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The Labor Advocate
"4 PAPER FOR ALL WHO TOIL"
Official Organ of the Building Trades Council of Cincinnati and Vicinity
Vol. III. No. 25
CINCINNATI, OHIO, OCTOBER 9, 1915
One Dollar a Year
fiction of the Court in case
I of Garment Workers' Union
Attorney Amos Foster Reviews the Case in Which Inter-
'est Has Been Revived Because of Opposition to
i"Thc followimr statement was tii:ule liv
Attorney Amos Foster, who represent
ee) the Fulworth Garment Company in
the injunction suit which it brought
two years ago against the International
Iadics' Garment Workers' Union,
then on strike. The statement, lie de
clared, was made from his best recol
lection of the chief points in the case
in justification of Judge Oppcnhcimer's
decision at that time.
"This was- a case wherein the T'til
worth Garment Company was plaintiff
and the International Ladies' Gar
ment Workers' Union was defendant.
The action was brought to enjoin the
labor Union from doing certain un
lawful acts, to-witt Assaulting and
interfering with the officers and em
ployes of the plaintiff.
"The evidence was clear and con
vincing beyond question as to the in
junction suit. The injunction was
granted and the facts were proved so
strongly that the Union did not ap
peal. It took several week.s for us to
try the case. During the trial Judge
Oppenheimer did everything in the
world to straighten out matters with
out having to issue an injunction. lie
tried to use the good offices of the
court to settle matters. There were,
as I recall, before the trial, various as
satilts committed upon officer- and
employes of the company, and 25 or
110 arrests, several of which resulted
in Convictions in the Police Court.
CINCINNATI AT THE TOP IN
FIELD OF EDUCATION
Ins Achieved Much Deserving
"Condon- Wooley-Cumpbell Combin
High Kncoinliini Published in the
loiii'iuil of F.duciition.
one should attempt to criticise or pass
judgment on this case, he should read
this decision. The opinion is a full
justification, both in morals and law,
for the injunction. It would be un
fair for either labor or capital to con
demn the judge for his decision unless
the full facts were known. Further
more, 1 consider it something that en
dangers the integrity of our courts for
a class, either labor, capital or other
wise, to condemn a judge and to In
to prevent his re-election because of a
decision on some controversy which is
between classes, unless the party at
tacking the decision is prepared to
show the judge was really prejudiced,
ignorant or dishonest, and in this cae
he was1 not. lie was eminently con
siderate of the rights of all parlies.
"After the injunction was granted
theie were violations of the court's
older Various charges were filed
against number-, of the Union The
court heard the testimony on all. In
some cases he dismissed the accused
because the cases were not fully sub
stantiated iy tlie evidence, in other
cases the person charged was convict
ed. The piincip'il man charged with
violation of the couit's order was Fus
feld, the business agent of the Union.
After a full hearing the court found
Fu-ifeld guilty am' sentenced him.
This case was taken to the Court of
Appeals anil the sentence was sus
tained. Fusfeld was the real head of
"Cincinnati is not only on the maf, but
is at the tap of it in school extension."
MWR.4 '.Willi i
Another Trade Union Achievement
W. D. Mahon, President of the Amalgamated Association
of Street and Electric Railway Employees of America,
Tells in "The American Federationist" of the Late
Victory in Chicago.
The following article is an account of One citizen's suit 2.1.00
another splendid achievement of the 'Two uniform caps (sum
street and electric railway employes. N'oj mer and winter, $1.25
other organization has had more ob- each) 2..10
stacles to overcome than these wage-'Gloves, per year 2.50
earners who, before organized, worked 'One hat, per year 2.50
the greatest number of hours for the I Shirts, per year 0.00
lowest wages and under the worst con-i Socks, per year...' .... 11.00
flitinnc nml Mini In resist tllf timet tvrnn- I nllnrs mirl tifc tipr iwr ' '.
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nical domination of corporations and Underwear, per year,
monopolies. , Two pairs of shoes, $'1.50
The Chicago victory is only one of the each
many achievements this organization has One pair of over-shoes
won to enable these workers to live bet-
ijuring ine striue at i o ciock a. m., on i the strike. In two other
. rone of the coldest days- of .the-.-wiilte-r.4 low urcuivt'vnH rcversed.
.the lioinc"n7 one of -the employes of be remembered, however,
the company was attacked by a crowd mam decision pertaining to the in
of men. who came in an automobile. A junction still stands and Judge Oppcn
brick that was hurled through a win- heimcr was affirmed by the Court of
dow in the house narrowly missed the Appeals in the principal contcmnt
head o a sleeping baby. Milton charge, all of which shows the fair
Brown, piesident of the company, was ncs.s of the position am'
assaulted in the Union depot by a the court.
half-do.cu men and women members
of the Union. These things were
proved and connected with the strike.
