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"Can't Strike" Law Suggested By President
EVERETT INSTALLS OFFICERS OF LIVEST UNION
LABEL DEPARTMENT IN STATE OF WASHINGTON
The officers of the Union Label Department at Everett were installed
a week ago .with Mrs. B. J. McMahon, chairman of the State Federation of
Labor Union Label Department, and President Short, present, both of whom
addressed the meeting which was one of the largest and most enthusiastic
meetings that has been held in Everett for a long time. Representatives
of practically every organization in the city were present and a splendid
.social had been arranged for by the ladies at the conclusion of the meeting,
at which coffee and cake were served all around.
An enthusiastic campaign for patronage of the label, button and house
card is on and special attention is being given to the demand for the but
ton of the teamsters' union on all deliveries. The teamsters, who a little
over a year ago had a hundred per cent organization, have been allowed to
disintegrate to a bare dozen or so of the old reliable members. The cam
paign is being carried into every local union of the city and it is confident
ally predicted that in a very short time a 100 per cent organization for the
teamsters will again be established. A campaign is also being made for
patronage of union laundries which will result in a strong organization of
that craft being brought about soon. A fight is also being made on behalf
of the label on all smokes and patronage of the local products that bear
the label of the local cigarmakers' union. A campaign is also being carried
into every store of the city and is bringing immediate results for the
Mrs. B. J. McMahon was also at Bellingham tne prececding week and
addressed a joint meeting of tne Central Labor body and tne Women's Card
and Label League on the work of the Union Label Department, and plans
are being made for the establishment of a local department there.
The State Federation of Labor Union Label Department is now in a
position to respond to any call made on it for the organization of local
union label departments in every center of the state. The Union Label De
partment will embrace in its membership delegates from every organiza
tions that derives its sustenance from the patronage of the label, house
card or button, and as has been proven the case at Everett these depart
ments are destined to become the most effctive and vital department of the
state labor movement. The opportunity of bringing immediate results to
the trades union movement through the instrumentality of this department
is greater than presents itself through any other medium and every section
of our state that has not as yet acted on the matter is hereby appealed to
to get immediately in touch with the State Federation headquarters and
arrange for a representative of the State Label Department to visit their
locality and arrange for the organization of this valuable and necessary de
UNTRUE RUMORS REPORTED IN CRCULATION
AGAINST BLACK MANUFACTURING COMPANY PRODUCTS
Reports have come in to the state office to the effect that rumors have
teen set in circulation in some localities to the effect that the products of
the Black Manufacturing; company at Seattle are unfair. Nothing could
be further from the truth. The Black Manufacturing company has always
maintained the most friendly relations between the garment workers union
and themselves that exist anywhere in the industry. The union label is on
every garment produced by them and not only are they produced under 100
per cent satisfactory union conditions, but are among the highest grade
products of their line placed on the market, and are entitled to the strong
est patronage and support possible by the workers everywhere.
All products of the Western Dry Goods Co. at Seattle are also fair and
the label is on all garments now produced by them. However, there may
be stocks of their garments still on hand that were placed on the market
prior to an agreement being reached with their firm for the use of the
label several months ago.
The time was never more necessary than now for the organized work
ers to lend the support of their purchasing power to those firms friendly
towards labor and to fully withhold it from its known enemies. No step
that the workers can take will have a stronger affect on breaking the vie-
ious conspiracy that has been hatched to destroy the trades unions, and the
Federation hereby appeals to the workers of the state to give this serious
and immediate attention, and again draws their attention to the necessity
of organizing union label departments for the purpose of education along
this important line.
Christ the Perfect Knight of Labor
Says Episcopal Clergyman
If liberty, fraternity, equality, lie at the bottom of the crystal spring
of hope out of which flows —for the refreshment, yae, the salvaltion, of
the workers of the world—the River of Life called "Unionism," then the
greatest of all unionists —none excepted—was the Carpenter of Nazareth.
Of all the Sons of Liberty, He was the freest and most fearless. Free
dom was His first name. He was the uncompromising foe of tyranny and
injustice in whatever form. Freedom was his best friend —Freedom was
His God— and none was ever readier to lay down his life for his friends;
none was even keener to do the will of His God to the death.
Among the lovers of mankind He was the most fraternal-hearted. The
master passion of His life was Universal Brotherhood. Every throb of His
brain, every pulse beat of His heart, said "Brother." And the moment the
occasion called for it, what these said He backed with His blood to the limit.
