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The labor journal. (Everett, Wash.) 1909-1976, July 22, 1910, Image 1

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Walkout This Week of Men Employed by Stone
Webster Corporation the Result of Refusal to
Meet Demands of Union For Increase in Wages
and Shorter Work Day.
The Electrical Workers' Local. No.
191. has declined n strike against the
F.verett Railway, Light t Water Co.,
and all union employe* of the company
are out. dust a simple news item—the
foregoing but full of potentialities.
Significant perhaps of a long, desperate
Struggle Between the electrical workers
and the local subsidiary company of the
gigantic Stone & Webster inreiests, It
appears to be an unequal struggle. On
the one side a handful of men, com
paratively, with nothing bul their labor
power; on the other hand a rich, power
fill corporation with unlimited resources.
The unthinking bystander would in
stantly say that the strike could have
lnit one ending and that would he the
defeat of the strikers. Those who know
the electrical workers and the respect
they command from the great body of
organized labor by reason of their ag
gressiveness and true blue unionism will
not so hastily arrive at that conclusion.
The electrical workers of the country
have been through many a hard fought
struggle in which they have hooked up
with combinations of capital nearly as
powerful as the Stone A Webster peo
ple and the workers have scored many
victories. A determined 01 gani/at ion.
backed by the sympathy and support of
sister unions, has resources not to be
despised, be the opposition ever so pow
erful in the financial world. The elec
trical workers possess the dogged, light
ing instincts which will fight on and
on for what they believe to be right.
The causes of this strike? First, a
few figures, The line n employed by
the local company received 15.86 for a
day of nine hours. Their work is extra
hazardous and is so classed by insurance
companies, They handle constantly high
voltage wires. Contact with the Same
generally means more than injury—it
means death; Almost any daily paper
tells the story of the lineman's occupa
tion in a brief death notice of a line
man who came in contact with the
death dealing current. The pay, $l!.S5a
day, isii*t prii ly wages when the na
ture of the occupation is taken into ac
count. And it isn't as much as they
receive in other cities from other com
panics for the name work. These fig
ure* furnished by ilt** union officials, tell
the story of dissatisfaction on the part
of the local workmen.
Teleph linemen working in four
pacific coast states under agr icnl
with the telephone companies, at far
less dangerous work, by the way, re
eeive $11.75 a day for RIGHT HOURS'
work. Line n in the following cities,
working with high voltage wires ibe
same class of work as the men now on
strike receive the following wages
baaed on an RIOHT-HOUB DAY:
Spokane, $4.:!5 ; Butte, and other
Montana cities, .1it.50: Vancouver, It.
('., $4.00: San Francisco ami the sur
rounding country. $4.25; Ogden and
Salt Uke, $4.-'.">. The Seattle city
lighting department pays its linemen
$4.20 for eight hours' work, while the
Seattle Electric Co., a stone & Webster
corporation, pays its linemen $4 for
nine hours. Now what do the linemen
in Kverett ask? Four dollars and
twenty cents for a working day of eight
hours. 'Unreasonable in the light of th
wages paid in other western cities? The
electrical workers don't think ho.
The negotiation- which ended abrupt
ly in a strike this week date back to
last February, state the striking clec
fHeians. At that time the union drew
liplKseale and set of working rules in
the form of an agreement to submit to
the local company. They were approved
by the Pacific District Council to which
their proposed agreements must be soli
mitted. The l»>ys claim they made se\
eral attnipt* to' get a conference with
I.K'al company officials in the weeks
that followed, but failed. The officials
were ready to Heat with the men as
individuals, hut not with them as rep
resentatives of their organization. Fin
ally tlcneral Vice-President Sullivan,
of Sun Francisco, was sent for. The
boys la\ stress on the fact that Mr.
BuWvan came into the game because
be was aSked for not as a professional
agitator breaking into trouble but as *■
accredited offioial of their organi/at ion
whose duty it was to enter any pail of
the I'nited Slates where his services
were reqttired. Mr. Sullivan and Mi
Morg.nthaler the latter is third dis
trict vice president of the I'acific Dis
trict visited Mr. Furth in Seattle and
presented the new agreement. Mr
Furth sent them to the local Managers
hut, the electricians say. fold them thst
if they were unsuccessful in treating
with the local managers, they might
finally return to him and he would go
over the situation with them. TV
union officials thereupon wailed NfM
the local managers oi subsidiary com-
panics in various Sound cities. They
came to Everett some weeks ago and in
company with a committee from the lo
cal union endeavored to confer with lo
cal company officials. Their first
visit was during the recent absence of
Mr. sturtevant in the East. Mr. Saw
yer. who was acting superintendent,
was interviewed and a copy of their
agreement left with him. Mr. Sawyer
urged that the committee await the re
turn of Mr. Sturtevant and acording
ly the onion officers left for Belling
ham. Coming hack? to Everett on Mr.
