two of the halls was taken until next Tuesday morning
are amply large enough to accommo
date the largest unions in the city.
T. C. Kelsey was selected to pro
ceed with the work of collecting the
money already pledged and has be
gun the work. Superintendent Kates
is working diligently with a force of
men getting the halls in shape for oc
cupancy. ' '
The board adjourned to meet Sun
day morning at 8:30 o'clock at the
Temple, and each director is request
ed to come with his working clothes
on and bring a union friend or two.
The meeting will be largely a physi
There is a lot of work to be done
on the building before it is in shape
for occupancy, but it is hoped that
unions may begin meeting at the Tem-
at 10 o'clock. Bond in the amount
of $500 was given by the defendant's
Ivey was elected treasurer of the
organization when it was first organ
ized and was bonded in the sum of
$500 by the Lion Bonding Co. After
thej union was fairly organized Ivey
began missing meetings, and finally
thej union found that its international
dues "and assessments were not being
paid. This was the first . intimation
of something wrong. A demand was
made upon Ivey to come before the
union and make a report, but this
he failed to do, although he sent in
the books without sending in any
money. Later he left town and went
to Omaha, where he secured employ
ment on the Omaha street railway,
Electrical Workei v ill
Put Up a i-d Fight
One of the big ' fights that will be
pulled off on the floor of the Amer
ican Federation of Laor convention
at Toronto next month will be that
of the Brotherhood of Electrical Work
ers. The preliminary bouts have al
ready been pulled off in the Ohio,
Michigan and Iowa Federations of
Labor, and in the central bodies of
Toledo, Detroit, Buffalo, Denver, Syr
acuse, Newark, Fostoria and other
Secretary Morrison has revoked the
charters of the state and city organi
zations enumerated above because
WILL YOU BE ONE OF THE FIVE HUNDRED?
Be one of
HE BOARD of directors of the Lincoln Labor Temple Association wants and when
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rive nunarea or more union men m Lincoln and riavelock to subscribe ror
twelve shares of slock each in the corporation, paying one dollar down and one
dollar a month for eleven consecutive months. If the board can get five hun
dred men to do this, the Temole will be oaid for inside of eighteen months.
a debt-free home for the unions and union workers' of Lincoln, Havelock and cfibaSd
University Place. Will you be one of the five hundred? If you will, call up Secretary .hJjJJ0J
Fred Ihrinaer. Auto 2560. anv time between 6 o'clock d. m. and 7 o'clock a m.. and win be
give him your name, place of employment and place of residence. whSe!
is our very
they refused to unN hat the Amer
ican Federation of xZabor is pleased
to call the delegates of a "dual or-,
ganization" of elctrical workers. The
American Federation of Labor is back
ing the McNulty-Collins faction of the
electrical workers, which represents
less than twenty per cent of the total
membership of the trade. The Iowa,
Ohio and Michigan Federations of
Labor refused to unseat the delegates
of the Reid-Murphy faction, which is
not recognized by the A. F. ' of ' L.,
but which holds the allegiance of 80
per cent of the members of the craft.
It is a pretty fight, and when it comes
up on the floor of the Toronto con
vention the fur will fly in fine style.
Members of the Lincoln local are
enjoying a hearty laugh" over the con
descension of the McNulty-Collins fac
tion. The faction recently held a na
tional convention in Chicago and
claims to have mustered ' a thousand
delegates and visitors. Perhaps it did.
But the funniest ' stunt it pulled off
was to agree to let the Reid-Murphy
adherents back into the fold upon
payment of the current month's dues.
As the 'Reid-Murphy faction is paying
all death and disability claims and all
sick benefits, while the McNulty-Collins
faction is not paying anything,
the ; Lincoln electrical workers are
thankful to the 'McNulty-Collins fac
tion , for nothing. One member who
knows something about his Bible says
it reminds him of the fable' Jotham re
lated to Abimilech, the demagogue
(Continued on Page Four.)
