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Property and Official Organ of the Building Trades Council of Cincinnati and Vicinity
Vol. V. No. 11
CINCINNATI, OHIO, JUNE 30, 1917
One Dollar a Year
All Honor To Julius Fleischmann
The First Citizen of Cincinnati, Who Promised To Raise a Million Dollars For the Red Cross
and Exceeded It By Over Seven Hundred Thousand. Fleischmann Has Always
Been a Real Friend of Organized Labor, Who Are Proud of His Success.
Julius Fleischmann can well be given
the honor of being the first citizen of the
It will be recalled that the former
Mayor gave it out that he would raise
a million dollars for the Red Cross. It
was believed that, such a thing was 'im
possible but he did it and raised over
seven hundred thousand dollars in ex
cess of that amount.
It must also be remembered that the
business of Mr. Fleischmann, Harry' M.
Levy, the Freibcrgs, and others among
the heaviest contributors, was is jeopar
dy by federal enactments, which makes
their generosity the more praiseworthy.
Charlie Christie is another who is en
titled to the praise of every patriotic
citizen. lie was in the thick of the fight
and besides gave liberally to the fund.
In striking contrast is the contribution
of William Cooper Procter. The busi
ness of this gentleman was not in danger
but on the contrary his "company was
making immense amounts by the sale of
glycerine to the Government. Had Proc
ter given a million he would not have
missed it and the mawkish sentiment
pWjuchjiccrtam pap.crsare endeavoring
i.toiattAch"tp-this 'enemy of 'laborffskk-
ening.., Mr. Procter posed at the noon
day luncheons at the Hotel Gibson 'but
did not deceive any one. He was said
'to be "an angel" but this title was prob
ably conferred on him by the local Re
portland, Ore. By a referendum vote
thc peoplc of this city have passed an
ar.ti-picketing ordinance which makes it
unlawful "to" compel or force any per
son to alter his mode of carrying on his
luisiness." The law defines an activity
of this character "a conspiracy to injure
the trade, business or commerce of any
person doing business in the city of
Hereafter, any attempt to interfere
with low wages or poor working con
ditions will result in a fine of $500 and
ix months in jail, or both, if the law is
strictly enforced. The trade union
movement, made stout resistance to this
proposal, which was advocated by busi
ness men who believe that force can
WAGE LAW UPHELD.
Litle Rock, Ark. The State Supreme
Court has upheld the Arkansas minimum
wage law which provides that inexperi
enced women employes shall receive not
less than $1 a day and after six months
the rate shall not be less than $1,25 a
day for nine hours. The court said :
"The strength, intelligence and vir
tue of each generation depends to. a
great extent upon the mothers. There
fore, the health and morals of the
women arc a matter of grave concern
to the public, and consequently, to the
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Did Not Revoke Charter
Of the Building Trades Council, Bfif on the Contrary, the
Members of the Executive Council of the Building
Trades Department Expect the Carpenters and Sheet
Metal Workers to Carry Out the Agreement They
Signed. Resolution Adopted Protesting Against the
Bone-Dry Amendment to the Food Regulation Bill.
The regular meeting of the Building
Trades Council was called to order by
President Jos. A. Cullen.
The minutes of the previous meeting
were read and adopted.
The minutes of the Board of Business
Agents were read and concurred in.
A resolution was offered and unani
mously carried, protesting against the
Bone-Dry Amendment of the Food
Regulation bill, and the secretary was
instructed to wire the fact to all Con
gressmen and Senators from Ohio.
The committee composed ot Jos- A.
state contractors who are fair to all the
crafts of the building trades industry,
and that the McCaul Company had not
been fair to the Cincinnati Building
The executive council did not render
a decision on the suspended charter of
the Cincinnati Building Trades Council,
but promised to do so next week.
It was the concensus of opinion of
the members of the executie council
that the metal trim work on the Court
house should proceed at once according
to the agreement between the Carpen
ters District Council and the- isheet
Tlio First Citizen of Cincinnati and a Friend of Oi-gaiiizcl Labor.
Here's a New One
For a Labor Organization. The Central Labor Council
Attempts To Make a Trust Out of the Corner News
boys and Asks City Council To Pass An Ordinance
To That Effect.
WOMEN IN RAILROAD SHOPS.
Susquehanna, Pa. For the first time
in the history of the Eric railroad shops
at this place, women arc being employed
to operate drill presses and to work at
other mechanical occupations.
Philadelphia The Philadelphia &
Reading Railroad has opened an employ
ment bureau for women and has already
engaged women to replace army and
HOTEL EMPLOYES MEET.
St. Louts, Mo The convention of the
Hotel and Restaurant Emplojcs' Inter
national Alliance and Bartenders' In
ternational League of America was at
tended by nearly :i00 delegates. The re
ports of General President Floic and
International Sccrctaiy Jeic L. Sullivan
indicate steady progress by these work
ers. Since the last convention the al
liance membership has increased from
01,023 to G5.10G.
