The Co-Operative Trades and Labor
Council met in regular session with
President Albert Brqwn presiding and
about twenty delegates being present.
The minutes of the previous meet
ing were read, received and approved.
Communication from the Interna
tional Labor^ Press Association was
read and filed.
Delegates from the Machinists and
Molders' Unions stated that they have
selected John Cahalane to represent
them at the Mooney Conference to be
held in Chicago in a few weeks and
asked the Council to also endorse him
as their representative and to defray
the expense. On motion the council
endorsed Cahalane as their represen
Communication _.from the Um»»n
Label Trades Department .was receiv
Bakers delegates asked that a com
mittee be appointed to meet one of the
baker bosses who is employing a man
that they say is not in good standing
with their organization. Request was
The committee appointed to audit
the books of the secretary and the
treasurer of the Labor Day Picnic
submitted the following report which
was received and approved.
Meet On New Year's Night.
Machinists Local No. 241, met in
regular session Wednesday, New
Year's N?ght. Despite the fact that
it was a holiday night there was a
large attendance present. Business
Agent Ted Smith, reported having re
ceived a communication from. the
Grand Lodge informing him that ma
chinists are being laid off all over the
country and advising the necessity for
keeping up the fight for a flat eight
hour day Much other business was
transacted. Following the regular
order of business the new officers for
the year were installed.
The officers installed were:
President, Clarence Bergman vice
president, Joseph Flynn recording
secretary, John Bios financial secre
tary, Edward Butler treasurer Harry
Berry conductor, Albert Myers sen
tinel, Russell Sweigert trustee Wil
liam Wersing delegate to Trades
Council, John Steiger business agent
SIX HOUR DAY
Don't Scare 'Em In Canada.
Toronto, Canada.—Contrary to the
.policy of*most newspapers, when dis
cussing social changes, the Toronto
Globe is not flippant in the matter of
a six-hour work day as advocated by
Lord Leverhulme, one of England's
most successful business men. The
"That a great captain of British en
dustry should present such a panacea
for industrial unrest is one of the
most significant signs of the times."
In effect, the theory upon which
Lord Leverhulme bases his six-hour
nroposal is that by working machin
ery longer hours, with shorter hours
for those attending it, the product
will be almost doubled and the work
ers will be able to secure comforts
and luxuries noto undreamed of.
"Long factory hours have a dead
ening effect on the operatives," it is
stated. "From 14 years of age to 70
years of i\ge is a long life span, and
if you consider the conditions attend
ing for eight hours a day the same
Hamilton, Ohio, Dec. 15, 1918.
To the Officers and Delegates of the
Co-Operative Trades and Labor
Suuare is the name.Spieis our aim
All Suits and Pants made to your
individual order in a
106 HIGH STREET
We. you#1 committee appointed at
the last regular meeting to audit the
books of the Twenty-sixth Annual
Labor Dty Picnic Committee, beg
leave to submit you our report on re
ceipts and expenditures to date.
Total receipts on grounds ....$5,166.03
Total Receipts ori Flags 98.00
Total receipts on,Tickets 402.25
Total receipts on Auto 2,379.58
Grand Total Receipts.. $8,045.86
Grand Total Expenditures... $4,491.39
Total Profit $3,554.47
We have made a careful examin
ation of the books, bills, checks and
all other paraphernalia of the sec
retaries and of the treasurer, and
take pleasure in importing to you that
we found all accounts balanced and in
conformity with the report submitted
by the secretaries to this body. We
further report and commend the sec
retaries Mrs. Lou Nau, and Ed Weiss
and th^ treasurer Henry Betscher for
the neat and correct manner in which
they have kept their accounts.
F. C. Goelker
John C. Smith
Lou Nau a member of the Commu
nity Labor Board reported to the
Council the work done in the past
two weeks. The report was received
By SAMUEL GOMPERS
President American Federation of
The new year is at hand.
It would be tfrite to say that new
things lie in wait.
We have grown accustomed to new
The wav has been a new thing to
America, to labor, to capital, to gov
ernment—to all of us.
With the war have come new things,
new methods, new^ ideals, new inspira
We have had unusual problems to
solve, and wye have employed unusual
methods in solving them.
Labor, perhaps more than any other
single element in our society, has nev
er hesitated in adopting these new
methods, in adjjusting itself to the
changed viewpoint, in putting its best
foot forward. Only labor has insisted
upon knowing, that what was found
necessary to do would be for the bene
fit of all and in furtherance of the
The new year may be considered
automatic machinery, and following
the same routine with its continual,
deadly monotonous round of toil, those
of us whose employment is varied will
realize how this bites into the soul
of a man or a woman and tends to
NILES BEMENT POND CO.
