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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 01, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 4

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The General Electric Co. and the
Westinghouse Electric, abetted by
some smaller fry of electrical trust
concerns, tried to throw a stink bomb
into the Chicago buifdmg construc
tion world with the intent of putting
over something and making away
while the public was blowing the
smell out of its nose.
It was fancy stuff, especially since
the G. E. and the Westinghouse
didnt have to singe their fingers in
pulling the chestnuts from the fire,
but got Uncle Sam to carry a shield
for them. But they couldn't get by
with it. The Day Book exposed their
little game and the Building Trades
Council clinched the argument
against the action of the electrical
factory trust in a resolution adopt
ed last night
The resolution passed by the B. T.
C. charges that the men most direct
ly interested in the indictment of 82
contractors and 18 labor officials are
manufacturers and anti-boycott as
sociations working in the interest of
cheap labor products.
While individuals are indicted, "the
real defendants are the trades Unions
of the country" said the resolution.
It also said the labor world would not
sit idly by and permit "this attack on
the lawful rights of labor (the right
to strike) to go undefended."
The General Electric and West
inghouse are open opponents of
union labor. The action of the B. T,
C. is simply additional conclusive
proof that the big electrical com
panies with their 110,000 scab labor
factory employes are trying to- get a
foothold in Chicago that they may
drive the union shops and the con
tractors and manufacturers opposed
to them to the wall.
In some cities the G. E, and West
inghouse companies hold absolute
sway over all sales and contract
work. They have less power in Chi
cago than other cities, but are now
trying to smash their way into abso
lute control.
Structural iron workers today cast
their lot with other striking building
trades unions. They laid down their
tools at midnight, the hour of the ex
piration of the old agreement
The ironworkers have been getting
68 cents an hour. They ask 70 cents
an hour tis year, 72y2 cents next
yearfand 75 cents the next year. They
also want jurisdiction over the plac
ing of steel reinforcements in con
crete, now done by laborers getting
40 cents an hour.
There are 1,200 structural iron
workers. Their striking will tie up
work on four city bridges, the recrea
tion pier, Wilson av. crib and a new
pumping station.
Numerically, the building trades
situation is: On" strike, 33,000;
locked out, 2,000; at peace, 38,000.
The carpenters, painters and struc- ,
tural ironworkers are on strike; the
lathers and sheet metal workers are '
locked out.
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Jean H. E. St. Cyr, the New York
youngster, who recently married th
wealthy widow, Mrs. James Henrv
Smith. His stepdaughter, the Duch
ess of Vizeu, is older than himself.

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