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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 01, 1913, Image 2

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years at starvation wages 1
Lindelof finished by, shrugging his
shoulders.
As the glaziers are affiliated with
the painters, there .is no chance of
any finishing workTbeing done on the
big buildings now in course of con
struction in the loop until the end of
the strike.
The Building Trades Council last
night, aprroved the strike and this
may lead to still further complica
tions.
Five thousand painters still are
working, as many employers have
signed the. union contract. Many
more are expected to do so within
the next few days.
As oisual it is the biggest of the
employers whot are holding out
against giving the men a living wage
and fair play. The State street mer
chants' association is in the forefront
of the fight against fhe men.
The men ask for 65 cents an hour.
They are now getting 60 cents an
hour. Then men also want a two
year contract, with a provision for a
further increase the second year.
But another section of the union
contract at which the employers are
balking has nothing to do with wages,
and the employers' refusal to sign
this section should open the eyes of
men of big business who may have
contracts, or who expect to have con
tracts with employing painters. -
It is customary for contracts be
tween building contractors and paint
ing contractors to specify the number
of coats of paint to be applied In each
part of the building.
Six coats are quite customary in
the specifications.
Bute it is rarely, if ever, that a pairit
Jng contractor lives up to this part of
the contract he entered into. Where
six coats of paint are called for he
' applies three, where fourare called
for he applies two.
, Thus he saves money, even if to do
so he has to cheat the man who -is
paying.him to carry out the contract.
It was to put an end to thiB system'
of cheating that the painters' union
incorporated the following section in
the contract - they, presented to the
bosses: ;
','lt is agreed by the party of the
first part that specifications onfall,
contracts entered into after April A
Pand during the life of this agreement'
as to work and labor SHALL BE
LIVED UP TO AND ENFORCED.
The following are granted the. privi
lege of investigating allf specifica
tions: On jobs where three men or
less are employed, the charge man,
the steward, officials of the painters'
district council and the representative
of the first party; on jobs where more
than three men are employed an ad
ditional man from among the men-.on
the job to be chosen by the men, and
if for any reason such man leave the
job, another man to be chosen to re
place him. Any violation of this section-shall
be reported to the officials
of the painters' district council or" to
the employers but to no other per
sons." The effect of this section, if It were
in force, is plain. It would put an
end once and for all to the cheating
of the painting contract, the thing
which, in the painting trade, is tech
nically called "skimping."
. When the union contract was pre
sented to the employers after the'
strike vote two weeks ago, there was
ah immediate and painjsd holler from
the bosses over this section.
It would put an end, to "skimp
ing" and a lot or easy money. It was
interference with the sacred liberty
of the bosses to cheat on their con
tracts as much as they .liked so long
as they got "away with it. It was
anarchy and socialism and anything
else youUiked to think of and the
bosses wouldn't sign it.
The employers might give in' to the
wage increase in fact, they have
signified they are willing to do so.
But they are not going to give ut
their sacred right to "skimp."
rry oux tne contract. their sacred ngnt to "skim

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