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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 03, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 5

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The 14,000 organized street car
men of Chicago served notice on
Mayor Thompson yesterday that the
mayor hadn't got their votes in his
vest pocket Through their delegate,
John J. Bruce, at the Chicago Fed
eration of Labor meeting, the men
who run the street cars of Chicago
told the mayor they won't stand for
the way the mayor is backing up
Jake Loeb and the school board,
which last week discharged 68 teach
ers, '41 of whom had records as "su
perior" and "excellent."
The best friends Mayor Thompson
has had in the organized labor world
are the street car men. Since the
mayor joined with State's Att'y
Hoyne in the big wage raise for car
men after the strike a year ago, the
car men have stood by him. They
refused to join with other labor
unions in the protest against the
mayor's civil service policies, his
garment strike methods and other
moves hostile to organized labor.
Now, however, the mayor's best
friends have turned against him. The
Loeb rule is too much. The car men
can't see reason or decency in the
mayor patting Jake Loeb on the back
for the dismissal of public school
teachers because and only because
those teachers are members of a
labor union.
John J. Bruce, who spoke for the
car men yesterday, is the delegate
who refused some time ago to join
in the federation's criticism of Mayor
Thompson's policy on the 'automatic
phone deal. On the floor yesterday,
however, Bruce nailed the Loeb dis
missal of "excellent" and "superior"
teachers as a "vicious" attack on the
very bottom principles of organied
"I have written a letter to Mayor
Thompson asking him to use his
power to rescind this action," said
Bruce. "The attack on the Teach
ers' Federation, I think, -comes frpcj 1
the mayor. I think Thompson is
back of this. Even though he has
done a good deal for the car men, I
say it is Bill Thompson who Is re
sponsible. "Let us get up petitions and go to
the City Hall and see that the mayor
puts the right kind of members on
the school board.
"We ought to drive out of the City
Hall every politician who has a hand
in any kind of a deal like this."
o o
Will Jake Loeb be arrested in New
York this week before he gets
through with a speech before the Na
tional Educatonial ass'n? Or wlH
he not?
Wednesday night Loeb is on the
program with other school board
presidents to speak before the school
administration department. On the
same day Att'y I. T. Greenacre, for
the Teachers' Federation, and State's
Att'y Hoyne are to file petition in cir
cuit court asking that Loeb and bis
school board majority be cited for
contempt of court
The Loeb rule giving the school
board power to discharge any teach
er known to be a member of the
Teachers' Federation was declared
illegal in circuit court and a decree
issued forbidding the board from en
forcing the rule. The Loeb majority,
however, has challenged the circuit
court judges, laughed at the injunc
tion writ and specifically voted to
throw out of the public schools 41
teachers whose records are "excel
lent" and "superior." As these
teachers are members of the federa
tion, the petition is of the Teachers'
Federation and the state's attorney
will recite that their discharge was
solely because they are federation
members and by this action the Loeb
majority has .kicked the -circuit court

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