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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 15, 1913, Image 3

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cancelled. The pressmen of the Ex
aminer and tha American are abso
lutely non-union. Kindly wire me
And some delegate might ask'
Peter J. Shaughnessy whether he
didn't get a similar telegram from
President Berry.
, They might also ask both O'Don
nell and Shaughnessy whether either
of them answered President Berry's
telegram; and if they did, then to
read the answer.
The delegates to the Chicago
Building Trades are entitled to all
the information President O'Donnell
has in this matter. They have a
right to have read every communica
tion O'Donnell or the secretary has
received. They have a right to know
the terms. of. O'Donnell's contract
with Hearst and Andy Lawrence, and
whether the council is to get the pror
ceeds.or somebody else.
They have a right to. know how
much of the council's time O'Donnell
is spending in his swell headquarters
in the Hearst building, while working
for Hearst as editor-in-chief of
Hearst's Examiner so-called trades
union edition; and they have a right
to know what, if anything, O'Donnell
is getting out of this deal himself for
his services as editor.
Tonight is a good time for a show
down between President Simon
O'Donnell and the rank and file of
the unions in the building trades.
And every delegate ought to be on
Whether this Hearsf-O'Donnell
deal will help or harm organized la
bor in Chicago depends largely upon
the rank and file and their dele
gates to the council. If it results in
the members of the unions asserting
their independence and their man
hood, and insisting that their officers
represent and obey the members,
then it will clear the atmosphere and
make organized labor stronger than
For that will mean taking labor
bosses off their throne. and putting
true labor leaders in their place.
But if the members lie down Fido
and be good dogs, then organized
labor will be worse off than it was
before, and members of unions will
be little better than slaves of labor
If ever there was a time when real,
true, honest leadership was needed
that time is now. As this country is
supposed to be a government of the
people, by the people and for the peo-
pie, then the government of union
labbr should be government of the
members, by the members and for.
the members, and the officers should
be servants instead of masters.
Resolutions protesting against the
Hearst-O'Donnell deal were 'passed
last night at a meeting of Sheet Iron
Workers' Union No. 115. Notice was
given members that the fine of $50,
established last year for any mem-'
ber known to read a Hearst paper,
was still in effect
Strong protests against the action
of O'Donnell in the labor edition of.
the Examiner were made at a meet
ing of Box Makers' Union No, 15 last
night and resolutions passed to that
effect. A report of this action was
ordered sent to the C. F. of L. and
other central bodies.
International Brotherhood of Sta
tionary Firemen, Local No. 7, passed
resolutions heartily concurring in
the action of the Chicago Federation
of Labor in placing the American and
Examiner on the unfair list and
pledging itself to use its best endeav
ors, to make the same effective.
Chandelier Makers' Union No. 86
passed resolutions last night con
demning any labor organizations,
having any connection with the Ex
aminer labor edition or any Hearst
paper. The resolutions passed unani
mously. Bottlers' Protective Association
condemned the Hearst papers at
their meeting last night and notified
members that the fine set a year ago
for any member reading a Hearst
paper would be enforced.

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