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THE LABOR JOURNAL
Mention the Journal to the merchant who solicits your patron age through these columns. VOL. XX. ■ X "PRICE AND ■ ■ ■ M QUALITY COUNT" Always save money at White Sc Hackett Complete Hotel and Homefurnishers 2807 ROCKEFELLER "Courteous Treatment and Your Moneys Worth." MURRAY Has the Largest Line of Union Made Shoes In the City MURRAY'S SHOE STORE 1707 HEWITT AYE. UNION M A DE Call for them EMM CIGAR It is an ideal UNION MADE cigar, as good as the name. UNION MADE Big Discount AT THE REMOVAL SALE The JESDAHL CO., Incorporated CORNER WETMORE AND HEWITT. EVERETT Phones; Ind. 299Y, Sunset 116 a. Have You Tried the THE LABOR JOURNAL THE OFFICIAL PAPER OF THE EVERETT TRADES COUNCIL Devoted! to the Interest LAUNDRY WORKERS STRIKE IN ALL EVERETT PLANTS Every Union Employee Walked Out Monday Morning For 10 Per Cent. Increase in Pay To Inside Help—Girls Create Tremendous Public Sentiment By Original and Daring Methods Of Combating Laundry Trusts- Employers Raise Prices to the Public But Refuse to Grant Small Increase to Underpaid Girls and Women— "Twenty Cents For a Fine Shirt and Five Dollars a Week For the Girl Worker" Is Slogan of Striking Girls. ( f the most complete tie ups that ever occurred In any Industry in Everett was Inaugurated last Monday morning when the employee of every laundry plan! in the city walked oui in support of their wage scale which the Laundrymen's association refused absolutely to sign. Briefly stated the fads leading up t,, the si l ike are these: The wage scale, under which the laundry employees were working prior to the walkout, had been in effect two years without change. In that time the laundry proprietors have raised the price of work to the public all the way from 26 to 3."i per cent and have tried to justify their action by affirming that they were compelled to raise prices because they were forced to pay more for their help. The laundry workers came to the conclusion thai If the laun dries received more for their work they could afford to divide their prosperity with their help and therefore drew up a new scale. This scale was submit ted tii the proprietors and was deemed too high by them and was referred back to the union. The union, not wishing to embarass the proprietors, re-drafted their proposed scale on tin 1 basis of ap proximately ten per cent increase and re-submitted it to the bosses. This scale, as finally adopted by the union, was submitti>d to I lie proprietors on the ITlh inst. and they were given 1111 til the -Ist Inst, to consider it. These Wage scales w ere mailed back to I lie union unsigned and the fight was on. (me of iln- proprietors in an Inter view in the daily press stated that the employees walked out without warn Ing, This is mil null No. I. They re ceived notice nearly a week before the Walkout occurred 1 1 1 I lie proposed :Ic tion of the union. Again, tiny state that the new wage scale called for an Increase of nearly 20 per cent. Untruth No. 2. And to prove that this is not the else, we give below the wagi' .scale governing the laundries at the time the stiike was called and the new scale the employees asked lor. We ask the public to com pare these two scales carefully and they will see that the increase asked for .lid not average quite ten per cent. OLD SCALE. Assorters and .Markers. Ist class men. $18 per week. Women. $12 pr. week. Assorters and Markers. 2nd class men. $11 per week. Women. $S per week. Washers, $14 to $11 per week. Polishers, Ist class men, $IS per week. Women, 2fic an hour. UNITED HATTERS OF NORTH AMERICA. To Me robe ri of Organised Labor aid Their Friends, 1 1 reel big The National Association of Manu facturers ami Anti-Boycott Society are still waging war against the United Hatters of North America. In the re cent trial before the United states court, at Hartford, Connecticut, for an alleged violation of the Sherman anti- Trust law iv which a judgment HTM rendered against our organization for $222.000, Mr. Loewe, the supposed plaintiff in the case, testified that the defendants (240 membsM of the Hat ters' union) were selected by Mr. Davenport, who is the legal adviser and organizer of the anti-Hoyoott Society, and that that organization was furnish' iug the expense of conducting the trial, showing clearly that the rtnti-Hoycott Society, and not the D. K. Loewe com puny, was the real plaintiff in the case. The great crime of which wo were amused was that our members refused to work for the Loewe company be cause of his refusal to unionize his factory, and that we told our friends, tlie niemliers of organized labor, thnt the Lo-'we hat was unfair and did not contain the label of the Hatted Hatlei of North America. The court holda that this is a serious crime, and must not bo related by our organization, but we can "ask you iwitl t any fear of breaking the law) •To buy in hat unless it contains the label of the I'nitod Hatters of North A morica." We .lon't lielievo thero is n mem! M of organized labor who wouhl wilfully help the anti Boyoott Society in their fight against the United Hatters of North America. hut the fact remains that many members of organize,! lnl.or can be found with non-union hats, which show* that (unconsciously, per EVERETT, WASHINGTON. FRIDAY, MAY 27, 1910. Polisher*, 2nd class men, $14 per week, Women, 17c per hour. Starchers, Ist class men, $ls per week. \\ omen, 17c per hour, I Starchers, 2nd class men, $14 per week. Women, IBe per hour. Mangle tlirls, 14c ;»•! horn-. Machine Ironers, Ist class, 17c per hour ! Machine Ironers, 2nd class, 15c per hour. I Hand ironers. Ist class, 17e per hour. Maud ironers. 