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EVERETT CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL VOL. XXVIII. THE OFFICIAL BULLETIN OF THE UN. STATE FEDERATION OF LABOR THE FEDERATION PLANS TO ASSIST BUILDING TRADES Organization of a permanent committee to handle building trades affairs, and to function as a Building Trades Department will probably be one of the important accomplishments of the annual Con vention of the Washington State Federation of Labor, to be held at Rellingham the third week in June. The plan was tentatively out lined at. a recent meeting of the Federation's Executive Council and reports from different industrial centers of the State are to the ef fect that the Building Trades I'nions are taking a lively interest in the proposal and will have full delegations at Bellingham to dis cuss it. A reason strongly urged for the formation of some statewide build ing trades organization is that the State of Washington will expend within the next two years about $4,000,000 in the constructioti of public, buildings. The Building Trades Unions are desirous of see ing that this construction work 1b done under union conditions. A definite plan will be laid be fore the Convention by a commit tee appointed by the Federation's Executive Council, which commit tee will caucus with the Building Trades delegates when the Conven tion opens. The committee is com posed of L. L. Clifford, of Belling ham; O. K. Sweeney, of Walla Walla, and E. A. Francois, of Ev erett, Building Trades men and members of the Federation's Execu tive Council, with Frank W. Cot terill. Secretary of the Seattle Building Trades Council. and Charles Richmond, Secretary of the Tacoma Building Trades Council, as their colleagues. THE TEAMSTERS OPPOSE MOONEY GENERAL STRIKE On the ground that a nation-wide strike would cause disorganization and do the cause of Thomas .1. Mooney no real good, even were it possible to bring about such a strike, the Puget Sound District Council of Teamsters, with which a large majority of the unions of the. teaming trades of the North west are affiliated, went on record at a meeting held in Seattle recent ly as recommending to all its affil iated unions that no vote be taken ou the Mooney strike. The Council's argument is that the American Federation of Labor's annual convention, to be held in At lantic City this month will prob ably take constructive action to as sist Mooney in his fight for a new trial, and that the matter would best be left in the Federation's hands. The Teamsters' Joint Council in cludes seven local unions of Team sters with more than 6,000 mem bers in Seattle alone. The Seattle Teamsters and Auto Truck Drivers' Cnion, the largest of these locals, with about 2,000 members, voted in accordance with the Council's rec ommendation, to table the call for the Mooney strike on July 4. METAL TRADES OF SEATTLE TO VOTE ON 40-HOUR WEEK Palling into line with the Build ing Trades Council of the same city, which has already obtained a 40 --hour, or five-day week, taking Sat urday as a holiday, the Seattle Metal Trades Council has decided to submit to a referendum vote of its twenty-one unions a five-day week proposal. About 25,000 met al tradesmen are expected to vote on the question. The Seattle Metal Trades have for nearly a year been working a 44-hour week. The Building Trades ha,d had the 44 --hour week for several years when they made the change to 40 hours last month. The Metal Trades of the Pacific Coast, under the leadership of the Pacific Coast District Metal Trades Council, are now seeking to obtain a coastwide Metal Trades agreement covering the shipyards and kindred Industries and at he recent Oak land convention of the District went on record as demanding a 44 --hour week With a provision that any agreement obtained should con tain a clause providing for a short ening of the working hours to pro vide employment for all members, should the need arise through fall ing off In shipbuilding. It, is pos sible that a '10-hour week might be urged for the Coast District. The Oakland Convention endors ed the principle of the six-hour day. The Seattle Metal Trades Council, however, declined to submit to a referendum vote together with the 40-hour week proposition, a six hour day proposal. Reports on the Oakland conven tion, made to the local Metal Trades Councils in the Northwest were to the effect that a referendum vote on a Coastwide strike on .July 21 had been requested, the strike to be called in the event a satisfactory Coastwide agreement had not been reached with the shipyard owners by that date. The Seattle Metal Trades Council, in view of the fact that the heads of the international metal trades unions and .lames O'Connell, President of the Metal Trades