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THE LABOR JOURNAL
Official Organ of the Trades Council, is read by the laboring men and women of Everett. VOI^XIV. (ALWAYS ASK FOR "S. & H." GREEN TRADING STAMPS) THURSDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY (February 19, 20 and 21 A rare exhibit, revealing the season's newest style effects in MEN'S SOFT AND STIFF HATS A complete style range of high grade headwear for men of particular dress. A cordial invitation extended to all to inspect this grand display. (Thursday, Friday and Saturday.) The Brodeck Co. 1701-3 HEWITT AVENUE THE LEADING MEN'S AND BOYS' STORE Riley-Cooley Shoe Co. FULL LINE OF UNION MADE SHOES Both Phones 766 1712 Hewitt Klein Distributing Company, Inc. J. F. KLEIN, Prop. Agency for ITALIAN SWISS COLONY WINES, PORT, SHERRY, MUS CAT, ANGELICA From $1.00 to $3.00 Per Gallon Our Rrandies are from the Italian Swiss Colony made of the Purest of Madera Crapes. Our leading brands of whiskey are Edgewood, Barbee, Yellow stone, Harper, Sunnvbrook and Rurclav "76" and our brand — "LITTLE OLD FASHION WHISKEY" Delivery to any Part of the City S. S. 385—PHONES—Ind. 636 COR. HEWITT AND OAKES EVERETT, WASH. NORTHERN TRANSFER CO. Office and Storage Warehouse Across from Great Northern Freight Depot Sunset 191, Ind. iqi SAVING MONEY IS THE SURE WAY TO GET AHEAD IN THE WORLD Men with moderate incomes can spare a few dollars each month and in a few years have a snug sum of money Accounts may he started with one dollar or more and draw 4 per cent interest. BANK OF COMMERCE 4 Per Cent on Time and Saving Deposits CUT PRICES on all shoes until March Ist—to make room for new stock Everett Shoe Mfg. Co. LAST WEEK Clearance Sale Bf chelder & Corneil ' Better Clothes Union Made Dimlap Display CORNER WETMORE 2003 HEWITT AYE OF NOW FOR THREE MILLIONS" The Labor Journal KVERETT, WASILTNGTON, FRIDAY. FKI.RI'A i;Y -Jn. lIH4. The books will be open until 9:00 P.M. at the City Hall, February 18, 19, 20 and 21. REGISTER AT ONCE ! LABOR MEETS IN CITY PARK DEMAND ONLY THE RIGHT TO ORGANIZE ' OPEN SHOP VS. CLOSED SHOP NOT THE ISSUE. I hast Tuesday evening H.OOO men formed in line and marched up the main street and out Lombard avenue past the Labor Temple to the City Park,, where were assembled several thousand working men and women to learn labor's version of the strike called Saturday, February 14, at the Robinson .Manufacturing company's! plant, one of the largest sash and door! factories in the city. The company discharged a number of workmen last 1 week because they had joined the Tim ber Workers' Union. They offered no other reason for the discharge other than that these men had become af filiated with this labor organization. The hand of the manufacturers' as sociation made its appearance in this j fight when on Monday seceral lumber mill owners issued a public statement las follows: "We, the undersigned manufacturers of the city of Everett, in the case the; Robinson Manufacturing company is unable to operate its plant on the open-shop plan hy March 4, agree to' support, the said Robinson Manufactur ing company, morally, financially and to the extent of closing our plants until said plant is operating regularly under tho open-shop plan. Signed: Clark- Nickerson Lumber Co.. Canyon Lum ! ber Co.. Weyerhaeuser Lumber Co., } Ferry-Raker Lumber Co.. Walton Lum j ber Co." C. J. Folsom, R. J. Olinger and Qua Loth addressed the park mass meeting, iOn behalf of the Timber Workers. \ Folsom made it clear that the issue was not "closed shop versus open shop," but rather the right to organize. "We were not insisting that his men join the union, but we do insist that they be not denied the right to join I the union if they see fit. The incon sistency of the bosses is apparent in I their general effort to deny workers i the right to organize." said Organizer Folsom. R, J. Olinger spoke in behalf of or ganized labor in Kverett, and said that all organized labor was willing to lay down their tools in behalf of the Tim ber Workers. Otis Loth, president of the Itinerant Workers' Union, told of the fruitless efforts of Robinson to get the hoboes to scab. Marching from the City Park to Lib erty Hall fully 5,000 were in the parade and the sidewalks were crowded. The j hall would seat only 1,500 and the bal-| ance congregated in the street, where ; overflow meetings were held. Indica tions are that this will be a fight to; the finish Organized labor cannot' and will not recede from its position. The Robinson Manufacturing com pany employs about 230 men, and when tin. strike l was called only 60 belonged to the union. Now over 200 belong. Men are joining from other mills In] great numbers. Ranks of labor are closing. This is the opening gun of the man ufacturers in the timber industry. There will be lots of timber workers left when the battle ends. — I TO THE STRIKERS. The Oriental Tea company. 