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VOL. XVIII. No. 2.
The members of Local Union No.
108, United Association of Plumbers
and Steam Fitters went on strike
Monday morning: after the Master
Plumbers refused to grant their de
mands for an increase in wages. The
agreement of the plumbers was sub
mitted to the Master Plumbers some
time ago and at that time it was
rumored that -the bosses would not
give the increase asked for by the
The members of the local union of
Plumbers have given the Press the
following statement:
In reference to an article inserted
in the Journal columns dated May 1st,
in regard to the Journeymen Plumb
ers asking in their agreements that
were submited to the Master Plumb
ers, for their consideration. Said
insertion is true in regard that the
Stationary Firemen
Help Uncle Sam "Over The Top/'
Buy Liberty Bonds.
When Uncle Sam makes his race
"over the top" local Union No. 98,
Brotherhood Stationary Firemen -are
going to be in on it. They paid their
entrance fee, $100 for Liberty Bonds,
at their meeting held last Thursday
night. This meeting of the Firemen
was one of those live affairs with en
thusiasm bubbling up everywhere.
Two candidates were initiated ana
several new applications were receiv
ed. Much business of importance was
transacted. In addition to buying
Liberty Bonds many members proud
ly displayed Thrift Stamp cards. No.
98 is all loyalty and patriotism.
Men's and Boys' Shoes
Positive money-savers for you in these
$11.00 Bostonian Shoes $8.35
$9.00 Bostonian Shoes $7.35
SPPECIAL—Men's Black Oxfords, low
shoes, $4.50 value $3.35
One of these nifty
styles will "set off"
your new suit to
great advantage.
Dozens of greens or
other shades $1.95
Journeymen Plumbers are asking an
increase of 35 per cent, which means
an advance in the wage scale from
55 cents per hour to 75 cents per hour.
The public will feel assured that
this increase is no unreasonable de
mand when the wage scale per hour
of various crafts are brought into
consideration and comparison.
As the public are aware of the pre
vailing prices of commodities, etc.
It compells an advance in our wages,
in comparison to present prevailing
The Master Plumbers have been re
ceiving 55 to 80 per cent an hour
profit for the performing of our owrk
The Journeymen Plumber's have
asked for no increase for the past
Ave years.
John Durwin
Vancouver, British Columbia.— A
strike by oil refinery workers at the
plant of the Imperial Oil company,
has resulted in the company making
the eight-hour workday general thru
out Canada. This concern is a sub
sidiary of the Standard Oil Company.
Wages have also been increased.
Fresno, Cal.—The new union of
blacksmiths has reduced the work day
from nine to eight hours. The change
came so easily that these workers are
now wondering why they didn't take
collective action long ago.
Rochester, N. Y.—Chauffeurs' un
ion No. 543, affiliated with the Broth
erhood of Teamsters, has secured
agreements with the principal taxi
companies in this city.
Every Item Mentioned Below Is a Bargain
There is no better trade-getter than low prices and we know it. While we have no paten1
on our prices, others are afraid to get into the deep water with us.
$11.45 $14.45
For values up to $15.00 For values up to $20.00
Created by skilled artisans from dependable cloth and masterfully tailored.
2.45 and
Values up to $4.00
Excellent values in
Cassimeres and
$5.00 values.... $3.65
Neat stripes and
dark patterns
best in­
surance against high prices
is buy here.
Afternoon at
Sizes 8 to 18 years.
Unusually good values, strong materials
that will wear well, splendid styles and excel
lent fit.
Many new and handsome materials, pat
terns and colorings.
bows, double knee and double
seat, $12.50 value «pO« 1
Men's Dress Shirts, 85c
With soil and still cull's.
This special purchase, made when fabrics
were not sky-high, enables you to select your
summer supply from 1,000 shirts on sale
Saturday and next week if there are any left.
Every size from 14 to 17. Nifty shirts in
countless patterns and world beaters for
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The Worksn^ntdn' Store
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Detroit, Mich.—The Amalgamated
Association of Street and Electric
Railway Employes of America, com
prising tens of thousands of street
railway employes, are loyal to the na
tion. In a manifesto just issued to
the membership and signed by Inter
national President W. D. Mahon and
the general executive board of the un
ion, the workers are called upon to
do everything in their power to facili
tate the Government's war aims.
