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THE LABOR ADVOCATE
TKe-laboMlA INDEPENDENT aaj JJUIW .i.iMi".,HTWV!&)rWtwm i i i '.'jii mrtBT f PIPCR FOJ ILL WHO TOIL Ofllcinl Orgnn of The IJullding Trndcs Council of Cincinnati and Vicinity Issued Weekly W. E. MYERS Business Office, 20-21 Tlioms Communications should be on hand publication. ONE DOLLAR A YEAR IN ADVANCE Entered at the postofficc at Cincinnati CINCINNATI, OHIO, -M-f -M- 4-f -f -f 4-f -f 'Die friendly business firms wlio arc patronizing the Labor Advo cate and endeavoring to .show their good will and sincerity through the columns of this paper, the olllclul journal, deserve the patron age of loyal members of organized labor, and will be remembered by them on every shopping trip. 444 - 4 - 4 - 4 - 4 - 4 - 4 - 44 - 444 - 444 - 44 - 4 - 4 - f4 - 4 BUSINESS BAD AT Mayor PucliUi in his address to the City Council last week had the following to say about the convict labor conducted by Col. Wm. B. Meh'sh, President of the Chamber of Commerce, and it looks as if organized labor having compelled penal institutions to work the prisoners only eight hours (the same as free men on the outside), will prove a loss to the Colonel. The mayor's statement as follows: "The workhouse was self-sustaining last year, but no such pros pects are held out for the current year because of the introduction of the eight-hour law. Attention also is called to the fact that as soon as the present contract for prison labor expires, in 1918, the institution's present source of revenue will cease entirely, and the cost of maintaining the prisoners will devolve upon the tax payers." We expect when the street car men present their new contract this year, Kesley Schoepf will say that he cannot grant it on account of Bigelow's agitation of 10-eent fare ; and at that time the gallant Col. Mulish will be appointing what he calls an unbiased committee of the Chamber of Commerce to arbitrate the situation. JOHN V. CAMPBELL As we go to press, the trial of Vincent Doty for the shooting of Miller is in the hands of the jury. Doty was tried upon this charge before, but upon appeal he was granted a new trial. We believe he never would have been tried if the police had not endeavored to connect him with the Shall murder; then Prosecutor John V. Campbell made his speech in Mecklenburg's saloon that he would put all the indicted painters in the penitentiary if he had to devote the rest of his term to it. He started by resurrecting the old Doty case. John V. Campbell is making good. THE MAYOR SEEMS TO BE FAIR. Mayor Puchta advised the committee from the Central Labor Council that they would receive fair treatment from him during his administration. If the police have been over-zealous in arrest ing the pickets of the machinists' strike, it was not due to any order received from either Mayor Puchta or Safety Director Fried lander. Both of these gentlemen state that their connection with the Metal Trades Association would not interfere with their duties as officials of Cincinnati, and this statement must be accepted as true until evidence to the contrary has been produced. THE BREWERY WORKERS' DEMANDS ARE FAIR. No labor organization made fairer demands for a small increase of wages and better conditions than the brewery workers. A great many things have to be taken into consideration of which the public know very little. Some of these men only get two and three days' employment in a week at $2 or $2.50 a day, which, with the fact that they are forced to subscribe to the fights against prohibition, and the fact that they are the only men connected with the brewery inercsts who spend any money in the saloon at all, makes their demands appear absolutely fair. It must be remembered that the brewery workers do not make ;.ny profit out of the brewery business except their daily wages. They have been among the leaders in the fight against prohibition, and they have been the ones who have induced organized labor to enter the fray in order to save their jobs. And union labor is only interested in the wet movement through the fact that they want to see the brewery worker treated fairly by the bosses. If not, the wets will lose a good many votes at the next election. fedcafe NONPARTISAN - v Editor Building. Phone, Canal 5511 not later than Wf-' sday to insure O., as second-class mail matter. FEBRUARY 12, IMG. --f -f 4-f 4-4-4-f 4--f 4-f 4-4-44-4-f4-4-f4-4-4-4 KKMIOMUKIt f - 4 - f4 - 4 - 44 - 44 - 4 - 4 - 44 - 4 - 4 - 4 - f4 - 4444 - 4 - 444 - 4 - THE WORKHOUSE. IS MAKING GOOD, William Howard laft Old-Time Enemy of Organized Labor, Says "Boss-Ridden Conventions Furnish Better Candidates Than Prim aries" Which Shows How Far Out of Touch He Is With Progressive Ideas. Providence, R. I. "Boss-ridden politi cal conventions can furnish better can didates' than the primaries. Labor un ions have gained control of our legisla tures and should be