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PAINTERS TO GET SUPPORT OF
Striking Chicago painters will have
the fullest support of the internation
al counciL This ws-assured today
when Chicago District Council re
ceived a letter from J. S. Skemp put
ting the international body on record.
It means that the local painters will
have both the moral and financial
support of the national body.
Painters reported to their jobs this
morning and asked contractors to
show an agreement bearing the sig
nature of the district council's secre
tary. When such an agreement was
produced the men went to work,
when it was not they walked out.
The situation today is as follows:
Practically all building work in the
loop and nearby is tied up, nearly all
the work in the residential and outer
business districts continues uninter
rupted. Contractors doing loop work are
affiliated with the Painters' and Dec
orators' club, which has 150 em
ploying members. There are 400 con
tractors who are not affiliated with
the club. Most of the 400 indepen
dent contractors "have signed the
agreement. They are doing nearly
all work outside the loop.
"Only 1,500 were called upon to lay
down their tools today," said L. P.
Lindeloff, secretary of the district
council. "There are 2,500 more not
working because of lack of employ
ment. Fully 6,000 of our men are at
"Singularly, we have more men at
work now than at any time this win
ter. The reason is that some 400
contractors have signed our agree
ment and, knowing they are secure
from strike troubles, are starting an
enormous amount of work. When
the lathers were locked out all of
them found work on fair contracts.
We expect to be able to get work for
all our men.
"Tlu is going to be the real test of
the arbitraikm agreement Our men i.acts.
would simply not stand for being fmvj
ther hoodwinked by Simon O'Don-
nell. He wants the unions to sign
an agreement mat wiu give ma ad
visory board greater power. Destru
uou ui uie must uasiu ui umuii prui-j
ciples would result
"It is all very well for the coaM
tractors to give out interviews- that
we will be starved intosubmissi
in 48 hours, but tbis;unbir is betts
prepared for a siege than, the -cqi
tractors are. If it is to.be ja fight
a finish for preservation of unlo
principles the fight migh-as weU be
gin now. - i
Plans are being perfected for
formation of a new buildjng trade
council. Already the painters, eleG
tricians, lathers, plasterers sheet?!
metai worKers, macninists, giazziers
and part of the hoisting engineers
are ready to join an opposition coun
cil. No action will be taken until the
national executive committee of the
building trades department has been
asked to revoke the charter of the
present Building Trades Council Jor
signing an agreement witn a con-
tractors' ass'n in violation of the con;
When a man enters a three-corne
ed scrap aB a peacemaker and comi
out still m possession of the good
of each antagonist that man qt
as a master diplomat.
Samuel Gompers has done just i
in Chicago in the past two weeks.
tossed off his coat and plunged into
the row between the two building
trades factions and tne employers
Gompers did not gain peace, but he
compelled a sane discussion of thiS
issue and he saw to it that men. of .aftf?
sides said what they wanted. -"
N. U. SETTLEMENT BENEFIT
Monday evening's performance ol
"Tess of the Story Country" at
Crown Theatre, Division and .Asi
land, will he for the benefit-of- ti
Northwestern University Settlement
Harriet Vittum will speak betwegi
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