2817 Wetniore avenue, will dedicate its par lors by a grand program and French dinner. All are invited to attend. The parlors will be open Monday from 12 noon until 12 p. m. Prices moderate This company is with you in this strike and will start in by donating the net proceeds of this event to your cause. il. J. BKBKAU, Adv. Manager The large halls of the Labor Temple have been taxed to their capacity dur ing the past few weeks and the need of one large meeting place is apparent. Hurry up on the new Labor Temple. It is neither troublesome or ex- t pensive to cure that cold if you I use Rexall Cold Tablets. 25 cts j DARLING'S \ THE OFFICIAL PAPER OF THE EVERETT TRADES COUNCIL EMPLOYERS' ASSOCIATION OPPOSED TO INITIATIVE LAWS WALKOUT IN LARGE EVERETT PLANT-RUSTON SMELTER STRIKERS STILL OUT AND MAKING VALIANT FIGHT ATTACK ON INITIATIVE MEASURES BY EMPLOYERS ORGANIZATION OF JOINT FORCES FOR CIRCULATION OF PETITIONS IMPERATIVE. (By E. P. Marsh, President Washington State Federation of Labor.) Alarmed at the rapid growtb of the organization of timber work ers since the Aberdeen convention, the management of a large sash . and door concern in Everett precipitated the first clash last week when it discharged a score or more workmen, frankly telling them that they were being discharged because they had joined the organiza tion. Porseeing that it meant only a matter of time until every man j who carried a curd would have to walk the plank, the employes talked it over and at a called meeting of the union decided to strike th" 'plant. At this writing, Sunday, the 15th, the tieup is complete and 'practically every employe of the plant a member of the organization. I One hundred and fifty men are affected. The walkout has an import ant bearing on the contemplated struggle for an eight-hour day in the i timber industry scheduled to begin May I. Kverett is known tar ami [wide as one of tin 1 best organized towns along the coast. If the men are beaten the manufacturers generally will view the situation with a great deal of complacency, while if they win it will give an added i impetus to the work of organization which is e-oiiiLr rapidly ahead. The issue is clear-cut and involves the right of the men to join the union of timber workers, and that right only, No demands have 1 n made for a "(dosed shop," an "eight-hour day," or anything save the right to affiliate with their fellows. There is no question that the j strike was forced upon the men; it, was a case of meet the company 1 upon the single issue it raised or see all attempts at further organiz ing that plant fail. The men are picketing the plant thoroughly, con ducting themselves well, ami are full of determination to win. The outcome of the struggle will be watched with interest by all organized labor and the two great forces of employers and employes in the tim ber industry have a vital interest in the result. » » • Nor is Everett the only locality in which there is a severe local strike on. The Guggenheim smelter In Tacoma is also the scene of a 'conflict which is being bitterly fought. Three hundred and fifty com mon laborers, handy men and helpers, struck January 1 against an increase in the hours of labor with no increase in pay. The majority of the men are foreigners but are showing B splendid solidarity, not a desertion having occurred at the time the writer visited the scene the 12th inst. Organizer Reilley is conducting tho strike for the sineltermeii and is holding them well in line, The usual trust tactics are being followed by the smelter officials. The town of Rnston in which the strike ocurred. is Guggenheim controlled, the mayor and the city oonncilmen being smelter employes, An ordinance forbidding men to loiter, parade or gather upon tin- streets, was hurriedly passed and several men thrown in jail for peaceably parading along the streets. The men had no form of organization at the time they struck hut are showing commendable patience ami courage in the face of annoyances, petty persecution and actual want. The strikers am! Continued on Pane Two. PRESSMAN RETURNS Mr. Oeo. B. Sharpless. former secre tary of the local Pressmen's Union, re turned to Everett Saturday after a four months' visit to the Pressmen's technical school and home in eastern Tennessee. He claims that the Pressmen have one of the fineßt spots in Tennessee for their institutions, which have cost over |280,000 Their home is located twelve and a half miles from the city of Kogersville. In the mountains. They sylvania, New York up to New York FREEDOM OF CONTRACT NO. 2 convey members to and from it by auto. After leaving school he traveled through the state of Virginia. Perm sylvanla. New Jersey up to New York city He found labor conditions much the same as on the cost There seems to lie no business all over the V S The Kast and South are not as well organized as the Northwest in all trades The only union in the South that seems to have the push is the Typographical. While in Washington. D C, Mr Sharpless visited with Congressman J. A. Falconer Mention the Journal to every merchant who solicits your pat ronage through these columns. IN MEMORIAM. The following resolutions of sym , pathy on the death of Mrs. Electa Kime. who passed away February 10, 1914, were adopted by a rising vote of the Woman's Union Card and Label League at the regular metting on Mon-' day. February !