As to equality, it was the breath of His nostrils; His meat and His
drink. No such champion of the equal worth and the equal rights of the
human soul ever entered the arena to do battle against the supplanters and
exploiters of their brethren. Greed was his devil.
Jesus was, indeed, the greatest of all unionists.
The Carpenter of Nazareth was the Perfect Knight of Labor.
If ever Human Labor was owned by God; if ever Human Labor was
lifted up in fatherly fashion by God; if ever the tired body of Human
Labor was embraced in the tender arms of God; if ever the sweating brow
of Human Labor was sweetly touched by the lips of God—it was in the
person of the Carpenter of Nazareth.
Ecclesiastical camouflage, coupled with human stupidity, has kept this
pregnant social fact too long concealed from the eyes of those who have
by divine right a first mortgage—a mechanic's lien—on the person and the
program of the Perfect Knight of Labor.
A New Day will dawn for the American Labor Movement when it sees
more clearly, and appropriates more consciously, and begins to make more
practical use of this vastly important truth. It will put new heart, new
purpose, new enthusiasm, new power to attain its nobler ends into the
Movement. It will become a movement, indeed. It will begin to move on
If you want to take part in determining the wages and con
ditions under which you work and live—Join the union.
If you want to help your fellow workers—Join the union.
If you want to help yourself—Join the union.
Remember the Union Label Department meets every Thurs
day night at 8 P. M. at the Labor Temple.
Teachers That Radiate
There are two views of teaching.
One regards teaching as a sort of
handling out canned goods to the
pupils, so much canned goods, so
much knowledge. Well, if it is a
canned goods business, wo may need
a pure food law to make sure the
children get the right brand of
By MERCER GREEN JOHNSON
"corn." But this is not the real
theory. That was held by T*resident
Oilman of John Hopkins, when he
took Professor Gildersleeve into a
bare room and said, "Now radiate."
We have got to have the kind of
teachers thnt radiate. For that we
not only need contented teachers,
hut we must have teachers who think
for themselves.—Chaffee, in Free
dom of Speech.
Used by Virginia
Coal Mine Bosses
Indianapolis, Ind., B.—"Star
vation is the instrument that is be
ing used by coal operators in the
New River field of West Virginia to
torture the union miners into sub
mission to a wholesale reduction in
their wages and destructoin of the
union," Lawrence Dwyer, of Beck
ley, W. Va., told the international
executive board of the United Mine
Workers of America, meeting in In
dianapolis;. Uwyer is the member of
the board from that field. The
board was hearing reports of condi
tions in the various coal mining dis
tricts of the country when Dwyer
made his statement. From practi
cally every section of the country
there came heart-rending tales of the
deplorable condition of coal miners
and their families, due to the long
continued wave of unemployment and
the determined effort of coal opera
tors to reduce wages and wipe out
the United Mm Workers of America.
But the story told by Dwyer was,
perhaps, the most harrowing of all.
"That operators are taking advan
tage of the terrible depression to
carry out this plan. Our men have
been out of work so long that they
have used every cent that they had
earned and they are in debt as deep
ly as they can go. Hundreds, I may
say thousands, of families of coal
miners are without a cent and with
out food. How they exist God only
knows. Company stores have re
fused to supply them with more
food. There is no other place for
them to find employment. This sit
uation gives the operator his oppor
tunity. Coal companies, some of the
largest, richest and most powerful
in the country, are telling their em
ployes that if they will accept a re
duction of 30 to 50 per cent in their
wages and withdraw from the union
they will give them some work, but
they do not promise steady work.
With their families actually starving,
many a man is tempted to accept
"Only a few days ago, two small
children in school in Fayette county
fainted, and physicians said it was
due to their weakness because of
lack of food. They were children of
a coal miner. And this is not an
"At 3 o'clock one morning recent
ly a woman, living in the coal camp
at Wickley, called at my home in
Beckley. She carried a coal oil can.
This poor woman asked me if I
would let her have a little oil. She
said the family had spent the night
in a dark room, and that her baby
had died at midnight. The family
had no money with which to buy
coal oil to light the hovel home in
which her baby lay dead.