2nd class, 15c per hour. NEW SCALE. Assortera and Markers, I si class men. $2 0 per week. Women, $13 per week. I Assort crs and Markers. 2nd class men. $16 per week. W omen.. $9 per week. Washers. $10 to $20 per week. Polishers, Ist class men. per week. W omen. 2 7'/ic per hour. Polishers, 2nd class men. $16 per week. Women, 19c per hour. SI archers. Ist class men. $2 0 per week. Women. 19c per hour, Starchers. 2nd cIaSS men. $1(1 per week. Women, 16c per hour. Mangle girls, 15c per hour. Machine ironers, Isl class, 19c per hour. Machine ironers, 2nd class. 16c per hour, Hand ironers. Ist class. I He per hour. Hand ironers. 2nd class. 16c per hour. There arc the two scales mul they in cite comparison if anyone imagines thai anything startling or revolutionary was asked lor. Less than ten per rent aver age increase was asked lor and denied in I lie lace id' the tact thai laundry prices have been raised as high as 35 per cent. A perusal Of the old scale will show that tin l women employees lecetaed 16, Ili and 17 cents pel hour. Kignring mi the liasis of a ten hour day it would he Computed thai they received $1.50. $1.60 and $1.70 per day. a good wage, says the employer and the person who knows nothing about the laundry busi ness. But Ihe fact is that these -.'iris never worked c.n an average more than si\ hours a day, owing to (he number ■if slack days in each week, when the laundry collected was very light. Thej might work eight or nine hours one or two days a week and five or six In mis a day the balance uf the week. Laun dry workers state that seven hours a day is a big average for the week. This gave them the munificent weekly sal ary of $6.80, $0.72 and $6.94. And. mark you. this is a high average. There are girls on strike today Hho made less than five dollars kisf week and many preceding weeks. Out of this magnifl cent salary they arc supposed to feed and clothe themselves and in many in statues, contribute to the support of their families. There aij- women on haps,) they are helping the enemy to destroy our org mi/ation. There is no neutral ground in (his fight of the ami Boycott Society. Rr cry time you bay I hat you must take part. If you insist on getting a hat with the union label you side with llie t 'lilted Hatter- of North America! II yon buy n hat without the label you side with the anti-BoycOtt Society. Look under the sweat band of the hat which you now wear and see whether you arc with the I'nitcd Hat ters of North America or against them. So many hats are made by members of the United Halters of North Amer ica, nu<l contain their union babel, that we were accused during the strike of having a monopoly of nil the skilled v in the hat industry, and had to defend Ihut action in court at Trenton, Xew .fersey. Union-made huts can lie had in cry style and quality, and are far better value than hats made by un skilled lali.o iii noli union factories. Under these circumstances why buy non-union hat- I Once more, we would request that you remember when buying a hut. "that it is not union-made unless it contains the union label of the I'nited Matters of North America." Thanking you and the members of your organization for many past fa vors, and hoping that when the roll is railed by your association that no mem her will be found siding with the unti Boycott Society In their effort to ex terminate the United Hatters of North America, we arc. Kes|ieet fully yours, UNITED HATTERS (>F Nouth AMKltll A, JOHN A. MOFFITT. I'i. sident. Union label Suits. $20. $25, $30, at the Boston. "Dr. Jacob Smith. Specialist, Kidney and Bladder, Toggery Bldg, 150&«4 of Organized Labor strike today who have been supporting little children as well as i liemselves. out of their meagre earnings. There are hotels in Hie city that give the girls a cut rate lor board and room, because the kind hearted proprietors know that the girls cannot keep body and soul together out of such pitiful earnings and keep STRAIGHT, unless they are given help. In this struggle the sympathy of the general public is with the mils Knowing the conditions surrounding them ami the brave, earnest fjgh( they arc mak ing for a wage commensurate with a de cent mode ot' living, could the public do otherwise than sympathize with and aid them in their fight for a living wage scale? The laundry proprietors it is claimed have formed an association to which every laundry in the city belongs and that each man is under a cash forfeit to stay with the fight against a higher Wage, There never was a strike in all history that the bosses did not put up the moth eaten howl of misery that