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Official Proceedings, Hunter's Hall,
April 10, 1896.
President Chas. M. Thomas, pre
The following named delegates
were seated from their respective
unions Steamfitters, Henry Ga
zette, Harry P. Langdon, Louis
Koehler Coopers, W. B. Hamilton
Tinners, I. Pierce Typographical
Union, Thomas Lyons Butchers,
Minutes of the meeting of March
27 were read and approved.
CONDITION OE UNIONS
A. A. Iron and Steel Workers,
Bakers, no change.
Carpenters, new union improv
Electrical workers, fair, prospects
Laundry workers, fair, all work
Musicians union, No. 6516, absent.
Plasterers, condition good, trade
Scandinavian typographical un
Stonecutters, good, trade dull.
Street car employes, in very good
condition, all members working.
Steamfitters, good, trade dull*
Superior trades assembly, fair
active campaign being made to or
ganize a federal labor union.
Tailors, dull, prospects good
have boycotted Nelson & Swanson.
Theatrical stage employes, still
on strike and are making a noble
fight to win.
Typographical union, all right.
Waiters' union, fair one restau
rant closed two men out of em
Y\ oodworkers dull.
City firemen absent.
Reports of standing and special
The first case taken up was that
of the discharged miners at Soudan.
Organizer J. W. Nichols made his
report. He stated that action had
been taken to prosecute the super
intendent of the mine, the man that
discharged the miner, and get jus
tice. "We must employ an attorney
of our own, one that is not the
agent of a corporation. We must
enforce the law. What is the use
of having laws if they are not put
Judge J. M. Martin was accorded
the privilege of the floor and in a
brief but interesting speech, out
lined a plan of action to secure the
conviction of Mr. Ball of the Minne
sota Iron company for attempting
to deprive an employe of his inde
pendence. Mr. C. J. Rinn, the miner
in question, was present and was
requested to inform the assembly
of the facts in the case. In a few
words he stated that a miner's un
ion had been formed at Soudan and
he was chosen as the secretary. A
short time afterward Mr. Ball
posted notices in various parts of
the mining district notifying all
men in their employ, who were
members of organized labor, that
they would be discharged. Mr.
Rinn was the first who was com
pelled to receive his discharge and
on asking Mr. Ball why he was
dismissed Mr. Ball replied, "Be
cause you belong to the miners'
union, and all others that have
joined will meet the same fate as
goon as I (Ball) can secure men to
put in their places."
The report of Mr. Nichols was
accepted and he was instructed to
proceed, in behalf of Mr. Rinn, with
full power to act.
The following is an act of Minne
sota state laws under which action
will be prosecuted:
Chapter 331—S. F. No. 334, General
Laws of 1895.
SECTION 1. That it shall be unlawful
for any individual, or member of any
firm, or any agent officer or employe of
any company or corporation to coerce,
require, demand or influence any person
or persons to enter into any agreement,
either written or verbal, not to join or
become or remain a member of any law
ful labor organization or association as
a condition of such person or persons
securing employment or continuing in
the employment of such individual, firm
SEC. 2. Any person who, acting for
himself, either" directly or through an
other person, agent or agency, or who
acting as agent or employe of another
person or persons, or who is a member
of any firm, or as an officer, agent or
employe of any company or corporation,
coerces, requires, demands or influences
any person or persons to enter into any
agreement, either written or oral, not to
join or become or remain a member of
any lawful labor organization or asso
ciation as a condition of such person or
lersons securing employment or contin
uing in the employment of such individ
ual firm or corporation, is guilty of a
The following committees had no
report to make. Biwabik Lumber
Co., Organization, Reception, Litho
graph, New Brewery, to assist
Rochester Garment Workers'
Union, Legislative, to wait on the
Grocers' Association, in behalf of
the Coopers Union, and to assist
the locked out printers of Racine,
Committee appointed to secure
financial aid for the striking stage
employes have waited on a few local
unions and realized the sum of $47,
with possible twenty more unions
to hear from. Report accepted.
The committe taking names of
patrons of the Lyceum have quite
a list of well known business men,
who depend, to a certain extent, on
members of trades unions for pat
ronage. The committee will con
tinue to watch all persons who go
to the boycotted house. The com
mittee was instructed to publish
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for one week, a notice in the news
papers to the effect that if they con
tinue to attend the Lyceum they will
be placed on the unfair list* The
name w-q.8 read of a well known
member of one of the best unions
in the city, as a theatre goer. Dele
gates of his unon assured the As
sembly he would be "taken care
Delegate Findley reported that a
set of resolutions had been written
condemning the action of the
mayor in the case of Schulte and
Carson and the siame had been pub
lished in the newspaper.
Report received and committee
The following is the resolution of
Whereas, the attention of the Feder
ated Trades and Labor Assemby of
Duluth has been called to the action of
the honorable mayor in causing the
arrest of two of our union men on the
trumped up charge of disorderly conduct
which said charge having no evidence in
support thereof, being proven by the
dismissal of the case by the municipal
judge on the city's own evidence, and
Whereas, the Lyceum fight has been
carried on for four months in the past
administration without any trouble
whatever with the city's authorities,
which tends to show the behavior of the
men interested, and
Whereas, it was through the influence
and efforts of the union men and their
friends that the honorable Henry Truel
sen was elected mayor &nd this act of
tyranny being the way in which he
shows his appreciation of the same now
therefore, be it
Resolved, that the Federated Trades
and Labor Assembly of Duluth does
strongly condemn the action of the hon
orable mayor in having caused the arrest
of peaceable and law-abiding citizens
and union men without any just cause
Resolved, that we will remember all
such actions and take note of same for
COMMUNICATIONS AND BILLS.
Negaunee, Mich., April 1, 1896.
James M. Murray, Esq., Duluth.
Dear Sir and Bro.—We write you in
the cause of organized labor, and ask as
a favor that you will send us a copy of
the state laws of Minnesota, Telative to
coercion of employes by corporations or
their agents. We feel sure you must
recognize the injustice in the case that
has just been made known to us from
Soudan. It seems that the mining cor
porations there have discharged several
of the men for being identified with a
labor organization. They have also
posted notices to the effect that no union
men would be employed. What we re
quest is this: Are there any ways or
means to prevent this diabolical treat
ment of men seeking for their rights?
WM. MUDGE, Sec'y-Treas.
R. ASKEW, Pres.
The Secretary wass instructed to
secure a copv of the state laws of
Minnesota and send to Mr. Mudge.
Jshpeming, Mich., April 7,1896.
J. W. Nichols, Esq.
Dear Sir and Bro.:—I am glad to hear
that you have taken the case up relative
to the way they have treated the boys in
Tower, and I wish you success with the
case. I have informed the boys around