PUBLIC OWNERSHIP WILL STOP SHAKE-DOWN
BY UTILITIES, SAYS LABOR MAN
"Penny-a-call service, 50-cent gas
and two-cent car rideswiU come in
"When the people are ready to or
ganize and go to bat with the cor
porations, the people can get these
properties and by public ownership
and operation fix rates and service
on a cost basis.
"The big shake-down game of the
public utility corporations can be
stopped only one way. drganize.
Get the people of Chicago into a pow
erful, city-wide organization with a
single aim: Public ownership of pub
"Lower rates, better service and a
square deal for organized labor
that's what we'll get with public own
ership." These are the points Morton L.
Johnson of the Chicago Federation
of Labor public ownership committee
wants to get before the labor men
"It's only a week from tomorrow
that the public ownership convention
of the federation is to meet," he said.
"Every local union which has not
elected its delegates should see to it
the coming week that men are pick
ed to go to the federation convention
"More than 140,000 Chicago men
and women are represented in the
delegates so far elected by local
unions. Let every union secretary
make this a special matter the com
"With a strong public ownership
league in the field the people of Chi
cago would now be in possession of
the Automatic phone system. The
bankers and LaSalle street men are
able to keep it because they are or
ganized and the people are not.
"In 1918, three short years from
now, the city will have an option of
acquiring the Chicago Telephone Co.
"In the matter of jitney buses or
other means of improving transpor
tation, organization is necessary.
"The high wages now paid street
car men would have come years ago
under public ownership.
"When the city owns the phone,
gas and electric light systems, there
will be an end to the spy systems,
spotters and raw tactics now employ
ed by the Chicago Telephone Co.,
the Commonwealth Edison Co. and
the People's Gas Light & Coke Co.
The word to union men is: , Elect
your delegates and get ready to start
this ball rolling."
BITS OF NEWS
Thief snatched pay satchel from
Miss Beatrice Goldberg, cashier Per-'
feet Coat Front Co., 500 S. Peoria.
Got $150 and valuable papers.
C. S. Funk, Oak Park, former pres
ident of Rumely Co., taken suddenly
ill at South Bend, Ind.
Jealous girl wrote police saying
girl auto bandits who have terrorized
West Side could be found with their
sweethearts at rooming house. Po
lice arrested three girls and three
boys at 1411 Washington blvd.
City Treasurer Sergei stopped fu
ture pay of country judges sitting in
Rumor says Bishop J. P. Carroll,
Helena, Mont, may be chosen bishop
of Chicago to fill vacancy caused by
death of Archbishop Quigley.
R. J. Seigel, manager at Wilson
beach, saved life of Miss Minninen,
823 Wilson av., who was carried be
yond life ropes.
Queen hotel, 603 S. Wabash av.,
was in morals court today, charged
with being an assignation house.
Chas. David fined $100 and sentenced
to 30 days in jail.
Record for arrests of speeders was
broken by Motor Policemen Pollach
and Shram, who arrested 19 violat
ors. Each drew fines from $5 to $25
and costs. .
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