made to appreciate the spirit of the constitution. Labor has made a special class of itself. Thcboy cott is unfair and should he abolished by law. Our railroads arc being ground between the upcr and nether stones of the legislative mills." These were some of the declarations made by William Howard Taft Satur day in a speech delivered at the dinner of tlie Southern New England Textile Club at the Narragansctt Hotel. Speaking on the question of primaries, Taft said they were a "fraud" and should be driven into the "eternal." Of the principle of the initiative and referendum he said it was "foolish" to allow the people to vote on complex legislation, and that, while he had been spoken of an enemy of the people, he believed in speaking the plain truth to the people. Everybody knows that Taft was never big enough to be president of this coun try, and it was the personality of Roose velt who forced his nomination and the endorsement of Teddy which elected him. Sam Blythe, in the Saturday Even ing Post, has this to say on the subject: "The Colonel had kindly set forth for the suffrages and support of the Repub lican party his secretary of war, Mr. William Howard Taft, and had decreed that all pother over the nomination for the presidency should cease ; had reliev ed the party and its leaders of the strain and duty of selecting a candidate, by the simple expedient of selecting one him self, and handing that candidate to lead ers and party neatly wrapped ir tissue paper and tied with red ribbon red be ing a martial color and bearing a card AlthKUKU "INOIIKASK" .IHCTHI). I tic- Meridcn, Conn. Silver workers on strike against the International Silver Company have again rejected a lifty-five-hour week and a 10 per cent wage in crease. This is the second time the strik ers have taken this position. Concilia tors Smith and Reeves, representing the Federal Department of Labor, told the strikers that this was the company's ulti matum. The workers show that the so called "efficiency" scheme enforced in the factories has reduced wages in many cases from $." to $( a week, and the offer, therefore, would only return from $l.f() to $!J of the money taken from them. MCIOSS MAKKItS STItlKI). Xew York. Several thousand chil dren's dress makers, affiliated to the In ternational Ladies' Garment Workers' Union, are on strike because employers refuse to arbitrate the following de mands : Wages for cutlers, $:.':.' a week ; men pressers, $IS; women pressers, $lfi; minimum of :io cents an hour; sanitary conditions : forty-nine-hour week and shop chairman and price committees in all shops. The pickets are wearing a white card, with these instructions: "Don't argue with an officer. Try by peaceful means to' persuade all workers to join jour ranks. Avoid disputes." INTKItPICKT WA(.'I-: HATK b.WV. Albany, X. Y. llecaue of a decision by the Corporation Counsel, city authori ties hae rejected the hid of a printing firm of t'ooperstowu, this State, to do the city printing. Trade unionists were sustained in their position that the eight hour and prevailing rate of wages fea tures of the law under which the con tract was let were not complied with. A court decision and an opinion by the State Attorney General held that .the prevailing rate of wages in the law meant the rate obtaining in the locality where the work is to be used. wo.miox ck.ui: .m.ki:ics sticiki-:. Newark, X. J. Nearly I, noil women cigar packers employed by the American Cigar Company and other concerns in this city are striking for wage increases and better working conditions. I'OWKItS r "STIIAW" IIOKKKS. Xew York, X. Y. Secretary Shillady, secretary of the major's committee on imemplojmeiit. states that it has been the practice of certain linns to allow under bosses In hire and discharge em ployes at their pleasure. In one instance it was found that Il.iiDO workers bad been engaged and dismissed within twelve months from a firm which employs 1,000 persons. "This sort of thing is against a linn's best interests, as well as a danger to the cnmnumit ." said Secre tar Shillaih. on which was the inscription : 'Compli ments of T. R.' "Observing some hesitancy among the leaders of the party over accepting so important a gift from a man, who, to the leaders, was almost an entire strang er, so far as social and political rela tions went, the Colonel intimated, as has been set forth, that if the leaders and the party did not care for the gift he so kindly set before them, they would get him in its stead, thereby accomplish ing two things, to wit: He secured the nomination of Mr. Taft, and he estab lished himself as the Grand Alternative of American Politics. You see, it was this way : Much as the leaders depre cated the accession of Mr. Taft, they depiecated the continuance of Mr. Roosevelt still more, and they took the Taftian horn of the dilemma. Wat eh the Dust. "Pour years later another situation arose demanding