It was also proved that threats hail
been made against the officers and
emnloycs of tlie company.
"After we had proved the facts
which are set out at length in the
court's opinion, the court granted an
injunction, preventing only illegal
acts. It did not even prevent the
M. Ildllli Campbell.
Non-Partisan candidate for re-election
to School Board. Graduate of Uni
versity of Cincinnati, B. A., M. A. As
sistant in the Department of Econom
ics of University. Director of Schniid
lapp Bureau of Women and Girls.
i r ikiitn nmi i.niiiiiinr nnnniin i itii. i
i.ni.i.0 tl.n ' Ai.ui.-s. tm,.l i "uiinti j.ii.imii ..
It should ' runu ' tMe PuM'c Schools. Former
tnat the Vciv;l.cr State ITfi;ird of WV-inen Visi-
nrs. ..viemner vjiiiti aiaie ocnooi our
v ey Commission.
This high commendation for Cin
cinnati's public school system comes
from no less an authority than the cur-
c.iiit i.liiii ii ( tlisi Tnilrnnl it TTrliinltl'"ll
decision ol 'l " '.",' J." , ".'.- 'V-.
In an article entitled, Cincinnati s
bannering of the strikers. This
liinction was never appealed, '
"The court, in order that all par
ties would understand his reasons for
the injunction, wrote a very detailed
"This is by no means a statement to i
be used for political purposes, I am j
no politician, but have made this state- I
ment of the case to my best recollec-
firm witho"t consulting the lecords, so!
that no advantage may be. taken by
any class of people over a judge
whom I know to be honest and just."
The statement of Mr Foster was a
sequel to the outcome of a meeting of
Jewish Unionists in allied garment
in- I trades, passing a resolution of oppo
sition to Judge Oppcnhcimer's candi
dacy for re-election. Attorney Klein
represented the garment workers in
the Fulworth Company suit in the
and intelligent (minion. Before any- earlier pail of the proeedings.
THE CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL
Tables Nicholas Klein's Knock
tody Votes to Turn Out in Liberal
I'nrade October 20.
Central Labor Council at its last
meeting tabled a communication from
Attorney Nicholas Klein, in a part of
which he said that if the workingmen
should vote for Judge lienton Oppen
Only ICoiitine IStisiiiess Transacted
Anderson Klected Delegate to
the A. F. of Ij.
The meeting of the Building Trades
Council was called to order by Bro.
Tom Anderson, who stated that Presi
dent Cullen and Vice-President Fischer
eing absent he would ask that a tenr
lieimer at the coining election, he be-1 porary chairman be elected
lieves they will be indorsing, in a meas
lire at least, his attitude toward Union
labor, which they claim is unsatisfac
tory. In his letter Attorney Klein
stated that is not a matter of politics
with him, but because Judge Oppen
heimer sentenced two of the Union
leaders of the Fulworth Garment Com
pany's strike to jail,
A committee of live was appointed
to present tlie views of organicd labor
in Cincinnati regarding the electric
light rate at the public hearing of the
State Utilities Commission today.
President Thomas McManus staled
that III) delegates, representing the
Central Labor and Building Trades
Councils will leave on a special train
Saturdav afternoon at 1 till) o'clock to
attend the annual convention of the
Ohio State Federation of Labor, which
opens in Mansfield, Ohio, next Mon
day After a spirited talk by Charles
Stalf the Council voted unanimously to
turn o"t in the Hamilton County Hon"
Rule Association's parade, which will
be held October 20. Secretary Frank
Imvvalle was instructed to send letters
to all the unions in the eitv informing
them of the action of the Council.
Brother oe Chuck was placed in nom
ination and elected.
Brother Clinch in the chair, the min
utes of the previous meeting were read
A communication from the Interna
tional Brotherhood of Composition
Roofers No. 27, announced that Mr.
James Woodson had been named a dele
gate to the Building Trades Council
from that local. Brother Woodson was
elected and obligated. A similar letter
from the Sheet Metal Morkers No. HI,
named Bro. II. G. Gothman as a dele
gate in place of Harry Dorsev. resigned
Brother Gottman was elected, but not
There being no further business be
fore the Council, the meeting adjourned.
