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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 04, 1913, Image 2

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the country, took up the pressmen's fight, as it takes up the fight of every
other Chicago union that gets in trouble.
The C. P. of L. did one of the smartest things it ever did, when it de
cided tb fight the devil with fire and beat the publishersat their own game.
Instead of putting. all the scab trust
papers on the unfair "list the federa
tion decided to fight them one at a
time. So only the Hearst papers were
put on the unfair list; and there has
been such a big slump in Hearst cir
culation that the Hearst gang has
been making frantic efforts to stop
the slump and find a way to lick the
C. P. of L.
-For months the Hearst papers
have been jollying the Chicago Build
ing Trades Council, one of the most
powerful in the country. Labor col
umns were started and at every op
portunity honey and molasses were
smeared' over Simon O'Donnell, the
president of that organization.
The game was, of course, to split
the Building Trades Council off from
the Chicago Federation of Labor, and
bust up the federation, and make its
fight on Hearst in the interest of
union labor ineffective.
The boil came to a head at Friday's
meeting of the Building Trades
Council, when President O'Donnell
gaveled through a resolution accept
ing a proposition by the Examiner to
get out a special edition of that pa
per, called a trades union edition, in
conjunction with the Building Trades
Council the council to get the
money from advertising and circu
lation receipts.
When the matter was brought up a
vigorous protest was made against
going into partnership with an unfair
newspaper to get out a union labor
edition. The protest was made by
delegates from such strong organiza
tions as the painters, lathers, struc
tural iron workers and amalgamated
carpenters.
The protesting delegates laid spe
cial emphasis on the fact that the
Examiner "has a scab pressroom.
But President O'Donnell gaveled
the resolution through over their pro
test and refused a roll call. He took
the position that the Examiner was
trying tor get back into the good
graces of the, union workers of Chi
cago, and said it was time for the
unions and Hearst to bury the
hatchet.
He didn't explain that Hearst had
already buried the hatchet for the
publishers' trust in the body of the
pressmen's union, and now had the
same hatchet aimed at the Chicago
Federation of Labor.
. Now Hearst gleefully announces in
the Examiner that Simon O'Donnell,
president of the Chicago Building
Trades Council, is to be editor-in-chief
of the "trades union" edition,
and Peter S. Shaughnessy, president
of the Bricklayers' and Stone Ma
sons' Union, is to be assistant pub
lisher. But there is resentment in the
ranks of the true .union men in the
big unions affiliated with the Build
ing Trades Council; and, although
O'Donnell is strong, and has a power
ful administrative machine, he is not
going to have an easy time of it mak
ing the rank and file fall down and
worship Hearst, the cunning and un
compromising enemy of union labor.
Some union men were so indignant
that they wanted to introduce reso
lutions in the Chicago Federation of
Labor yesterday denouncing the deal
between O'Donnell and Hearst, but
the wise heads favored trying to set
tle the matter among union men
rather than to take any step .that
would be playing into Hearst's hands,
and help break up organized labor in
Chicago.
They wanted to hear from the
members of the organizations in the
Building Trades Council, and know
whether the rank and file favored
helping Hearst destroy the Press
men's Union and dividing the Chi-

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