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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 13, 1913, Image 2

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be organized, but some union lea: . z vn are against the Examiner edi
tion, but don't want to act hastily, favor giving the Building Trades Council
a chance to back up and can Hearst and the Examiner edition before taking
definite steps to withdraw from the council.
Peter O'Shaughnessy president of the Bricklayers and Stone Masons
and Simon' O'Donnell's assistant editor of 'the "trades union" edition of the
unfair Examiner, is standing pat with O'Donnell, his chief.
At last night's meeting of the Bricklayers and Stone Masons he re
fused ex-President Haight of Pressmen's Union No. 7 the privileges of the
floor when Haight appeared and ask
ed to be permitted to address the
union and state the grievances of the
union pressmen.
President O'Shaughnessy told
Haight the bricklayers and stone
masons were "too busy" to hear him.
Haight asked for just two minutes.
"Too busy," said O'Shaughnessy.
At a meeting of Tile Helpers' Union
No. 32, however, there was an entire
ly different spirit of unionism. Mr.
Haight was given the privilege of the
floor, and, after hearing him, the Tile
Helpers, who are affiliated with the
Building Trades Council, passed reso
lutions protesting against the Build
ing Trades Council having anything
to do with a trades union edition of
a Hearst paper and imposing a fine of
$10 on any member caught reading
a Hearst newspaper.
The feeling among the members
was that if the Building Trades
Council persisted in going ahead with
the Examiner edition, in spite of the
almost unanimous protest of the rank
and file, the thing for the Tile Help
ers to do was to withdraw from the
council.
. International President Thomas
Murray was present, and, in discuss
ing the Examiner edition and Hearst's
trouble with the pressmen's union,
said that the only way organized
labor would ever get justice was
through closer affiliation of all
unions.
The Journeymen Tile Layers meet
tonight and are expected to take
similar action.
Some of the cunning enemies of
trades unionism who hoped to divide
labor's ranks in Chicago by starting
a fight between the Chicago Building
Traded Council and the Chicago Fed
eration of Labor are disappointed,
because the loudest protest is com
ing from the rank and file of unions
affiliated with the Building Trades
Council.
The officers of the Chicago Federa
tion of Labor have been minding
their own business and letting the
building trades unions regulate, their
own affairs; and if there is any dan
ger of a split at all it is .in the coun
cil, not the federation.
One of the outcomes of the present
situation may be a move to divide the
one bricklayers' and stone masons'
union into several unions, with head
quarters in different parts of town,
for the better convenience of the
members. There are about 7,000
members of the one union now, and
it is seldom that anywhere near a
majority of the members can attend
a meeting.
This makes it easy for Editor '
O'Shaughnessy of the Hearst-O'Don-nell
special edition to run things to
suit himself.
It is expected that at next Sun
day's meeting of the Chicago Fed
eration of Labor there will be a large
attendance, and that delegates from
the building trades unions will bring
the matter up themselves, unless
matters come to a head at the meet
ing of the Building Trades Council
Friday night and President O'Don
nell and his crowd of leaders bow to
the will of the rank and file.
In newspaper circles it Is thought
that the Hearst outfit have made the
mistake of their lives in trying to put
this -deal over, for they have aroused
union men and women all over Chi-

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