Must Recognize Unionists In
Controversy at Plain
Washington.—Ex-Governor Lind of
Minnesota', acting as umpire for the
National War Labor Board, in the case
off organized machinists versus the
Nilet-Bemend Pond company of Plain
field, New Jersey, rules that these
workers are entitled to present griev
ances to the company through repre-
MODERN PLUMBING GO.
139 MARKET STREET
Plumbing, Steam, Hot Water, Gas Fitting
PROMPT SERVICE. GIVE US
JOHN P. KENN—
Props.—JOHN A. H0LZ8ER6ER
Bell 428-L-PHONES—Home 751-M
To Postal Employes' Organi
zation In Report To Congress
Asks That Right Given Tq
Affiliate With A. F. of L.^
Burleson reaffirms his hostility to the
postal employes' organization in his
report to Congress. „ilis last year's
report is as follows:
"The conduct of these organizations
at this tim^ is incompatible with the
principles of civil service and with
good administration of^he postal ser
vice. They are fast becoming a men
ace to public welfare, and should no
longer be tolerated or coqdoned. (It
is earnestly recommended that the pro
vision in the act of August 24, 1918
(giving employes the right to petition
Congress and to affiliate with the A.
F. of L.) be repealed."
There i3 no reason to anticipate that
Congress will give heed to the demand
of the Postmaster General that the
postal employes shall Jbe deprived of
their statutory right of associating to
gether for their mutual betterment.
as almost symbolic of the new time
to come. Readjustment, reconstruc
tion, faces the entire world. We have
passed through the fires of hell, and
we have ccme forth with a new vision,
fired with a new zeal to deal forth
justice for all mankind, and to rid the
world forever of the destructive forces
that would debase our morality and
destroy the best that is in us.
The organized workers of America
did not need this cleansing fire, en
tailing such sacrifices of blood and
wealth. Labor's motives have always
been for the common weal. Its hopes
have always been bound up inextric
ably with those of the great majority
of the people. Its viewpoint has al
ways been: "How much good for how
And so labor faces the hew year and
confidently, secure in the knowledge
of having done its uttermost in the
performance of a noble task ready
to give service for the good of all our
people and our Republic confident
that good will, justice, freedom and
democracy will prevail over the whole
sentatives of their own choice "wheth
er such representatives be at the time
an employe in the establishment or
The company employs between 300
and 400 men, 90 per cent of whom are
union. The demand for the union shop
was not involved in the wage con
troversy, but the company refused to
treat with the union's representative
on the ground that he was not an em
ploye. The company justified_ its ac
tion on the ground that the national
war labor boai'd had declared where
union and non-union men work to
gether and the employer meets only
with employes engaged in 'fcuch estab
lishments, the continuance of such
conditions shall not be deemed a griev
The workers show that prior to last
year grievances were handled by union
representatives, but that lately a
change has been made. Umpire Lind
holds that the ruling of the company
referred to contains a provision that
the war labor board retains the right
to act under certain conditions.
'In an establishment where the prac
tice had been uniform one w^iy or the
othev," said the umpire, "it was quite
natuvvl for the board.to lay down the
rule that the continuance of such
practice during the war should not
constitute a grievance, but where, as
in this case, there had been an appar
ently arbitrary change, such change
might well constitute a grievance."
Return Arranged For
Importation of Mexican Anc
West Indian Labor Stopped.
Washington.—No more permits for
the importation of Mexican and West
Indian labor will be granted and per
mits already granted will be void after
January 15. Aliens permitted previ
ously to enter temporarily for war
work will be returned gradually.
Porto Ricans are not classified as
war emergency labor. The immigra
tion law vwes not apply to them, and
there are other reasons than war
emer'JSfeneies involved in their admis
sion. No change of policy 4# made
with respect to them.
Mexican farm laborers already in
this country may remain for the pres
ent crop reason, the date of their re
BUTLER COUNTY PRESS.
turn to be hereafter determined.
The department of labor aims to
bring about a total abrogation of war
emergency labor permits, but feels
that as to such for whose admission
permission has been given this must
be achieved gradually, and sufficient
notice given so that no just cause for
complaint may arise.
$14.75 A Week.
Living Cost of Single Woman,
Declares Garment. Work
San Francisco.—Mrs. Sarah Hagan,
chairman of the United G&Tment
Workers, appeared before the indus
trial welfare commission with docu
mentary evidence to show that the cost
of living of a single woman in these
times, without putting an^lhing aside
for a rainy day, is $14.75 a week. Her
list shows such items as wholesome
food, substantial clothing, one picture
show "a week and 10 cents for church
plate. The purpose of the meeting
was the proposed readjustment of the
wage schedule for women to fit post
war conditions. No decision was
reached. Representatives of employ
ers advocated a national wage scale
in order that there might be no dis
advantage suffered by any of the var
A P® I*
STRIKE TO GAIN INCREASE.
