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Official Organ of .the Building Trades Council of Cincinnati and Vicinity
Vol. III. No. 32
CINCINNATI, OHIO, NOVEMBER 27, 1915
One Dollar a Year
Organized Labor Deeply Interested
in the Rapid Transit Problem
Commissioners Assembled Last Wednesday Ask For Two Amend
ments To Pending Ordinances Bonds To Be Issued Immediately
and Work Started As Soon As Possible.
Four of the five members of the new
Rapid Transit commission held their
first meeting late Wednesday in City
Engineer Krug's office. Their first ac
tion was to instruct City Solicitor
Schoenle to prepare an amendment to
the ordinance for the extension of the
Suspension bridge to Third street. The
amendment to provide that the bridge
company agree to the construction of
an overhead track at the Third and
Walnut streets approacli to the bridge,
for the West End rapid transit line.
This may become necessary, as the pro
posed route of the West End line is
higher than the level of the bridge ap
proacli. Solicitor Schoenle also was instruct
ed to prepare an amendment to the pro
posed franchise grant to the West End
Rapid Transit line, providing that that
company arrange to connect with the
proposed Rapid Transit subway at
Third and Walnut streets.
During the meeting E. W. Edwards
suggested that, if the Green Line fran
chise matter came up for consideration,
provision 'be made that the Green line
cars also make connection with the sub
way. Those present at the meeting were
Commissioners E. W. Edwards. Chris.
Schott, E. H. Domette and William A.
Hopkins, City Solicitor Schoenle and
City Engineer Krug. W. Cooper Proc
ter was out of the city. Schoenle ex
plained the statute creating the com
mission and called attention to the pro
vision for a bond of $5,000 from each
UOW CITV MIGHT AID
Iiitcriirlmii Komls, if Thought Desir
able, Kxpiiiined by Km;.
City Engineer Krug recommended
that the commission take some meas
ures looking to financial assistance be
ing given by the city to intcrurban roads
to make suitable connection with the
rapid transit system. Some of the
roads, he said, were in the hands of re
ceivers, and if no financial assistance
were forthcoming they might never be
able to come in. The first move the
commission should make after organ
ization, he advised, should be to call in
the officials and engineers of the various
roads and have them confer with the
city officials over estimated costs, etc.
The commission then could make a
thorough examination of the condition
of the roads, costs estimated, etc., and
then include whatever money was ex
pended in the general bond issue.
Answering Krug's suggestion. Com
missioner E. W. Edwards, who was
temporary chairman of the meeting, ex
pressed doubt as to the wisdom of
rendering financial assistance to the in
tcrurban roads. He is of the opinion
that the roads, will derive great ad
vantage from the prospects of being
part of the rapid transit system, and,
even if in the hands of receivers at pres
ent, should somehow get money to
make the connections.
Engineer Krug explained later to the
meeting that by financially assisting the
interurbans, he meant offering them
loans of sufficient money to enable them
to make connections.
First Issue of Houds.
The commission decided to ask Coun
cil for a $100,000 bond issue next Tues
day, the money to be used in prelimin
ary work. Krug said that part of this
would be used to pay the expense con
sequent on engineering calculations,
and then sending a copy of the plans
to each voter so that he would under
stand exactly what was to be done. Un
der the State law the commission may
receive $1.10,000 as a working fund,
without the necessity of going before
For the General Issue.
It is estimated that the system will
cost between $8,000,000 and $10,000,000.
Commissioner Edwards favors putting
the entire sum before the voters at one
time, instead of parceling it out in elec
tion after election.
Commissioners Sworn In.
City Solicitor Schoenle swore in the
four commissioners and Krug volun
teered to act as their secretary until a
permanent secretary was secured. The
HON. CHAS. F.
Who will be the Next Safety
Charles F. Ilornbergcr, chairman of
the Republican Campaign Committee,
Tuesday considered appointment as first
assistant prosecuting attorney to suc
ceed Charles Groom, who becomes city
solicitor January 1. The post was offer
ed I lornberger by County Prosecutor
J lornberger is assistant attorney gen
eral in Hamilton County. It is reported
this position will go to Attorney George
W. Piatt if 1 lornberger accepts the place
J lornberger has been mentioned as the
next safety director.
The tip is out that the next safety
director is to he an attorney, who is
independent of the salary.
TAIIiOltS IXOKKASK WAGKS.
