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i lf V i s, *t *r' */i:h 1 fX r« -Jp*z P.- 9V ^"ft »»s,*^"*a~ r^,, «t V-" fe^' u& .' -X'. j?*' ,'* t-** %c •W:. 4'T -.tr!$- ', %r ^•-jr- •V* Jfcr-' 1 VOL. XXIV. No. 48 4,* Washington. President Coolidge Has signed the postal workers' wage bill, which l'aises wages $300 a year, dating back to January 1. This was the hardest fight for wage increases that was ever inaugurated by govern merit employes, and is a defeat for the bureaucracy of the postoffice de partment, wjiich opposed the measure. At the first session of this congress the increase was approved by an al most unanimous vote, but was reject ed by the president on the ground that there were many applicants for v cancies, that present rates are coi parable to similar work in private employment, and that the bill did not provide _fo£ .raising the necessary revenue. The veto was upheld in the senate by the narrow margin of one vote Every pressure was applied to sen ators, and the two-thirds vote was secured by the president, although the bill passed the senate with but three dissenting votes. In the new bill, just signed by the president, congress lowered rates for newspapers, instead of raising rates, as urged by the postoffice department. The later insisted that second-class matter causes an annual deficit of $74,000,000. The newspapers cham pioned the first wage bill, and the postal workers claim that the post office department would drive this support from them by placing an ex traordinary cost on publishers. The $74,000,000 deficit yras also hotly de nied by friends of the bill in both branches of congress. The law makers refused to join the question of a living wage with deficits of the department, many of which can be traced to the bureaucracy. •The duty at hand, without any distortion of issues whatever," said Congressman Clyde Kelly, whfl intro duced both bills in the house, "is to pass this bill which grants a living wage to postal workers. Let us do our duty." At the eleventh hour the Chamber of Commerce of the United States announced that a referendum of its affiliates showed overwhelming oppo sition to the bill, but this, too, failed to affect congress. The bill increases the cost of parcel post service. This, and other charges, will undoubtedly result in the claim that the postal workers are responsi ble for the additional tax. The postal workers protested Ensemble Suits THERE Coats .. NEW Spring Hats IT'S -r v »'/..•*%. -^"5'+ M" Postal Workers Win Wage I Increase Bureaucracy Routed in Long Contest Mf, \p against the new principle that the de partment's social and economic value he ignored and that a living wage should be based on the amount of revenue received. These workers repeatedly pointed out that they perform many functions other than handling mail, for which they receive no credit. During the war, when the government desired a census of hogs throughout the na tion, the postoffice department quickly secured this information that would cost millions of dollars if at tempted by any other branch of the government. The department sold practically all of the war savings stamps and 75 per cent of the Liberty bonds. These instances are cited by the postal workers to show the impossibility of placing the department on a dollars and-cents basis. It is-as impossible to find a satisfactory basis for this position, they say, as it would be if the government attempted to put its department of commerce or depart ment of agriculture on a profit-and loss basis. The unions of postal workers affil iated to the A. F. of L. directed the successful wage fight. Three or four company "unions" that are petted by department officialdom took no part in this movement for a living wage. PENSIONS PAID MOTHERS Toronto* Ontario. During the month of January the mothers' allow ance commission of this province ex pended $147,796 for the benefit of mothers and .dependent children. The beiveficiaries included 3,385 widows and 487 wives of incapacitated hus bands. INSURANCE FOR OIL WORKERS Fort Worth, Texas.—Officers of the Oil Field, Gas Well and Refinery Workers announce that the new form of group insurance, approved by the last convention,:-will become effective April I.- This insurance will be compulsory and will cost $4.80 per year for $500. Because the international officers act as general agent for the insurance company, about 80 per cent of the cost for insurance in this hazardous industry is eliminated. Spring Fashions of Distinction A glorious Collection of The Newest and ^Finest creations in wearing Apparel is no question about the decided smartness of the Ensemble Suit for Spring. Developed in ottoman silk, flannel, bengaline, charmeen, canton and twills, with plain or figured frocks to match. Some are fur trimmed. Models for women models for misses. Charming Dresses HIGH colors are fashions most favored and include wigwam, pigtail, harvest, cocoa, tan, flemish lip stick, paleno cinnamon, navy and black. The materials are crepe romaine, figured georgette, printed silks, satin and lace combinations, aduba crepe. Some are liwe trimmed.and applique. coats in the sftiSriesf modes decreed by Fashion for Spring. They are displayed in twills, vertical cords, charmeen, ottoman silk and satin. Some have braid or fur trimming. Some are tailored with velvet cdllars. Models for every occasion and at every price. style that makes the heads go round! This sea son especially the smart new things in hats are enough to turn the soberest head. You'll simply adore them. Distinction breathes from these model hats, from each fold of rich fabric, from each new, note of trimming: _, 'r±~h.