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Some of the agents have intimated that some employers have sought to
have strikes called on work being done by their competitors. That is important.
Just as there are honest union
workmen, so are there honest em
ployers; and if there are lahor crooks,
there are business crooks as well.
And whoever the crooks may be,
or whatever side they are on, it will
help those who are honest to have
the crooks exposed.
Honest labor should welcome the
investigation, and demand that it be
thorough and let no guilty man es
cape. Now is as good a time as ever to
have a show-down, and let the rank
and file on both sides know the whole
truth. The charges have been made.
Let them be met. There are those
who would like to use the charges to
discredit organized labor as a whole.
Don't let that be done. The great body
of men in organized labor are on the
square and the whole truth will help
rather than harm the movement.
Let's have a show-down.
State's. Representative John Mc
Laughlin did not appear before the
federal grand jury this morning to
recite the kick of the Material Men's
Association against certain union
business. District Attorney Wilker
son up until then had not heard from
him and was somewhat taken back
by the sudden indifference after the
charges McLaughlin has been mak
ing in the newspapers.
McLaughlin appeared later and
conferred with Ass't District Att'y
Hopkins. It was announced then that
McLaughlin would not appear before
the jury for several days. No ex
planations were made.
Peter Dignan says he shot George
Hammond because Hammond threat
ened to call a strike.
The excavators claim that
George Hammond, who was killed by
Contractor Patrick Dignan, John
Haley and Michael Norris did not
call the strike in McLaughlin's yards,
, as McLaughlin says.
The union men also accuse Mc
Laughlin of firing the first shot in
the war of the contractors' organ
ization against union labor.
Norris, who is one of the men
blamed by McLaughlin, said of the
"McLaughlin defends his action by
saying he is not a copper. Then I
am not a copper when I charge that
John J. McLaughlin, while seated in
his office, where I had been called,
offered me $2,000 to call a strike of
teamsters employed by the Produc
ers' Stone Company. This was in
October last. McLaughlin is a gravel
man and he wanted a strike so as to
have gravel substituted for stone fn
many cases. I refused and left his
office in anger.
"The next night he sent 'Bennie'
Mitchell to my home at 3251 West
Congress street to urge me .to take
the $2,000. I refused. Then he
wanted me to go to a saloon on Har
rison, street, where we could have a
talk. I shut the door in his face and
he went away.
"I did not see McLaughlin Tuesday
or on Wednesday, as he states. I
have not seen him in four months.
He tried to talk to me Wednesday
over a telephone, but I refused. Mc
Laughlin is a tricky politician. He
expects to beable to hire teamsters
for what he wants to give them 'if'
he gets a few labor officials. But I
never received a cent from McLaugh
lin in my life."
On the other hand District Attor
ney Wilkerson is said to have obtain
ed information which will show that
a ring of business agents, without
the knowledge of the rankand file,
shook down contractors by threaten
ing to call a strike.
In this way thousands of labor
men, without cause or without get
ting any benefits, have .been plunged
into a costly strike.
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