Strikes will be avoided until all
honorable efforts at adjustment have
been exhausted. "If we are to main
tain the effectiveness of our organiza
tion," declares the manifesto, "we
must fully realize the critical situa
tion confronting the people of our
country, and must be careful to re
sort to all reasonable means to avoid
any act that will curtail production
and hamper our Government in the
prosecution of the war."
The full text of the executive
board's appeal follows:
To the officers and members of Local
Divisions of the Amalgamated As
sociation of Street and Electric
Railway Employes of America.
The transition our country is pass
ing through, due to the war, and the
new conditions that our people must
adopt themselves to if we are to sue-
Future Welfare Of Members And
Integrity Of Association Must
Be Protected, Declares Interna
tional President fl. D. Mahon.
A Rare Combination.
Red Trunk values at
Workingman Prices.
OA I J| i Under auspices of Butler Aerie No. 407, Fraternal Order
111 luUU«.OW I wiKj Eagles. The public is invited to attend and participate.
y Executive Board. Traction
Workers Will Exhaust All Re
sources Before Cat-
ceed in this great contest, moves the
General Executive Board of your As
sociation to place squarely before our
membership the responsibilities that
we must share as loyal and devoted
citizens, and as workers in an indus
try that forms a link in the great
chain of war production.
We are not unmindful of the fact
that the response of our members to
war service, and to the various activi
ties that go with it, many of whom
have given the fullmeasure of devo
tion, has been generous, but that we
may continue to be helpful in our
country's extremity, and give the best
that is in us for the consummation of
the great cause for which our people
are contending, we as street and elec
tric railway workers cannot impress
ourselves too strongly with the neces
sity of reason and tolerance govern
ing our attitude in dealing with the
problems that are arising from time
to time in our occupation, due to the
changing conditions that surround us.
A more critical situation has never
confronted the people of our country.
War in its most seriotiS aspect is with
us. Perhaps some of us do not rea
lize its seriousness with that keen
feeling that has been thrust upon the
families of those who have been count
ed as its toll. Whether we do or not
the tragedy of its progress is grad
ually „being burned into our fiber, and
the sooner our people become quick
ened to a realization of the great re
sponsibility that devolves upon us,
the more rapid will be the successful
conclusion of the gigantic contest we
are engaged in.
No great good ever came to the
human family without sacrifice. The
struggle our people are involved in
demands sacrifice. All must bear
their share with that resolution and
fortitude out of which all human ad
vancement has sprung.
Particularly is there a heavy re
sponsibility upon the forces of indus
try—employer and employe alike
for upon the productive resources of
our country depends the success or
failure of our forces at the front. The
maximum of productivity in war sup
plies must be attained, and the in
dividuals or groups, be they captains
of industry or workers in the ranks,
who fail to be guided by reason and
tolerance in dealing with questions of
difference that may arise, and who
are so oblivious to their country's
crisis as to jeopardize its interests in
the promotion of their own, cannot
expect to maintain the confidence
and respect of a people who are fight
ing to rid the world for all time of the
curse of autocratic domination.
We hold it is incumbent with all
factors in industry, both employers
and employes, to bear their share of
the burdens of war with the same
devotion and determination that is
shown by the men who are bearing
the battle's brunt, and who stand
ready to give the full measure of sac
rifice in order that the principles we
hold more sacred than life itself may
be perpetuated.
As members of the Amalgamated
Association of Street and Electric
Railway Employes of America, and
workers in an occupation that millions
of our fellow workers depend upon for
transportation to and from the vari
ous industrial locations where war
necessaries are being produced, it be
comes our duty to carefully guard our
actions, and to exhaust all the re
sources of our Association to brin
about adjustment of differences with
employing companies without cessa
tion of work.
We realize that the rising cost of
living and the attempt of some com
panies to institute unreasonable re
trenchment have caused unrest, but
no matter how justifiable this unrest
may be, it must not influence us to
acts that will compromise our integ
rity as an organization of woikers
that stands by its agreements and
holds its obligations sacred.
Our contracts with employing
companies must be observed by our
membership. We demand contract
observance by the companies and it
is our duty to render strict observance
in return. Wherever controversies
arise between our local divisions and
employing companies, ample means
are provided in the contracts and the
laws of our Association for adjust
ment, without resort to drastic acts
that repudiate obligations and are in
contravention of the laws that the
members of this organization have
pledged themselves to abide by.
