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FVLLTGLEGRAPHlCAtiD CABLE NEWS SERVICE
OF THE UNITED PRESS
THE DAY BOOK
50q SO. PEORIA ST. 398 TEL. MONROE 353
Vol. i;No. 206 Chicago Friday, Miay 24, 1912 v One Cen't
PUBLISHERS WON'T SEE GOMPERS A. F. OF L. TO
'BACK LOCKED-OUT AND STRIKING UNIONS I
Flat Declaration of Desire for Open Shop 'Made by Trust Pub
lishers to A. F. of L. President Who Sought Arbitration.
The American Federation of i determined to enforce the open
Labor will stand squarely behind
the locked-out and striking news
paper unions of Chicago.
It will d oso bceause the Trust
Publishers at last have openly ad
mitted that they intend to enforce
the open shop in their offices.
Samuel Gompers, President of
the American Federation of
Labor, was in Chicago today.
Gompers sought an interview
with the representatives -of the
publishers to her their sidp-of the
controversy and to urge arbitra
tion. Gompers was told flatly that
the publishers desired to be al
lowed to operate their business
without interference 'by ANY
union representatives, and tliat
they did not care to treat with
.any of the striking pressmen,
stereotypers,- wagon drivers,
newsboys, mechanics or any one
"As sdon as I' was told this,"
said Gompers today, "I "was con
vinced 'that the publishers were
shop in Chicago
"No other' construction cQuld
be put upon their attitude toward
"I went to the publishers with'
an open mind. I went to ask that
the differences between the pub-
lishers and the men be submitted
"And I was told that the putn
lishers did not desire to treat with
any of the locked-out or striking
unions.or their representatives.
"That can mean only the open
As soon as Gompers had been
denied even a hearing by thespub
lishers, he met in conference with
John Fitzpatrick, president tf the
Chicago Federation of Labor; Ed
Nockels, secretary; President"
Barrett, of the local Typographi
cal union ; George F. Berry, inter
national president," and Joe C.
Orr, international secretary of
th'e Pressmen's union, and other
officers: of the printing trades;
unions. l '
To tHom, Gompers said; :1