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LABOR HEAD RAPS PRESS SAYS
UNIONS GET WORST OF IT
"Labor unions get the worst of It
from newspapers during a big strike,"
said A. 0. Wharton president rail
road employes' department American
Federation of Labor, to the U. S. in
dustrial commission at Hotel Sher
"The unions can't go into the mar
ket and purchase publicity as the
railways can," he added. "We haven't
got the money. And we haven't got
the influence in newspaper offices.
"Often we give real news to re
porters. We meet Associated Press
men who are fine fellows personally
and we tell them what our organiza
tion is doing, why it's on strike. But
the next day the papers don't have a
word about the matters we consider,
"Pres. Markham of the Illinois Cen
tral remarked yesterday that public
opinion and the newspapers were en
tirely with the railroad throughout
I. C. territory. It was not surprising.
Nearly all newspapers in that terri
tory refused to publish our reason
why the strike was called.
"I. C. officials refused to meet a
committee from the federated shop
men. That was the chief cause at
issue. We couldn't get it printed.
'Pres. Markham was mistaken in
his statement that the grand officers
Of the federations can -call strikes.
The men must vote on a strike. In
five of the shopmen's unions their
law is that two-thirds of the men
must vote for a strike. One other
union requires a three-fourths vote
Then the matter goes to the A. F. of
L. with a view to mediation and con
ciliation. Only after these steps can
a strike be called.
"All railway clerks' unions have
had a stormy career. They are mak-.
ing the ame efforts for recognition
as tS' enginemen and trainmen
made 30 years ago. A few clerks
have official duties. But 99 per cent
of them are nominal performers of
assigned duties. Theyr ought to .have
the right to organize, just like ma
chinists. Some day they will achieve
The two big men who head the
Pullman sleeping car company are
sick, so sick they can't think or talk,
so sick they can't come to Chicago
and answer questions before the U. S.
industrial relations commission. That;
is what they say,, and their doctors
send certificates saying it. The two
men are Robert T. Lincoln, chairman
John S. Runnels, president,
board of directors Pullman Co., and
Chairman Frank P. Walsh of the
commission says it will be decided
today or tomorrow whether the two
multi-millionaires shall be compelled
to come to Chicago. It is known that
Lincoln plays golf every day, has at
tended meetings of the Pullman
board of directors the past few years,
draws a salary of $100,000 a year and
has his brain and tongue in fairly
good shape, so that he can testify if
he wants to. It may be inconvenient,
but it is not impossible for him to
come to Chicago and explain why the
son of President Abraham Lincoln is
at the head of a corporation that re
fuses to let the workmen organize.
While the commission is quietly go
ing ahead with a real hearing, dig
ging into bottom facts, the Herald,
Tribune and News are all delivering
attacks on Walsh for his lack of "ju
dicial poise." The hearings at Hotel
Sherman are not enough of a polite,
pleased-to-meet-you, parlor affair to
suit these newspapers.
MAYORiELECT THOMPSON TO
TAKE QATH MONDAY
Mayor-elect Thompson will take
the oath of office Monday. He ex
pects to have a short vacation. Ap
pointments will be made after his
return to the city. He will take over
"his duties on or about April 19.
Aid. Otto Kerner, 12th, re-elected,
started suit against Frank. D. Novak,
owner and publisher of the""Sipy,"
Bohemian newspaper. . ,,... .(,,
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