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About The Wageworker. (Lincoln, Neb.) 1904-???? | View Entire Issue (Oct. 30, 1909)
Bits of Labor News Picked and Pil
fered from Many Source.
Electrical workers have organized in
Massachusetts unions have a mem
bership of over 15.000.
Street Railway men will meet at
Bruse's hall tonight (Saturday).
A vote for Louis Faulhaber, candi
date for sheriff, is a vote for a union
A vote for Weisman, candidate for
register of deeds, is a vote for a union
Note the announcement of a change
in the management of The Wage
worker. Havelock unionists should vote for
S. D. Smith, democratic candidate for
Eighty per cent of butcher stoop
tenders In New York city have been
The Musicians will hold a special
meeting at Bruse's hall tomorrow
(Sunday) morning at 11 o'clock.
In Oklahoma there are at present
about 325 separate unions, with an
average membership of seventy-one
: No settlement has been made with
the Bucks Stove & Range Co. The
concern continues to boycott union
: The Quincy, 111.. Ministerial Union
has selected Rev. C. Rodman, Grace
M. E. church, as fraternal delegate to
to the Trades and Labor Assembly.
At the convention of the Railway
Carmen in Atlanta, Ga., It was decided
- by a unanimous vote to affiliate with
the American Federation of Labor.
William Glockling, international
president of the Bookbinders' Union,
has been elected the head of the
Trades and Labor Council of Canada.
The profeslonal footballers in Eng
land have formed themselves into a
Players Union and have become af
filiated with the Federation of Trades
The gales are beginning to blow on
the Great Lakes and as a result the
scabs are getting scarce and the kids
and cornfield sailors long for "home
Theatrical booking agents In Chi
cago will have to adopt the form of
contract prescribed by state officials
In conformity with the new law ap
plying to employment agencies.
The Elevator Constructors' Union,
which was ousted from the Chicago
Federation of Labor several years ago,
when "Skinny" Madden was a power
In that body, was reinstated Sunday,
and Its delegates seated.
Switchmen's Union in Chicago has
caused the arrest of J. J. Egan, who Is
said to be one of a gang who are so
liciting funds in the name of that or
ganization. The demand of Manager Dippel, of
the Metropolitan Opera company, in
New York, upon the Musical Protec
tive Union that two first horn players,
experts who have played with the
great orchestras of Europe, be per
mitted to play with the orchestra dur
ing the coming season has been turned
down. The union rules that no musi
cian can Join it unless he has played
In this country six months.
Several weeks ago the Plasterers'
Union was disbanded In Fort Wayne,
lnd., which was followed by an enor
mous reduction in wages. The union
has been reorganized and an endeavor
will be made to regain some of the
Fifty girls who struck at the plant
of the Masury Explosive company, at
Sharon, Pa., two weeks ago, have re
turned to work after winning all the
concessions for which they struck.
The San Francisco Labor Council re
cently voted to expel the anti-McNulty
locals of the Electrical Workers'
Union, in accordance with the request
of the American Federation of Labor.
The strike of 300 Greek laborers in
the Utah Copper company's plant was
settled last week. It Is said that the
company granted the demands of the
strikers for an Increase from $1.75 to
$2 per day.
The Oklahoma State Federation of
tabor has made provision for a labor
organizer to work among the negroes
of the state, and a determined effort
will be made to enroll them In the
ranks of union labor.
Announcement that the glass manu
facturers and workmen have reached
an agreement was made at Woodbury
N. J., recently, but there is a feeling
in some quarters that the reduction
in the wage scale Is greater than was
The 45,000 or more employes of the
Rock Island railroad system are to
have the benefits of a comprehensive
pension system, to go Into effect June
SO, 1910. Compulsory retirement will
occur at the age of 70 years and elec
tive retirement at 65.
After months or work, the Illinois
commission drafted a bill of thirty
three sections, thirty-one of which
were unqualifiedly favorable to labor.