"The manager of one coal company
that is attempting to starve its
employes into acceptance of a wage
reduction told the men recently that
he was acting solely in their behalf
in offering them work if they would
take lower wages and withdraw
from the union. He said he knew
their families were suffering for
food and that he wanted to do
everything he could for them. The
next day a miner whose family was
without food went to the store of
that company and asked the store
manager to give him credit for a
small sack of flour, promising that
he would pay for it out of the first
money he earned when he got back
to work. But the store manager
refused to let him have the flour un
less he gave some kind of security
for the debt. All that the man had
was the few pieces of furniture in
his house, and the store manager
told him to bring a dresser to the
store and leave it as security. The
miner went home, and he and his
son carried the dresser to the store
and left it as security for the price
of a 12-poond sack of floor. This in
cident shows the extremity to which
the miners are reduced in the New
River districts, and it is this condi
tion that the coal companies are
utilizing to starve and beat the men
"I say to you that it is the height
of cruelty for these coal companies
to enforce starvation of men, wom
en and children as a means of forc
ing wages down to a point where
the men cannot make a living for
I. H. Turner, 1104 Hewitt.
Barnhart Shop, Monroe.
L. Starka, Emil Mitersbach. Phillips.
OOPFEE AND TEA HOUSES
Manning's Coffee House on Hewitt betweea
Colby and Wetmore.
Libby, McNeil & Libby, Packers and Can-
Carnation, Aster, Mt. Vernon and Wash
Yakima City Creamery.
Christ Kruppler & Sons and the Standard
Oil Bldg., at corner of Pacific and Virginia.
Emil Larson, Carpenter.
F. R Hare, electrical contractor; John
San Juan Fish Co.. Seattle.
Butlers, The Star. Bon Marcha of Seattle.
A. C. Snider, the Rural Butcher in Mu
nicipal Market Annex.
Joe Wallem and his house at the corner
of 3026 Lombard.
Brown's Repair Shop, 2916 Oakea.
Independent, Standard, Union, Paris and
Rainwater A Son, Painters.
A. J. Jones, Siirn Painter.
The Puyallup Fair.
O. W. Ward, Cement Worker.
Mr. Burden and his house, 2511 Maple
Everett Fruit Products Co.
F. S. Lang Manufacturing Co.. of Seattle
Union Oil Service Station, Cor. Rucker
Smoke OLYMPIC CLUB 10c cigar.
EVERETT, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1921.
At the meeting of the Central Labor Council Wednesday night, De
cember 14, credentials were presented by Riley Underwood of the Cooks'
and Waiters' Union, to take the place of former Delegate McFadden.
Miss Pearl Babb, of the Tailors, and D. L. Guisinger of the Barbers,
were also seated as delegates.
The committee to confer with the Musicians' Union in reference to
their withdrawal from the council reported some misstatement was made
in the communication sent to the council, the main reason for their with
drawal was finances and the committee got the impression that as soon
as the financial matter was settled the musicians would re-affiliate with
Mr. Thompson, in charge of the Pow Wow, reported everything was
going as good as could be expected.
Christmas tree committee reported and asked members to help and
would request to enlarge the committee.
Brother Hoffman, business agent of the Butchers' Union in this dis
trict, asked the council for more co-operation in the Snider affair. His local
union will request the council to place all other business places doing bus
iness in the same building on the "we don't patronize list."
The secretary of the council was instructed to confer with the Bar
bers' and Cooks' and Waiters' Unions about this question and report next
Brother Nunau, of the Seattle Union Record, was a visitor at the
council meeting. lie is here for the purpose of getting more subscribers
for the Record.
Forty-one dollars was collected by the Russian relief committee and
sent to the central committee. Eleven dollars was sent to the striking
miners of Washington.
A motion to rescinde the action taken in regard to the Musicians' Union
A general discussion on union matters proved to be very educational
to the thirty delegates present.
CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL POW WOW
Union Men and Women Will Have Big Time
All members of organized labor are requested to help sell
tickets for the Pow Wow, and buy tickets themselves, for the
reason that organized labor will financially profit by this en
tertainment. Finances means strength. Tickets can be bought
at the Labor Temple, $1.10 for three nights. See advertisement.
You Have Eaten Today
Millions in Russia Have Not Eeaten for Days
Share With Them
Send contributions to Central Labor Council Russian Relief
By George Stanley.
From cradle cradle to the shrouded grave he toils
Yet ne'er enjoys the laureled victor's spoils;
From cradle to the unconquered grave his life
With disappointed dreams and hopes runs rife.
