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The Labor Advocate
"A PAPER FOR ALL WHO TOIL"
Official Organ of the Building Trades Council of Cincinnati and Vicinity
Vol. HI. No. 26
The Ohio State
Federation of Labor
Refuses to Follow Their Executive Committee in En
dorsing the " Wets " Declaration By the Convention
is Very Near Non-Committal. Industrial Commis
sioner Duffy Appeals For Ohio Workmen, Defends
Right of Labor Unions to Get New Members. The
State Administration Severely Critized By President
Voll in His Opening Address.
Mansfield, Ohio Tile Ohio State Fed
eration of Lahor opened its thirty-second
annual convention here Octohcr 1-1,
and is the largest attended of any con
vention that has eer been held by this
President John A. Voll, of Zauesville,
called the comention to order. In his
report he dwelt at length on the legis
late e program, the matters -which are
being fought out in the Courts in the
cause of labor and criticised the State
Administration for placing many posi
tions that hac resulted from labor's ef
forts in the hands of labor's enemies.
Secretary Thomas J. Donnelly, of
Cincinnati, presented a report of the
year's work and showed the state or
ganisation to be in a lniiri'mvcn ??'
Sae the Compensation Imw.
The greatest menace to the State
workmen's compensation system is the
spoils system, '1. J. DulTv of the State
Industrial Commission told the Ohio
Federation of Laboi at its comention,
in an address here today. He criticised
interference of "outsiders" in dictating
appointment of emplojcs and officials of
the commission. "If these State de
pal tments, under the Industrial Com
mission, are to be the spoils of political
contests, then the life, limb, health and
welfare of the workers will lie the spoils
of inefficient sen ice," said Mr. Duffy.
"I ' ant to appeal to jou today to ecrt
your influence to put this State labor
department on such a basis that no mat
ter what political party triumphs in this
state this humanitarian work will go
on undisturbed and unhampered by
those who unconsciously put the spoils
of office aboe the welfare of workers"
Mr. Duffy said the Industrial Com
mission has authority to effect most in
dustrial reforms without seeking addi
tional legislation, with the exception of
bringing ictims of occupational disease
under the scope of workmen's compen
sation. He defended the right of labor
unions to cert pressure on working
men to join the unions, saying labor or
ganizations aic as logical as organiza
tions of citizens in a State. "I hope the
next victor will be a measuie making
it unlawful for discharging a man for
belonging to a labor union," he added.
Commenting on the ruling of State
Insurance Superintendent Taggart, re
lating to liability insurance companies
selling employers' liability insurance,
Commissioner Duffy said : "That ruling
gave to the enemies of the workmen's
compensation law strength and ammu
nition, which they are now using in an
active campaign against the law."
The Ohio Federation of Labor is cau
tious almost to the extent of being non
committal on the prohibition question
in the declaration it issued as to the
things it wants to do and to work for.
This is what it sajs on the subject:
"With specific reference to the manu
facture and sale of intoxicants we shall
continue to aid organized emplojcs in
their relations with their employers,
and will help them to the utmost in ad
justing themselves to new conditions
should the business of such employers
be discontinued by law; but otherwise
we will not hereafter Countenance or
permit any discussion of said business
or of its interests to diide our member
ship and hinder the gre.U work outlined
in our regulation of prinicples."
Xot Duty to Defend.
This statement of the position of the
Federation follows another in which it
is proclaimed "it is not the duty of the
Federation to defend the business inter
ests of any of the employing class against
if r WI ft 3J Vs nnnnrJ V
TAo. Contractor1 y
Coiirtcsj Klcctncal Contractor.
This will give- the public an idea ol how the general contractor ped
dles noil; to the sub-coiitiaitor.
lie simply uses one- against the other, while pretending; to lie a
li-ieud ol each ol thorn. Hence the siili-eouti tutor hiring cheap, seal) la
bor, slips in while the honest suh-eoiitraetor, who uses union lahor and
good material, is shut out. The geueial contractor gains on tile piopo
sitiou hut the owner ot the building is the loser Ity receiving cheaper
work and material, hut does not iiud it out until years alterwaids.
changes which ma arise from new eco
nomic and social conditions "
On this stand the Feucration iiivitcs
the 'labor organizations of the State to
join with it in working for conditions
which organized labor wants in the way
of wages, work hours and laws.