ARE YOU A WORKER?
A minister cnce remarked that church ' members
were made up of workers, shirkers and jerkers.
The same is true of trades unions. The workers
form the smallest number workers for unionism.
The shirkers are numerous, and the jerkers
those who start off with a rush and never finish
are the most numerous of all.
Are you a worker, a shirker or a jerker?
Workers are needed now to make the Labor
Temple project a success. Workers who will go out
and hustle, who will make sacrifices of time and
money, who will go without sleep if they can see
a dollar in it for the Temple. Will you be. one?
Or will you shirk your share of the work now,
and (hen crawl in under the canvas when other men
have made it a success by their tireless efforts?
The plunge has been taken and the water's
fine. A building has been purchased, and the work
of putting it into the right shape for a union home
is underway. But success is not yet achieved. That
must come later and you must help. There are
dollars yet to be raised before the project is safe,
and ycu must help with your dollars. Wind will
not lift the mortgage. Hot air will not pay in
terest. We are nearer the goal than ever before in Lin
coln the goal of a home beneath whose roof the
union men and women of Lincoln may meet and
feel that they are beneath their very own roof tree
a home where we can talk shop, mingle with our
fellcw workers, educate ourselves and plan for bet
ter things. But the goal is not yet won. We'll
have to buck the line a few times; we'll have to
make an end run or two; we'll have to try a few
forward passes. Are you ready to help carry the
If ycu are willing to help work, if you are will
ing to put up a dollar or two or three or four? If
you are call up Fred Ihringer over the automatic
phcne and tell him so.
Do it now right now, this minute!
Every time his phone rings Ihringer grabs a
pencil and thinks cf the dollars that we must have
to make that Labor Temple ours yours.
There will be no failure. Things are too well
along for that. But the measure of success depends
upon you upon each one of us. The sooner you
do your duty the sooner well be able to meet at the
Labcr Temple and sing:
"There is no place like home!"
Work and shove the shirkers and jerkers to the
pie by the first of the month. By
that time the office room on the
ground floor will be in use, and the
workers will have a place of their
own wherein to meet socially and
where they can purchase union made
cigars and tobacco. It is not neces
sary to assure the workers that only
union made goods will be sold over
the counter of the Labor Temple cigar
stand. At the next regular meeting
of the directors it is likely that a
superintendent of the building will
be selected, this man to have entire
charge, managing the cigar stand and
billiard room, attending to the renting
of the halls, etc.
What the directors want now, and
are endeavoring to secure, is money
to meet the payments. It is proposed
to secure the names of 500 men will
ing to pledge themselves to take
twelve shares of the capital stock at
the paf 'value of 1 a share, the first
share to be paid for when the list is
signed, and $1 a month for eleven
months beginning December 1. If this
can be done the rest wfil be easy.
There are a number of men who will
take from two to five shares a month,
but in addition to these the directors
want 500 men to guarantee a dollar
a month each. For the next month
every union meeting will be called
upon to listen to a committee having
this part of the campaign in charge.
In the meantime, if there are those
who want to make a lump subscrip
tion to the stock, let them call up
Fred Ihringer, either at his hone or
at the composing room of the Press
thus becoming guilty of "scabbing"
on the men who had trusted and hon
ored him. The officers of the local
union then took steps to prosecute
and swore out a complaint. Ivey was
arrested in Omaha and brought to
Lipcoln and taken to the county jail
in default of bond.
central Labor union.
Get Back Into the Game and Will
Stick Tight in Future.
The stereotypers of Lincoln have
jumped back into the game, and they
issue notice now that they are going
to be a factor hereafter. For a year
or two they have been hiding their
light under a bushel, but in future'
it will shine.
Last week the Stereotypers and
Blectrotypers Union met after a re
cess of many months and re-organized
by electing the following officers:
President, R. A. Radcliffe.
Vice President, R. F. Chevront.
Recording Secretary, S. W. Acken.
