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Official Organ of the Building Trades Council of Cincinnati and Vicinity
CINCINNATI, OHIO, NOVEMBER 13, 1915
Vol. III. No. 30
One Dollar a Year
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The American Federation of
Labor Meets in San Francisco
Conflict Promised Over Admitting Fraternal Delegates
of Religious Organizations.
To Demand Share in Making Peace Briton Says "War Should Not be Continued
by England if Its Cost Should Mount Again" National Prohibition Will be
Taken Up Gompers to Expose Foreign Government Agents.
Labor Views on War.
Justice for American citicus more
important than peace.
Against "peace at any price."
Stand firmly against embargo on mu
nitions exports and declare for unre
stricted American commerce.
"Xot one cent for conquest; all for
defense" their slogan on national pre
paredness. Urge .small standing army supplement
ed by citizen soldiery controlled to pie
vent use by privileged class at home or
Demand protection for American citi
zenship rights as paramount issue.
Renew charges "foreign" agencies
tried "corruptly" to induce workingmen
tie up munitions plants. This failed be
cause workers were "too patiiotic."
j San Fiaucisco. Go. Hiram W. John
son, of California, and Mayor James
Kolfe, Jr., of San Francisco, today wel
comed the hundreds of delegates repre
senting more than :2,OOU,000 organized
t laboring men of the United. Slates, at
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f uompers opened me convention, jii au
dition to the regular delegates mere l
were picsent fraternal delegates from
Canada, Great l'.ritain and japan.
The business of the first day includ
ed the repoit of the Committee on Cre
dentials, the appointment of arious
committees and the submission in print
ed foiin of the reports of officers and
members of the executive council, 'file
repoit of the executive council paid a
high tribute to the winking melt of the
Statistical reports were read showing
the average membership for the Ameri
can Fcdcialinu of Labor for the year
was I,!M(1,:!I7, a decrease of "I,:". I mem
bers, the first decrease in total member
ship since l'.Kis. While the average mem
bership for the vcar shows a decrease
of 7l,:i"'l, the September membership is
J.tiiM.III, a decrease of only :J(i,.-.r(). A
steady giowth in member-hip is pi edict -ed
to follow the readjustnienl of condi
tions affected by the Kuropcan war. Kx
penditures for the jear I'.M.'j were :il:,
'.IH.V.i.l and leceipts 'iT 1 .iJ."..:(. as com
pared with y.,(!.-1,7.",:,.'l and $.'("!, I Mi.wT
in I'.U I
flic American Federation of Labor
at the close of its first session of its
thirty-fifth annual convention today
C......1 flu, iii.,Lt,'i,i of li.irriiH from fll-
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line couveiitious fraternal delegates of'
religious oigauizations. A sharp coiillict
was promised at tomorrow's session
when, it was announced, .Milwaukee
(Wis.) brewery w inkers would intio-l
duce a resolution to oust such delegates ,
on the ground of their professed alii-1
ance with the prohibition movement. '
Fraternal delegates of several rcli-I
gious organizations, including the Fed-1
eral Council of the Churches of Christ, .
were seated at the opening session to-1
day by unanimous appioval of the repoit '
of the Committee on Credentials, which
failed to recommend at the lime the '
seating of two labor delegates from
The Japanese delegates, representa
tives of the Laborers' Friend.) Society
of Japan, sat alone in the gallery of the
convention hall until they had been ex
tended the "courtesies of the conven
tion." President Gompers in his annual ad
dress touched upon the employment of
women and children in shops where
they, in many instances, .worked long
hours and were underpaid.
San Francisco. That justice for Am
erican citizens is more important than
a desire to restore peace in Europe or
keep the United States out of war, was
the doctrine laid down today by the ex
ecutive council of the American Federa
tion of Labor in its report to the con
'I he report declared against "peace at
any price" and strongly condemned all
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Sheriff of Hamilton Count), lipped as
efforts to put an cmbaigo on exports,
as well as halt all trade m the "things
which enable Kuropc to continue the
stiuggle." Organized labor was urged
to stand firmly for unrestricted com
merce. In this connection the executive coun
cil renew ed the charges made rcccntl)
by Samuel Gompeis, president of the
federation, that "foieigu agencies have
been tiving corruptly to reach some of
the organizations of workers" to lie up
the American war munitions plants
On the siibje.t of national prcpaicd
ness the executive council adopted the
slogan, "Xot one cent for conquest ; all
for defense." It lccoiinnended a small
standing army supplemented by a citi
zen soldier) democratically organized
and conti oiled to pi event its n-c by any
privileged class at home or abroad."