* 7v* CRO-JS WORC PUlll- By International Labor News Service. Washington, D. C.—Belief that the Pan-American Federation of Labor is a strong influence for peace between the United States and the nations of Latin-America was emphasized by President William Green, of -the American Federation of Labor, in ac cepting the chairmanship of the Pan American Federation. "I can not believe," said Mr. Green, "that there can be resort to the sword in the settlement of any disputes that SPRING HOUSE CLEANING WILL SOON BE HERE —Belw we mention some of the things you may need and which can be procured iiere at reasonable prices. ROYAL WILTON RUGS $92.50 and $145.00 AXMINSTER RUGS $31.50 to $59.50 VELVET RUGS $37.75 to $65.00 INLAID LINOLEUM $1.85 to $2.95 yd. PRINTED LINOLEUM $1.25 and $1.50 si*, yd. CONGOLEUM RUGS 9x12, $18.00 FRINGED SHADES 36x6, $1.50 RUFFLED CURTAILS $1.00 to $2.98 pr. TP' Vs I.)"II I II nil. ini» 1 l~ SH-H-H-H-H he's working? O0T HI5 INCOME. PUZZLE No War Between Americas Should Be Motto of Labor, Says American Executive Green Sees Pan-American Federation of Labor as Great Force For Peace arise between the Latin-American countries and the United States so long as we maintain this economic force strong and powerful. It wield ed influence in that direction even in the days when it was weak, and as it becomes strong and powerful and in fluential it can in an increasing way render influence in the furtherance of peace and good will and understand ing- Labor Should Put Ban on War "Our motto should be that there shall never be any war between the Latin-American republics and the United States of America. We should be devoted toward the promotion of that understanding and that happy ending, and then through the promo tion of understanding, good will and co-operation among the workers, these other things are bound to follow. "I want the people in Latin-Amer lca to understand that as President Gompers served them with all his heart and his soul and his strength, giving his last full measure of devo tion—his life—to the cause of the Pan-American Federation of Labor, I shall in my feeble and humble way give the best of service, of talent, thought and judgment toward the promotion of our common welfare, the promotion of solidarity, of under standing, of good will, of co-operation and if we shall work together through this instrumentality, building it up, making it stronger, increasing its in fluence in a tremendous potential field, w will make of this Pan-American Federation of Labor a powerful influ ence in the political, economic and social affairs in the republics of Latin America and of our United States of America." Pays Tribute to Gompers Mr. Green paid a warm tribute to the late Samuel Gompers, founder and chief inspiration of the Pan-American Federation of Labor, whom he suc ceeds as chairman of the federation, Declaring that the. Pan-American Federation lay very closely to the heart of Mr. Gompers, he said: "Mr. Gompers looked upon the fed eration as a father looks upon his child. It was in a large measure his creature, his own child he treasured it, he cherished it. He saw, perhaps, with an eye of vision more than we saw, the wonderful service that this highly organized, highly developed Pan-American Federation of Labor could render the service of world peace, of public welfare, of the eco nomic development of these great countries, and the promotion of fra ternity and good will." Mr. Green's election as chairman of the Pan-American Federation of La bor took place at a meeting of repre sentatives of the federation held in the A. F. of L. building. Executive Council Recommends Green Matthew Woll presided at the meet ing, which was held to consider a rec ommendation made by the executive council of the Pan-American Federa tion that Mr. Green be chosen chair man of the federation to succeed Samuel Gompers. In announcing that the executive council had recommended the election t? HAMILTON, OHIO, FRIDAY, MARCH 13,1925 W* ifr iflT of Mr. Green to the chairmanship, Mr. Woll said: "I have no desire to press upon you words of eulogy of the great ability, capability and competence of Mr. Green to fill the office which the ex ecutive council recommends for your approval. Suffice it to say that when the executive council of the American Federation of Labor was confronted with the task and responsibility of selecting a successor to Samuel Gom pers, having canvassed the entire field and having given most thorough consideration to those most fitted to fill the office of president of the American Federation of Labor, in William Green found the man best suited to fill those duties." Green Chosen as Chairman Following expressions of regret at the passing of Mr. Gompers, the rec ommendation of the executive council in regard to Mr. Green was placed before the meeting and was indorsed by unanimous vote, Secretary Frank Morrison, of the American Federation of Labor being instructed to cast a ballot for Mr. Green. Representa tives of the various Pan-American labor organizations present expressed their approval of the executive coun cil's choice and spoke in warm praise of Mr. Green's services to the labor movement. George L. Berry, presi dent of the International Printing Pressmen's and Assistants' Union, who was present, also spoke in com mendation of the executive council's choice. A tribute to Samuel Gompers and greetings to President Green were ex tended in a letter from Chester Wright, English language secretary of the Pan-American Federation, who was absent from the city. ALIEN TIDAL WAVE Raised By Rail Company Propaganda Floods West ern Canada Vancouver, British Columbia.