Ileibcrt S. Bigclow, of Cincinnati, was
accorded an oation by the Ohio State
Federation of Labor. It bad been
thought that Mr. Bigelow would ad
dress the comention Wednesday, but
other business interfered and the re
port was sent out that be had been re
fused the floor of the comention.
Suggests Liquor Franchise.
Mr. liigelow, in his address, said the
initiative and referendum was the great
est monument of union labor in Ohio,
a monument raised by itself. Mr. Bigc
low said he took the welcome accorded
him as evidence that union labor was
not going to permit that monument to
Mr Higelow said thcie was a way to
get rid of the wet and dry contests. He
said it was the custom to give fran
chises to certain businesses and he sug
gested that a way out might be to sub
mit the question of, say, a ten-year
franchise to the liquor traffic.
CINCINNATI, OHIO, OCTOBER
C0NTRA,CTOR Against .Stability Amendment.
'1 he Labor Federation late tonight
adopted the following resolution against
the Stability League amendment .
"Whereas, It is the sense of this con
vention that frequent voting upon the
wet and dry issue is un lesirable because
of the clearness of the issue and the ex
pense to those interested , and,
"Whereas, 'I be American labor mave
nient since its beginning has contended
for the principle of direct legislation ;
"Whereas, 'I here has been proposed
to the people of Ohio by the so-called
Stability League an amendment to the
initiative and referendum law of the
State winch will, if approved, seriously
impair its effectiveness; therefore, be it
"Resolved, That this convention of the
Ohio State Federation of Labor recom
mend to its membership and to the peo
ple of Ohio the defeat of this proposed
amendment ; and be it further
"Resolved, That the Fxecutivc Hoard
be instructed to devise vvavs and means
to offset the continual onslaught of the
paid advocates of prohibition whose re
peated attacks upon the interests of the
trades affected jeopardizes mail) of our
affiliated organizations "
Platform of Democrats Announced
By Their Campaign Committee
Municipal Street Car System is Favored, Unless Traction
Company Grants Better Terms Lower Light Rate
Also is Pledged Sawyer and Other Speakers Fire
the Opening Guns.
The Democratic Campaign Com
mittee has announced the party plat
form as follows .
" The present administration stands
before us without a single achievement
to its credit, a confessed failure re
pudiated by its creators Having sac
rificed Major Spiegel and Solicitor
Scboenle to placate public opinion,
thej indorse and present for re-election
the very men who were guiltj of the
Green Line franchise and the nine-cent
light rate ordinance. The record of
these men during the two years past is
a guaranty of their action during the
two years to come.
"The candidates on the Democratic
ticket believe that the people of this
city arc facing a great crisis and a great
opportunity. During the ne.xt two
j cars the city officials will pass upon a
new gas rate, a new electric rate, the
rapid transit problem and the read
justment of the terms and conditions
of the fifty-year trancmsc uo tne
citizens of Cincinnati wish these prob
lems solved by the officials who repre
sent them, or by officials who repre
sent the public service corporations r
"In answer to this question each and
every candidate on the Democratic
ticket pledges himself to the following
course of action:
"We will, as soon as possible, pro-
idc an entrance for all mtcrurban lines
Hears Argument Against the
Stability Amendment, But
Take No Action, Only Rou
tine Business Transacted.
The meeting of the Building Trades
Council was called to order by Presi
dent Cullen; minutes of the previous
meeting were read and adopted
'1 he State Industrial Commission sent
the Council one hundred copies of "The
Cost of Living of Working Women of
Ohio," which were ordered distributed
'1 lie Hod Carriers District Council
sent two new delegates W. T. Jackson
and Phil Smith thej were both dulj
elected and obligated.
Brother II. G. Gothmau of the Sheet
Metal Workers, who was elected last
week, was also obligated.
Report of Business Agent Hock was
read and adopted. All trades reported
The Council yielded the iloor to W.
I. Foertmeyer, representing the People's
Power League, who spoke against the
stability amendment, and asked the
Council to pass a resolution against it,
but no action was taken, after which
the meeting adjourned
AGAINST COXVIC1S IX MIXKS.