It la said that the bill is now a law,
and gives Illinois the best labor code
in the country, if not in the world.
Peace for at least three years was
assured in the street car situation at
Chicago by the signing by union offi
cials, representing the employes of the
Chicago Railway company, which op
erates the North and West Side line,
of the wage scale offered by the street
Suit was filed under the Allen con
tract labor law against Frederick C.
Roberts & Co. of San Francisco, in
the United States district court at San
Francisco on October 8 to recover a
penalty of $1,000 for an alleged viola
tion of the statute by the importation
of a laborer from 'Mexico.
Judge Risser stands for the enforce
ment of the laws as he finds them on
the statute books. He plays no fa
vorites and he gladly welcomes inves
tigation of his administration of the
position to which he aspires again.
The Labor Temple directors 'will
meet at the Labor Temple Monday
Deputy Labor Commissioner Maupin
occupied the pulpit of the Presby
terian church in South Omaha last
Sunday evening and spoke of "Church
and Labor." He was greeted by a
large audience and accorded close at
tention. SLOWLY DAWNING.
Business Interests See Menace of Ju
Should it be a cause to wonder if
there arises deep seated resentment
against this proposition of legal prac
tice in which one federal judge of an
Inferior court wipes off the map the
legislative' and executive work in the
state and makes the supreme court as
though it were not?
The question rises above and beyond
the merits or demerits of a law guar
anteeing bank deposits. The naked
question, of a single federal judge of
an inferior court, exercising a power
of a state and supplanting in author
ity the supreme court of the state and
indirectly the supreme court of the
United States, is so abhorent to a gov
ernment of the people that no party
lines can hold thoughtful men from
protesting against and working for a
change of conditions from the practice
as illustrated in this case. Lincoln
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The merchant "Who does not
advertise at all may or may not
be your friend, fellow worker,
but It is m foregone conclusion
that he who liberally patronizes
the columns of all other papers
and refuses to advertise in your
paper, is not looking for the
working man's patronage, does
not wish it, and is not desirous
of your friendship.
You will find those who ad
vertise in these columns are
worthy of your every consider
ation, for we shall use every
precaution to protect your in
terests. When you patronize the man..
who advertises in your paper
see that he knows where you
saw the advertisement. You will
find this a benefit to you as.
well as to the paper.
John Mitchell Advocate Changes in
Vice-President John Mitchell of the
American Federation of Labor has is
sued a public statement declaring that
certain steamship lines are bringing
undesirable immigrants to this coun
try, and suggesting that American
wage-earners advocate the incorpora
tion of the following restrictions in
the immigration laws:
"First. That in. addition to the re
striction imposed and at present in
force, the head tax of $4 now collected
be increased to $10. 1
"Second. That such immigrant, un
less he be a political refugee, should
bring with him not less than $25, in
addition to the amount required to
pay transportation to the point where
he expects to find employment.
"Third. That immigrants between
the ages of 14 and 50 years should be
able to read a section of the constitu
tion of the United States, whether in
our language, in their own language,
or in the language of the country from
which they come."
WORKERS ARE WINNING.
New York Labor Statistics Show
Bosses Are Outgeneraled.
According to the latest bulletins Is
sued by the New York State Depart
ment of Labor it is shown that in the
conflict between employers and em
ployes, the workers have won In the
majority of cases, considering the to
tal number of men involved. The re
port reads, in part, as follows:
"The balance of success appears in
favor .of the workingmen. Of the 62
disputes 18 resulted in complete vic
tory for the employes and 15 others in
partial success. It will be noted that
those disputes in which the workmen
were successful were those involving
large numbers of workmen, whereas
the employers were successful in
those disputes in which a compara
tively small number of workmen de
manded changes. Thus in the 18 dis
putes won by the workmen 13.419
employes were directly concerned,
while in the 22 disputes won by the
employers, only 1,831 employes par
ticipated." GIRL EMPLOYES WIN.
