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TRADES UNIONISTS REJOICE OVER SETTLE
MENT OF TROUBLE
Labor won a.big victory when the
Lumberman's Exchange building dis
pute was settled late yesterday with
a victory for the workmen on every
point It is notable that the unions
did not compromise a single issue.
Their victory was clear and decisive.
The victory was won at the ex
pense of the Brunswick, Balke, Col
lender Co., a concern that has pre
viously been considered almost un
beatable when a labor Issue was in
volved. The Brunswick, Balke, Collender
Co., holds a costly contract to install
the heavy wood fixtures of the
Greenebaum bank and the Hugo
Schmidt cigar store in the new Lum
berman's Exchange building. Both
are big jobs. When the contract was
let it was understood that the wood
work would be finished in Chicago.
It developed that the work was be
ing finished in the company's factory
at Dubuque, la., where finishers work
for 21 to 26 cents an hour. In Chi
cago a finisher gets a living wage of
70 cents an hour.
' When hardwood' finishers, Local
No. 430, took the matter up with J.
C. Schank, general superintendent
and heavy stockholder in the Col
lender company, he laughed at them.
The Collender company does an en
ormous amount of work in Chicago,
and for it to pay Chicago finishers 70
cents an hour when its own men in
Dubuque would do the work for 26
cents an hour or less would be to cut
a big slice in the company's profits
and hand it over to the man with
The finishers did not argue, they
laid down their tools.
Holabird & Roche, the architects,
began asking pertinent questions
about the understanding that all fin
ishing on woodwork should be done
in Chicago. Schank vowed he would
never give in. But Schank had not
reckoned that the union men would j
stick so well together when the rights
of some of them were being assailed.
The dispute tied up tight all the work
on the building. The pressure be
came too much for Schank He gave
At a conference held late yesterday
afternoon between Schank, the ar
chitect, general contractors " and
union men, Schank not only con
ceded every point of this dispute, but
agreed m writing that the woodwork
for all future Chicago contracts shall
be shipped here "in the white" to be
finished at the Brunswick, Balke,
Collender plant on 22d st by mem
bers of Local 430, hardwood finish
ers. Thil plant is fully equipped to
do all such work.
The boys who went to bat and
hammered out a victory for the union
men were: R. C. Stewart, business
agent for the hardwood finishers;
Thos. Walsh, sheet metal workers; J.
Murphy, electricians; H. Hahn, gla
ziers; C. W. Pry, machinists.
It is significant that the union men
won their victory without the aid of
either the Building Trades council or
the Employers and Erectors' ass'n.
With the memory of how they were
double-crossed in the "Marshfields"
contract the men wanted no assist
ance from the latter association. In
the Marshall Field's case $485,000
worth of fixtures manufactured out
side of Chicago were placed, which
money could as well have been spent
in Chicago. After the money had
been spent Sup',t of Construction
Scott of the Marshall Field's prom
ised that in future, all such work
would be done in Chicago. The next
week the store let a contract for $18,-.
000 worth of similar "work to a Phil
"It is the greatest victory Chicago
labor has won jin 15 years where tie
question of whether work should be
done in Chicago or elsewhere was the
issue," said R. G. Stewart today.