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THE LABOR ADVOCATE
it Mister Manley 's Letter" Answered in a Manly Way Offer to Arbitrate Is Made by Union Men Statement Issued by Officials of Machinists' Organization Is In Response to Communication Employers Sent Out Say They Would Accept Federal Agent's Ruling. Officials of the machinists' union sug gest arbitration 'in an answer they make to a recent communication by some em ployers to the men in their plants re garding the demand for a -18-hotir work ing week for machinists. Saturday the union officials make public an answer to Mr. Mauley's letter. In it, after re citing other points regarding the machin ists' side of the matters at dispute, the union officials offer to "arbitrate the en tire matter and abide by the result, or we will join in a request on the United States Department of Labor to send to Cincinnati one of its mediators or con ciliators to go into this matter at length and lay bare to the public his findings, and let the public be the judge whether we are unreasonable or not. And we will even go so far as to abide by his decision, and that is taking a long chance in the dark." When asked whether any response to the union officials' statement would be made by employers, this was authoriz ed: Mr. Manley has no further comment to make at this time, except to say that the position of the employers has been made clear to their employes in pre vious statements sent to them by the em ployers. The men in the shops know the facts, and will read Mr. Doyle's statement with these facts in mind. The statement, in full, of the union of ficials, is : Cincinnati, O., October 1, l!)in. To the Employers of Machinists and Tiiolmakers in the City of Cincinnati and Vicinity : Dear Sirs The statement issued by Mr. J. M. Manley, secretary of the Cin cinnati branch of the National Metal Trades' Association, we believe, serves as a notice to the machinists and tool makers what to expect in this campaign from the Cincinnati Metal Trades' as sociation, which is supposed to represent '.() per cent of the employers of machin ists and toolmakers of , Cincinnati and vicinity. I'ulilicity is a'grcat factor in determining an issue, and wc 'welcome the opportunity to give our side of the case to the public in the same manner that Mr. Manley did. It may be news t the average citizen of Cincinnati to hear that the main object in maintain ing a headquarters, of the Cincinnati Metal Trades' association at 7(t." Klni street is the maintenance of a general employment bureau for machine (."?j1 manufacturers of Cincinnati. I '"or years that office has kept a card index system .tin! has perfected it to the point that tii.p e in charge know every machinist iti'l ttmlinaker and specialist within a ri-'ms of .'5 miles of Cincinnati. Thc li.ui- nut Mill) kept track f each man's I THE Y.Rfl. C,A. t hooS Auto S 'ininenilLMl by lenillnn exprrtH of itiitrv tin eormilelo ami thnnniKli I'iMni. tors nro kIcUIi-iI mitn on t. inoerH T.ntoHt rli'ttrt'iW ci n 1 1 I! cut unci tirnltli'ii k.vhIoiiih INSTRUCTION ON 1915 FORD CAR and EQUIPMENT. till." YVMIi- Tmrl, fur lliMiiillixIritt Ion Cut Out and Mail for Cntnloj. S'imii '!!rcHn IY.M.C.A. 7th & Walnut, Cincinnati, 0. The Union Store IMitne, C. .1S51-I. JOE BLOCK MEN'S FURNISHING GOODS : wt sixth st. Specialties: Shirts lliiblcry, Unilerwrur "IS M J Sijf. I- III Fillmore Music House 528 Elm St., Cincinnati, O. The place to net tnjiii', qmI Imii.I ami o-cllcitra illiltgmenti. C ill un.l kim ac (uainlcd vwth us . ability as a mechanic, but they have also kept track of his liabilities and seen to it that he did not get altogether too independent in the shops. For some years they printed a monthly organ call ed the Open Shop, and the columns of that magazine were filled with articles of how the Cincinnati machine tool man ufacturers had their employes under subjection. Efficiency was their slogan, a scheme was lloated to get some effi ciency engineers to this city to exploit on a lot of underpaid men, arrogant agents, with stop-watches in their hands, goaded the Cincinnati mechanics on to the point of extreme exertion, bonuses were paid on a task and that task was an impossibility because the efficiency engineers were paid a bonus in the mat ter in setting a task that no human being could accomplish. In the meantime the general employment office of the Cin cinnati Metal Trades' association was maintaining and exploiting through the guise of an employment bureau a scienti fic blacklist until Cincinnati machinists were obliged to change their names as often as they changed their shirts if they were