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Associated Press Men Strike for First
Time-Three Spontaneous Walk
outs in New York.
New York. Aug. 12.--She strike of
the telegraphers which originated
last Friday in Los Angeles, where it
was directed azainst the Western Un
ion company, gradually spread east
ward and today reached New York
city, where three spontaneous "walk
outs" followed in rapid succession.
These were directed against the West
;.L.1 Union. the Postal Telegraph com
pany and the Associated Press. In
the latter instance the strike was first
against the news organization and was
fairly general throughout the country,
excepting New England. With the
stopping of work by a majority of
union operators here, a situation un
paralleled followed the telegraph,
though by no means being tied up,
was seriously handicapped.
Unexpectedly,-and when it had been
generally supposed that no action
would be taken locally, pending d con
ference of Labor Commissioner Neill
with influential labor representatives
in Chicago, the union operators da
clared a strike in the office of the
Western Union. In explanation it
was stated that a secret understand
ing was reached Sunday, through
which authority was given to the lo
cal employes of the two telegraph
companies to go out any time that
their interests seemed to demand im
Mr. Stone remained at the general
offices of the A, ociated Press
throughout the night, receiving re
ports from various sections and ar
ranging for the uninterrupted con
tinuance of the news service to the
newspapers of the country. One of
his first messages was one of recogni
tion for the devotion of those who
had remained loyal to the service.
Another message directed that all
men who had struck be paid off and
their services terminated as soon as
Towards midnight Chieago report
- ed that at 9.30 service had been re
sumed south of Louisville to Nash
ville, Chattanooga, ly[ontgomery,
Memphis and Maeon.
- Washingtoni, which is the great
news centre of -the south, reported
that regular service had been opened
* to Richmond, Wilmington, Peters
-burg, Newport News, Raleigh, Coluim
.bia, Roanoke,- Riehimond, Charlotte,
Bristol, Danville and Asheville. Con
densed reports were also moving to
Greensboro, Knoxville, Norfolk, Au
gusta, Charleston, Atlanta, Savannah
'Liough no demands had been made
* recently by the nien, the strike had
been fore:' bdowed..
General Manager Stone received
the first intimation early Sunday
night that the telegraphic force of
the association was likely to formu
late demands. These took shape latei
that night and were put into the form
~of a petition, which reached Mr
Stone Monday morning. The petition
was signed by many of the telegraph
operators of the Associated Prass
throughout the country, and in brief
requested a reduction in the hours of
. service and an increase of wages.
During this afternoon Mr. Stone
formulated his reply to the operators
which was as follows:
''New York, Aug. 12.
''I have received 'this morning a
communication from a large numbem
of the operators in the service of
the Associated Press asking for a
changed scale of wages and hours. and
requesting a reply by 7.30 o 'cloek
''The changes involved are so radi
eal in their nature as to add ovem
$200.000 a year, and probably more,
to the expense of this organization.
The Associated Press is mutual in its
character, makes no profits and has
no surplus fund out of which such a
sum could be paid. Any such in
-crease must of necessity be levied
'back upon the newspapers as a part
-of their weekly assessments. As gen
:eral manager. I have no power tc
:make such an increase either in sal
-aries or assessments without author
ity from the board of directors, and
it is obviously impossible to call this
board together within the time named
The board consist of 15 members,
scattered throughout the entire eoun
''At the same time, acting undei
authority heretofore granted me by
the board of direetors, I shall be ver.
glad at any time to meet a committee
of our own operators and confei
with them respecting hours of service
-and compensation with a view to mak
ing some recommendation to the nexi
meeting of the board of directors
which shall meet any fair or .just -ax.
pecatins of those in our oDerating
'Even were I free to act. I think
you must agree with me that a ques
tion of this magnitude should not be
pressed to a conclusion within the lim
its of a few hours and without any op
,portunity for consultation between
myself and representatives of our op
(Signed) "'Melville E. Stone,
Thus the situation stood at 61
o'clock tonight when the day force
went off duty and the night force
came on in all the great news centers
of the country. Operators were in an
evident state of unrest and the trans
mission of news was frequently inter
rupted with messages from point to
point canvissing the attitude of the
men. - Secretary Russell of the Com
mercial Telegraphers' union advised
the operators to secure a definite date
for the consideration of their demands.
