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Official Organ of the Building Trades Council of Cincinnati and Vicinity
CINCINNATI, OHIO, NOVEMBER 20, 1915
Vol. III. No. 31
One Dollar a Year
The Building Trades Council
Regular Meeting Protest Sent to Governor Willis
Against the Appointment of Callery and Karnell
Organizer Shay of the Painters Again Addressed the
Council Next Meeting Dec. 2, 1915.
The Trades and Labor Assembly of Kenton and Camp
bell Counties Criticise Building Trades Council for
Doing What They Do Themselves.
The Building Trades Council, at its
meeting Thursday night, sent the follow
ing protest to Governor Willis against
the employment of J. C. Callery for chief
lioiler inspector at Hamilton, and C A.
Karnell as chief deputy boiler inspector
at Toledo :
Cincinnati, Nov. 18, 101.1.
Hon. Fkanic li. Wiu.is,
Governor of Ohio.
Sir We desire to call your attentidn,
as part and parcel of the labor move
ment of the State of Ohio, to appoint
ments being made in the various depart
ments created by and through the efforts
of organized labor, of them who will
jeopardize the efficiency of these depart
ments, by substituting incompetent men,
such as J. C Callery for chief boiler in
spector of Hamilton, Ohio, and C. A.
Karnell as deputy lioiler inspector of To
ledo, Ohio, men who are incompetent for
the positions, besides, the above named
are well known scabs, they being ap
pointed to till the positions which were
held by efficient union men.
Wc therefore protest the appointment
of men not qualified under the law, and
known enemies of labor, to positions in
departments created through the influ
ence of organized labor.
And we further protest to these- in
efficient crvahtsv'"displacing : men' wlio
have proven their- qualifications, and ef
ficiency, for the reason that members of
organized labor arc better qualified for
We therefore urge and request that
these and similar appointments be re
called, and that in departments affecting
Ialior where appointments are to be
made, members of organized labor be
appointed, that the interests of labor
may be justly administered.
Jos. A. Cuu.k.v,
Tiios. MrliWKN, President.
The meeting was called to order with
President CttllciHii the chair. The min
utes of the previous meeting were read
A communication was received from
thi Trades and Labor Council of Kenton
and Campbell Counties asking whether
a certain advertisement in the Laiiok
Advocatk was fair or not. The consen
sus of opinion of the members present
was that the Trades and Labor Assem
bly had best clean up its own paper of
unfair advertising before it makes such
requests of others. Another thing, their
paper comes to Cincinnati and does all
the business which it can and is wel
come, but the minute the Anvnt'.vn:
crosses the river, the employes of the
Messenger resort to all manner of, mis
representations concerning this paper,
while, as a matter of fact, they know no
more regarding the business ot the Ad
vocatk than we do about the Messenger.
The communication was received and
A communication from the Interna
tional Association of lioiler Makers and
Ship lluilders was received, requesting
the Council to send a letter of protest
to Governor Willis against the appoint
ment of T. C. Callery and C. A. Karnell.
This request was concurred in.
The business agent's report was re
ceived and adopted.
The Labor Day Committee reported
All trades reported business as fair.
It was moved and seconded that as
th: next meeting will fall on Thanks
giving, for that reason it be dispensed
with and that the uex.t meeting of the
Council be held on I bursday. December
2d, unless something should arise, in
which case the president will call a spe
cial meeting. Carried.
International Organizer Win. Shay of
the painters, addressed the Council and
explained the situation as to the paint
ers' lockout in this citv, and asked the
Building Trades Council to lend its sup
port in the matter, which question was
referred to the Hoard of ltusiness
There being no further business, the
meeting adjourned as above indicated
to December 2.
TELLING IT TO UNCLE
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LABOR LAW OPPONENTS
TOLD TO BE CONSISTENT
Sail Francisco. The National Asso
ciation of Manufacturers has petitioned
Congress to reconsider the seamen's
law, specific objection being made to
the language test, the provision that
I'm per cent of the crew of a vessel must
be able seamen, and the provision that
makes it legal for a member of a vessel's
crew to quit his job.