unfortunate enough to get laid off in one factory and desired em ployment in another, for it was a policy, and is yet, of the Cincinnati Metal Trades' association not to hire any local Ipeople. Strangers were given the pre ference in order to starve people with home responsibilities here into a condi tion of servile submission. I '"or years this programme has been go ing on in this city; but at last another day has dawned and unexpectedly we have come into our own. The Cincinnati employers, knowing full well that they were in a community that was pro-German and not taking any too kindly to the murderous business that all machin ists are engaged in at present that of making directly or indirectly war muni tions to murder their brothers in some other part of the world do not seem to have the business tact of meeting the condition of a shorter work week for tjicir mechanics, a matter of four hours' reduction per week at a maximum cost of $l.::.-i per man per week and the ab solute assurance that it will not increase the weekly pay roll, because it is a re duction in hours and not an increase in cost. Now, how do our Cincinnati Me tal Trades' association employers meet this demand? They have a meeting and decide the machinists don't know what they want, so they DKCIDK for them, and agree that a 10 per cent bon us would be (he thing. So they immed iately put in force an increased cost of $1.7.1 per week per man, where $l.:i.1 would have done the same work and a i-imtentcd body of men been the result. Now what has been the result of the bonus? IT HAS HIJliN LIKE A KKD R.(i TO A KACIK'G HULL; it has ex cited the curiosity of every machinist in Cincinnati who believed that what the organizers of the machinists said was true thai war orders had been placed at abnormal prices and we were not getting our share of the prosperity and have not had it for some time back. In Mr. Manley s letter we are told to be "good lni)s" and suck our stick of candy, i which is his bonus, until wc get over this war business; but strange to say, the I iucinnati machinist will refute to wait. We know what your association has done in the past and what they will do again if they ever get the chance. We ask no quarter from you or your association in this campaign. We fully understand before measuring steel with ou the tactics pursued by your assoc iation in the past, and intend to ship from t inciituati the men as fast as they strike and are willing to go, and have funds at our disposal for that purpose. Your colleagues have laid great stress on the fact that we are not paying any strike benefits, and we glory in the fact that we no longer have to pay strike benefits. We are able, for that reason, to call strikes indiscriminately. Men no longer tarry at the home point long enough to qualify for strike benefits; there is a general .shifting of men to other and better jobs. Your jobs in Cin cinnati are the worst obtainable for the skill required. The general average rale for the machinists throughout the Unit ed States is :ir cents per hour, your aver age in Cincinnati will not exceed H cents and jmi have some of the best mechanics in the United States employed at the small wage. Is it any wonder you have an uprising of your mechanics? The average business man can weigh this for himself and reason out for himself as to whether or not we have any justi fication for rebelling at present condi tions in the machinist trade. VK DON'T WANT ANY IIONUS. iCII'T. TUII1UTK OK 1JK1 !!. All we want is what is right and just. We want a shorter work week, and we want it so badly that we are going to strike for it if necessary, no matter what Mr. Man lex will say to the contrary, and we want time and a half for overtime. Wc arc not asking recognition of the union, but wc arc asking employes to recognize their own men, and this they have refused to do. And now, in conclusion, we feel wc arc right and justified in our con tention, so much so that we will chal lenge Mr. Manley and his associates to ' arbitrate the entire matter and abide by I the result, or we will join him in a re quest on the United States Department ' of Labor to send to Cincinnati one of , its mediators of conciliators to go into this matter at length and lay bare to the public his findings and let the public , be the judge whether we arc unreason able or not, and wc will even go so i far as to. abide by his decision, and that I is taking a long chance in the dark. Mr. Manley has invited this publicity, not we, but we will meet him on that basis any time. Respectfully yours, 1'. J. CONLIN, ' Vice Pres. I. A. of M. K. L. COM LEY, . General