Brother E. L. Hitchcus, an employe of
the Times-Star, who has been actinc
secretary of the Central Labor Council
during the absence of W. D. Prout, has
written to Citv Clerk Fred Schncller re
questing him to have that body pass an
ordinance permitting but one person to
sell papers on each of the public street
This is in accordance with the request
submitted by the Newspaper Carriers'
Protective Union No. 15280 in the fol
"As the method of selling newspapers
on the various street comers has be
come a disgrace and a menace to the
public by the continued strife that is
caused by having so many boys selling
at a given point, be it
"Resolved, that we hereby enter a
vigorous protest against such action, and
be it further
"Resolved, that hereafter only one
man control the selling of papers at any
given point; and be it further
"Resolved, that the child labor laws
of the state be complied with in regard
to this particular case. We ask the Cen
tral Labor Council to indorse tlfCsc reso
lutions and that a copy of the same be
sent to the Citv Council of Cincinnati."
If the City "Council has the power to
pass such an ordinance and force all
newspaper publishers to sell their papers
to one certain individual, whether his
credit is good or not, then it has the
right to compel every man to have his
shirt washed at one laundiy.
All the Central Labor Council can de
mand of the Cincinnati Post is that it
employ union labor, pay union wages,
and work their employes under union
conditions, but they have no right to
dictate to the Post, which members of
the union it may employ.
We fail to sec where the Central Labor
Council is interested in this matter in
any way, except to coerce the Post into
selling their papers to agents, who for
reasons of their own, they do not want.
This miniature newspaper war with
all the blood on the horizon can be
straightened out in a few minutes. Let
the Times-Star have (heir agents and let
the Post have theirs. If, however, the
City Council believes that it can pass
such an ordinance they should abolish
the stands altogether. There is no need
of a book store on every corner. The
only idea the Labor Advocate had when
it took up the matter in last week's is
sue, was to stop the assaults and worse,
winch were being committed on the pub
lic streets. This paper believes that com
mon decency and public policy calls for
a secession of the disgraceful scenes
which have been enacted lately op the
down-town thoroughfares. It also be
lieves that the courts should not be clut
tered up with cases of this kind and the
expense of the hearings put on the taxpayers.
Cullen, Frank Tweedy, Phil Fischer and Metal Workers', Union,,vvhichprpvides
,Roy,,HerbertAvh6atteridcdethtiNew f orithe'vork in question tabfe equallvjli-,-,;
rJciraecUn.lVWtHmemnyi Yltfcd-JjctVeeTt'tlieTpii ?li$sr.isstte&
of the Building Trades Department, re- President Donlin,
ported that Bros. James Johnson, .Phil
Gasdorf, Jos. T. Humphreys and Wm.
Perry, of the Painters' District Council,
accompanied them on the trip.
The committee reported that they ap
peared before the executive council of
the Building Trades Department on
Friday afternoon, June 22nd, at the
Continental Hotel, New York City, and
presented evidence showing that the
Cincinnati Building Trades Council had
not violated Resolution No. 22. which
provides for the protection of all inter-
of the Building'
Trades Department of the American
Federation of Labor, is expected to
visit Cincinnati in the next few days
and use his good offices to make both
parties live up to the agreement they
The committee was thanked by the
council for the clear and conclusive way
they presented 'the case to the executive
All trades reported business good.
There being no further business the
LAWSON A LABOR AGENT.
Denver. John R. Lawson, forme in
ternational Board member of the United
Mine Workers, is now labor agent for
the Victor American Fuel Company,
which recently signed an agreement with
the miners' organization.
During the 1013-14 strike in southern
Colorado the Victor American opposed
WON'T STOP HANGINGS.
Springfield, 111 Bungling work in
drawing up the bill to stop hangings in
this state has caused Governor Low den
to veto the measure on the advice of the
state attorney general.
HINT ON H. C. OP L.
Georgetown, Del. Strawberry grow
ers in this locality are receiving from 1o
cents to $1.25 for a 32-quart crate of ber
ries which cost them $1.00 to deliver to
the railroad station.
In Washington, D. C, these berries
are retailed for 15 cents a quart or $4.S0
TEAMSTERS MAKE GAINS.
Tacoma, Wash. Teamsters' Union
has secured a one-year contract with the
Team Owners' Association. The union
shop and increased wages arc agreed to.
Prohibition Is Assailed
By Cardinal Gibbons Creates Hypocrisy, He Asserts.
Baltimore, Aid., June 25. "I do not believe in the national
prohibition of light wines and beer, and am of the opinion
that such a law could not be enforced."
This, statement was made by Cardinal Gibbons today when
he was asked to comment on the bone-dry amendment to the
food-control bill now befpre the Senate.
"I am opposed," the Cardinal continued, "to any state
wide or nation-wide prohibition measures. A law of this
kind interferes with the personal liberty and rights of the peo
ple and creates hypocrisy on the part of the public.
"If the people of any particular country district find con
ditions such that to have local option would mean the better
ment of the community, then they should close the saloons in
that district. But when it comes to having prohibition in
large cities it is a bad thing."
Herbert C. Hoover, who is to be national food adminis
trator, conferred with Cardinal Gibbons here today on the
food situation in this country. As a result of Hoover's visit
the Cardinal will issue a letter to be read in all the Catholic
churches of the Baltimore diocese next Sunday urging upon
all housewives the necessity for the practice of the strictest
economy in their kitchens.