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THE PUBLIC FORUM
THE UNION'S SIDE. In reply
to an article in The Forum by Sam
Scarlett and other statements given
out by members of .the I. W. W. in
regard to the Messinger lunchrooms,
we desire to give the public these
We agree with Mr. Scarlett that
industrial conditions at Mpcsino-oc
have not been right, and for that
reason me ju j. E. B. had gone to
Messenger's over two years ago, in
order to adjust these grievances.
Messinger was then a member of
the Delco. Knab. Eftin
Vogelsang lunchroom combination,
ana. instead or dealing with the joint
board, he got out injunctions prohib
iting iunner attempts to organize
The L. J. E. B. then nnrmnroH atoc.
singer's, in conjunction with other
luncnrooms, to be unfair and in-
iormed organized workers to stay
away in order to bring Messinger to
For two vears have t.hp T w v
and all other workers at Messinger's
wuikcu unaer court injunction pro
tection in spite of the fact that the
International Union and the L. J. E.
B. have spent about $1,200 trying to
get union conditions.
Wednesday morning Messinger
called up the business agent of Local
No. 7. informed him that he would
,sign the regular union contract, un
conditionally, and, after this agree
ment had been made, men 'were fur
nished under union conditions by
Local No. 7. In the afternoon a
meetine was held nf thp pmninvoa nf
Messinger's and the" men unanimous-
iy enuorseo. tne wage scale of Local
No. 7 and of all the other employes,
such as porters, dishwashers, grid
dle men and pantry men.
In regard to Pres. Ben Parker fur
nishing men to take the places of the
strikers, the facts are these:
Ben Parker went to the Desplaines
street police station and talked to
the men arrested, and asked them to
come into the Waiters' union; offered
to get them out of jail, and said that
the union would take up the fight for
the men and that Messinger had
agreed to settle all grievances, but
these men refused to have anything
to do with either Parker or the A. F.
of L. '
Parker sent out no strikebreakers, W'
nor did any one else. The fact is .
that the two-year fight with Mes
singer is a complete victory and Mes
singer's is now a union house, sign
ed up, for all workers.
We have no grievances against the
I. W. W., nor any -other group of
workers fighting for better condi
tions, but we respectfully "request
them not to make capital out of our
fight. If the I. W. W. wants to make
agreements with' restaurant keepers,
we wish it. success. There are 5,000
places in Chicago. We are doing
everything 'we can to make condi
tions better for the catering indus
try. We have several thousand
workers already organized and are
ready to organize them all into a
real industrial organization. Local
Executive Board, Jas. E. Nelson,
Pres.; Fred B. Hobby, Sec'y.
AMERICAN AND THE IRISH
Now comes Willie Hearst with an ar
ticle in the American, written by
Parkhurst, which was an uncalled-for-insult
to the Irish race. What's
the matter, Willie? Don't the Irish
subscribe for your papers?
Figuratively speaking, Parkhurst
has been dead for some time. Why
dig him up now to poison the air?
Some day, if he isn't careful he will ..
swell up and burst of his own venom. W'
The Hearst papers have been the
most unfair in printing news of the
revolution in Ireland. Irishmen
should be ashamed to be seen seen
reading a Hearst newspaper here
after. But maybe Willie has hopes
of being knighted. Wouldn't it be
cute if he could sign his name "Sir
Willie"? To people of any intelli-
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