A NEW UNION FIRM
lid Wulfcck. formerly manager of
Wirthlin & Scallon. has taken the man
agement of the Asbestos Supnly Com
nany, at Hill West Third street, where
lie would be pleased to hear from his
friends The eomnany takes contracts
for all kinds of asbestos and magnesian
Achievement," the Journal of Educa
tion says :
. "Cincinnati has achieved much that
deserves world-wide recognition
through scientific attention to work
ing children by Helen Thompson
Woolley, and her associates, under
the leadership of Superintendent R
J. Condon and his predecessor, Frank
B. Dyer, and Miss M. Edith Campbell
of the Schmidlapp bureau.
"In all our observations and inves
tigations nothing has been more won
derful than this service to the work
ing children by means of which vital
revelations have been made for the
advantage of all cities and countries.
"In a large way, larger than has
been othcr-wheres conceived in the
tion in Cincinnati are to make the De
partment of the Public Schools serve
the largest life of the community in
home and shop, in commercial and
social life, in civics and morals
"Here is the largest vision, the am
plest means, the wisest leadership
Cincinnati is not only on the inaji, but
is at the top of it in school extension."
Miss Camnbell believes that the un
guarded working child is the greatest
menace to the child and to labor condi
tions, Miss Campbell's constant inter
est has been in the administration and
enforcement of Child Labor Laws
WM. D. MAHON
President Amalgamated Association of Street and Electric Railway
Employees of America.
TO DISCUSS THE STRIKE
Carl Brannin. secretary of the People's
Church, jesterday invited P. J. Conlon,
vice-president of the International As
sociation of Machinists, and J. M. Mau
ley, secretary of the Metal Trades Asso
ciation, to speak at the meeting of the
People's Church in the Grand Opera
House, Sunday afternoon at II o'clock on
the issues of the machinists' strike. Mr.
Conlon accepted the invitation, but no
answer was received from Mr. Mauley.
Herbert S. Bigelow will sneak on "The
Common Enemy of Capital and Labor."
HA1XCOAT MAKICHS (JAIX.
Boston, Mass. Several hundred
raincoat makers, affiliated to the In
ternational Ladies' Garment Workers'
Union, have secured wage increases
that range in some instances as high
as -ill per cent. Other g-nus include a
.10-hour week and the Saturday half
holiday. The employers' association
agreed to these betterments after a
ter lives and to have greater opportuni
ties. Any reader who wishes full in
formation on any detail can obtain it
by writing to President Mahon at De
troit, Michigan Editok.
The recent award of the Board of Ar
bitration which determined the wages of
the street railway employes of Chicago
in their recent arbitration has come
nearer making an award based upon
the true facts and real issues in the case
than am board of arbitration that has
ever sat on street-car wages.
The writer has always contended that
real arbitration was for the arbitrators
to discard all questions of wages now
prevailing and compromises of any kind
and and to take the evidence in the case,
get at the real facts and conditions pre
vailing and then after having heard and
analyzed all of the facts to make an
award to say what the wage shall be,
and in this recent arbitration the arbi
trators have come nearer to following
this line than has ev er been done hereto
fore. In setting up the contentious of the
street railway men we did not set any
demands of wage. We demanded an
American living wage that will enable
the men to live the life that American
citizens should live in the conditions and
environments surrounding them in the
city of Chicago. In putting up our con
tentions for this, standard rate of pay
was submitted in evidence, the following
table showing what it costs to exist:
Housing Expenses p0r year
Rent, $20 per month ,. $240.00
Hard coal, 0 tons, .S.5() per ton. 51 00
Kindling wood 5.00
Gas for light and summer cc'''&3
iug, $2.50 per month HO.oo
Clothing for Man
One uniform suit per year $18.00
One extra pair of pants 0.00
Clothing for Wife
Clothes, per year $-10.00
Two pairs of shoes $11 each 0.00
One pair of rubbers 1.00
Clothing for Three Children
Clothes $S for each child. $2-1.00
Three pairs of shoes for
each child, $1.50 per pr. 111.50
Food for the Family
Meats, 40c per day $140.00
Bread, 15c per day 54.75
Ca'e and pastrj, 10c per
Milk, 10c per dav 110.50
Sugar, 5 lbs. per week, Sc
per lb 20.S0
Flour, 24Mi lbs. per month,
Tea, 15c per week 7.S0
Coffee, l!0c per week 15.00
Breakfast foods and cere
als 25c per vv eek 111.00
Butter, 4 lbs. per week, II2c
per lb (Hi.36
Lard, 1 lb. per week, IGc
per lb S.I12
Eggs, Vi do, per week,
25c per doz. 10.50
Cheese, one-half lb. per
week, 20c per lb 5.20
One barrel of apples $'.1.00
Bananas, Lemons and
Cabbages, 5c per week.... $2.li0
Onions, 5e per week 2.00
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