In future regular meetings will be
held and delegates will be sent to the
allied printing trades council and the
central labor union. '
Will Meet Tuesday Evening, Maybe
for Last Time in Bruse's Hall.
The Central Labor Union hopes that
its meeting next Tuesday night will
be the last one held in Bruse's hall.
Not that it has anything against Col.
Bruse, nor against his hall, but! be
cause it hopes hereafter to meet under
a roof owned by the union men of Lin
coln and Havelock.
Tuesday night's meeting promises to
be an important one. The Electrical
Workers' scrap is due for an airing
and that simply means fireworks if
there is anyone who cares to touch
them off. The matter of sending a
delegate to the American Federation
of Labor convention at Toronto will
probably come up again, and there is
a possibility of so arranging matters
that the central body may be repre
sented at a minimum cost.
A Few Bits of News About the Men
of Machine and Rule.
The "Merg" has been taken from
the Wood Printing Co. and trans
ferred to the Searles Publishing Co.,
Sixteenth and O streets. The. Wood
Co. sold to good advantage.
Frank Coffey is working on the day
side of the Journal-News these days.
The "Merg" at University Place is
running a double shift.
Business continues . good, and the
"subs" find themselves busy as most
When the union meets the first Sun
day in November there is going to be
some i lively discussions also some
tall hustling for subscriptions to La
bor Temple stock.
CHARGED WITH EMBEZZLEMENT.
Former Treasurer of Street Railway
Organization Faces Serious Charge.
H. P. Ivey, a charter member of
Division No. 522, Amalgamated Asso
ciation of Street and Electric Railway
Employes, was arraigned in Justice
Stevens' court Thursday on the charge
of having embezzled the funds of the
union coming into his hands. On re-
WE HUMBLY APOLOGIZE.
i Last week we stated that S. D.
Smith had been nominated for asses
sor by the republicans of Havelock.
We apologize to Brer Smith for get
ting the wrong political label on him,
and we apologize to the democrats for
not recognizing their compliment to
a mighty good man. S. D. Smith is the
democratic nominee for assessor in
Havelock. With this slight correction
the rest of what we said goes. But
whether republican or democrat,
Smith ought to get the vote of every
worker in the shop city.
Great Britain now has close to
200,000 organized working women, and
the number is steadily growing each
FOREWORD FOR UNIONS
The bond of unionism between' all our workers,
uniting-us as brothers and sisters in this great La
bor movement a movement which has no class dis
tinction, no differences in creed, color or national
ity is the greatest bond in the world. It is a bond
of co-operation, self-sacrifice, endurance, fraternity
and good fellowship. , ;
We are all aiming towards one goal and to reach
there is the great struggle. Sacrifices have to be.
made and suffering endured. No one can go that
way alone, pushing his fellow worker to one side.
This goal can only be reached by all going to
getherthe men and women in all trades and kinds
of labor, the strong helping the weak, and the
weak often helping the strong.
The road to this goal is our Trade Union. This
road is blocked at every turn we take. Some of the
obstacles blocking our way are indifference,' ignor
ance and prejudice caused by lack of knowledge
and understanding of our movement and our great
power not realized because it has not been used.
But we push on. ' Sometimes when climbing, we
slip back ; but we go on again, never quitting, go
ing slow too slow for some but surely. It is our
cause that gives us strength through this long and
hard journey. It keeps us alive, active, and fight
ing to win. f ' ' ;
What is this goal that we are so determined to
reach the road to which is so rough and difficult
to travel? That capital with all its power and
forces is fighting so hard to keep us from attaining?
Just our rights, with no privileges.
An eight-hour day and the Saturday half holiday;
a just share of the wealth we are producing in re
turn for our labor; the very best working con
ditions for our comfort and the preservation of our
life and health ; and the protection of our trades,
not for ourselves alone, but for those who are to fol
No privileges. Just our rights.
Secretary of the International Glove Workers'
Union Organizer for the Women's Trade .
Union League. '
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