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hood and justice. And no bloody revolution is necessary so long as we are
steadily moving in the right direction.
We have had our political revolution. The industrial revolution is fol
lowing closely on its heels. We are beginning to understand the Golden
Rule. When we understand it, there will be no man so mean but what we
will recognize in him a brother.
Our present duty is not to educate the poor, but to educate the igno
rant; and the ignorant employer is the one who most needs education. Our
"most dangerous ignorance rides in automobiles and wears diamonds. Only
less dangerous in ignorance are its immediate employes, those who think
they are not workingmen and believe they belong to a higher class because
they get.salaries instead of wages, and work for small pay rather than be
long to a trades union.
PLANS OF BUILDINGAND CONSTRUCTION
EMPLOYERS' ASS'N NOT GOING JUST RIGHT
The delightful plan of the Building
and Construction Employers' Asso
ciation to force 250 men to come to
them on their knees .by starving
45,000 is not going as well as it
And the bosses are filled with
gloom and reflection on that canny
statement of Robert Burns that
"the'hest laid plans o' mice and men
aft gang agley."
In tb.e first- place, the Carpenters
and Builders' Association, the Mas
ter Plumbers' Association and the
Masons', and Builders' Association,
all of which are supposed to be part
of the Building and Construction
Employers' Association, have notified
their employes they won't take part
in the lockout.
Since the Carpenters', Plumbers'
and -Masons' Associations are the
three biggest connected with the
building and construction employers,
this puts some crimp in the lockout,
right where a crimp will do the most
The trouble is that George M. -Reynolds,
ihh Continental & Commercial
bank building and the contractors
therefor got altogether too hasty in
their decision to starve 50,000 men
in order to make 250 be good dogs.
The employers are organized along
practically the same lines as the'
yorkers, only much more tightly and
much more secretly. Each trade has
its employers' organization ,and each
employers' organization sends dele
gates to the Building and Construc
tion Employers' Association, which is
supposed to represent the federated
In the present case, several of the
employers' organization remark
darkly that the Building and Con
struction Employers' Association
Misrepresented the employers.
The Building and Construction
Employers' Association has an execu
tive committee, and the executive
committee has a business agent.
It was the executive committee
which decided to call the lockout, and
it came to this decision without ever
consulting a single employer.
Wherefore there were a great
many employers vastly peeved when v
E. M. Craig, the executive council's
business agent, served notice on
them that they must lock out their
Their peevishness was not lessenr
ed by the language in which the "or
der" to lockout their men was couch
ed. After "ordering the lockout," the
communication goes on: t
"This rule (the one th"at all em
ployers must lock out their men) IS
IMPERATIVE and applies to all
members of the association who may
be employing any men in the trades
named and equally applies to any job