Morn's clarion note awakes his fevered soul
To endless days and years of ceaseless dole;
Night finds his body weary, tired and spent
And spirit marred with cankered discontent.
Love's charms yet add more burden to his life
With all is petty and eternal strife;
He understands no such a thing as peace
With brow carved deep with withered line and crease;
Misfortune claims him for her very own
And Care and Sorrow mock his ceaseless groan.
With soul o'er-flowing with a deep unrest
His heart and brain forever are oppressed;
The joys of life, alas, are not for him,
And crushed, indeed is every single whim.
He seeks nor gaineth knowledge, which is power
But toils and sweatheth every cursed hour,
Hell hath no thing of fury that he fears
And anguish finds him weak yet void of tears.
And thus with blasted aims, and bloody shield
To him Life's but a blackoned battlefield.
Scores in Prison
Who Should Be Out
Says Freed Soldier
Scores of ex-service men are in
Leavenworth prison wrongfully, but
have no friends outside the govern
ment prison to help them, according
to Roy Youngblood of Omaha, Neb.,
who has arrived home from the
prison, where he was. serving a life
sentence, but was pardoned by Pres-
Youngblood and four other Amer
ican soldiers, who were pardoned
with him. were convicted by a court
martial at Coblenz, Germany, in
August, 1020, of the slaying of a
British officer. The killing took
place at Renz, near Coblenz, when
the officer was struck on the head
by a flying bottle and died.
"None of us was near Renz,"
Youngblood said. "We had been at a
cafe in Coblenz with a civilian, who
left us and went to Renz with some
girls. This civilian was tried and
acquitted by a German court.
"All the evidence against us five
was that we had been in the com
pany of the civilian earlier in the
"When we were tried a young
lieutenant who knew nothing of law
and little of the case, was named as
our counsel. He did not put any of
us on the witness stand to let us
tell our story. We had four soldier
witnesses who testified we were at
Coblenz and not at Renz. An in
terpreter who saw the soldiers tak
ing part in the fight failed to iden
tify us. But the court-martial found
us guilty and sent us to prison for
"There are scores of young fel
lows in Leavenworth who are there
wrongfully. They are no more guil
ty than I was, but they have no one
outside the prison walls to help them
in bringing their cases before the
proper officials. I think every war
court record should be reviewed
thoroughly and where there is doubt
the case should be turned to the
What Happens to
New York Teachers
The Teachers' Union received re
cently a letter from a member who
has resigned his position in one of
the New York City high schools to
go into business. What he says rel
ative to his experience in the schools
is of considerable importance to the
ultimate position of the school in
"For sixteen years I have taught
in the public schools, and for the
last eleven years 1 have suffered,
actually suffered mental anguish
watching stupid and unreasoning
powers manage the schools auto
cratically. Many a time has my
blood boiled at the acts of the of
"I am freer now, more comfortable
and more respected. But I am not
happier when 1 think of your de
spondency. Count me as a private
in your army fighting for a better
Smoke CHALLENGE 10f Cigar.
Mrs. Farme—"What are the num
bers on the motor cars for, Silas?"
Mr. Farme—"Why, that's the scor
ing board. It shows how many peo
ple he's run over."
Smoke BLUE RIBBON 6c Cigar.
Incorporation of Trade Unions Also Favored
By Nation's Executive—President Gompers
Quotes History Against 400-Year-Old Plan
Washington, Dec. 10.—In his message to congress, President Harding
recognizes the right of labor to organize and be represented by agents of
its own choosing—with the two important provisos that strikes be regu
lated by law and trade unions be incorporated.
He said there should be established "judicial or quasi judicial tribun
als for the consideration and determination of all disputes which menace
the public welfare."
This statement is in line with declarations made last August by At
torney General Daugherty before the convention of hte American Bar As
sociation in Cincinnati. At that time the president's legal adviser favored
compulsory jurisdiction over industrial disputes so that "we will have a
more intelligent basis upon which to enact compulsory legislation upon this
In recommending to congress that trade unions be incorporated, Presi
dent Harding said:
"In the ease of the corporation which enjoys the privilege of limited
liability of stockholders, particularly when engaged in the public service,
it is recognised that the outside public has a large concern which must be
protected; and so we provide regulations, restrictions and in some case de
tailed supervision. Likewise in the case of labor organizations, we might
well apply similar and eqiUdly well-defined principles of regulation and
supervision in order to conserve the public's interest as affected by their
In a public statement on this portion of the chief executive's message,
President Gompers said that the recommendations revert back to conditions
400 years ago when English courts "determined the wages of the workers
and prohibited them from asking for more or for employers from paying
more than the court's decision and to condemn men to eomplsory servitude
and slavery if they resented in any way the decisions of these courts."