Resumed Work on Securing Wage In
Fifty girls who struck at the plant
of the Masury Explosive company,
Sharon, Pa., two weeks ago have re
turned to work after winning all the
concessions which they asked.
The girls demanded an increase of
wages and better working conditions;
when these were refused they walked
out. Superintendent Hummel made an
attempt to fill their places with col
The girl strikers held daily meet
ings which kept them resolute in their
determination to hold out until the
end. They felt confident that the col
ored girls could not do their work.
At the request of Superintendent
Hummel the girls met with the offic
ers of the company Sunday afternoon.
The company agreed to give them an
increase of 10 cents a day, and to dis
charge the strikebreakers.
GIVE HONEST LABOR.
The member of a labor union who
does not give a fair day's work to his
employer is a cheat and is doing incal
culable harm to organized labor. More
is expected of a union man than there
is of a non-union man, especially as
to the quality of work rendered, and
failure to come up to the average in
an average day's work is harmful to
the general movement, retards its pro
gress and has a tendency to make it
much more difficult to secure in
creased wages when needed. Okla
homa Labor Unit.
DANBURY HATTERS' CASE.
Suit for $250)000 Over Alleged Boy-
cot Put on Trial.
Hartford, Conn. The suit of R. E.
Loewe, et al versus Martin Lawlor,
et al, known as the Danbury hatters'
case, in which damages of $250,000 are
sought for alleged injuries to the Busi
ness of the plaintiffs through an al
leged boycot by the union, went on
trial in the United tSates circuit court
the first of the week.
The case has been through the
United States .. circuit court and the
supreme court of the United States on
technical points and has now come
to trial on the facts. Six weeks may
be necessary to try the case.
CAN YOU BEAT IT?
A prize was offered by the Peoria
central body to the person taking part
in the Labor Day parade who had the
most label goods. A cigarmaker won
the prize. The winner in the contest
had the following labels on: Hat, coat,
vest, pants, shirt, necktie, collar, two
collar buttons, two sleeve buttons, cuff
buttons, belt, suspenders, sox, shoes,
and pocket knife. Can you beat that?
FRANK MORRISON'S LUCK.
Another addition was made to the
ranks of the American Federation of
Labor last Thursday, when a counc
ing eleven-pound boy arrived at the
home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Morri
son in Washington, D. C.
The - International Brotherhood of
Blacksmiths and Helpers held their
twelfth annual concention in Pitts
burg, Pa., this week. The blacksmiths
organization was formed at Atlanta
Ga., in 1890. and has had a remarkable
growth. At the present time there are
in the United States 500 local organi
zations, with two locals in the Canal
NEW TABLE OF VALUE.
"Now. children," commanded the
austere, instructor in advanced arith
metic, "you will recite in unison the
table of values."
Thereupon the pupils repeated in
"Ten mills make a trust;
"Ten trusts make a combine;
"Ten combines make a merger;
"Ten mergers make a magnate;
"One magnate makes the money."
The Tobacco Worker.
MAY CHANGE HEADQUARTERS.
Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen
Thinking of Moving.
The Brotherhood of Locomotive
Firemen is contemplating a change
of headquarters from Peoria, 111., to
Cincinnati. The board of directors
has the matter in charge, but a dec!
sion will hardly be made before next
January. At the present headquarters
the payroll now amount! to $45,000
annually, and the yearly expenditure
for stationery and general supplies is
estimated at from $25,000 to $30,000.
The brotherhood carries a bank bal
ance of about $300,000.
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finger ends and all at a price that is a Money Saving to yon. Our salesman would be pleased to show yon tho
Hoosier and its wonlerful step-saving devices. Tho price we sell them for is less than any thing you can
think of that would any ways near take its place.
Moores' Stoves and Ranges
are made of the best material tba- can be put into a stove, and besides their ranges have more improvements
than any three Ranges on the market besides their baking qualities are not exceled by any. Prices on
Moores Cooks and Ranges inn from
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WILL TRY NEW PLAN.