—The Canadian Pacific Raliway Company is flooding the Canadian west coast with immigrants. Agents of this corpora tion are in European countries and are spreading their story of vast fields of uncultivated lands that await willing hands. The immigrants are shipped on P. R. vessels and landed at all point along that system. Ten thousam WHEN YOU NEED THE SERVICES OF A RELIABLE DRUG STORE —CALL ON RADCLIFFE The Rexall Store Cor. High and Second Sts. LET US DEVELOP YOUR PICTURES By Staff Correspondent, International Labor News Service. Chicago.—The union label and or ganizing drive inaugurated by the Chicago printing trades unionis on October 10 last and still under way, is the biggest and most successful movement of its kind ever known in the history of the industry in this city. The campaign has been so success ful that it has attracted attention in other cities, and inquiries have been coming in as to the methods em ployed. President James O. Ames, of Louisville Typographical Union No. 10 recently visited Chicago to inquire into matters, and Representative Ralph M. Moore, of the International Typographical Union, came here on the sairte errand at about the same time. Fifteen Unions Help There are 15 unions affiliated with the Chicago Allied Printing Trades Council, and all are giving hearty co operation to the campaign, cheerfully contributing the funds to carry on the work. Ninety shops have been union ized since January 1, 1924, at least 75 per cent of them since the label drive was started. The open shoppers have been made frantic as a result of the activities of the printing trades unions, and nu merous appeals have been issued from the headquarters of the Open Shop Employing Printers' Association urg ing the members to get busy and head off the "menace." men are scheduled to arrive from Sweden in the near future. Large numbers of immigrants re cently arrived in this city and re mained in the immigration buildings until the C. P. R. found them work. That was one obligation which the railroad kept—even though it means small wages or ousting workers they had previously found work for. "City hall politicians may Wail about men coming from the prairies to winter in Vancouver, but they never whimper about trainloads brought in from Europe by the C. P. R.," says the Labor Statesman, own ed by the local central trade union. "True, the resources of this coun try are vast, and plenty of land is available for cultivation," says the la bor paper, "but the big drawback, the factor that is driving men off the land and making it almost impossible for those who stay on it. to live, is y Chicago Printing Trades Stir Nation-Wide Interest With Big Union Label Drive 1 PABCOLIN Rugs & Yard Goods So as to get— rv i v -s*c ONE DOLLAR PER YEAR "Open Shoppers'* Alarmed R. J. Tufts, secretary of the opcft, shoppers' organization, sent out not ices calling for a special meeting to, "take definite steps for action." Mr. Tufts said in his circular letter: "For some time past this office hat been receiving a number of telephone calls regarding the activities of the unions in their union label drive, and in several cases have been successful in taking away business from our members where the unions have gone to their customers direct. In one case they secured the co-operation of the Musicians' Union to such an extent that the musicians threatened to walk out if this particular program did not bear the union label. The order for the programs was withdrawn from the shope of one of our members and placed with a union firm. This, I be lieve, is the forerunner of reoccur rences that may happen unless this organization takes definite steps for action. "About a year ago our organization published the Open Shop Directory, which was mailed to about 15,000 buy ers of printing, and before another is sue is published we believe it advis able to present this matter of the union label drive before our entire membership. This union label drive possibly does not affect many of our members, but there are a great many members that it does affect, and we believe that you should be interested in helping your fellow member." the cost of production. "Machinery prices are sky high. Every accessory that the farmer needs in the production of food products costs an exorbitant price. His taxes mount higher, and recent surveys show that there is an ever increasing number leaving the farms. 'The fact of the matter is that there are a great many changes need ed in our social system before this country can properly care for the thousands of immigrants that are headed this way by the C. P. R." GAINS FOR OLD AGE PENSION Indianapolis.—While the house re jected an old age pension bill, trade unionists believe they have made progress in this fight. The proposal was accepted by the senate, and law makers in both branches gave wide publicity to the question. Reasons why you should buy The most beautiful patterns. Harmonious colors suitable for every room. An easy-to-clean surface. Lowest price. 30 more wearing surface. An improvement on print linoleum. See the beautiful patterns now on display here Special Prices for Saturday-per yard 69c 9x12 $14.95 9x10-6 $13.10 9x9 i K-R-E-B-S 9x7-6 $9.45 $11.25 SEE THE STREET AND SIDEWALK TEST •-1?" '''••*. ~V .. '-, fJ!% \rai. in 4 -Si 4 v 4 9x6 $7.50 St •, V"4*!