New Haven, Conn. Members of the
Journeymen Tailors' union, employed
in the busheling department of several
large stores, have been granted wage
increases as follows: Pressmen, $18
and up; former rates were $10 a week.
Tailors, $10 and up; former rates were
$12, $l.'i, and $1-1 a week. Female help
ers, $10 and uj; former rates were $7,
$8, and 0. This union is nearly 100 per
WAITKKSSKS DKMAXD MOItK.
Boston. Waitresses' union protests
against a wage scale that forces them to
depend on tips for an existence. A
demand for higher wages will be made
on employers. The union will continue
its organizing campaign that success
may be assured.
commissioners decided not to organ
ize until Commissioner William Cooper
Procter, who is out of town, returned.
The next mecting will be held Monday
afternoon, at which time it expected
that Col. Procter will be in the city.
Director or Assistant Prosecutor
WALKOUTS TO BE ORDERED
In Shops Doing Work of Plants
Where Strikes Are On.
Employees' committees of Cincinnati
machine shops discussed at machinists'
headquarters the advisability of calling
strikes in shops doing the work of those
affected by. strike. At the close of the
meeting J. J. McEntee, New York, gen
eral organizer for the International As
sociation of Machinists, said it had been
decided to call out the men in these
lie refused to say when the walkouts
would be ordered, but it is reported that
they will take place within the next few
days. There are six shops said to be en
gaged in getting out the work of shops
where strikes exist.
A commissary to 'supply striking ma
chinists with groceries soon is to be
opened on the first iloor of the machin
ists' headquarters, 'Jl'J Main street.
lMTTSHUItGIl SWKKl'S CliKAX.
Pittsburgh, Pa. The Broom Makers'
union has organized every shop in Pitts
burgh. The agitation of organized la
bor against convict labor, which resulted
in the passage of a law by the last legis
lature, ending this practice, is respon
sible, in a great measure, for the gains
made by local broom makers.
IS. It. CMMCKK' STKIKK OFF.
Detroit. The strike of Michigan
Central railroad clerks has been settled.
Federal and State mediators assisted
the interested parties in reaching an
agreement. The strike was called to
enforce higher wage demands, and it is
stated that the strikers have made sub
Electrical Prosperity Week Will
Be a Big Educational Treat
All the Intricate Work Done by Union Labor Local
Union 212 Will Parade From Their Hall to the Music
Hall Next Wednesday All Electricians Celebrating
One of the most noteworthy features
of the great electrical display to be
opened at Music Hall next week is the
high-class of work which is being done
by the men engaged in the task of
stringing the wires and arranging the
decorations for this great displav. Both
at Music Hall, rountam Square and
front of Times-Star building the work
is completed and the details and con
struction are as near perfect as it is
possible for human skill to render
Nothing appears to have been over
looked and it is most gratifying to note
that all of this work is being done by
union electricians, there not being a
non-union man on the job; going to
show that when the bosses want to
Residence A frame and shingle res
idence, to be built on University court,
Fairview Heights. Owner, Chas. Hoff
man; architect, Edw. H. Kruckemever,
St. Paul Building, Cincinnati, O. Con
tracts awarded as follows : Carpenter
work, Henry Jasper & Son; excavation
and masonry, Frederick Schmidt; brick
work, Brockman & Webb; cut stone, W.
C. Lang & Co.; iron work, L. Schreiber
& Sons Co.; vitrolitc and tile, Brick
Sales Co.; sheet metal work, Weitkamp
& Beck: hardwood floor, Cincinnati
Floor Co.; painting and glazing, Chas.
Doerr; electric work, the Kelley Elec
tric Co.; plastering, George btagge -Sons.
Garage A public garage, of fire
proof construction, to be built on Fifth
street, between Main and Sycamore
streets. Owner, Frank Fox; architects,
J. G. Stcinkamp & Bro., Mercantile Li
brary Building, Cincinnati, O. Addi
tional contracts awarded as follows :
Steel sash. Pursell &, Grand Co.; glaz
ing, the Pittsburgh 'Plate Glass Co.:
painting, Fred Johansman; sheet metal
work and roofing, Edw. Meyer & Co.
