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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 24, 1913, Image 3

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should have been consulted before so
sweeping an o'-der t-'se givn; others
that they could not honorably violate
their contracts with their employes;
others that the executive committee
could go jump In the lake.
From the moment It became ap
parent that the lockout order was
not going to be generally obeyed,
gloom descended on the members of
the inner circle.
They called in E. N. Craig, who
is called the secretary of the execu
tive council of the Building and Con
struction Employers' Association, but
who really is a walking delegate
hired by the inner circle to see that
men are locked out when ordered
locked out by them, and told him to
get busy.
Walking Delegate Craig gof busy.
The immediate result of this was that
the suburban contractors, who now
have thousands of jobs on hana got
together and decided not to lock, out
one single man.
The gloom around the Inner circle
deepened, and Walking Delegate
Craig became a mere smudge, to
look at whom was to weep out of
sheer sympathy.
Neither was joy brought to the
inner circle when the County Board,
alarmed by the stopping of work on
the badly needed new County Hospi
tal through the lockout order, called
upon them to end the lockout on that
one building at least for the sake of
Chicago's suffering poor.
About the same time Commis
sioner of Public Works McGann lifted
his voice unto heaven in a noisy de
mand to know why work had been
stopped on four new city bridges
the Indiana avenue, the Thirty-fifth
street, the Chicago avenue and the
Ninety-second street
There was no answer at first to
Commissioner McGann's loud ques
tioning, so Commissioner McGann
continued to question, doing so very
loudly and clearly, and using the
mayor's ear as a trumpet some part
of the time.
Hien messengers from the Inner
circle of the bosses' association c&iue
to McGann from afar, and patted him
Lon the back, and offered to buy him
drinks and cigars? and said it was all
But McGann, being a single-minded
person, let his mind continue to
run on a one-track road and loudly
and profanely demanded once more
to know why work had been stopped
on four city bridges.
"It's a lockout," said the delegates
from the inner circle of the bosses,
"we have locked out our men."
"Whaddya mean a lockout?" de
manded McGann.
"Why," explained the messenger,
"we've locked out all union men. on
all jobs, private jobs as well as city
"What s'trouble?" demanded Mc
Gann. "Have1 trouble men working
on these bridges?"
"No," said the messenger, plainly
becoming nervous, "but you see 250
marble workers on the Continental &
Commercial Bank building laid down
their tools and went out on strike,
and it was a shame and an outrage,
because these marble workers were
being treated like like well, they
were being treatd all right anyhow,
and thy )ust walked out because the
Thompson-Starrett Company was
employing non-union marble workers
on the new Marshall Field museum
at least, I don't think that's right; I
think it was some firm that was
working for the Thompson-Starrett
Company on the new aMrshall Field
museum that employed the non
union marble workers, but anyway
the men on the Continental & Com
mercial Bank building walked out
because of it, whatever it was, .and
then, of course, we employers had to
protect ourselves, and so we sent the
Building Trades notice they couldn't
answer in the time we gave them, and
then we ordered a lockout and now
25,000 men are out, and 20,000 men
are idle, and It's all the fault of, those
pesky two hundred and fifty marble

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