In some localities a disposition was
shown to remain at work until 7.30
Tuesday night in order that Mr. Stone
might have reasonable opportunity to
communicate with the directors of
the Associated Press. On the other
hand, the operators at several south
ern points indicated an intention not
to wait beyond 7.30 o'clock tonight
This sentiment found general accept
ance and at 7.30 (Chicago time) or
8.30 (New York time) there was a
general suspension of the' service
throughout the country. In the New
York office the men left their work
and quietly withdrew. Sufficient force
remained loyal to send a partial news
service in all directions.
The Western Union people claimed
to be doing business as usual in this
city. In fact they said that - they
could not use all the men seeking em
ployment. On, the other hand, the
union men claim that very few com
petent men were working and that
the company was being tied up.
The Postal people claim to have 85
out of a force of about 300 working
tonight, and that they were doing bus
iness without serious delay.
To this the strikers replied that the
Postal had not more than 12 opera
tors at work.
The strike against the Associated
Press began at 8.30 o'clock( Eastern
time) tonight. It was distinct from
the other strikes, as the Associated
Press controls its own leased wires,
and the operators are in the direct
employ of the news organization.
ONLY ONE FIFTH W. U. BOYS
ESPONDED TO ORDE,
Entire Washington Force of Postal
Goes Out but, Western Union Re
tains Fifty Men..
Washington, Aug. 12.--The entire
force of the Postal Telegraph com
pany with the exception of the two
chief operators and two wiremen
walked out late this afternoon and 13
of the 63 Western Union operators
responded to the strike order at 8.30
VOTE TO STAY ON DUTY.
Western Union and Postal Operators
Will Not Strike Until Or
Richmond, Va., Aug. 12.-Westera
Union and Postal operators voted to
night not to strike unless ordered out
by President Small.
Out in Spartanburg.
$partanburg, Aug. 12.-The strike
in the Postal and Western Union of
fces went on today. The managers are
at work, but all messages are taken
subject to delay.
All Out in Wasington,
Washington, Aug. 12.-At 8.30 all
the Western Union operators walked
out here and were greeted by loud
cheers by"the striking Postal opera
tors who were lined up in front *of
the Western Union building. Only
the chief operators and a few wire
men remained on duty.
Seventy Out in Jacksonville.
Jacksonville, Fla., Aug. 12.-All
Western Union and Postal telegraph
ers walked out at 4 o'clock this after
noon. It affects some 60 Western
Union and 10 Postal operators.
,All Out in Savannah.
Atlanta. Ga., Aug. 12.-A long dis
tance telephone message from Savan
nah, Ga., says the operators in the
Western Union and Postal offices
went out at 10 o'clock this morning.
Refuse to Work Government Wire.
Montgomery, Ala., Aug. 12.-The
operators who went on strike refused
to work the signal wire upon which
the government reports are received.
or to handle business with non-union
men in other offices.
Spreads to Canada.
Montreal. Aug. 12.--Between 120
a n 3 oear in the Great North
wvesterr- e.,-- ra i n itj i ile
strack lids inteIL)i I l a
with the operators in the Luiied
Strike Breakers for Chicago.
Binghamton, N. Y., Aug. 12.-Ed
ward A. Baird, manager of the West
ern Union in this city. with a party
of 10 operators, have been drafted ;o
Chicago from this vicinity as strike
breakers and left for that city on a
speeial train today.
Western..Union Out in Augusta.
Augusta, Aug. 12.-The entire force
of Western Union operators in this
city went on strike shortly before
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