Sturtevant's return from the Bast, they
waited upon him. Mr. Sturtevant re
ceived I hem very courteously but ex-
(Continued on Page Four.)
Candidate for County Superintendent of
I w Ish to an
nounce to the
voters of Sno
homish county,
that I am a
candidate for
County Super
intendent of
Schools, sub
ject to the ap
proval of the
Republican vol
ers at the September primary election.
Candidate for County Commissioner.
I hereby announce myself a candi
date lor County Commissioner. Second
District, on the Republican ticket, sub
ject to the will of the raters at the
Sept ember primaries.
Candidate for County Superintendent of
I wbjh to announce to the voters of
Snohomish county thai I am ■ candi
date for County Superintendent of
Schools, subject to the approval of the
Republican voter- at the September
primary election.
The undersigned i- a candidate for
re nominal ion for the office of Count y
Assessor, subject to the Republican
primalv election mi September 13, '10,
Candidate for County Clerk-
I hereby announce myself a candi
date for County ( lerk on the Repub
lican ticket, subject to the primary
election. September 13, 1910.
Candidate for County Commissioner.
I hereby announce myself as a can
didate for County Commissioner of the
Second District on the Republican tick
et, Subject to primary election, Sep
temher 13, 1 910.
Tiimi \s c. fi.kmim:.
Candidate for County Commissioner.
I hereby announce myself as a can
didate for County Commissioner of the
Second District on the Republican tick
et. Subject to primary election. Sep
temher IS, 191 o.
Candidate for County Commissioner
I hereby announce myself as a can
.lidate for Count \ Contmiasioner of the
Second District on the Republican tick
et, subject to primary election. Sep
temher 13. 1910.
1 hereby announce myself as a can
didate for the office of county auditor
of Snohomish county, subject to the ac
tion id' the republican voters at the Sep
tember primary election.
P. T. MRS.
I hereby announce myself as candi
date lor County Commissioner. Second
District, on the Republican ticket at
the primaries in September. 1910.
To the voters of Snohomish County:
I hereby announce myself a candidate
lor the office of County Commissioner,
on the Republican ticket, for District
No. 2. inject to the will of the voters
at the September (Himaries.
K\erett, Wash.. 1317 Wet more.
I hereby announce myself as a eandi
date for the re-nomination of County
Engineer on the licpuhlican ticket, sub
tec] to the approval of the voters at the
September primaries.
of Organ{/<*<! Labor
K. A. stkom;.
Will be Direct Legislation,
Declares the Ex - Board
of State Federation of
Labor at Seattle Meeting
—Will Pledge all Legis
lative Candidates.
The executive board of the State Fed
eration of Labor met in the Labor Tem
ple at Seattle last Sunday and disposed
of many matters of importance to or
ganized labor in this state. Perhaps the
most important was the consideration
of what measures of legislation should
be put up to the candidates for the leg
islature in the various districts, It has
been the custom of the legislative com
mittee of the federation to select three
or four prominent measures of labor
legislation ami endeavor to pledge the
candidates for those measures. The
feeling has been growing among promi
nent labor leaders and among the rank
and file as well that tlx' surest way to
obtain remedial legislation for wage
workers of a la-ting character was to
hasten the passage id' an amendment
to the state constitution granting the
initiative, referendum and recall to the
people. Organised labor rs not atraid
to submit its wants to the voters of the
state anil is willing to abide by the
decision of the majority expressed at
the polls, It was decided by the hoard
that all of the efforts of its members
would be centered on this piece of leg
islation and a pledge will lie asked of
each legislative candidate to support the
submission of a constitutional amend
men! calling for the Initiative, referen
dum and recall,
The matter of the formation of a
state labor party was laid upon the ta
We. Letters had been previously sent
out to the affiliated unions of the state
asking how many of them would send
delegates to a state convention to draw
up a platform and nominate candidates
and of all the unions interviewed on the
subject the merest handful replied in
the affirmative. In view of the ex
pressed sentiment on the Labor party
formation the only thing to do was to
drop it for this year at least.
