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LABOR HEAD ATTACKS CHOICE OF CIRCUIT
JUDGES FOR SOUTH PARK BOARD JOB
"When the judges of the circuit
court appointed Lemuel B. Patterson
to the position of South Park com
missioner yesterday they were not
acting in the interests of the people,
but in the interests of the campaign
funds for .their re-election, which
comes in June." This statement was
made to The Day Book last night by
John T. Pitzpatrick, pres. Chicago
Federation of Labor.
Two months ago the federation
wrote to the judges asking that the
next member of the park board be a
representative of labor and not of the
south side millionaires. The judge:
answered asking the federation to
name two men, who would be given
consideration by the judges in the
election of the next trustee.
Patterson formerly acted as secre
tary to Tilden and was also an official
in the National Packing Co. with Til
den. As present he is a trustee in the
following banks: The Drovers' Na
tional, the Drovers' Trust, Fort Dear
born, Woodlawn Trust and Savings.
He is also treasurer of the Hygienic
Ice Co. and sec'y of the Schulz Bak
"Pres. Fitzpatrick of the Chicago
Federation of Labor was the candi
date with the next highest number of
votes," said Chief Justice John P. Mc
Groorty. "The names of the "other two
delegates were withdrawn ay the fed
eration, who endorsed him instead.
For a time the decision was doubtful.
One of the judges said that Patterson
was fair to labor, having acted as ar
biter in a number of labor disputes
at the stockyards. On the next bal
lot Patterson won."
Judge McGoorty refused to tell the
majority by which Patterson was
elected and the name of the judge
who said Patterson was fair to labor.
When asked the authority upon
which the judges statement was
based, he said the judges mentioned
the name of a union official. This,
also, he refused to divulge.
When Fitzpatrick heard this state
ment he laughed.
"I think I know who this union of
ficial was and I intend to look this
up," he said. "I don't doubt but
what the whole matter was cut and
dried before the judges held this
meeting. I have never heard of Pat
terson acting as an arbiter in any
labor disputes. Union labor was
throttled in the stockyards years ago.
The conditions of the men now work
ing in the yards shows how fairly
they were treated when they walked
out on strike for better conditions
and wages years ago. Packers and
other companies in the yards are un
fair to labor.
"These judges were told who to ap
point and they had to comply with
their master's bidding. The five mil
lionaire South Park commissioners
are so far removed from labor that
they have no regard for the rights
and conditions of the men working
under them. At present there is a
system of supervision maintained in '
the south parks that is so unbearable
that hardly any union man will work
"Only the indefensible non-union-
ist, who has no desire to better him-
self or others, will submit to these in-
tolerable conditions. Organized la- t
bor and the South Park Employes'
ass'n has asked for the appointment
of a man who understands labor, s
"Now our request being denied it i
means that the hand of the task- i
master and slave driver is going to J
be laid down harder than in the past. J
Labor will remember that it is the
circuit court judges who appoint the t
tyrants who administer the affairs of
the South Park board and grin in.
the faces of their employes." i
Charles Nugent, an employe .of the J
south parks for 32. years, was another i
candidate for the position. He is
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