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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 13, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 2

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dgned by Chairman Leo J. Winiecld,
the manufacturers are criticised for
turning a deaf ear to every proposi
tion of arbitration which has been
made by public bodies. The state
ment follows: -. .
"1. The attitude of the manufac
turers has made it impossible so far
to approach any settleemnt with
them. Without at all passing upon
the merits of the differences between
them and the strikers, much might
be criticised in attitude of the man
ufacturers in refusing arbitration,
mediation and even discussion. 'A
decent respect to the opinions of
mankind' should have required of
them at least a courteous bearing to
the committee of judges and other
public bodies who have shown an in
terest in the settlement of the diffi
culty. The arbitration law is an ex
pression of public policy of this state
in favor of the principle of arbitra
tion and of industrial peace. It would
be, therefore, a part of good citizen
ship, which obeys the law in spirit as
well as in letter, for al Iconcerned to
co-operate to that end as far as prac
ticable. "2. The leaders of the strikers
have not, however, gone as far as
they might in makiug intervention
by this board possible. They have as
yet failed to perform the one act
which would have given the state
board the jurisdiction and power to
compel the appearance of the man
ufacturers and the disclosure of all
the facts in the case on both sides.
"It takes the application of only
one of the parties to confer the stat
utory jurisdiction and powers upon
the board. If jurisdiction were ob
tained and the manufacturers still
persisted in their refusal to submit
their side, expense for attorneys' fees
or incidentals would not be required,
for the board, with the aid of its own
counsel, would then work on bringing
out and, establishing the facts relat
ing to the merits of the controversy."
The "one act" which the union
men did not perform, and which the
board says would have forced the
manufacturers into arbitration, was
refusal to secure a petition signed by
twenty-five men now at work.
The statement of Grossberg that
twenty-five men already on strike
can Sign a petition for arbitration
puts a new face on the matter. It
should be news to union officials, who
have not been seen by members of
the state board since the attorney
outlined the new program.
At every step of the strike the
union representatives have made
strenuous efforts to secure arbitra
tion. Before the council and the
mayor they appeared and expressed
a willingness and eagerness to pre
sent their troubles to an impartial tri
bunal. ,.
They got no satisfaction from the
council because the clothing hogs ig
nored the aldermen who were pow
erless to enforce arbitration and all
they got from the mayor was an in
vitation to "go home and behave
The principal reason the state
board was turned down originally
was that strike leaders believed it
would be a bad move to send men
back to work in order to have a peti
tion signed. Now a new way is
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London, Dec. 13. That at least
3,00U,000 men have answered Lord
Derby's call for volunteers was report
in official circles, following close of
England's greatest recruiting cam
paign. Definite figures will not be obtain
able until Lord Derby's report to Pre
mier Asquith is made public. But it
was reported that Lord Derby will tell
parliamentary committee on labor
tomorrow that campaign was success
and that conscription is not likely in
the near future.
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