Truly those who are fighting your battle in life, for such
men are more precious than dollars. You may carry a dozen
cards, fraternal or religious, with your coal lapel decorated like
a hick at a country fair, but bear this in mind: The card that
feeds your family and educates your children is one that has
been tried and proven 100 per cent—YOUß UNION CARD.
To The Merchants of Everett
Your attention is called to the fact that the Union Label
Department of the Washington State Federation is very active
in keeping organized labor in this state posted in reference to
union labeled goods. Literature informing members of organ
ized labor and their friends will be distributed and a section of
the label department is in action in this city now.
Organized labor in Everett is in favor of patronizing home
industry and home merchants. We don't believe in sending out
of town for union made goods if we can buy them in Everett.
We know also that the Everett stores have a large supply of
different union made goods in stock.
In view of the agitation that will be going on in the new
year and the big demand for. union made goods the Labor Jour
nal will begin January, 1922, to print a special page called the
UNION LABEL PAGE on which page all merchants will have
a chance to advertise their union lines of goods.
This page will be witjj the regular issue twice each month.
A small space will be given to each merchant for the only pur
pose of informing organized labor that unio-i made goods are
for sale by home merchants.
The cost will be very iittie and details will be given you by
our advertising manager.
All merchants advertising on this page will also be given
space in pamphlets distributed by the Union Label Section, free
of charge. These pamphlets will not only be distributed among
the members of organized labor but to everybody.
Cooks & Waiters
Had International organizers pres
ent attheir last meeting and are on
the way to recovery. The senti
ment in this union is perfect, but
the financial affairs had been put
in bad by mismanagement of an
officer. They ask labor to watch
out for Hazen Titus fruit cakes
sold in some places in Everett
These cakes are 100 per cent
Union Label Dept.
Fine meeting last Thursday, im
portant meeting. Everybody In
vited at their meetings Thursday
Have very good meetings, large
representation. Bought their share
of the Christmas seals and are
doing good work for the Pow
This union asked the council to
excuse their delegates from at
tending the council meeting tem
porarily for the reason that every
one of their members will be
working day and night for some
time. The flood is the cause.
The request was granted. It
was reported they were offered
$1.00 per hour and double time for
The union wants the co-operation
of every union member in the city
in their controversy against Snider,
the Rural Butcher.
They reported 30,000 members on
strike against the packers. who
broke the agreement formerly en
tered into with the butchers.
A referendum vote was taken to
resist another cut in wages which
resulted in the strike. The packers
now have formed company unions in
which the packers have the main
representation. Conditions in the
Kast are not so bad. in New York
the butchers have resisted success
fully a wage cut and got an increase
of three dollars.
The Pacific coast is not so fortu
nate, but in general conditions in
THE INTEREST OF
"Take It From Me"
their trade are not bad. The cutting
of wages reported in the ryess is
confined to the places where the so
called American plan or open shop
Had election of officers, names
of which will be announced later.
Nominated officers at their last
meeting and will decide at their
next meeting to subscribe for the
Labor Journal as a body. They
report to have well attended
All members are requested to
attend meetings December 22 and
27, the first meeting will be nom
ination and the second both nom
ination and election of officers.
Why the Japs Are Here
The Placer Packing association,
which includes many prominent fruil
growers in California, has discharged
all white girls employed in its plants
and substituted Japanese men. The
association is now turnnig out twice
its daily number of boxes of fruit,
as the girls are allowed by law to
work only eight hours a day, where
as the men work 15 or more hours
per day, as required, and for the
same or smaller wages. There is a
minimum wage law for women in
California, but not for men, and the
Japanese always can be secured for
less than white men.
Yet it is the employers who raise
the cry of the "Jap invasion" while
the workers spend their time and
energy in educating the Japs to un
derstand unionism. A lesson which
they are quick to learn.
I'd rather be a Could Be
If I could not be an Are:
For a Could Be is a Maybe.
With a chance of touching par.
I'd rather be a Has Been
Than a Mi»rht Have Been by far;
For a Hight Have Been has never
But a Has was once an Are.
TO BE OR NOT TO BE