St. Louis, Mo.,—The commercial
members of Photo-Engravers' union
No. 10 were compelled to foi*ce the
issue by striking when the employers
refused at increase. The cessation of
work was of short duration. The new
agreement runs for a period of "hree
years. It raises the scale of wages
from $28 to $35 and stipulates a 44
hour week, to go into effect January
1, 1920. Back pay from December 1
is also provided for. Other improve*
ments are stipulated and*the agree
ment is regarded as satisfactory by
FOR THE PRESS
Store Vkd.n SHOES, 215 Court St.
Bl'TCHERS WIN EIGHT HOI US.
Bakerfield, Cal..—The Butchers'
union here has just signed a new sc^le
agreement that concedes them the
tlight-hour day. It is asserted that
this is the first butchers' union in the
United States to secure that recogni
tion. Th agreement also provides
that no Japs or Chinese are to be hired
in the hui^her shops.
SPANISH WORKERS UNITING.
Oakland. Cal.,—As the result of an
intensive campaign being carried on
among the Spanish workers in the
shipyards large numbers of them are
becoming members of the Shipping
Laborers' union. Heretofore these
workers were apparently reluctant
about accepting membership in unions,
WANT AN 8-HOUR DAY.
New Orleans,—A new wage and
working agreement has been present
ed to the employing bakers by repre
sentative of Bakery Workers' union
No. 35. It calls for eight hours and
time and one half for overtime. As
the trade is well organized little op
position is anticipated. The minimum
wage is $22 and the maximum $3G.
FROM A FUTURE NOVEL
Their eyes metski.
With a great sobovitch she sank
into his armski.
"Curakoff youski!" he cried-ovitch.
He kissigoffed her againski and
"Ahaski!" she sneerediski, "at
ervitch we have hererotFski!"
"Gawdski," he exclaimed, "al tny
life I have beenovitch a damphoolski!"
AS MAN TO MAN
"Yo.ir wife says you have her ter
"I do not ask you this in my official
capacity, but as man to man. Do you
"Yes, your honor."
"What's your secret Kansas
i n i n o
Is thoroughly prepared to furnish everybody
with high~class Printing such as Catalogues,
Circulars, Letterheads, Bill Heads, State
ments, Wedding Invitations, Business Cards',
Calling Cards, Envelopes, Noteheads, in fact
everything in the line of Commercial Printing.
i a e
o rrm i n
Is the only kind of work turned out at this
office. No matter how small the job, if it is
worth doing, it is worth doing well.
We Print Promptly and
Washington—Ten ne\? strikes and
twenty-three industrial dispute-, were
brought to the attention of the divi
sion of conciliation during last week.
Seven cases, including four of the
strikes, were adjusted 22 are pending
and 4 are reported unclassified. Dur
ing the same period 2(5 cases previous
ly reported were adjusted. These af
about 12,000 workmen.
FORM STATE BODY.
Nashville, Tenn.,—Postal employes
of the state held a most suevressful
mass meeting. Representatives from
all sections of the state were present.
A permanent organization to be
known as the Tennessee state associa
tion of postal employes was formed.
The purpose of the new organization
is to better the postal service and the
wording conditions of postal employes.
PATTERN MAKERS' UNION
harrisburg, Pa.r—The pattern mak
ers have finally succeded in complet
ing their r.nion and electing a full set
of officers. The work of securing the
organization required continued close
application '»nd much effort on the
part of representatives of that league.
Named shoes are frequently made in
Do NOT BUY ANY SHOH
No matter what its name, unless it bears a plain
and readaMe impression of
This UNION STAMP
All shoes without the UNION STAMP air always Non-l nion
Do not accept any excuse for Absence of the UNION STAMP
Boot and Shoe Workers' Union
246 Summer Street, Boston, Mass.
John F. Tobin, Pres. Charles L. Baloe, Sec.-Treas
Tear Out—Fill in—Hand Letter-Carrier—or Mail to Post Office
S TO THE LOCAL POSTMASTER: Kindly have letter-carrier deliver S
to me on _jLior which 1 will pay on delivery: 5
.$5. U.S. WAR-SAVINGS STAMPS at$ A each
,25c. U. S. THRIFT STAMPS at 25c. each.
W. S. S. COST DURING 1918
April $4.15 I July $4 18 I Oct. $4.21
May 4.16 I Aug. 4.19 I Nov. 4.22
June 4.17 I Sept. 4.20 I Dec. 4 23
W. S. S. WORTH $5.00 JANUARY I, 1923
Next door to Ather
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