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The day book. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 16, 1913, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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As the Hearst papers started the lockout, organized labor started thel?
.light first on the Hearst papers. It was believed that the pressmen's lock
out was. but the beginning of an open shop war in Chicago, which would
extend to all trades once the newspapers established the open shop in their
own plants. -
Soon after the Chicago Federation of Labor had taken action by a refer
endum vote, the Hearst managers began honeying up to President Simon
O'Donnell of the Building Trades
Council and began running an alleged
labor column, which was devoted ex
clusively to news about O'Donnell's
council. Next came the deal between
Hearst and O'Donnell, which has
caused all the trouble.
It was taken to be-a move by the
Hearst forces to defeat organized
labor in Chicago with the Building
Trades Council, aild to divide up the
forces of unionism by arraying one
big organization against another.
Some believed it was an underhand
attack on the Chicago Federation of
Labor itself, and a vital part of the
fight to establish the open shop in all
industries in Chicago.
This is what started the present
agitation, and the whole thing will be
brought out at tomorrow's meeting
of the C. F. of L. .
Fred Hopp, recording secretary of
the Chicago Trades Union Label
-League,- has sent a' protest to the
Building Trades Council denouncing
the Hearst papers as scab sheets, and
many other communications of pro
test have been sent to that body,
some of them being from internation
al officers.
It is expected that there will be a
very large attendance at tomorrow's
meeting of the C. F. of L., and that
Hearst's attitude toward organized
labor, and Simon O'Donnell's alliance
with Hearst, will be the chief topic
for discussion.
Very likely the painters and car
penters, with 32,500 members in Chi
cago, and two of the most important
unions in the Building Trades Coun
cil, will have their representatives on
handio lead the fight for strong reso
lutions of protest and denunciation.
W. F. Kramer, international secre
tary of the International Brotherhood
of Blacksmiths and Helpers, said to
day that he had sent to President
Simon- O'Donnell of the Chicago
Building Trades Council and to the
Chicago Federation of Labor, pro
tests against the action of the Build
ing Trades Council in making a deal
with Hearst to get out a trades union
edition of the Examiner.
The protests were sent in the name
of the international. The locals of this
international meet tonight, and are
expected to take action.
"O'Donnell is trying with the
Building Trades Council to lift a boy
cott on the Hearst papers that he had
no hand in helping to put on," said
Mr. Kramer. "It was the Chicago
Federation of Labor, with no help
from O'Donnell, that put the Hearst
papers on the unfair list."
The following letter to The- Day
Book from K. G. Torkelson, record
ing secretary of Local No. 181 of the
Carpenters and Joiners of America,
expresses the feeling of 1,523 mem
bers of this local toward the labor
edition of the Examiner:
"At a meeting of the above local
of carpenters I was on motion in
structed to forward to the press the
protest of 1,523 members of above
local against the action of President
John A. Metz of our district council
allowing to be printed in the Exam
iner that 22,500 carpenters endorse
the labor section printed under the
supervision of S. O'Donnell.
"This local does not approve of
said sheet nor in any wish to inter
fere with the interests of the print
ing trades during any controversy,
either with Hearst or anyone else
and hope we will "be so understood
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