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SIMON O'DONNELL IS OWNER OF $100,000 FLAT,
AND LAKE SHORE LAND, SAY LABOR MEN
Skyscrapers costing hundreds of
millions of dollars stand in the loop
district Every year buildings that
cost tens of millions are torn down
and new ones that cost tens of mil
lions go up. Its a dizzy game of 'mil
lions. The biggest cost is labor. Millions
of dollars pass from the hands of
landlords to contractors and from
contractors to to the workingmen of
the building trades.
Among the building trades workers
"the big fellow" of them all is Simon
O'Donnell. He is president of the
Building Trades Council. This coun
cil takes in nearly all the building
1 trades unions of Chicago. It can say
yes or. no on any or all big building
jobs. It starts or stops work on any
Now come fourteen officers of
twelve different unions in the build
ing trades with a signed statement
they have printed and are putting
unto the hands of all building trades
workers. They charge
That Simon O'Donnell, whose sal
- ary is $50 a week, owns a flat build
ing at 1107-1109 North Shore blvd.
and the flat is worth $40,000.
That Simon O'Donnell, whose
salary is $50 a week, is also the own
er of beach land at the foot of North
Shore blvd. with 250 feet frontage on
Lake Michigan, with riparian rights
and accretions, valued over $60,000.
Photographs of the -flat building
and the beach property are published
in the bulletin, with the question:
"Where did he get it?"
The bulletin attacks the arbitration
and the secret balloting clauses of the
uniform agreement which O'Donnell
urges all unions to sign with the
Building Construction Employers'
ass'n. All rights to strike will be tak
en away from the unions and there
won't really be any unions at all, it
"One of the active agents in the
movement with the employers is Mr.
Simon O'Donnell," says the bulletin.
"He has acted more like a business
agent for the employers than for the
unions. He has been a business
agent for a short time, but his activ
ity seems to have paid better than
that of any other man in the labor
"His property is worth above $100,
000, and we ask: 'Where did he get
it? ' It is not our desire to discuss the
affairs and motives of men except as
they are antagonistic to the unions
we represent We will continue our
fight for the right of union men to
protect their wages and conditions
by a strike when necessary."
Signers are L. Toale, pres. Lathers'
White City Dist. Council; J. J. Ryan,
Sheet Metal Workers' Dist. Council;
Thomas Walsh, bus. agt. Sheet Metal
Workers No. 73; J. H. Murphy, bus.
agt Electrical Workers' No. 134. A. C.
Anderson, bus. agt JPainters' Dist
Council No. 14; Ray Stewart, bus.
agt. Hardwood Finishers No. 430; C.
E. Foss, Upholsterers No. Ill; H.
Hahn, bus. agt Glaziers No. 27; W. F.
Clauss, bus. agt. Fixture Hangers No.
381; G. W. Fry, bus. agt Machinists
No. 126; E. W. Geimer, pres. Paint
ers' Dist Council No. 14; W. A. Doyle,
bus agt Painters' No. 147; A. Alex,
bus. agt Lathers' White City Dist
Atlanta, Ga. Leo M. Frank failed
today in his appeal to the state prison
board for a commutation of sentence
from death to life imprisonment The
adverse recommendation to the gov
ernor was made by a majority of two
to one, Commissioners Rainey and
Davidson voting for the death penalty
and Commissioner Patterson for a
Liverpool. Steamer Gertrude
sunk in collision with City of Vienna
off Arklow lightship; 8 lives lost.