•!: The Angel of Heath having entered our League and taken from our midst our beloved sister. Electa Kime: there fore, be it Resolved, that the entire member ship extend our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved husband. In this, his great affliction; that a copy of these' resolutions be sent to the husband; and be it further ; Resolved, that as a tribute to our beloved sister, we drape our charter in mourning for a period of thirty days and that a copy of these resolutions be spread on our minutes and a copy furnished the Labor Journal for publi cation. We miss her from our lodge room. We miss her from her chair. We miss her kind and loving hand, : We miss her everywhere. MRS. B. E. TYLER. Secretary Wm. Lavin, a member of the local Bartenders' I'tiion. died at 11 o'clock Thursday morning. Funeral arrange ments will be made later LARGE MILL COMPANIES REFUSE MEN THE RIGHT TO ORGANIZE BELIEVE IN ORGANIZATION FOR THEMSELVES BUT REFUSE THAT RIGHT TO EMPLOYES- CLAIM THEY ARE RUNNING AT A LOSS BUT BUILD MORE MILLS SOME MILLS IN STATE ARE RUNNING TWELVE AND A HALF HOUR SHIFT Newspaper reports of the trouble now <m in this citj between the Robinson Sash and Door Co. and its employes have several timet alluded to the trouble as an "open-shop" fight or the prelude to an "open-shop" war. Despite the assurance of union officials lha! the "open or closed shop" question did not enter into this particular dispute, that question has been and is being constantly raised with the plain intent to prejudice the public against the men now on strike ami the organisation behind them. At the very outsel of this trouble, then, the Labor Journal proposes to lav squarely before the public organised labor's side of this contention. First of all. organised labor pleads guilty to tint indictment that the main reason for its existence is the improvement of its material conditions, whether those conditions be poor pay, lone hours of toil or unsanitnrv and repulsive surroundings Let that 'be understood. Hut it does emphatically dem that il works either ruin or in.justi ipoo the employer during the process, whether the result be attained by legislative enactment or industrial conflict, lndnstrx always has been able to readjust itself to changed conditions, through more scientific management, through increased efficiency of its workmen, or through an increased sale price of its product. The strike at the Robinson plant occurred because of an attitude on the part of the company that cannot be condoned by any man with an atom of fair pla\ in his makeup. \ot a smtrle demand had bets (Continued on Page Two.l THE LABOR JOURNAL LISTER'S MEN UNDER FIRE ROBERT ADAIR MAKES TEN SERIOUS CHARGES AGAINST 1 DAGGETT AND ERNEST EXONERATES WALLACE In an open letter to the nubile, Robin Adair. Former statlsticlai of the state industrial commission, today makes ten serious charges against Commissioners Daggett and Ernst, Coventor Lister's appointees, and ac cuses them of gross maladministration of the workmen's compensation law. resulting in injury to the interests of the workingmen and for the benefit of "lumber barons" and other employers. Adair specifically exonerates John H. Wallace, the third member of the commission. The following are the important charges: That the commission is officially [working against the adoption of the j "first aid clause in the law. which has been sought by laboring nun for the past two sessions of the legisla ture. "For some months." says Adair. "I have been under orders from Commis sioner Daggett, chairman, not to talk 'first aid' under penalty of being re moved from office." That the commission has instructed the chief medical adviser to "rate per manent partial disabilities close." Th/" quoted words are those of CommissiopV er Ernst, in January. 1!>14. That means that low awards shall be offered to the injured workmen. j That the commission attempts to settle with men who have received per manent total disability on the basis of j51,500 lump sum. in violation of the law. which provides for a monthly pen- Adair cites the case of a miner in Carbonado. In that case, however, the miner knew his rights, and forced the commission to set aside $4,000 to cover his case. That the commission has discon eontinued the workman's confidential report blank, and the workman is com pelled to make his report on the back This does not permit the workman to report the full truth about mechani cal conditions under which he works That the commission is gradually establishing a system ef political fav oritism by appointing democrats, with out reference to ability That the commission has no under standing of the Washington law in its larger significance, and that neither of Governor Lister's appointee- ip capable of doing more than the merest routine office work. "The commission has recently ac knowledged this.'' says Adair, "hy sub mitting to the public the second annual report, which contains no contributions of the commission except pictures of the office help " No. '_'.