Recognition of the lie facto govern
ment of Gen. Carranza in Mexico was
Strong demand was made in the re
port for protection for American citizen
ship rights. The United States govern
ment was urged to try to negotiate trea
ties to guarantee protection for Ameri
can citizens, whether native born or na
turalized, anil "specifically recognize the
fact that no country on the face of the
globe has the right to claim any act of
allegiance of any native bom or natural
ized citizen." This was prompted by re
ports that Americans were being pressed
into service in the Kuropcan war.
President Gompers in bis annual ad
dress touched upon the employment of
women and children in shops where they,
in many instances, worked long hours
and were underpaid.
On the question of immigration. Presi
dent Gompers said the polky of the fed
eration woii'd he to continue to assimi
late foreigners as the) came to America.
Xovi'inlici1 10( li.
loda)'s session of the convention of
the mernan federation of labor was
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the New President of tie N oimg Men's
given over largelv to addiesscs bv for
eign delegates. C. J. miuon, of the
British I rades Union Congress, said
that for Fngland the war had accom
plished some things labor had been seek
ing for decades nationalization of rail
ways, munitions factories, and other ac
tivities. Labor, he said, would demand a
shaie in the making of terms of peace.
Discussing the lessons which labor
learned from the war, Mr Amnion said.
"it is up to the men of America to so
glial d their, democracy that they shall
not he caught as Kuropc has been,
caught. That dcniociacv, although some
what disorganized, has been able to
.sweep aside in the past the machinations
of diplomats and politicians,"
I'rnisi'.s Amnion's Loyalty.
Keir Ilardie, the Biitish parliamentary
leader, was eulogized by Mr. Amnion
for bis loyalty to the cause of woiking
incn. "Labor must ever keep green Keir
llardie's mentor)," he said. "He was
one mail the woild could not bii)."
Mail) delegates wept ihliiug his ad
dress. Amnion was followed by his colleague,
K. lieviu, who said that llritish labor
had issued the edict to the llritish Gov
ernment that there could be no conscrip
tion of the body of the nation unless
property also was poured into the melt
ing pot to save the nation, lie said that
organized British labor had raised the
cost of a soldier from Cllio to Cy:...
per vcar and that war would stop should
the price of it become higher.
"There is this distinction between this
war and others," he said. "The man
who makes profit now out of the sor
rows of the nation is ostracized and
shunned lie used to be male a peer"
I'miching upon nierica s present agi-
The Building Trades Council
Will Support the Painters
In their Present Fight All Crafts Notified to Demand
a Card From Every Painter on the Various Jobs The
Painters' District Council Sends New Delegates in
Place of Kunzelman and Lohrum.
The liuilding Trades Council was
called to order by Secretary McKwen.
Owing to the absence of the president
and vice-president. lirothcr Galloway
was called to the chair.
Minutes of the previous tiKcting was
read and adopted.
A communication from the Painters'
District Council stated that Jiros. L. H,
Boyle and II. Stevens were appointed
delegates to the Building Trades Coun
cil, in place of J. C. Kunzelman and
Chas. Lolinian. The new delegates were
duly elected and obligated.
A communication from Leon Sclnff
Ohio State Building
Will Put In Some Hard Work This Winter Secretary
Mugavin Issues a Circular Letter to All Building
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Thos. II. Mugavin, secretary -treasurer
of the Ohio State liuilding Trades
Council, has issued the follow ing letter,
which speaks for itself:
To 11 Local liuilding Trades Councils
and Local liuilding Trades Unions
of Ohio, Giceting
Under separate cover I am sending
you the proceedings of the third annual
convention of the Ohio State liuilding
Trades Council, held at Mansfield. Ohio,
October 7 and S, l'.il.'i.
While the number of locals represent
ed was not as large as it should be. the
convention made up in enthusiasm and
interest what it lacked in numbers, and
the small number of resolutions intro
duced was due to the fact that the legis
lature does not convene next )ear and
we have another convention meeting in
P.) Hi, when we can deteiniiue upon a
fixed policy to pursue, and what reme
dial legislation will be necessary to pro
ject the interest of the various building
trades of Ohio.
