VOL. XXV. No. 28
By International Labor News Service.
New York City.—An oversubscrip
tion of the authorized increase in cap
ital of the Federation Bank of New
York is announced by Peter J. Brady,
its president. The institution has ac
cumulated resources in excess of $12,
500,000 since it was launched a little
over two years ago. A goal of $15,
000,000 has been set for January 1.
"The increase of stock from 2,500
shares to 7,500 shares has provided an
additional $1,000,000 as safeguard for
our depositors, bringing the total cap
ital and surplus to $1,500,000," Mr.
"Since the bank was opened in
May, 1923, it has had a steady growth
until at present we can announce our
Of Senator Swanson Oppos
ed By Treasury Officials
Washington.—Treasury officials op
pose Senator Swanson's plan that fu
ture generations pay a portion of the
debt America contracted during the
world war. The Virginia lawmaker
points out that foreign nations are
allowed 62 years to liquidate their
wartime obligations to the United
States. He suggests that America
extend the time for paying its domes
tic debt from 25 years to 50 years.
An annual saving of $600,000,000 in
taxes could be effected this year by
passing on the task of retiring the
public debt to future generations.
The Washington Post, an adminis
tration organ, does not accept the
viewpoint of treasury officials. This
newspaper says that some of the best
financial experts in the country doubt
the wisdom of the plan to pay all the
debt in 25 years, while European
nations are allowed 62 years within
which to pay what they owe the
United States, and "at rates of inter
est substantially less than this gov
ern ment is paying on the money
which it borrowed from the people."
"The arguments in favor of Sen
ator Swanson's proposal are obvious.
A part of the debt burden would thus
be passed on to the coming genera
tion, which will reap the rewards of
the suffering and the sacrifices made
to win the world war," the Post says.
"If foreign nations are to be grant
ed 62 years, the question may well be
asked why our own taxpayers may
not be afforded some similar measure
of relief from the existing heavy bur
den of taxation.
"That question will be asked over
and over again in congress, and an
answer far more convincing than any
yet given must be forthcoming."
A. F. OF L. APPROVES
WEST POINT PROBE
Atlantic City.—The A. F. of L.
convention adopted a resolutnon call
ing for an investigation of the labor
policy at the West Point military
academy in building construction
The convention voted that thfe ex
ecutive council request the war de
partment to investigate the situation
and to watch army appropriations in
order that a fair wage is paid for
work done at the academy.
The Trades and Labor Council of
Greater New York complained that
Colonel Timberlake, quartermaster at
C. HELENA SPEARS
(Mrs. W. Harry Spears)
STOUT MEN and women to wear the
famous Camp Physiological Belt,
built to give you comfort. Holds
up the stomach. Lady attendant.
Biggest Labor Bank Controlled
By A. F. of Unions Now Has
Total Resources of $12,800,000
Ditgue's Cut Rate Rate Store,
242 High street. tf
Only such fine old
tobaccos, so per
could ever have
total resources in excess of $12,500,
000. This is a remarkable achieve'
ment for a labor bank and we accept
it as reflection of the confidence of
our unions, their members and the
public in our institution. We hope
by the new year to Show resources
"The increased capital is the result
of subscriptions of hundreds of labor
organizations and individuals who are
willing to co-operate with a workers'
bank conservatively administered. In
developing the Federation Bank we
have adhered to the essentials of
soundness of investment and a diver
sified control, for unions and organi
zations have been limited to 50 shares
and individuals to 25 shares."
the academy, was having work done
below the prevailing wage rates and
that in order to carry out a pon-union
policy he had evaded the law by em
It was also charged that Colonel
Timberlake, in a communication to the
council, "clearly indicated that he is
an opponent of the organized labor
movement and is aligned with anti
Laid Before President Cool
idge By Porto Rico
San Juan, Porto Rico.—In a bill of
grievances forwarded to President
Coolidge, Porto Rican trade unionists
state that living expenses here are
twice as high as in the United States,
though industrial workers are paid
an average of but $2.50 a day and
agricultural laborers from 60 cents
to $1 a day.
"Although our land has resources to
promote all classes of industrial en
terprises, three-fifths of the laboring
population lack permanent employ
ment," the Porto Ricans state.
"We have no safety laws on the
fields, factories and shops. Much of
the legislation intended to protect
labor is ignored or amended so as to
make it impracticable."
Reference is made to the last elec
tion November 4, 1924, which was
marked by "great outrages, abuses
crimes and irregularities."
"Th,e right of suffrage was practi
cally denied the people. The polls
were controlled by one political party.
The popular sovereigns could not ex
ercise their franchise.
"The law to challenge elections be
fore the courts of Porto Rico has been
repealed and the people are deprived
of legal remedies."
Labor protests against the proposal
now pending in the national congress
at Washington to increase the power
of one political party here by permit
ting it to select a governor of the is
The workers urge the president to
favor the appointment of a commis
sion to visit Porto Rico and submit
recommendations that will be of bene
fit to the economic, social and politi
cal life of the people.
URGED BY TEACHERS
Chicago.—The American Federa
tion of Teachers, affiliated to the A.
F. of L., recommends group insurance
to local federations and councils.
The federation's position is the re
sult of an investigation of the plan
being successfully operated and finan
ced the last four years by the St.
Paul Federation of Men Teachers,
through an arrangement with life in
The St. Paul plan provides sickness
and accident insurance, without physi
cal examination, for teachers less
than 59 years old.
Albany.—September employment in
this state gained 2 per cent over the
previous month, according to the state
deparmtent of labor. More than 30,
000 workers were taken on in New
York factories last month.
UNION TUNES FOR
Musicians Now 100 Per
Cent Organized With
Highest Pay in World
By International Labor News Service.
Chicago.—Recent organization of
the musicians in Chinese restaurants
and radio broadcasting studios here
enables the Chicago Federation of
Musicians to say that Chicago is a
100 per cent organized city, with a
membership of 7,000 on the rolls of
Furthermore, tfce union scale for
musicians in Chicago is the highest in
the world. The top-notch wages are
paid to the musicians playing with
the Civic Opera Company, who re-
By CHESTER M. WRIGHT
International Labor News Service
Atlantic iCty, N. J.—Important
Atlantic City, N. J.—Important
action taken by the American Federa
its convention here, winding up with
the triumphant election of President
William Green to a continuance in
office, included the following specific
1. A declaration to continue the
non-partisan political policy—belong
to no party, use all parties—and to
hold or gain 100 districts and thus
capture the next congress.
Big Union Drive Endorsed
2. Endorsement of the big national
40-week organizing campaign, start
ing the crusade with a flourish, with
an appeal by President Green for "new
zeal, new effort" in the fight to bring
all non-unionists into the fold.
3. Adoption of a report which re
cords the federation as demanding
wages increasing in proportion to the
increasing productive capacity of
modern machinery and new power
4. Adoption of a declaration favor
ing a progressively shortened work
day until eight hours become the max
imum and a lesser number the rule in
American industry—this demand bas
ed on increasing productivity.
"Monroe Doctrine" Adopted
5. Adoption of a "Monroe Doctrine
of Labor," warning old world labor
movements and internationals to keep
hands off of new world labor affairs,
a stiff declaration unmistakable in its
6. The hottest denunciation of the
soviets and communism yet adopted
by the A. F. of L.
7. Endorsement in principle of citi
zens' training camps, declination to
support idea of conscription of man
power and wealth in time of war, de-
ceive $155 a week.
Petrillo Heads Union
These ideal conditions are largely
attributable to the organizing genius
and marked executive ability of
James C. Petrillo, who was elected
president of the Chicago Federation
of Musicians three years (igo. Mr.
Petrillo, who is only 33, has become
one of the outstanding trade union
executives of Chicago in that short
length of time, and has demonstrated
the possession of business ability of a
The Chicago union musicians trust
"Jimmie" Petrillo implicitly and fol
low his leadership without question,
backing him to the limit in everything
Officers of other labor organiza
tions have found that President Pe
trillo is a square shooter and that
he will not hesitate to use the power
Big Campaign is Planned
To Capture Next Congress
Endorsement of Great Drive to Organize Non-Union
Workers, Formulation of Wage Policy Demanding
Pay Increasing With Production, Among Important
HAMILTON, OHIO, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23,1925
Re-Elected President of A. F.
A. F. of Backs Comprehensive Program
To Bring Big Benefits to American Toilers
nunciation of militarism and pacifism
8. Short shrift of amalgamationist
and one-big-unionist proposals in a
restatement of American trade union
ism and its philosophy as worked out
in America for America and as tried
9. Declaration declining to involve
the labor movement in general tariff
10. Declaration for renewed effort
and unceasing campaign to secure rat
ification of proposed child labor
11. Order for investigation of
Insurance Company Approved
12. Approval of formation by labor
of the Union Labor Life Insurance
13. Declared for continued efforts
to secure a United States department
14. Denounced communism as a
cancerous growth, endorsing the exec
utive council's declaration of war on
the red movement to "bore from
15. Unanimous rising vote to sup*
port the United Mine Workers after
eloquent speech by John L. Lewis, in
which he declared the people are "liv
ing in a fool's paradise and will have
a fool's awakening" when the anthra
cite storage supply runs out if the
operators do not cease their unyield
ing "take all, give nothing" policy.
New Injunction Policy Declared
16. Laying down new policy of
meeting the injunction issue, future
effort to be directed toward securing
congressional and legislative restric
tion or jurisdiction of equity courts
so as to send cases now claimed by
equity courts in law courts, where a
jury trial is guaranteed, where pre
sumption of innocence prevails, where
of his organization to help a sister
union of another craft.
Helps Union Printers
As illustrating his "style of pitch
ing," a recent example may be cited.
A big benefit performance for radio
artists was arranged for in one of
the leading loop theatres. An elab
orate souvenir program carrying a
very large amount of advertising was
a feature. The printing contract was
awarded to a non-union concern.
E. A. Patzke, who was then presi
dent of Chicago Typographical Union
No. 16, took the matter up with Presi
dent Petrillo, of the musicians. The
latter notified the management of the
benefit performance that there would
be no music on the big night unless
the printing of the program was done
under union conditions. The job was
pulled from the non-union house and
given to a union firm.
••excessive punishment is denied, and
where contempt is absent, a decision
of tremendous importance to labor.
17. Vigorous condemnation of the
campaign of Vice President Dawes for
senate cloture as in interests of the
reactionaries and designed to end free
speech and free legislation in the sen
18. Welcomed settlement by Presi
dent Green, of jurisdictional dispute
between street car men and team
19. Endorsement of the workers'
educational bureau and its work.
20. Endorsement of the executive
council's program of research work.
Heatrola in 1921. It was so differ
ent in appearance and operation
from anything known before.
But Heatrola "worked!" From the
day of the first installation, its suc
cess was assured. For Heatrola,
handsome as a fine mahogany cab
inet, and as easy to keep clean, does
the work of a basement furnace! It
keeps every room in the house, up
stairs and down, cozy and snug in
By International Labor News Service.
Washington, D. C.—Warning that
a bill for the registration and finger
printing of aliens will be pressed in
the next congress is given by the
executive council of the American
Federation of Labor in its annual re
port submitted to the recent Atlantic
That the warning is timely is in
dicated by reports that friends of the
bill are active in its behalf and are
already seeking to line up congress
men for its support.
Bill is Denounced
The bill, which provides for the reg
istration and finger printing of the
8,000,000 aliens now in the United
States and all who come hereafter,
was introduced in the last congress
by Representative Aswell, of Louis
iana. No action was taken on it,
but it will be pressed in the coming
session of congress, says the A. F.
of L. executive council, which goes
on to denounce the bill, saying:
"Here are some of the provisions of
the bill which are so objectionable
that it is impossible to beileve any
American would sponsor such an un
"If an alien leaves the district in
which he is registered he shall report
at such times and places and give
such information in regard to his
movements as may be required by
Must Be Fingerprinted
"Each registration of identification
shall contain a photograph of the
alien, his fingerprints and other in
"If the alien is arrested or convicted
of any offense such cases must be
entered on the registration certificate.
"In an emergency the president in
the interest of national defense may
by proclamation require all or any
part of the alien population to report
at such times and places as he shall
"Whenever an alien changes his
name, or his physical appearance is
changed materially, he must report
it to the post office in the district
in which he is registered.
"Keepers of hotels, lodging houses
or boarding houses must report any
alien in their employ and in the case
of new guests, lodgers or employes
report must be made within 12 hours
after their arrival. This applies to
corporations, partnerships and other
associations as well as individuals.
Broad Powers For Inspectors
A Daring Departure in 1921
.. today, the nation's standard
for small home heating
EAUTIFUL, yes, but will it
work?" CMany questions,
like this one, greeted the
There is only one
ESTATE BUILDS IT
a^.1 *4_- ,•"
Labor Warns Un-American Bill 4
For Registering Aliens Will jl ft
Be Pressed in Next Congress I
"An inspector may enter any place
in which he has reason to believe an
alien is present and demand of any
person any information necessary to
carry out the provisions of the act
and to arrest or detain any person
who refuses him entry or refuses to
give such information.
"If the alien after registering for
five years can read, write and speak
the English language understanding!^
and has complied in all other respects
with the naturalization laws he can be
admitted to citizenship.
"Some of those who are supporting
the measure contend that it should in
clude all persons in the United States.
The law does not apply solely to
adudts as the bill provides that all
aliens under 16 years of age may be
registered by their parents or guard
ians, but upon reaching the age of
16 years they shall register in person."
Workers Hit the Ball
Only one shop remains unorganiz
ed and there are strikes in two other
shops. Settlement of the strikes is
expected in the nesr future.
The 44-hour week has been estab
lished in this industry in Chicago.
The minimum scale for day work is
85 cents an hour and $1 an hour for
Previous to organization of local
Union No. 20, many of the employes
in this industry here were compelled
to work from 60 to 65 hours a week,
it is said, and the manufacturers ab
solutely dictated the wages paid.
HOD CARRIERS RAISE WAGES
Portland, Ore.—The state concilia
tion board has raised wages of hod
carriers from $ 8to $9 a day. The
unionists show that the increase will*
mean an added cost of plastering of
not more than one-half a cent a
coldest weather. And requires no
more fuel than any stove requires.
Tens of thousands of homes enjoy
ed Heatrola's furnace comfort last
Winter—many thousands more will
own Heatrolas before snow flies.
Right here in this community, the
homes of many of your neighbors
are kept warm by this modern heat
ing method. Let us show you these
Heatrolas, and tell you how easily
you can own one, too. Phone us—
now, before Fall advances further.
By International Labor News Service.
Chicago.—A nearly 100 per cent
organization of the fancy leather
goods workers of Chicago has been
effected by the United Leather Work
ers' International Union, W. E.
Bryan, general president, claims,
since last January.
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