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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 12, 1912, Image 11

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By Max S. Hayes, for JL4 years
delegate to A. F. of L. National
Rochester, N. Y., Nov. 12. -It
is as good as settled that John P.
White, president of the United
Mine Workers, ,is going to separ
ate John Mitchell from the posi
tion of second vice president of
the American Federation of
It is possible that Mitchell will
retire voluntarily. If he doesn't
White will make a fight for his
seat. " White's friends claim that
as the active head of the greatest
single labor organization on this
continent he is entitled to the
position to which he aspires.
In fact, some of the delegates
to ithe American Federation of
Labor are urging that White be
put forward for Gompers' place
as president, but that would ne
cessitate his retiring frohi the
presidency of the miners, which
he doesn't desire to do at this
time. Today the United Mine
Workers has Teached the highest
mark in point of membership in
its history, with 370,000 men en
rolled. White has refused to become
embroiled in any factionalism be
tween Mitchell and Tom Lewis,
his predecessors. . The latter is
serving his last term as delegate
to these A. F. of L. conventions
and will be completely out of of
fice in the miners' organization
after next January.
It is also quite certain that
machinists; W.. D. Huher, fifth
vice president and retiring presi
dent of the carpenters, and John
B. Lennon, treasurer and former
chief executive of the tailors, will
fallow Mitchell into retirement
W. H. Xohnston- has -the inside
track for O'Cdnnell's' positidn,
and Fred .Wheeler of" Los An
geles, is spoken of as a candidate
to succeed Huber. It Is possible,
in fact, thdt every present A. F
mm- &3Hm
mm -SIfe
' John P. White.
of L. official must fight 'for re-
It was noticeable that Gompers
annual r'e'port to the convention
evoked but slight comment and
very little "enthusiasm. It show
ed that the growth of the federa
tion during the past year waff
hardly perceptible and thafe-little
progress has been mide along
James O'Connell, third- vice pres- I political and legislative lines.
ident and formerly head of the Naturally the radicals are chaf-i

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