No Local Division of this Associa
tion has appealed to headquarters for
counsel and help in the sttlement of
its controversies that assistance has
not been given, and every effort made
to effect a satisfactory conclusion.
If we are to maintain the effective
ness of our organization, and continue
to bring forth the good results that
have been shown in the past, we must
fully realize the ci'itical situation con
fronting the people of our country,
and must be careful to resort to all
reasonable means to avoid any act
that will curtail production and ham
per our Government in the prosecu
tion of the war.
The future welfare of our members
and the integrity of our Association
must be protected contract conditions
providing for the adjustment of diffi
culties must be adhered to, and the
laws of this Association must be ob
(Continued on page four)
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G'»- KUK V.f'NT
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General Secretary, United Brother
hood of Carpenters and Joiners.
At the present time the member
ship of the American Federation of
Labor numbers almost three millions
They are intelligent, capable, re
liable an dskillful workers in the oc
cupations they follow.
They are foremost in the best ac
tivities of our industrial life.
There are patriotic citizens.
They have placed themselves among
those who believe the cause of Amer
ica is the cause of humanity in the
present world war.
They backed up this position by
deeds, not by words or hollow sound
ign phrases!
We are reliably informed:
That the International Typograph
ical Union purchased fifty thousand
dollars ($50,000) worth of Liberty
That the United Mine Workers pur
chased fifty thousand dollars ($50,000)
That the Brewery Workers' Inter
national Union of America purchased
one hundred and fifty thousand dol
lars ($150,000) worth.
That the United Brotherhood of
Carpenters and Joiners of America
purchased fifty thousand dollars ($50,
000) worth.
That the International Association
of Bridge and Structural Iron Work
ers purchased twenty-five thousand
($25,000) worth.
That the International Association
of Iron Molders purchased forty thou
sand dollars ($40,000) worth.
That the International Association
of Machinists purchased forty-five
thousand dollars ($45,000) worth.
General Secretary, United Brotherhood
Of Carpenters And Joiners.
That the American Federation of
The paper money of the United States is a promise to pay. It is the agree
ment of the United States to "pay to bearer" a certain sum. War Savings Stamps
are also a promise to pay
War Savings Stamps are as
Good as Money and pay you
4% compounded quarterly
This Space Contributed by War Savings Committee of the State of Ohio
Labor purchased twenty thousand dol
lars ($20,000) worth, and so on.
And it has been reported to us that
the Railroad Brotherhoods purchased
one hundred and fifty thousand dol
lars (8150,000) worth.
This does not include the thousands
of local unions, which bought from
$500 to $5,000 worth of bonds.
Thousands of members of organ
ized labor have individually subscribed
for Liberty Bonds.
Thousands and thousands have
fered their services to their country
in the present crisis, many
of whom
are now at the front.
Thousands of others are busily
employed in industrial pursuits for
the Government in preparedness for
the future.
Organized Labor makes its offering
at the alter of Civilization and Hu
manity. Can it do more? Can any
one say its members are unpatriotic?
No one can say they are "slackers."
Can their enemies show as good a
record? From now on, let our critics
cease their fault-finding we have
done our duty, we are doing our duty,
and we propose to do our duty in the
future, both as trade unionists and
as American citizens.
Rochester, N. Y.—Chauffeurs em
ployed by the Rochester Taxi company
suspended work when they were denied
arbitration. The company then agreed
to a six-day week of 10 hours a day.
Wages were increased from $15 and
$18 a week to $22. The former work
day was 12 hours.
Both the money and the stamps are guaran
teed by the richest nation in the world.
Suppose we were to lose the war? What
good would money be?
None at all. It would be a mere memento of
the past. And if we bought our freedom back,
by indemnity, it would be at a price so colossal
as to wipe our savings and mortgage our earn
ings for generations.
The safest place for all your money is in War
Savings Stamps, because the money saved and
raised by War Savings Stamps will win the war,
and thus insure the preservation and solvency of
our Government and the safety of our homes and
families forever.
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Atlanta, Ga.—Organized stone cut
ters have increased wages from 50
to 62 1-2 cents an hour.
Meet promptly at 1:45 at Temple for parade to

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