Oklahoma City, Okh The State
Board of Affairs has announced that
coal mines on the penitentiary lands
shall be worked by convicts Officers
of the State Federation of Labor have
entered a protest against this proposed
action on the ground tint it is a vio
lation of the State laws. The unionists
call attention to this law passed by the
State's first Legislature- "In no event
shall convicts m the State be emplovcd
in any coal or mineral mines of this
state other than stone or such other
material as will be necessary for the
construction and maintenance of the
public highways or public works of
In a letter to the Federation officials,
President Ilanratv of district No 21,
United Mine Workers' Union, says-
"The mines of Oklahoma are the
most dangerous in the world More
miners are killed and manned in our
mines than anywhere else Now, when
that horrible condition threatens prac
tical miners, what will the condition
of the poor, unfortunate convicts who
are compelled to work in the mines,
and who know nothing about mining"
One Dollar a Year
and a rapid transit sjstcm which will
serve the entire citj
"We condemn the nine-cent electric
licht rate ordinance now before the
people, and urge its defeat We shall
use every legitimate means within our
power to secure an electric rate not to
exceed six sents per kilowatt hour
"We shall use evcrj legitimate means
within our power to obtain for the peo
ple the lowest possible natural gas rate,
which shall in no event be higher than
the prcsent rate
Gieen Line Franchise.
"We condemn the attempt of this ad
ministration to give away our streets
for twenty -five years to" the Green Lines
and pledge ourselves to give no fran
chise to these hues before the read
justment of the fifty-year franchise.
"We shall insist upon a readjustment
of the fifty-year franchise which shall
include univer-al transfers, the Iowes
fare which the facts will jusjify. an'
adequate provisions for placing t -control
of service in public officials,
so that better service to the public may
be made a certainty
"If the Cincinnati Traction Company,
after a fair opportunity, relying upon
the protection of the fifty-year fran
chise, refuses to agree to these terms,
we favor an extension of the plan pro
posed for the municipal ownership and
operation oi the rapid transit systm,
so as to include the local and surface
lines as wellt at all times protecting
eveiy legitimate investment."
Store and office building, Vine street
between Sixth and Seventh streets,
Architects. Harry Hake and Chas. H.
Kuck, Cincinnati and Suburban Bell
Telephone Building. Owner, Provident
Savings Bank & Trust Building, L J
Van Lahr, Vice-President, Seventh and
Vine streets. Cost, $100,000.
Residence and garage, Trimble, near
Duckcreek Avenue. Architects. Jos. H.
Hart, Gerke Building Owner E W.
Dnemeyer, 210 Erkenbrecher Avenue.
Two double flat buildings. Probasco
Avenue, Cincinnati. Owner, H. J Leh
man, 1S30 Oakley Avenue.
Residence and garage, Clinton
Springs Avenue. Owner, Harry S Ley
nian, 3933 Dickson Avenue. Cost,
Public Comfort Station, Knowltons
Corner Owner, city of Cincinnati,
Plutipp Fos lick, director department
public service. City Hall Cost $13,000.
Storage building, South street Archi
tects, Zettle & Rapp. Johnston Building.
Owner Cincinnati Bickford Tool Co,
IG P. Gradolph, secretary, on premises.
Double residence. Forest avenue, be-
tw ecu Wilson and Burnet Av enues.
Architects, Harry M. Price, Mercantile
Library Building Owner, Louis Ros
enthaler, 2410 Sbanmoor avenue, South
Norwood, O. Cost, lO.C00.
Double residence, Lexington avenue,
near Reading avenue. Architect, Harry
M. Price Owner, I Fleischer, S.19 Lex
FIKST AWARDS MAPI?.
Indianapoh-, Iud The fir-t -ettle-inent
under the new State Work
men's Compciation law vva made
when the widow of Lawrence F Bu
chanan, who died from injuries re
ceived in an automobile factory, was
awarded a judgment of $2,75 3, to be
paid at the rate of $S S3 a week for
100 weeks. An additional $100 for
funeral expenses was al-o allowed
The fir-t personal injury cae to be
settled under the law was the claim
of a worker employed in the factory
of the Studelnker Corporation at
South Bend He was awarded $532 0'i
for the loss of three fingers, the
amount to be paid in 73 weekly pay
ments. AGA1XST KO-DAYS' XOTICn.
Denver, Colo. The Colorado State
Federation of Lahor is opposed to that
section of the lecently -enacted indus
trial act which requires employes to
give 3(1 days' notice of a demand for
change in working conditions. The
convention instructed its legislative
committee to work for its repeal