Chicago's Union Women Will Adopt
Representatives of the Chicago Wo
men's Trade Union League have an
nounced that they intend to adopt
Salvation Army methods to convert
working women to unionism. The plan
was decided upon after a number of
delegates from New York told how
successful such methods had proved
in that city since it was adopted about
six weeks ago.
Groups of women organizers with
drums and tambourines are to invade
the factory districts and preach the
gospel of unionism to the girls as they
leave their places for the day. Per
mits will be secured from the police,
so there can be no interference with
the street meetings. The gatherings
will be similar to those conducted by
the Salvation Army, except that no
collections will be taken up and the
prayers will be for shorter hours of
labor and better conditions.
"We have decided to try the New
York plan in Chicago," said Mrs. Ray
mond Robins. . "Since the mountain
will not come to Mahomet we have de
termined to have Mahomet go to the
mountain. We shall take up one trade
at a time and try to organize the girls.
It will be a big task because the fac
ories are so widely scattered, but I am
confident of success."
Men Have Learned
To look to this store for reliable clothing,
and each day the list of satisfied customers
grows larger. Oar line of suits and overcoats
r5Be Tied to your Kifcheit:
stands ahead in the Kitchen Cabi
net line. The conveinces in a
Hoosier saves buying a number
of articles to take their place be
sides yon have everything at your
You should see tho
Moore's Air Tight
Oak in order to see
the marked differ
ence between a good
oak beater and the
poorer qualities that
are on tho market
at about the same
Prices on Moore's
Air Tight Heaters
run from ' ' . x ' ' '
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1112-1114 O St, Lincoln.
WHERE TAFFY WOULDN'T GO.
Marshall Field & Co. Couldn't Soft
Solder Good Union Women;,
When the National Women's Trade
Union League was in session in its
annual convention in Chicago recently
the out-of-town delegates received, in
vitations from Marshall Field & Co.
to visit their department store. But
knowing that -the store and the com
pany were notoriously unfair to the
organization of women workers, and
that the treatment of , them by the
company was anything but what it
ought to be, the invited guests of the
store brought the invitations up in
the convention and that body took
high ground on the subject, which
was expressed in a resolution which
read as follows:
"Resolved, That the convention, on
behalf of the out-of-town delegates,
unanimously and respectfully de
clines to accept the invitation be
cause of the known opposition of this
firm to the organization of women
workers and to efforts to raise the in
dustrial status of women."
The women workers of the country
have their eyes opened to their
rights and are not likely to close
them when, one of their sworn ene
mies makes a tender of gracious
hospitality, with all the attractions
of a rich display of merchandise in
volved. Marshall Field & Co. thought
this a good opportunity to show their
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enterprise and in the end reap a fruit
ful harvest of profit from ' the ex
hibition. They got the fruit they
were handed a lemon. Minnesota
TAFT WRITES CONDUCTORS.
Will Assist Member Who I Impris
oned Unjustly in Mexico.
Guadalajara, Mex., Oct. 26. A let
ter from President -Taft written in San
Antonio, has been received by Guad
alajara division 540, Order of Railway '
conductors. It is in reply to the let
ter sent him at El Paso, reviewing
the case of Conductor James A. Cook,
declaring his imprisonment a gross
injustice and demanding action for his
release by the United States govern
ment. ' N
, The president's letter follows:
"I have your communication of Oct
ober' 9 and have transmitted It to the
secretary of state for such investiga
tion and action as the facts shown
will justify. - I have' requested the
state department to advise you of
course taken by it.'
The Taft letter has caused rejoicing
among the American railroad men.
Brooklyn, N. Y., Butcher Storetend
ers' Union reports that it has succeed
ed in unionizing and signing agree
ments with 150 new stores, , which have
been operated under the "open shop"
system for a number of years.
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