Editor Barry, of the Weekly Star,
makes the following comment on the
above action :
"To prove its good faith and uncom
monly good sense, the association
should have passed other resolutions,
along the following lines:
"Deimiiidinir that fire anil nohec de
partments may be composed of men
who do not understand the language of
"Demanding that crews of vessels of
the navy may be composed of men who
do not understand the language of the
"Demanding that railway trains may
be handled by conductors and engineers
who do not understand the language of
"Demanding that it be made illegal
for any employe in a factory or mine
to quit his job without the consent of
the employer, anil that any Pullman
poller who quits his job at the end of
a run be arrested and punished.
"There arc other demands, equally
absurd, that the National Association
of Manufacturers might have adopted.
but the foregoing would he enough to
show what the association rcallv means.
The opponents of the seamen's law have
now come out into the open and occupy
the position of demanding an 'Ameri
can' merchant marine, of which the only
tiling 'American' will be the flag float
ing above an 'American' subsidy."
DAYTON MOIiDKKK STItlKI
Dayton, O. Iron molders employed at
the Piatt Iron Works are on strike be
cause their demand for a minimum wage
rate of $:i.7.'i a day was refused.
Puchta Cannot Remove Copelan
and Retain His Self Respect
He Promised Cincinnati to Give the People a Business Administration,
and he Cannot Remove Its Most Efficient Officer for Purely
What Becomes of his Moral Sponsors, Col. Wm. Cooper Procter, E. W. Edwards,
Jno. R. Holmes and Others to Whom the Citizens of this City Look Up to for
him to Carry Out this Statement?
BUCKEYE -IN ONE EAR
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Washington. A report issued by the
United States Department of Labor,
Bureau of Immigration, shows that
IIJ.OiiG immigrants were admitted during
the month of September. Italy contrib
uted the largest number, -',0:10, followed
by Greece, with I.070; England, 1,:!50:
Portugal, I.L'lil, and Ireland, 1, 2:). The
number of Japanese total 010, while 134
Chinese were admitted.
The effect the present war has on im
nuVr.itinn lo ibis country is shown in
i the Government's report on immigra
tion for December, mill, when 2:1,821
Russians were admitted. The last re
port (September, KM.-.), shows that 412
Russians were admitted.
Of the Ill.O'.m immigrants during Sep
tember, lltl.i. 4,:n:i were classed as la
borers, 1.02IJ as larm laborers, and 2, .no
as servants. In the skilled trades and
callings, clerks and accountants led,
with 788. Carpenters and joiners were
next, with :i."l; tailors, 2(i, and miners,
The industrial States received the
bulk of these immigrants. 7.:t18 being
ticketed to New York and 2.02:t to Mas
sachusetts. The Southern States seem
to offer little attraction to these new
comers. Arkansas received only I:
Mississiopi. 10: North Carolina, 18, and
South Carolina. 7.
It IM HOT S.MAMi CO.MI'ltOMISK.
Cincinnati. A committee representing
Big Four Railroad telegraphers have re
jected the, offer of a two and one-hald
per cent increase. The wire men have
presented a demand for increases that
average fifteen per cent.
' New York. Unemployment as a ser
1 iotts problem has been abated greatly in
I New York City, according to a state
inient issued by the Charity Organiza
tion Society today. Among the fam
1 ilies asking' assistance of the society in
October were about 74 unemployed men,
i as compared to nearly (100 in the early
part of last winter.
Rumor as to changes to be made by
the incoming city administration are
rife, and from sources which appear to
be reliable, conies the report to the ef-
lect that .Mayor-elect 1'uchta has al
ready determined upon the removal of
Col. William Copelan as head ot the
1 n rnnnprtinn i-if1i tin. nmr rntiMrt
it IS s.'iwl thp llcvt mnvnr umII nntnn ns
chief a man not now connected with the
T hose citizens who are watching de
velopments closely, and who take ac
tive interest ill civic affairs, are as- '
founded, and almost without exception
tire unable to offer anv exnlanation for
such possible action on the part of
Mayor-elect Puchta. Almost to a man
those consulted have been loath to be
lieve the newly-elected mayor can so
lar lorget pre-election promises, made
by himself and those who stood spon
sor for bis candidacy, as to thus early,
and before he has assumed the duties of
his position as head of the city govern
ment, determine upon the removal of
one of the city's most valuable officials
Men who take this view of the matter
are wondering what must be the feel
ings of such men as Col. William
Cooper ProcjorpE. VJFcly:UsJs John
R Wf)hnc;ni"d- m.t'n'yVsA'$i6m the
people believe worthy of confidence and
who endorsed Mr. Puchta and vouched
for the honesty of his statement that be
would give Cincinnati a business ad J
Plainly speaking, the reported inten
tion to remove Colonel Copelan. will,
if true, serve as advance notice to the
people of Cincinnati that the mayor
elect was only making pre-election
promises; that those men who stood as
his sponsors were badly fooled, and
that the voters were bumped again. It
would indicate that the newly-elected
mayor is to reverse his position, and
that Cincinnati is to have a political
rather than a bm'siiess administration.
