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UNIVERSITY JAN 3 0 11317 LIBRARY 41 I. INDEPENDENT NON-PARTISAN Pv fW'"!' Property and Official Organ of the Building Trades Council of Cincinnati and Vicinity ' Vol. IV. No. 41 CINCINNATI, OHIO, JANUARY 27, 1917 One Doilui a Year JfcldbgAdvocate - J -SSMieSSrH'' X "N. "w The Bill to Abolish It, Being Endorsed By Organized Labor All Over Ohio. It Opens Up a Field of Graft When Used in Labor Troubles. Central Labor Council Passed Resolutions Against It. The International Union of Brewery Workers Reported That They Had Withdrawn $193,000 Out of Kroger' s Bank. Street Car Men Want an Eight-Hour Day. Big Meeting of the Central Body. ThcCentral Labor Council, last Tues day night, had one of the largest and most enthusiastic meetings ever held by that body. Stop the Third Degree. The council passed a resolution de manding a law to prohibit the use of the third degree by the police. In doing so they have just followed in the foot steps of all other central bodies in the State in order to take this inquisitional, brutal practice away from employers who arc willing to pay the police to beat their employes into submission. It's a source of graft for a gang of brutes who will do anything for nionev. We are lucky that it docs not exist in Cincinnati, as Safety Director Fried lander has told us, in the daily press, that no third degree is practiced in the Queen City. Therefore, he can offer no objection to the bill. Thk Labor Advocate started the unlit for the abolishment of the third degree, and it is doomed for destruction. Many a helpless man has been railroaded to the penitentiary by these brutes, who goUaway with it for years until 'they, applied their methods to labor troubles. TJiis opened up a better and surer way to beat up union men than the strike breaker could ever offer, and the un scrupulous employer saw where he could do-business with the brutes in the police department with more safety than he could the strikebreaker, hence the third degree was applied as a means of break ing a strike. Itrcwers Quit Kroger. The Central Council handled many important matters. Among other things the delegates to the International Union of Brewery Workers reported that the account of the union, totaling $l'.):j,noo, had been withdrawn from the Provi dent Bank, of which B. II. Kroger, of the Kroger Grocery Company, is presi dent, owing to the manner in which he treated his teamsters. This menus that the members of the Brewery Workers will not patronize Krogcr's stores in any city in the United States. Other Matters of Interest. That demands will be presented within the next week to employers was an nounced by a delegate from Women Garment Workers' Union. He said members arc asking for recognition of the union, increase of wages, sanitary working conditions and an eight-hour .lay. M. Eicborn, of the Milk Producer's Association, addressed the council rela tive to the milk strike which is in pro gress between the distributors and pro ducers. lie said that, owing to increase of cost of feed for the cattle and other ex penses, it is impossible for the farmer to make a living from his product. J. L. Dcvring, general organiser of the International Brotherhood of Team sters, Chauffeurs, Stablemen and Help ers of America, said he did not think the union should take any action in the matter, as the distributors were ad hering to agreement made with his union several months ago. W. D. Mahon, Detroit, International President of the Amalgamated Associa tion of Street and Electric Kaihvay Em ploy cs. addressed the council on the right-hour law, which is now before the Ohio Legislature. James Brock, International President of the Laundry Workers' Union, com mended the action of the laundry work ers in Cincinnati in attempting to estab lish a trades union laundrj in this city. A strike which took place at the Pro gress Cigar Factory, Third street, last week, has been settled in the form of la compromise. Forty girls walked out there last week, demanding a dollar in crease a thousand on stogies which the union demands should be sold at $12 and $15 a thousand and which the com pany is said to have sold at $7 a thousand. Third X 'V''' ' - - IdfiK" "" :'' GEO. P. GROSS President Main Street Merchants' Association. Geo. 1 Gross, the l'inno man, was elected President of the Main Street Merchants.' Association last Tuesday. Mr. Gross, from n modest beginning less than a decade ago to the highest honor that can he be stowed upon a Main Street merchant, liis rise was nothing short of phe nomenal and ho is certainly entitled to the congratulations of his friends. The Central Will Nominate Officers Next Tuesday Night. An Effort Will Be Made To Shake Off the Influence of the People's Power League. The Central Labor Council will nomi nate officers next week and a deter mined effort will be made to shake off the red flag influence of the People's Power League. The Council ought to name officers that are real union men and cut all the mountebanks out. If Bigelow has any thing of interest to labor in his game, why endorse it; if not, the Council ought to refuse to do it. But at present with Win. Prout as secretary, the mem bers only hear such communications that he thinks should be read. He is abso lutely under the control of Mr. Bige low and has used every effort to make the Council a tail to Bigelow's kite. He has lost his usefulness to labor if he ever had any, by trying to make the Council back up all the political schemes of the People's Power League ii ,, it akc.,,,, .Km nmla in every 1 tutu la j'iiii'n "" ;r . public official in this city, and when the Central body sends him out to fight their Degree Must Labor Council cause thev might as well end a red Hag out to meet a hull. The City Council would refuse to raise their own salary if Prout asked them to do so. Hut on the other hand all that Pi out wants is the ten dollars a week