Organizer. JOHN DOYLE, Ilusiness Agent. VOTE AGAINST PROHIBITION! Eaf" sifa fl Union MADE Beer fe- RKiu JMs Ate igJ!0i$ AND gp porter It CTEIE3- iWh, Of America ri&xr COPYRIGHT &TRADE MARK REGISTERED 1903 DEMAND THIS IS OUR LABEL. PERSONAL LIBERTY IN CHOOSING WHAT YOU WILL DRINK Ask for this Label when purchasing Beer, Ale or Porter, As a guarantee that it is Union Made STRIKE OF MACHINISTS SIO'ITIjKI) AT CliKVI'XAXI) Al'TO MATIC .MACIIIXK CO.MI'AXV. t. L. (jarforil (intnils the Demands of thi' Strikers With the Incep tion of the Closed Shop. Cleveland, Ohio The strike of munition workers at the plant of the Cleveland Automatic Machine Com pany came to an abrupt end here late today when A. L. Garford, formerly a leading figure in the Progressive move ment and now President of the com pany, led a crowd of tint) strikers in cheering on his announcement that a wage increase and an eight-hour day demand had been conceded, and that they had won the fight. fiarford climbed on a platform out side the plant and faced the big crowd. The workers a short time before, at a special meeting, had voted in favor of accepting the offer of the company granting all their demands except one pertaining to the open shop system. "Let's Cli Again, Hoys!" "I'm glad that the differences be tween you boys and the company have been adjusted," said Garford. The crowd cheered. "1 loo-ray I" "Let's cheer again boys," yelled the capitalist as he swung ins nai in me air. n leei line cnecrtiif.' myself." The men were stirred by this prob ably unprecedented situation of WW llli'll bi'ilHi' led ill :i rliciT of virl orv In- J the man representing the defeated c"iii i pany. When the tumuli had subsided Garford gave a little talk. "I'm for industrial peace," he said "We've got all the war we cm t;V' I care of on the other side of the water "I'm glad this trouble is ended I I want to say in behall of the companv land myself thai this strike will nut leave anv sore spots. We are not built , that way. You boys did what - thought best in asking for a share '' profits accruing from unusual lm-itu---I conditions. That was proper, for 1 concede the right of every man in i his own thinking and acting." j Kiglils . Wiiy to Automobile. Garford fairly had to fight his way j through the crowd to his automobile to escape the ovation which followed The demonstration followed short talks by John Luthn'nger, National Or ganizer of the Machinists' Union, and W. S. Jack, Ilusiness Agent, announc ing officially the ending of the strike. The strikers will go back to work under the following conditions : Reinstatement of dismissed em ployees. An open shop, hut no discrimination against Union men. An eight-hour day under these equivalent conditions: Permitting em ployees to quit after eight hours with out jeopardizing their places, or t, eon tintte work for a ninth hour at wages of time ami one-half, or to continue also to work for a tenth hour at wages ut lime and three-quarters. Tinii' and three-quarters for working Saturday afternoon. A wage increase of is per cent when ever slack conditions restrict all em ployees to an eight-hour day. APPOINTMENT OF DEPUTIES On liequesl of Wets or Drys Is Itloekeil lly Turner. Columbus, Ohio. In a ruling to Pros ecuting Attorney Perry Smith, of Mus kingum County, Attorney General Ed ward C. Turner today held that under the Kramer honest elections law passed last winter, "there is no duty resting upon the Sheriff to appoint deputies at the request of the Anti-Saloon League and the Home Utile Association, as such, but that if the duly constituted commit tee or committees file the signed state ment provided for in Section AKiO-lS of the General Code, it is the duty of the Sheriff to appoint deputies in the pre cincts designated in such signed statements." THE HERANCOURT Brewing Co. STRICTLY UNION LAGER STRICTLY UNION . COAL HUY IT FROM YOUR FUI1SNDS THE QUEEN CITY COAL CO. PlilVATK KNCIIANUI2 AVIJST USSJO VOTE FOB. LOUIS J. HELFRICH CANDIDATE FOR COUNCIL TWENTY-SIXTH WARD ON THE REPUBLICAN TICKET Election, November 2, 1915 A Friend of Organized Labor f" ySy aW7!WW55TOS3!W!WBWJ; -ag tfottfflfep -?Su. 4 'Primary SleoHotr: 0oir.I6tk ikgafar Sleet ion : J2ov 2 rt'4nMTnr- - svr?pm- .- VOTE FOR Frank M. Tracy W CANDIDATE FOR Judge Circuit Court KENTON COUNTY, KY. An opinion such as this I'l'imi .Indgo Tracy could iu'vcr Issuu from liny other Hum one whose thought mid intent wits given to honesty nml sincerity, and his community should I'ccl proiul of his presence not for his opinion In this particular case, hut fni' t In; revelation of his honesty of purpose Coopers' International Journal.