Department of the Ameri can Federation of abor, have prom ised to come to the Coast not later than July 21 to assist the Coast unions in obtaining a shipyard agreement, has started a movement to have the strike date postponed until after the proposed conference. In the meantime the Seattle Council has sent James A. Taylor, its President, to Atlantic City to attend the annual convention of the Metal Trades Department of the A. F. of L., where it is presumed the entire shipyard wage situation will be discussed and a reconstruc tion policy adopted. Other local Metal Trades Councils have taken like action. Taylor is Sixth Vice-President of the State Federation of Labor, rep resenting the Seattle District. TERM "AUTONOMY" CLEARLY DEFINED (By Charles Perry Taylor.) It is unnecessary to call atten tion to a frequent misconception of the term "autonomy" as it is used by the American Federation of La bor. Some have mistakenly inter preted it to mean that a trade union cannot expand its jurisdiction, or amalgamate with another organiza tion of the same or of a kindred trade in the same industry. The term "autonomy" as applied, has been used as an obstacle to such ex tension, growth and amalgamation. Xo such construction or interpreta tion can be justly given the term. Broadly ami specifically speak ing, the term "autonomy" means self-government, as automaton and automatic, self-acting; autcibiog raphy. self-writing the history of one's own life; automobile, self propelling, deriving its general application from the root word, auto —self. The I'nited Association of Plumb ers, Gasfitters, Steamfitters and Steamfitters' Helpers has within its membership those branches of the trades included in its title. The International Molders' I'nion of North America now encompasses molders of-all metals, and some years ago the Coromakers' Interna tional Union became amalgamated with it. The Longshoremen have pilots and steam shovelmen in addition to their own workers, longshore men. Blacksmiths have chain mak ers and helpers. The Pa Niters' Brotherhood has absorber 1 the Glass Workers' International Union. The Lester's International Union became amalgamated with the Boot and Shoe Workers' International Union. The Iron ami Steel Work ers are organizing the unskilled with the skilled of the trade. The Mine Workers have jurisdiction over all work in and around the mines. Granite Cutters have added polishers, rubbers, sawyers and the tool sharpeners have been part thereof from the beginning. Quarry Workers have added der rlckmen, boxing and strapping. Railroad Telegraphers have added station agents, signalmen, train dis Slabor Journal patchers, teleplioners. pneumatic interlockers, and staffmen. The Journeymen Tailors' Inter national I'nion, the I'nited Gar ment Workers of North America, and the Ladies' Garment Workers' International I'nion, arc endeavor ing to bring about an amalgama tion of the three organizations. So on might one quote nearly all of the national and international unions in their constant effort to a more thorough and comprehensive organization of their own fellow workers in the trade, or in kindred trades. TAKES STAND FOR NATIONAL DRY LAW Resolutions protesting against a repeal of the wartime prohibition act which will mil ss repealed, make the I'nited States "dry" on and after July 1, have been adopted by the Seattle Central Labor coun cil. The Council instructed its delegate to the coming Annual Con vention of the American Federation of Labor, to piace the resolutions before that Convention. James A. Duncan, the Council's Secretary, is its A. F. of L. delegate. The resolutions deplore the rec ommendation of President Wilson that tho war-time prohibition act be repealed and declare that four years' experience has convinced the workers of Washington that pro hibition is beneficial and that the right to manufacture and sell liquor is neither worth fighting for nor worth having after it has been won. EQUAL SUFFRAGE WINS OUT AT LAST WASHINGTON, D. <'~ June 4.— Action by congress on equal suf frage—the subject of a fight of 40 years duration —ended late today in the adoption by the senate, by a vote of 56 to 25, of the historic Sussan B. Anthony constitutional amendment resolution. The proposed amendment was adopted by the house as the first act of the new congress. It now goes to the states for ratification by the legislatures of three-fourths of the states which is required for incorporation iv the federal con stitution. The roll call today showed two votes more than necessary for the passage of the resolution, which was drafted by Susan B. Anthony in 1875 and introduced by Senator Sargent, of California in 1878. TO LOCAL UNIONS; If you will have the Secre tary, or some other officer, write short