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MILLIONS TIED UP IN LABOR WAR BOSSES
RESORT TO STARVATION METHODS
Dollars have replaced guns as in
struments for crushing labor union
ism. The first attempt of capital to win
a strike by the enforcement of a di
rect, wholesale financial starvation is
being put into effect in Chicago.
Capital has always been able to
find a great resource of money when
labor was to be fought, but in the
past money was used indirectly.
In Colorado, at Calumet, at Helena,
in Patterson, and in every place
where there has been what the patri
cian paper are pleased to term a
"labor war," money has hired guns
and gunmen to go out and slaughter
the men who protested against living
in hovels and demanded better condi
tions and a living wage.
Dollars have played the principal
part in winning every dispute that
capital has won from labor. Some
times they have hired militiamen
with machine guns or armed thugs
who were instructed to kilL Some
times they have hired strikebreakers
or aided in starvation.
In Chicago, for the first time,
money has been called upon to go
into the field unaided and crush labor
It's nasty work to hire strikebreak
ers. Employed gunmen sometimes
mess things up fearfully and then
machine guns bring a revulsion of
public sentiment. Chicago capital
wants labor unionism out of its way,
but it wants the trick done gracefully.
Rockefeller's Colorado methods of
crushing labor have proven entirely
And so banks, contractors, lumber
dealers and building material manu
facturers have banded together for
the purpose of stopping all building
work in Chicago until striking union
carpenters are starved into accepting
It is going to cost money. If the
plan is to be pushed to success it is
going to mean a loss to capital and
labor of from one to three million
dollars a day.
According to the figures claimed by
the contractors, 200,000 men em
ployed in the building trades and al
lied work are going to be thrown out
of employment within the next few
days. If one accepts a low average
of $3 as a daily wage that will mean
a loss of $600,000 a day for labor. It
Is believed that the loss to the con
tractors, millmen and banks will be
more than this each day. This is not
including what builders will lose in
loss of rental through delay in get
ting buildings completed.
Capital is going to force this great
daily loss upon the city of Chicago.
It is going to make all Chicago suffer
that it mayjtry to crush the carpen
ters who refused to accept the com
promise strike settlement offer made
by the Carpenters' Constructors as
sociation. Students of industrial economy
feel that the carpenters would have
been fools to accept the offer of the
Carpenter Contractors' ass'n.
The carpenters struck against all
bosses who would not pay them 70
cents an hour and sign the agree
ment they desired.
Two-thirds of the bosses have
come to the carpenters' terms. The
only ones who held out were the
members of Carpenters' Contractors'
ass'n. This association wished the
carpenters to sign an agreement
which would have given the associa
tion an absolute monopoly of building
work. By it the carpenters would
have agreed not to work for any con
tractor who was not registered with
With two-thirds of the bosses sign
ed up and 13,000 of their 16,000 out
side carpenters and all of their 5,000
inside carpenters working for the
wages the C. C. ass'n refused to
grant, the carpenters felt they would
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