It is claimed that Mr. Puchta has
given no thought to matters which will
come before him for attention after
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January 1. and that he knows nothing
regarding possible changes to be made.
Despite this statement, the Copelan
rumor comes from sources winch arc
very close to the next mayor ot Cin
cinnati, and it is regarded as practically
certain Mr. Puchta knows who his
Director of Safety will be, and very
likely he alo knows who that official
desires as Chief of Police. Doubtless
the next Director of the Safety Depart
ment arrived at some understanding
with the next mayor before agreeing
Mnnv Inisiiipss men who have been
consulted regarding this rumor are in-
fe1. !iini! '! :irr:i::i;
express great surprise and regret that
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the continuance ot Colonel copelan as
head ot the Police Department should
Director of Publi.- Safety Holmes.
who announced some time since his dc
who announceii some nine sinee ins ue-
termination to retire from office at the!
end of December, is the direct sunerior
,-fT,Vnr In wlinm the Chief of Police
reports, and is a strong advocate of the
present chief, being outspoken in his
statement thnt Colonel Copelan has
nmili. mi pvi-ellent chief. Mr. Holmes
is known as a careful man, who would
hardly make such a statement without
ilir host nn!1ih reason for doing so.
Mr. Holmes further says he will do
everything in his power to retain Col
onel" Copelaii in his present position.
Colonel Copelan has served on the,
t,;.f Tim .iiMvirimpiit is now iii bet- Holler Inspection Bureau. It is alleged
ul -ondi io, tint ever before There 'the two men are objectionable becaust
rie's coinih a to eglcci or faH-1 they are non-union men and so should
rSSopeftm1lieirl,,:ytaiustrin,li-not hold jobs that have been created
vidunl members of the force than at any through the special endeau.rs of organ
time in the past. The general peace and I izcel labor and to look after its interests
s" et of tie city is excellent. Rusi- i The light on the two officials was start -ness'
interests and the people at large ed at the recent convention f the Olim
have confidence in the present Chief of Federation of Labor.
Police, and his removal would meet
with instant disapproval in all quarter
So far as can be learned. Colonel
Copelan will be asked to resign imme
diately after January 1, and his place
filled by a man not nmv connected with
the department. Such a move would
Col. Wm. Copelnn.
Chief of Police
immediately bring about confusion and
an inevitable shaking up of the entire
force. Many of the benefits which have
accrued during the administration o:
the present chief would be entirely lo
i r rendered nearly useless
i Mayor-elect Puchta
will he liar l
tirtii1 in find any irnnd reason for re
moving Copelan. and will find that Un
people will expect a much more defi
nite reason than the "good of the serv
,C1. staieiueiu iisuauv mane wnen u is
nnt intended to make anv explanation
iti,c ,,eoplc who voted for Mr. Puchta,
xwic who believed his statements, who
ice statement iisiullv made wnen n i-
placed reliance in the sound judgment
of the many distinguished Ciiicnimtians
who actively supported his candidacy,
will expect him to give the city a busi
ness administration, keeping politics in
the background, and to be able to show
why the removal of Copelan will be for
the.' good of the service. Certainly it
will be hard to convince people that a
man not now connected with the de
partment can improve its efficiency.
brewery workers to
ASK HIGHER WAGES
Anti-prohibition efforts of the Labor
Home Rule League and the work the
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did !alkl"ts' wet aml '""rchnig in the
! Liberal League parade should he repaid.
beer bottlers and brewery worwers sa.
A new scale of higher wages will be
asked next year, to hold four years.
Conditions justify it. speakers said Fri
day night at union meetings in Central
CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL