Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
OBSERVATIONS ON THE TROUBLE BETWEEN THE
NEWSPAPERS AND THEIR EMPLOYERS m
The average man who does not belong to a labbr union may;
thmk he has no personal interest in the war between capital and
labor now started by the Chicago Publishers' Association. He may; '
thiuk that the result will have no influence on the well-being of him
self and' family. But ithas. i
If it were nothing more than a disagreement between the pub-"
lishers and the pressmen, then the other thousands of working men
might watch thevpressmen reduced to slavery and not suffer an
empty stomach themselves. , y
r The truth is, however, that every man, woman and child not
in the capitalist class will be affected in some measure by the result
of this lockout. . . -"
Undoubtedly the publishers expected to keep on good terms
with the stereotypers and printers while at war with the pressmen.
But once they had reduced the pressmen to slavery by establishing
the open shop, they next would have tackled the stereotypers; and
having defeated them, would have made a complete job of it by forc
ing the open shop in their composing and mailing rooms.
With the printing trades crafts thorbughly disorganized, the
publishers would then be in position to help Big Business and-the
trusts to force the open shop in every industry.
This would mean low wages and such working conditions as
the employing class might see fit to grant. It would mean the re
peal of child labor laws and all other laws organized labor has .helped
to secure for the protection of all workers, whether un jon or jiot.
And not only in Chicago, .but in every city in the United. States.
For the fight now being made'for an open shop by, the Chicago pub
lishers is only the beginning of a fight by the American Newspaper
Publishers' Association, which includes in its membership most of .
the newspapers in the United States.
If the open shop can be established in all newspaper offices
throughout the country, then Big Business, through its grip on the
newspapers, will be in position toJ force the open shop everywhere'
and in very industry. ' - ' '
When-wages are, cut down in organized labor, then uporganize'd
labor suffers too. Wages are kept up with unorganized labor only ,
while it 'is necessary to "keep unorganized labor fighting Organized
labor. Once union labor is cfestroyed,, the only support non-union T
labor has is taken away, and wageswill be reduced everywhere.
High wages to non-union1 labor during a strike or lockout is
rfterely a way of bribing workers to help crush1 . their organized-