Residence A residence, to he built
on Paddack road, Avondalc. Owner,
Or. Tolm Scuddcr; architect, G. C. Bur
roughs, Union Trust Building, Cincin
nati. O. Contracts awarded as follows
Foundation, Frank Jacobs; carpenter
and mill work, Henry Herman; cement
work, Chas. V. Maescher & Co.; brick
work, J. W. Jeynes; plastering, Scott
& lones; mantel and tile work, A.
Schirmcr; roofing, Jansen & Co.
Church A 2-story concrete block
and frame building, with asphalt shingle
roof, to be erected in Newport, Ky.
Owner, the Brighton Street Mission;
architect, L. H. Wilson, 10 W. Fourth
street, Newport, Kv. Contract for mill
work awarded to Fred Miller, and for
carpenter work to Adam Lahner.
FEDERATION OF LABOR
INDORSES DICK LAW
Approves IMun lor lleorgnnizntion
of National Guard.
San Francisco. Unanimous indorse
ment of the Dick military law, certain
provisions of which provide for the reg
ulation and reorganization of the na
tional guard, was given by the Ameri
can Federation of Labor at its 3.1th an
nual convention today. This action was
taken in considering the report of the
executive council on the law, the ques
tion having been referred to the com
mittee on international relations at the
The executive council's report on the
law was adopted in full. In part it
"Our American traditions arc whole
somely positive against the maintenance
of a large standing army. We think it
ran be safelv and emnliatically stated
that only a small percentage of the
American people favor the maintenance
of a large standing army. We express
our belief in the need of a small stand
ing army to be supplemented by a citi
zen soldiery, democratically organized
and controlled, so as to prevent either
the small standing army or the larger
supplements and its units to be used for
or by any special privileged class, eith
er at home or abroad."
make the best possible display of their
wares, they turn to the union workman
as the one best equipped to bring out
all of the good points. On this great
display where the very highest grade
of work is essential, union men have
been called in. This fact alone being
the strongest possible evidence that
those in charge of the great undertak
ing recognize the greater ability of
Next Wednesday evening the mem
bers of Local 212 of the Electrical
Workers' union, three hundred strong,
will march from their hall to Music
Hall, the evening having been set aside
for the occasion in order that the men
may view the results of their labor to
the best advantage.
FEDERATION OF LABOR
UPHOLDS MUNITION TRADE
Asserts Foreign Agents Failed in
Attempts To Influence Workers
in United States.
San Francisco, Cal. Neutrality as
practiced by the United States was ap
proved by the convention of the Ameri
can Federation of Labor by the adop
tion of a resolution recommended by the
committee on international relations.
The resolution upheld the right of the
United States to ship to belligerents, ex
plaining that "it was impossible to dis
tinguish between munitions of war and
the ordinary articles of commerce."
The committee's report called atten
tion to the efforts made by sympathizers
of the belligerents to "use the working
men of our country to further the inter
ests of some foreign country."
Corruption Called Failure.
"Foreign agencies have been trying to
reach corruptly some of the organiza
tions of the workers," the report said,
but they have not succeeded."
A resolution urging the United States
to appeal to certain European powers to
stop their discrimination against Jews
Wow at Nonunion Goods.
A resolution recommending the annul
ment of a clause permitting the installa
tion of nonunion made goods by union
workmen contained in an agreement be
tween the Building Trades Council of
Chicago and the Construction Employ
ers Association of Chicago was replaced
with a substitute measure recommended
by the building trades committee and
adopted by the convention.
The substitute recommended that the
clause should not be renewed after its
84 MINIMUM XKXT AVKKK.
Quincy, Mass. The Granite Cutters'
Journal calls attention to the fact "that
"after the springtime of 1916 the mini
mum wage rate for members of this
association (Granite Cutters' Interna
tional association ) will be not less than
$4 per day of eight hours, and that
agreements with live working hours in
stead of four on Saturdays will he
changed not later than the above date
to four working hours on Saturday."
MAY I,KAVK SKAT ISKFOKK STOP
Topeka, Kan. The State supreme
court lias ruled that a passenger is not
guilty of contributory negligence if he
is injured while standing on the rear
platform of an intcrurban car. The
company held that the passenger should
remain in his seat, but it was shown
that the plaintiff was waiting for the
car to stop while Hearing a station.
UIMIOIJ) K1GIIT-IIOUI. IjAW.
Washington. The District of Colum
bia court of appeals has refused to re
view the decision of a lower court in
the case of a dressmaker who was fined
for violating the District women's
eight-hour law, passed by the last congress.