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"I am informed that the Chicago Building Trades Council is negotiating
for the publication of the Chicago Examiner on Labor Day. I cannot believe
that your Council would pursue such a course in view of the fact that the
Examiner and the American are both unfair to organized labor due to the
lockout imposed upon the members of our International Union. Certainly
your council could not tolerate a newspaper which Is responsible for the
crimes and abuses heaped upon members of our union and the deaths that
have been committed on members of the Street Car Men's .Union. If con
sideration has been given the use of the columns of the Examiner I would
urge that, for the sake of unionism if not for humanity, that all negotia
tions be cancelled. The pressroom of the Examiner and the American are
absolutely non-union. Kindly wire me answer."
It will be noted that the telegram quoted above was transmitted to you
on the 5th day of August, this is the 18th and to date I have received no
answer from you in respect to this very important matter.
I do know that you are thoroughly informed as to the protests of or?
ganized labor in general against the action that you have taken in allying
yourself with the Hearst "scab newspapers;" and I do know further that
you are thoroughly familiar with the abuses and with the antagonism which
the Hearst newspapers have shown against the Printing Trades Unions of
the City of Chicago; and I do know that you are familiar in detail with the
loss of life and with the imprisonment of innocent union men which re
sulted from the onslaughts of the Newspaper Trust of Chicago; and I do
know that you know that the Hearst newspapers, the American and the
Examiner are members of the Chicago Newspaper Publishers' Association,
and that the Hearst papers were the original cause of the outrages that have
been committed against the workers of your city.
You have by your action reduced your position to the very lowest ebb
and have completely cut yourself loose from the trades union movement im
mediately on allying yourself with a publisher of a daily newspaper who is
constantly directing his energies against a union of men who today are suf
fering from a lockout by the same newspaper which you now give recogni
I realize that nothing I can say at this time will change you or your
attitude, for it is well evident that "the bargain has been struck," and the
brazen position that you are taking by statement in Hearst's non-union
Examiner is convincing to any fair minded person that your position in
this respect is beyond all measure of decent respect to the trades union
The hypocrisy so manifest by you in advocacy of arbitration is a reflec
tion upon the intelligence of the most weakened mind conceivable. The
whole motive is so crude that your spectacular sophistry has made you the
object of pity and of scorn alike to every trades unionist and fair minded
sympathizer of the trades union movement of this country.
George L. Berry, President.
BERRY TO ALPINE
August 18, 1913.
Mr. John R. Alpine, Vice-President of the A. P. of L., 411 Bush Temple of
Music, Chicago, HI.:
Dear Sir and Brother I wired you unde rdate of August 5 as follows:
f "Rogersville, Aug. 5,' 1913.
"I am informed that the Chicago Building Trades intend to publish the
Chicago Examiner on Labor Day as a union labor edition. I would most