to raise wanes meant ruination to their business. Have to raise prices again If they granted an Increase in wages A We've all heard that poverty cry. Yet the laundry owners it is safe to assert are paying more in a vain effort to break the strike than it Would C 08t them to pay the slight increase asked tor tor many, mony months, uiris have been approached by the proprietors and begged to go back with the promise of mole I halt the new scale il they would desert the union and in one case it was reported I lint the piopiie,n. olf-«rcd to pay the fines for any of the workers that the union might impose if they Womd aid in breaking the strike. They OOtlldn't pay the scale asked for but they could pay heavy bonuses to strike breakers. When will bosses learn to quit trying to bunk the public with that old gag that ••liny can't a ford the Increase in wages." Nine strikes out of ten tl nployers spend v braking the strike than the increase asked for would aggregate lor a whole year. The thing that sounds ugly to the geneitri public is that the proprietors had the nerve t" raise the [nice of laundry on the pretense that their help cost more, when it turned out that the help is receiving no more than they did two years ago. ll a lair proportion of the increase was going to l#eM un derpald women | pie WOUld not object so much to the higher prices-they are getting educated up to higher prices any how. As one business man ex pressed it. "Twenty centi for a shirt. For the past three months organizers i for the Loyal Older of Moose have haunted the LsnSot Tetania with good results lot the order. The slogan. "None But Oood Men Invited" ha- ap pealed to the members of Organised labor generally, for they consider that is the place for them. The first thought of the union man is fur home and family, and they could not affili ate with any organization that did not appeal to the better qualities of man hood. The lodge now has about 1200 mem bers, mid among the officers there are members of organized labor, the treas urer and assistant sergeant-at arms. — Seattle Union Record. Mr. Keplogle, a hustling organizer for this popular order, is now in charge of the organizing campaign ill Everett and RAILROAD MEN DEDICATE NEW BUILDING. Tlie fine new hail of Lodge No. 501 of the Brotherhood of I ,oooa*S*;lvi Fire men anil Engineers at l,oa\enworth wit* dedicated Monday evening with appro priale ceremonies and with a large and five dollars a week for the girl that washes it don't sound good to me." More was at stake t,, these girls than the .small increase iv wages they asked for the very lite of ttie.r organization was threatened. They have been or ganized long enough to know that the only protection they have iv the world is the fad that they are organized and consequently in a position to command the instant help of all organized labor in time of I rouble. Slowly but surely they saw their organization being at tacked and beaten down. It is stated on excellent authority that one concern in the city le a practice of discharg ing gills as last as it learned (hat the] were joining, or contemplated joining.. the union. It was apparent that a SU pre struggle must soon conic, the outcome of which meant either an or ganization strong enough to protect the employes or tin- total annihilation of their union. So forcible were the signs pointing to this struggle that to have avoided it longer was cowardice. Like tin' brave girls they were, they chose idleness, with the suffering it entailed, rather than disruption of their union. The first blow to the hopes of the proprietors was the immediate action of the laundry drivers who refused to work when the inside help went out. As the drivers personally had no grievance -their vage scale not being affected they counted on their subservience. No man with a spark of respect lor his sister unionists would have helped to beat them down and the boys quit with them. The second blow was the quick action of the strikers in arranging for the care of the laundry of the city. A committee was immediately sent to Se attic and v contract signed up with the Independent laundry of that City—a union plant to handle all the laundry they would send them. The girls went to work and scoured the city for work. Every hotel, .ate, barber shop, every business house was visited and their Work asked for. The girls mounted the wagons with the boys and drove up and down the business streets asking tot 'and collecting laundry. They met with magnificent response from all quarters and the volume of work turned over to them taxed their resources to the ut moat to take care of. They resolved to beat the laundry men at their own game. They knew that a few of tie I weaker spirited ones from their ranks would, per haps, listen to the honeyed words of the bosses and return to work, and they knew that it was possible to get non union help that would do as a makeshift to keep the laundries up iv LOYAL ORDER OF MOOSE. is meeting with tplnflM snores* iv forming a large .lass for initiation for llio meeting wliieli will probably occur n.