President Case was selected to attend
the meeting to be held in Tacoma by
manufacturing and employing interests
and labor representatives to consider
the subject of employer-' liability
There is no question of more vital im
portance to labor an.l President Case,
with his intimate IgnoW ledge of the
need- of legislation along the lines of
compensation for injuries i- amply able
to determine whether the remedy pro
pose.l bj the manufacturing interest- i
anytbing near what i- needed by the
The standpat candidates for the t nit -
ed Stales senate will find hut little so
Ince from the report- received from the
different quarters of the state on the
Sanatoria! situation. While the talk on
the subject was purely informal it de
veloped the fact that the Poindexter
sentiment was very strong throughout
the state among both wageworkers and
farmers. Congressman Pbindexter's
attitude of friendliness toward labor
legislation in congress has created a
friendly feeling among the wage work
ers to his candidacy.
We not iced, while earning through the
City Park Sunday •haul noon, several
family parties that had fled from the
blistering heat to the only cool spot in
the city, Under the shade of the tree*
they Were defying the heat of Old Sol
and were enjoying their Sunday dinner.
The |sirk was full of pSQpSi in summer
attire lounging or walking about the
park and enjoying to the full its rest
fill shade. All of which started a trend
of thought in the reporter's mind. \iz:
How badly Everett needs parks. Not
burly-burly affairs where the popping
of corks and the sounds of the damvrs'
feet are the chief forms of entertain
meiit after considerable expenditure'of
mone\ and patience to reach thin, but
lit lie restful places |U-t like the present
city park. We ought to have a half
dozen of them scattered over the peiiiu
sula within easy walking distance
There is |xrhaps no lietter investment
for any city than these little SSI SSI in
the desert of brick Huil pavement. The
happiness of its people is n city s chief
asset. Everett should heed lieforc land
readies a prohibitive price. Main
cities have had to tear down blocks of
buildings, buying the sites at ruinous
prices, to make room for parks and pub
la pla\grounds. A normal city must
have room fiW its |>eople to get away
om-e a week or on summer evenings
from the noise and heat or something
goes wrong with the delicate machinery
of a city's life.
"Dr. Jacob Smith, Specialist, BIooJ
and Skin, Toggery Bldg , 1605 V,
Prayer For Injunction Against Striking Members of
Cooks. Waiters and Waitresses Union Is Denied
and Demurrer Over Ruled—Decision a Decided
Victory for Organized Labor and Forms Prece
dent for Like Cases in Future.
The hotel and restaurant employers
in Spokane deceived a solar plexus blow
the other day when Judge Webster de
nied their petition for an injunction
against members of the oooks, waiters
and waitresses' union.
The application was an outcome of
the successful fight the union has been
waging against the employer-' associa
tion. Organized labor has been getting
it in the neck from the courts with such
painful regularity of late years that it
Is rather an innovation to score. The
following brief statement of the court's
decision is copied from the columns of
The Spokane Inland Herald:
A complete knockout was scored by
organized labor in the fight instituted
by the hotel and restaurant men who
have been effected by the strike of the
cooks and waiters. Judge J. Stanley
Webster of the superior court, dismiss
in the restraining order secured before
Judge VY. A. (Tuneke and denying the
application for an injunction pending
The matter was first argued before
the court on a demurrer interposed by
T. (>. Connor, attorney for the unions,
but this demurrer wis overruled. The
court then went into the fads in the
ease and decided that there was no
evidence before the court which would
warrant an injunction.
Webster Gives Ruling.
The case had previously been nar
rowed down by eliminating all of the
defendants excepting Frank Could.
Ida Holmes, Bessie Shaw and May
Brown, the service against the Allied
Crafts anil the cooks' and waiters'
unions having been thrown out by
Judge Huneke.
In giving his decision Judge Web
ster stated that the rules of law had
been well settled in the past few years
as to when injunctions should and
should not be granted in labor disputes.
lie first stated that workers had the
undeniable right to strike or walk out
at any time, and went further to hold
that the strikers unquestionably had
the right to use any peaceable means
lo induce others to walk out. No
threat-, intimidation or violence can be
tolerated by law. and when these meth
ods are pursued the action- of the
strikers are then unlawful.
Acts Were Legal.
The court raised the question as to
whether the actions of the strikers in
NKAY YORK. July 22. Seventy-five
tliiou-and i loak imakrtrs. lone-third of
whom are women, are out on strike in
Greater New York and vicinity.
The strikers demand mi eight-hour
day, an increase in wages, and a
antee that employers shall !«■ respon
sible for the wages of men hired by|
outside contractors. Abolition of sub
contracting within factories, is also de
This strike is the largest in the his
tory of the clothing industry, if not
the largest in a single trade that the
Metropolis has ever seen. Over "2.000
shops are involved, and 125 hall- are
retpiired to hold strike oieeling-.
l b.' BVBRETT nad QUALITY foods
hip honest in quality and quantity.
