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INJUNCTION JUDGES MAY BE
V STRIPPED OF CERTAIN POWER
Circuit court judges like Jesse
Baldwin and Jesse Holdom will be
stripped of their power p deny jury
trials to workingmen and working-m-en
for violation of injunctions
if the legislature follows the recom
mendation of state senate committee
on judiciary. That boHy has
I voted 12 to -4 in favor of the injunc
' tion limitation bill wliich is the fore
most labor measure now up.
Judges Baldwin and Holdom were
mentioned before senate committee
as specimens of judges who have
stretched the injunction power a long
ways. A statement by Pres. John H.
"Walker of the Illinois Federation of
Labor was circulated in committee.
"Human labor, which is human
life, is not a commodity. No man
- can have a property right in the body
- of another human being. Labor's in
junction limitation bill would prevent
judges disregarding the national and
slate constitutions. It aims, to pro
tect the workers in the right of free
speech, free press, peaceful assem
blage. "The workers of Illinois are deter-
nined that the courts of our state
must respect the law, must respect
the constitution of 'bur nation and
state, must become an institution
that will guarantee the workers their
constitutional rights as citizens.
"Mention our Illinois courts of
equity to the average man. He does
not 'get a picture of a tribunal deal
ing out even-handed justice in the
name of the law. He gets a picture'
of a modern, 'cold-blooded, profes
sional strike-breaking agency, a tool
-of conscienceless -co"rporations."
Walker added that murderers,
thieves and bootleggers, can get jury
trials in Illinois, but men and women
of the garment workers' union in
Chicago are now under jail sentence
for contempt of court and are de
prived of jury trial because of of.
fenses alleged oh the picket line. j
This being war time and the nation
in need of cQ-operation from labor,
there was' special interest in Walk
"The injunction court, as" it oper
ates in labor disputes, is a despotism
created within our republic by the
usurpation of jwwer on the part of
some judge, jv power which no law
or constitution of our country ever
gave him, which he uses arbitrarily
to break strikes and to destroy or
ganizations of working people. Such
injunctions are never used against
other classes. The purpose is to
crush workers into submission."
32d Ward Socialists meet at Car
penters' hall, 6414 S. Halsted, S.p. m.
Mr. A. P. Canning lectures on
"Robert Burns' Poems" at Douglas
Park Y. P. S. L., 3450 Ogden av., 8
p. m. Free.
Medical Women's club organize
class of women surgeons under Col.
P. J. H. Farwell, U. S. medical reserve
corps. Latest military methods to
be iaught to prepare women, if ne
cessary, for active service.