\t Xhsndaf <v«i»riig. Iflnj ioo»i unionists have signed applications foi monilierslii|i an.l many more will fall in line as they become more aci|uaiule.l with the merits of the order. The or der is one that should appatl to work iiigmen as the benefits are tangible and real and come to every member and bis family in times of sickness or distress. It i» not a "die-to win" proposition. While the charter is open the initiation will be at the low figure of five dol tars; after the .barter close*, it will he raised to twenty five. A good class of men are joining the order in this city ami those who want immediate piotc tion in a first-class order will do well to got in early. crowd in attendance. The beautiliil little home of the railroad men was erected at a cost of $4,000 and waa dedicated free from debt, an undertak ing of which they have a right to 1* very proud. I Beiieke in president and .1 t'. Davis is seiietary of l.txlgi- No. 601. THE LABOR JOURNAL Is the official organ of the Trades Council, and is read by the labor ing men and women of Everett. their pretense of operating. Thej rea soned, however, thai it made little dlf ference hov> many -dike breakers the laundry proprietors gathered together IF THEY DID NOT GET THE WORK TO DO. And they started out t,. see thai they dldn'i gel the work. Ot course it is impossible in predict tlie length of the struggle. « may lie. a week it may he a month; but the strikers are resolved that, no matter how long it take- they are going to stand linn fur vvhat they deem to l.c right. The proprietors hope, of course, to starve them Into submission or by making a show of activity in their plants to weaken the resolve of the strikers ami in.line them to go hack to work. It i- up to the people of this cfty to hack the girls iv this contest until they win what, they are fighting for. The best waj you can do that, is to send every hit of laundry to the girls in their headquarters in the Labor Temple. They will see that, it is don,, promptly and returned to you. An.l if this thing lasts much longer a new plant will go up in this city that will employ these girls and p.n them LIVING WAGES ami the obstinate members of the em ployers' association will yet a dose of competition which compared to the pres cut will he like a mountain to a mole hill. Every man and woman in the city of Everett who believes that the laundry women should receive enough to cloth" and feed them and enable them to look the world ill the face with sell" respect, must rally to their support NOW when they need it. They don't want charity, they don't want resolutions of sympa thy, they don't want condolences they want your laundry work. If this stiik" drags along Interminably they may need help, of a different kind later, but just now they are asking you to help them work on! their own salvation along the liics they have laid down. It is a foregone conclusion that the united support of organized labor will In- behind the laundry employes from -tan to finish of this fight. From the temper displayed by the general public so far it is as certain that they will not stand still and see the Women and girls heat en down ill a struggle which means so much to them. The laundry proprie tors, gome of whom were ITT on THEIR FEET BY Till". UNION MEN AND WOMEN OF THIS CITY, and who are now -bowing their ingratitude by gouging their help, are going to know they have been in a fight before this Struggle is ended. IS THIS FAIR DEALING? A certain member oi the Switchmen** Union went out on strike tin' t'iral of Im( December when the boy* went out fin better run,lit ions and stayed out until the r i kwas officially declared off. He was not an officer of (lie union, neither could he lie classed as an "agi tator," he was just one of the great rank and tile who believed his orguui aation meant something and that the will of the membership aa aJreveed by the official* in charge of the strike Ishould be obeyed. He was a practical [railroad num. who bad put in many yean in the service and had honorable clearance letters from several railroad system*. A clear record and years of honorable asrviee eoeattad foe Bathing tor in' luul the temerity to ask fm net t«t working ."millions and In sla\ out in defence of his priflplo* After the strike whs Over lie VU put back to work pending the usual I'Miiuinat ion whiih every railroad roqairei of appli i ants for He hail passed surh an i'\ainination before ami ns we have •tato.l was a thorough railroad man. Hut this time he couldn't puss the ex amination. And yet the railroads em ployed men as strike breakers who didn't know a suited from a coupling pin and who couldn't have passed the simplest kind of an examination. One whs willing to lie a lickspittle of the jeompauy and scab on a fellow work man: the other had the manhood to stay by his fellows iv their demands The former is kept at work as if there wen- no such thing as an examination: ;the latter is huin|icd on an examination that was as easy to him as t,k„.< candy from a kid. And yet the rail roads prate about "justice." Elgin Shirts at the Boston. "I)r Jacob Smith, Sppcialiet, Blood and Skin, Toggery Bldg., 1605 V t Hewitt." No. 19.