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UNION LABOR WANTS TO. KILL POWER TO
THROTTLE STRIKES BY PEN STROKE
Union labor of Illinois wants the
next legislature to pass an anti-injunction
bill, a bill that will take from
anti-labor judges the power to throt
tle strikes by a stroke of the pen.
When it looked like the waitresses
had won their big strike, Judge Bald
win issued an injunction forbidding
strikers to picket the restaurants.
The waitresses lost the strike. A
succession of similar injunctions fol
lowed. Employers soon found it was
cheaper and easier to defeat strikes
by securing injunctions against the
strikers than to hire strikebreakers.
The more recent injunctions, such
as those invoked against the tanners,
garment workers, etc., forbade the
workers to even walk in the streets
near the factories or to talk to men
who remained at work, even in their
own homes. It is next to impossible
to win a strike against an injunction.
It was indicated at the meeting of
the Chi. Federation of Labor Sunday
that the Chicago and the state feder
ations will make the anti-injunction
bill the paramount issue at the com
ing state elections and at the meet
ing of next legislature,
i The influence of labor in securing
votes is undeniably powerful, and it
is believed that union labor can se
cure the defeat of a majority of those
legislative candidates who would not
vote for 'an anti-injunction bilL
The Public Ownership league Sun
day reported to the C. P. of L. that all
legislative candidates would be asked
to sign pledges that If elected they
woula vote for the anti-injuncMon
bill. It also reported that it would
oppose at the polls the aldermen
who voted for the sale of the Auto
matic Telephone to the Chicago Tele
phone Co. Five of these aldermen
are now running for county office:
J. H. Lawley, John Toman, Jas. Bow
ler, W. F. Lipps and H. P. Bergen.
of the P. O. L.
The discharge of 68 school teach
ers by the board of education will
also be made an issue in the legisla
tive campaign. The federation en
dorsed a resolution asking candidates
to state where they stand on the
Electing members to the board of
education instead of having them appointed-by
the mayor; the rights of
teachers to organize; the right of
teachers to continue service unless
dismissed for inefficiency or other
good cause, as before the advent of
the Loeb rule.
Representatives of the White City
Council of Lathers have complained
to State's Att'y Hoyne about the way
the criminal case against Rob't S.'
Johnson is being handled.
Johnson, a negro, has been out on
$10,000 bail since he shot and killed
Alex Alex, business agent of the
council, nearly a year ago. The union
men want to know why Johnson's
bond is only $10,000, while the state
asked $195,000 bonds of labor offi
cials charged with "petty extortion."
They also want to know why John
son has not been brought to trial
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WALKER WANTS TO HEAD THE
UNITED MINE WORKERS
John H. Walker, now serving on
his third year as president of the
Illinois State Federatloq of Labor,
today made the announcement that
he would not be a candidate for re
election to that office, bufc that he is
a candidate for the presidency of the
United Mine Workers of America.
Before he was elected president of
the Illinois Federation of Labor, near
ly three years ago, Mr. Walker served
the United Mine Workers of Illinois
for over eight years as president, and
over four years in other capacities.
The election will be held in Decem
ber, but the nomination blanks are
.The federation endorsed the report being sent to the locals now.