that the job of secretary pays. He represents a craft that is without a union shop in the city. The only company that uses the label has announced that they will move to Kentucky. Still Prout goes around talking about "My Council," and "what I'll have the Council do," and the only way to stop him delivering the Council to whatever schemes be wants is to elect some one else in his place. If the delegates will look over the record thej will find that the only stock in trade Prout has, is to bally 100 auainsi nuiuic uuiuuis, .um un.u . .. ....i.i- -n:... '..,.. ...! ...lTn..t . . . . w . ten a week from the suckers m the Council. The New Mecca Caf Put On the We -Don't -Patronize List of the Building Trades Council Kohn, the Proprietor, Says He Hired Union Gas and Electric Men That's the Kind of Union Men He Wants. Council Endorses the Action of the Central Labor Council In Regard to the Kroger Grocery Company. The regular meeting of the Building Trades Council was called to order by President Jos. A. Cullcn. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and adopted. A communication from the Slate and Tile Roofers named Fred Kapp, Sam'l Specht and Ben W. Stewart as delegates to the Council. The brothers being present they were duly obligated. The following communication was read and concurred in : Cincinnati, 0., January Lt, 1017. To the Building Trades Council, Greet ings : At the last regular meeting of the Central Labor Council I was instructed to notify all unions that the teamsters employed at the Kroger Grocery and Baking Company are out on strike for li iug wages, shorter hours, and the right to belong to a union. Hie teamsters nave done even thing within their power to settle this trouble, but the Kroger Company will not allow its men or women to organize, or to tell the company what wages they will work for, or under what conditions they will w ork. ' The teamsters not only have this strike on with the Kroger Company, but sluggers and gun men are in the city to beat, slug and help to defeat these union meet the prices of nonunion competi .., (i..,, i,..,.o c,.v.;i;nc ,lonr.,,,li,,rr nn i tors. Regardless of this fact, we are them for support lighting for the existence of our plant as Kroger has stated that he would drive , a "' concern and with your help we the union out of this citv. Will wir ! '"tend to wm. In winning, you will organization stand bv anil, sec him do force those who are now operating non it? If not. take it un with each and ""ion piece-work lactones to organize every member of jour union and per - r,...,i, i,n.v. n.,,1 i.ii- fnm;i;c tn L-ci-ii awav from the Kroger stores Kroger got out an injunction against about -10 members of the teamsters' un ion, but he can not get an injunction tell ing j ou where to spend our money. Please don't file this communication, but lead it at every meeting, and call a special meeting if necessary, so that all vour members will know that The Kroger Grocery and Baking Company is unfair to organized labor. Fraternally yours, Wii.Mam Prout, Secretary Central Labor Council. P. S. Please have some of your mem bers act as pickets and give us the names of those that patronize these stores. The following communication was read pud concurred in : Cincinnati, O., January 10, 1017. To the Member:- of Organized Labor, Greeting: W'c, the newspaper carriers and coi ner boys of this city and the over-thc-rivcr cities, have formed an organization known as Newspaper Carriers' Protec tive Union Xo. 1.12S0, and have affiliated ourselves with the Central Labor Coun cil, in the hope of improving our condi tions. We now asu all members oi or- . , i , i .1. canizeu labor ami uieir friends to co- t, e operate with us in making a success of r union, by patronizing us. Go t; Buy our newspapers and magazines from men or boys who wear our union button. Fraternally, Newspaper Cakrieks' Protective Un ion, No. 132S9. Henry J. Braun, Recording Secretary.-SecretaryV-address.lOO.'i 'St: Gregory, Mt. Adams. Chicago, January 22, 1917. To Organized Labor, Greeting: Our purpose in addressing this com munication to you is to inform you of our method of operating. About five years ago our plant was organized at our own solicitation; since that time we have been operating as a strictly union plant, having agreements signed up with all the organizations represented in our plant. Our caskets bear the labels of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, the Upholsters and the Painters and Decorators' unions. Every suit, robe or dress bears the label of the Journejmen Tailors' Union. To maintain this union organization we are paying our help an average of one-third more than are our non-union competitors, who work mostly under piece-work regulations. There is no piece-work in our plant. We turn out goods that for quality and workmanship are second to none m America today and are obliged to ' Contrary to reports circulated by our non-union competitors we have no af- filiatioiis with any other houses but are waging an individual fight single handed forthe maintenance of the business prin ciples we beliee to be just. Ifwe win jou will have organized an industry which is at present entirely non-union with the exception of our plant. For the above reasons set forth above we believe we have the right to ask jou as union men to lend lis jour support in cases of bereavement in demanding to see the label on the goods jou purch ase. Very truly jours, Wi:.sti-r.v Casket Compan Ily D. S. Sattler, Prcs The above is" a correct statement of facts. Chicago Federation of Labor John Fitzpatrick, President E. M. Xockti.s, Secrctarj C. G. Cakleton, President. F. G. Hon', Secretary of Chicago Trades Union Label League. J. II. Walker, President Illinois State Federation of Labor. The following undertakers handle our goods : Jno. J. Gilligan. 31 .1 East Eighth St Wrassman v IsarlKiicciu, n'i -Maui c Street (Continued on page 2.1 if 1?