On instruction of the Maiislield con
vention, 1 have made application for af
' filiation vv ith the liuilding Trades De
i partment of the American Federation of
Labor and the application has been acted
upon favorably and we are now affiliated
i vv ith the liuilding Trades Department.
This is one of the most impoitaut steps
1 taken by the State bod), anil should rc
' stilt ill gieat good for the building trades
' of Ohio
I The convention, realizing the need for
I a more thorough and complete organiza
tion of our craft, made the office of
I secretary-treasurer permanent and add
I ed the title of general oiganizer to it
it a alary of isico a mouth and ex
tatiou for armament, he said: "Vour
newspaper- are usfng the very argu
ments thai the 'armament ling' used in
Kuropc to bring about the present arm
ing, 'file same man must have written'
Despotism is I'Viirod,
"I hope Ameiica will not e-oine into
the war. Soon democracy w ill have to I
choose between despotism and itself in
Kuropc, and America's help is needed.
War started because democracy moved
too slowly. Stay with us, that labor may
"The man who says way is a biologic
necessity ought to shoot himself. The
Turkish shells that sunk British ships in
the Dardanelles were made b.v British
The expected resolution lefusing ofii
cial recognition to representatives of re
ligious oigauizations, the effect of which
it is said would he to align tuc leuera
tion for or against piohibition, was not
introduced vesterday, hut it is said will
be ofUrcd at a later session. Providence
R 1 . and St Louis, Mo hav c a-U-d for
I the lie xl i .invention
was received and read. The matter was
referred to the Board of Business
'fhe Labor Day Committee reported
A resolution was adopted that all
trades working on a building demand
the cards from the painters who are
working on the same job.
International Organizer Shav of the
painters, addressed the Council : he
thanked them for their support, and
tated that he expected to settle the
painters' troubles m a icw days.
penses. It shall be his duty to organize
the unorganized workmen of our vari
ous crafts, assist during strikes and
lockouts, help settle, by arbitration, con
troversies between employers and our
union-, organize a local liuilding 1 rades
Council in every cit) in Ohio where
there are sufficient locals to maintain
one. for we feel that through our local
Building Trades Councils the greatest
amount of good can he accomplished,
for it is too ofteu our common enemy
will not hesitate to attack u- individu
al!, but will consider carefull) lief ore
he attacks a local union affiliated with
the liuilding Trades Council, for Ik will
knows from pa-t experience that tin. interest-
of one are the concern of all.
and realizing that by organization alum
can we -ecure the hour- and wages to
which we are entitled, tin- po-itnm w.is
And in order to secure the-e e eiitial
thing- it is uece.--ary and right that
even local should do it- part bv af
filiating with the Ohio State liuilding
Trade Council. Affiliation fee, s-' . dues,
one cent a member month, within reach
of all; Building Trades Council-. .?:, a
, year. And in conclusion we want ou
to feel that we are at your service ami
at any time we can do an) good we
want ou to lie free to write us at am
time, and if possible, will render the best
that is in us by a per-onal i-it to your
hind enclosed application for affilia
tion, and looking to a favorable re-ph .
Tims. 11. Mi i.wix.
Se-cretarv-'l reasiirer and General
Boiler House Addition Rier-idi.
Architect. G. W. Drach, Union fnist
Bldg. Owner, American Diamalt Co
Chas. J. Christie, secretar.v, :ns W
Fourth st.; cost !20,0i)i).
Residence Hamilton pike Ovvuer.
Win. P. Rogers, 21134 Ashland ave
Bungalow ;14:I7 Carthage ave. r
chitects, Stewart & Stewart, 3i)u Bell
Block. Owner, Geo. llelwig, .::uu Bish
Residence We-tw ood. Architect. Fdw
II. Dornctte. Pickering Bldg Owner.
Mrs. Klizahe'th Schuer, 171)4 Baltimore
Residence Westwood. Architect. 1 dw
II. Dornette. Owner. Chas J limtt.
Saffer near Mclleury.
Residence and Garage Graudview
ave. Cincinnati. rchitcct. John I.
Whols, first National Bank Hldg
Blouiuingt'in lud. Owner, John Rn' n,
Cilieinn.it! cost SlOOmi