THE ARGUMENT OVER
"The biggest steal that was ever
made from the people of Chicago,"
was made with the aid of bribed al
derman, charges the Public Owner
ship league with reference to the sale
of the Automatic Phone Co.
"We have direct statements from
aldermen that they were offered
$5,000 to vote for this ordinance and
$2,000 to keep their mouths shut,"
Sec'y Dold of the P. O. league told
the Chicago Federation of Labor yes
terday. "We are now gathering up
the evidence and intend to take
action on it if possible.
"Many of you thought when the
council passed this rate-boosting or
dinance which established a monop
oly in Chicago that the fight was
lost." I say the fight is not lost and
the best lawyers in this city say that
we have more than a fighting chance
to halt this robbery of the people
with the evidence we now have.
"Ralph Shaw, atfy for the auto
matic bondholders, has claimed the
utilities com'n should pass on the
sale immediately, as the aldermen,
who he claimed represents the peo
ple, sanctioned it. The Public Own
ership league is prepared to furnish
documentary evidence that the peo
ple were not in favor of it
"On Tuesday, April 25, our attor
ney, Fayette Munro, will present our
evidence to the commission."
"The JPublic Ownership League is
fighting for the views of the Chicago
Federation of Labor," Morton L.
Johnson, who started the fight for
city operation of the automatic phone
company, said. "We have passed
enough resolutions here. The league
is going to follow up these resolu
tions. We want all of the unions
who haven't affiliated to come in and
pay the 4 cents per annum per mem
ber. At present we are studying the
transportation question, fighting to
abolish city work under private con
tract, to protect the. school teachers
CHARGE RUNG IN ON
AUTO PHONE CO. ISSUE
from the attack of the Illinois Man
ufacturers' ass'n through the school
board and to prevent the consumma
tion of the automatic telephone steal.
"We are giving life to the resolu
tions passed here. We are organizing
the working men and women of the
city into ward clubs and precinct or
ganizations. We are trying to emu
late big business and others who op
pose us. We find we have industrial
and political power and we are going
to use it"
Other Labor Doings.
Coopers' union asked delegates to
place K. C. Baking Powder on "We
Don't .Patronize" list
Meat cutters want assistance in
campaign to organize 10,000 butch
ers. Ironworkers' union want city to do
all bridge building and public work
inemseives with union labor and to
abolish private contract method.
'Moral support of delegates was as
sured for striking hatters at Phila
delphia factory of John B. Stetson
Co., where medieval apprentice prac
tice is used for cheap labor. Hatters
told how Philadelphia press refused
to print strike news.
Letters received from school board
and from Trustee Eckhardt, who said
representatives of federation would
be welcome at meeting of "Jake
Loem's preparedness committee,"
which wants military training in high
schools. Federation opposes this
Sherwin-Williams Paint Co. placed
on unfair list Strike in Coffeyville,
IT ISN'T CLEAR EVEN NOW
Through some error last week
events were crowded forward for
Arthur Bruce and Alfred Whiteside,
and this column reported them as
celebrating their wedding instead of
their birth anniversary. Sunshine
Valley 3o. Lusk, Wyo., Herald.
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