attention from Mr. Roosevelt. It appears that Mr. Taft had not obeyed orders from his creator, or had obeyed them, or something, and the Colonel felt it incumbent on him to cor rect this state of affairs by proposing himself again as an Alternative, but whimsically putting a twist to it by say ing, "If they don't take me they 11 get Taft." So they took Taft, and thereup on the Colonel saw to it that they meaning the leaders of the Republicans and the rank and file got neither him self or Taft, and became, m fact, the Grand Alterative as well as the Grand Alterative, for while an alterative, in scientific jargon, is intended to bring back a body to a normal state, an alter native in politics works with increased effect and brings a body to a subnormal state which, indeed, is the present con dition of the Republicans. COIjOltAIH) STItlKIO WON, WALSH TKIiliS MINKHS Indianapolis, hid. "The strike in the coal fields of Colorado was won, he cause you compelled John D. Rockefeller to accept the responsibility for every thing that occurred in the State of Colo rado," said Frank P. Walsh, in an ad dress before the convention of the United Mine Workers of America. "The strike was won again, because j on have compelled him to publicly ac knowledge facts that underlie the right of collective bargaining on the part of workers. You won the fight because you compelled him to get up a bogus organi zation, but one that will teach the work ers the first principle, at least, of getting together, and one that when you begin to get action in the intelligent way that you have heretofore done in other coal fields of the United States will establish real collective bargaining under the United Mine Workers of America in the field of Colorado. It has taught les sons, my friends, far beyond the nar row field in Colorado. It received the background of the testimony of hundreds of employers who have dealt with their employes collectively for more than a score of years." STItlKIO AIMUSTKI). Boston J Mass. The New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad and its striking freight handlers have reached an agreement. These workers, together with Boston & Maine and Boston & Al bany freight handlers, struck last Octo ber for wage increases and pay for holi days. The New I laven road was the last 1 10 seme. it. it. MA..ji:its coiumxi:. New York, N. V. It is stated that officials of leading railroads of this cotin- i try are considering plans to organize a general conference of railway managers I to negotiate with representatives of the j brotherhoods of conductors, engineers I firemen and trainmen, whose members are now voting on an eight-hour day. If this proposed plan is successful it will be the first time that the railroads have 1 united to this extent. IXCItlOASK KOIt tU MUX. Mt. Vernon, X. Y. Street car men's j division. No. IDS, has raised wages 1 j cent an hour. The rates are now 2." cents for the first year and 2S cents I thereafter. Detroit, Mich. Street Car Men's Un j ion has presented a new wage scale to I the local company. It provides for IIS cents an Hour tlie lirst year and -in cents an hour thereafter. llettcr working conditions are also included. Springfield, Mo. Motormen and con ductors employed by the Springfield Traction company have again organized after several years of non-union conditions OPPOSKS PKOPOSHI) JJAHOH I,AV Grand Rapids, Mich. Trade unionists arc calling attention to the last-century viewpoint of State Senator Vcrdicr, who announced his opposition to proposed State compensation law amendments in a speech before a convention of con tractors. The organized workers arc asking that this law be changed so that occupational diseases are included and that the time before benefits can be paid shall be re duced from two weeks to one week. The latter proposal has aroused Senator Vcr dicr's wrath. He says it will permit "soldiering," and that it is not the in tention of the law "to pay for slight in juries." The law-maker professes a won derful insight into the minds of workers and intimates that they will deliberately injure themselves to secure an extra week's benefit. The plan to pay for the I loss of a nose or an car is looked upon by senator Vcruier asa scheme to pay compensation for spoiled beauty." He makes this reference to the proposed oc cupational disease amendment: "What seems to me the most ridiculous and foolish amendment is one to require compensation for disability or death caused by so-called occupational dis eases ; that is, diseases contracted from and on account of the nature of a man's work." PKHILS OF COATj MIXING. Charlcroi, Pa. Two miners were kill ed and two others badly injured when caught under a fall of coal in the Globe mine of the Vesta Coal Company. The injured were rescued by fellow work ers who dug them from a perilous posi tion beneath eight tons of coal. 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