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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 08, 1912, Image 15

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SHOWING JUST WHERE
FREEL STANDS.
The best illustration of the at
titude taken by James J. Freel,
International President of the
Stereotypers' Union, since his ar
rival in Chicago, lies in the fol
lowing paragraphs, which are
taken word for word from the
Journal, one of the trust news
papers which locked out the
union pressman: x
"One deevbpment of the day
affected seriously Xrocal No. 4 of
the Stereotypers' and Electo-
typers' Union of North America.
The stereotypers, having broken
their contract with the publish
ers, now -face the humiliation of
having their charter revoked by
James J. Freel, international
president of the union..
"The proposed revocation of
the stereotypers' charter was dis
cussed ,at a conference between
members of the Publishers' Asso-v
ciation arid Mr. Freel. The latter
informed the publishers that he
was willing to abide' by ahy sug-
v gestion the publishers might of
xfer. "The publishers told MfrFreel
that tljey demanded the revoca-
tion of the charter of tHe local
stereotypers' union and Ithat a
Jnew union be formed with such
. ' men as the publishers named.
1 The publishers also-withheld the
right to 'employ the members of
this union or not, as they deemed
best Freel asked that he bp given
twenty-four hours td prepare his
answer." f
Every union man and wdman
In Chicago must indeed be glad
to read of an international presi
dent of a union arranging with
the publishers to establish the "
open shop in the trust newspaper
offices. 1 ;
Union men and women must
be pleased to hear that this inter
national president of a union,
who' had not the courage to at
tend the union metingto which
he was invited, "informed the
publishers hat he was willing to
abide by any suggestion the pub
lishers might offer." '
And union men and women
hiust be.still more elated to read
that this international president
of a union listened to the publish
ers when they "demanded the
revocation of the charter of the
Itfcal stereotypers' union and that
a new union be formed with such
men as the publishers named,"
and that "the publishers also
withheld the right to employ the
members of this new union or
riot, as they deemed best," which
proposition-is nothing more nor
less than the establishment of the
open shop, which, until yester
day, the publishers strenuously
denied they were trying to estab
lish in Chicago.
Recently at an agricultural
meeting the lecturer confined his
discourse to'the growth of vege
tables in general. One of his at
tentive listeners asked innocent
ly: "What's the best way to kill
caterpillars in cabbage?"
, "Oh," replied a wag, "catch
them byvthe two ears and batter
the eyes out of them."
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