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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 17, 1913, Image 3

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SITUATION IN COPPER MINERS' STRIKE TENSE
AWAIT OUTCOME OF CONFERENCE
BY N. D. COCHRAN
Houghton, Mich., Sept. A7. John
A. Moffit, special representative of
the United States Department of
Labor, and Walter B. Palmer, statis
tician for the same department, went
into conference at 10:30 a. m. today
with mine managers of the capper
country with a view to settling the
strike of 16000 copper miners in the
Calumet district James MacNaugh
ton, manager of the Calumet &
Hecla group, known as the. "Boss of
the Copper Country," is in attend
ance. On behalf of the Department of
Labor, Moffitt submitted the follow
ing proposition to the mine managers
for discussion:
"As special representative of the
United States department of Labor, I
offer for your immediate considera
tion the god. offices of the department
in bringing about an adjustment of
the existing strike of the mine work
ers. These good offices of the depart
ment are offered to you collectively or
separately for the purpose of media
tion, reconciliation or arbitration un
der existing conditions, preferably the
latter, to-wit:
"First That all the issues involv
ed in the strike shall be settled by
arbitration.
"Second That the board of arbi
tration shall be composed of five
members.
. "Third That two of the members
selected shall be mine managers.
"Fourth That two of the mem
bers shall be chosen by the mine
workers now on strike.1 -
"Fifth That the latter two mem
bers shall liot be members of the
Western Federatio hof Labor.
"Sixth That the latter two mem
bers shall be selected at a meeting
whicluall miners on strike shall "be.
invited to attend
"Seventh That the fifth member
shall be designated by the United
States Secretary of Labor. I
"Eighth That the decision of this
board of arbitration shall be binding
on both the managers and the mine
workers now on strike.
"If this prposal as a" whole is not
acceptable to you," said Moffitt, after
reading his statement, "I request that
you indicate what part of the proposi
tion is objectionable."
Calumet, Mich., Sept. 17. The sit
uation in the strike of 16,000 copper
miners in this section is tense today,
with both sides waiting to see what
the outcome of today's conference at
Houghton will be.
So far James MacNaughton, gen-
eral manager of the. Calumet & Heclal
and a number of other mines, has J
been immovably against recognition!
of the Western Federation. His posi-'.
tion to all who suggested arbitration
has been that he would meet a com-1
mittee of his own miners, but first!
wanted to know how the committee J
was to be appointed; and that any!
miners going back to work would
have to sign an agreement not to J
join the Federation. f
This last will not be agreed to byi
the miners, although it is not certains
that they will insist on absolute rec-i
ognition of the union, provided the
right to organize is not prohibited
and union members are not discrim-j
inated against , J
It appears that government Tepre-j
sentatives saw President Quincy A.:
Shaw and Vice-President Rudolphs
Agassiz at Boston before John A.
Moffitt representative of the Depart- i
ment of .Labor, came here. Mac-t
Naughton is sore at the government
for going over his head'to the Bostdn'
stockholders. Shaw is president of
eieht of the Calumet & Hecla pron-
J erties and Agassiz Is president of five,?
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