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Besides, it often happens that one union is used to defeat another
union. That happens because of separate contracts with individual unions,
expiring at different periods in the same industry.
That was illustrated in the newspaper lockout and strike in Chicago
last year, when printers remained at work after pressmen were locked out
and stereotypers had gone oh strike. The typographical union lived up to
its contract and worked with non-union pressmen.
And because of the contracts expiring at different times, it was possi
ble for organized publishers to play one union against another. Had all
union employes been members of the same union the publishers' associa
tion would have lost that fight. In fact they probably never would have
locked out the pressmen.
However, the Springfield situation is different. Instead of sitting idly
by while organized employers crush the building trades unions, all other
labor organizations are lining up with their brothers in the building trades;
' and for the first time in any American city there appears to be a solid
alignment on both sides.
The game will be what it always has been to divide the ranks of
labor. Yet the Springfield Federation of Labor is adopting the most ef
fective method of fighting, and the outcome will be watched with interest
by both armies in the war.
One of the significant things about the Springfield situation is the fact
that labor there appears to have discovered that the savings of labor de
posited in banking institutions is sometimes used by business to the detri
ment of labor's vital interests.
The average daily newspaper ignores news like this, and capital, itself is
not so well informed as to industrial conditions, and what is going on in the
minds of working men as it ought to be.
In Indianapolis recently ALL organized labor took up the cause of the
street car men. The American Federation of Labor took up the cause of
the striking copper miners of Michigan. Now in Springfield ALL organized
labor gets back of the building trades unions. These are but a few of many
straws which show which way the wind blows. The ranks of labor are
tightening all along the line. There is a growing demand for industrial
unionism. There is a growing solidarity. Next will be a Labor party in
A square deal will have to come. Not through laws, but through or
ganization. And it would be better for the country, and for all immediately
concerned if the newspapers would quit suppressing labor news and tell the
people the truth.
When all of the people know the truth it will be easier to arrive at what,
is just to all concerned. If we had a war with Mexico the papers would
have lurid stories of every skirmish and. every battle. Why not print the
news about the battle of Springfield in the great industrial war?
State's Attorney Hoyne may take
stand in clairvoyant case.
Three armed auto bandits got $235
in George F. Miller's saloon, 2858 W.
Robert Phillips, Rochester, N. Y.,
claims he was rolled for $1,500 by girl
he had begun corresponding with
tuiough matrimonial ad.
Inspector of Morals Dannenberg1
arrested 27 in clean-up on South
Harry Schaffer, Wayne, Ilk, weal-'
thy farmer, found in box car near
there. Skull fractured. Mystery. '
James Gast, former partner of'
James Charapoulis, 4329 S. HalstedJ
st,, charged with latter's murder. '