I'aeifie Croeery Co.
Pre** dispatches this wank I'ont am
the most ini| Mill ant new h ti> <>r>fu ii i/»•• I
labor. Hy agreement reached between
oili.i-i- til tin- American Federation of
I.hlmii ami members of tin' BtOW round
its' National Defensive Association the
low controversy between organized la
lair nn<l tlie Buck Stove & Range Co.
is brought to an end. Organized labor
wins a ileeisive victory ami one whieli
will have a deterrent influence against
firms nlio limy (sinteni|ilute a legal
battle against the iiniim- Mali as Mr.
Van Cleave ami liis associates put ii|>.
Tlie reported terms of the agreement
are as follows:
1. A isinference to lie helil ley offi
cers of the labor organization involved
and officials of the Ruck Stove &
Range to. within tltiit > dv.vs. at St.
2. Thine agreement in re|{nrd lo the
wages, hours and conditions of employ
ment shall take effect nine!) days from
date ha >ed on wages and conditions
Is the official organ of the Trades
Council, and is read by the labor
ing men and women of Everett.
approaching strike breakers was such
as to cause them to leave their work
through fear or whether it left them
tree to do as they pleased, and he held
that, under the evidence as applying to
the four defendants, no illegal act had
been Committed, lie cited-the instance
of a waitress in the Model Bakers who
was approached by Bessie Shaw, and
held that the striker had a perfect right
to talk to the waitress and, in fact, was
not denied a hearing by the woman.
Miss Shaw's acts, he said, did not war
rant an injunction being issued against
Cards Are Proper.
The court also made an important
ruling on the matter of tin- circulation
of the card- bearing the names of union
and non-union houses, and helil that
there was nothing in these cards which
brought them within the law. That
they contain the truth was not denied
in the evidence, and the court held that
there is a certain amount of good will
attached to a union house, and the pub
lic generally has a right to know which
houses are union and which are not.
lie also upheld the cards on consti
tutional grounds, and state,) that if
they were libelous the plaintiffs had
recourses through the criminal courts.
If they were scandalous the remedy was
through a civil suit, the ability of the
offender to pay having nothing to do
with the matter.
No Conspiracy Found.
The OOUrt held there was no evidence
of a conspiracy on the part of the four
defendants to ruin the testauraatt men
through any unlawful acts and the tes
timony failed to involve them with any
thing unlawful.
It was also held that there was no
evidence of the four defendants having
been doing picket duty, nor was there
an active boycott shown.
The court expressed the opinion that
picketing, a- it is known in labor bat
tles, may properly be enjoined, and
stated that had the evidence disclosed
that the defendant* had been picketing
restaurants he would have issued an in
junct ion.
The decision id" Judge \\eb»ter was
clear cut, lie fully amplified his de
cision by illustration from lime to time.
The opinion was handed down im
mediately foil on'ing Ihe closing argu
ment of Attorney Samuel R, Stern, who
appeared for the restaurant men.
HUSTON. Jul} M—Governor Draper
and tie- State Q, 0, P, are facing the
light of their live* in the next stule
eanipaign through action by the cen
tral tabor union of Boston, which has
passed a resolution condemning Qov
eraor Draper as an enemy of organized
labor Governor Draper has vetoed an
eight-hour and other labor hills.
NEW YOWL, July 22.- John Kirhv.
Jr.. president of the National Asso
ciation of Manufacturers, ha- sent out
a statement to 00.000 manufacturer*
and buaines* men on political and in
dustrial condition- throughout the
I'niteil States. Kirhv urges the forma
lion of a isiiiservat ive and union-hating
piditieal party.
existing in shops of competitors m the
ritj of St i.ouis oinratiM union shops.
S. The la bo* unions will make
known that the difficulties between the
two organizations have lieen satisfac
torily adjust..,|.
4. I'h Ruck Stove a Range 00. will
withdraw all suits peiidniL' against the
labor organizations.
ft. A copy of agreement will lw pub
lished iii the journals of the labor or
gani/al ion- and displayed in the labor
depart meiit- ol the -love company.
Samuel Conijiers said that the agree
mem Would not affect the suits now
pending in the supreme court further
than the withdrawal of the Buck Stove
& Range attorneys from the ease. This
is an ini|Mirtaiil feature of the ease as
it is necessary in view of the many at
laeks upon organized labor in the ..inl
and ih. interpretation of the Sherman
anti trust law unfavorable to organized
labor that the status of labor before
the law should he definitely decided hy
the supreme court.
No. 27.

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