notes of such of your proceedings as you desire pub lished for the information of other I'nions and the public, and drop them in the Journal mail bos In the Labor Temple, they will appear in the next number of the Journal. If received later than Wed nesday afternoon, or if too long, publication can not be guaran teed in the issue of that week. WE'LL STILL SAVE HOUR'S DAYLIGHT DESPITE FARMERS Washington. June 4. —The House today passed the agricultural appropriation bill, carrying $31, --600,000. The vote was 34 5 to 1. Repeal of daylight saving was knocked out of the bill on a point of order before it was passed. BAYVIEW HOTEL HAS REOPENED The Bayview Hotel has re-opened its dining room and will be always prepared to serve excellent meals to its patfons. Mrs. Mitchell has se cured a full crew of union cooks and waiters. Bro. Bert Olinger. the well known carpenter, about two weeks ago, came in close contact with a saw, losing one finger and having two more badly gashed. Bert is now eligible to membership In the Shingleweavers. Jay Olinger and family came over from Tacoma for the week-end. Smoke chas. Sheets' CHALLENGE 10c Cigar. EVERETT, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, JUNE 6, 1919 CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL DOES BUSINESS AND HOLDS TALKFEST Wednesday. June 4, Ift 10. President Moncur called the meet ing to order at 8 p. m. Credentials were received anil their bearers seated as follows: O. Muklehust. of the Tailors, to sue- I Ceed Melegate Dieterle; Fred X Overman, C, S. Brown and George IK. Riggins, of the Typographical . C. K. Goldthorpe, of the Stage Km ployees; Joseph Rummler, of the Electrical Workers; K. Haas, of the Firefighters. A letter was received from the Commercial Club asking tho Coun cil's co-operation in soliciting funds for the Orphans' Home. There are now forty-two little ones in the Snohomish County Orphanage, and it is necessary to raise $5,000 for their support during the coming year. The Delegates were instruct ed to take the matter up with their locals. A letter from the I'nited Garment Workers announced that the pro ducts of Henry Souneborn & Co.. incorporated, of Baltimore, are still on tfie unfair list and asked the Council to make it known to labor that "Style Plus" and other brands of that firm are made under unfair conditions. A communication was received from tho Street Car Men thanking the Council for its aid in organizing their Union. This Cnion is now operating tinder its own charter, and is known as Local No. SB3, Amalgamated Association of Street and Electric Railway Employee! of America. On request of the Building Trades Council R. B. McAdam and Amiel Larson, contractors, were taken from the unfair list. The Dock Committee announced the selection by the City Commis sion of John Hanson to ac t with En gineer Dean and R. B. Williams to appraise the value of the City Dock. The Co-operative Committee re ported progress. It was announced that the Butch era' I'nion of Seattle had paid their back dues and re-affiliated with the State Federation. This renders eligible to delegatoship In the Bel lingham Convention, Delegate llow arth, of the Central Labor Coun cil. Reports By Unions The Barbers elected two dele gates to the Bellingham Conven tion, Christ Balmer and H. C. Sny der. Bro. Balmer xvas also elected a delegate to the Barbers' Interna tional Convention at Buffalo. The Butchers initiated one and elected Bros, llowarth and Dierck son to the Bellingham Convention. The Cooks and Waiters will send Frank Johnson to the Bellingham t 'ouvention. The Electrical Workers elected J. M. Giblis and E. G. Fenton to at tend the Bellingham Convention. They reported some friction be tween their union and the Stage Employees, The Firefighters reported a pood meeting. The Uathers initiated one appli cant. The Painters initiated one- ex service man and elec ted K. W. Phil lips to go to Bellingham. The Plumbers elected John Wat son and B. A. Francois to represent them in Bellingham. The Piledrivers received a letter from their International forbidding them from taking a Mooney strike vote, but they had already cast an overwhelming strike vote. Fred Smith and J. M. Gulley were elected to Bellingham. * The stage Employ eel elected Mark Bebeau and U V. Stoddard to represent them In Belliugham and elected the following officers: President, 1.. V. Stoddard; Nice- President, Harry Olson; Recording Secretary, Mark Bebeau; Financial Secretary-Treasurer. Al. Stewart: Sergeant-at-Arms, Milton Foreland; Business Agents, F. C. Goldthorpe and Ira Brown. The Tailors elected officers, but no delegates to Bellingham. The Timberworkers had a fine meeting and initiated a large c lass of applicants. They will send Or ganizer Harry Wood and J, W. Klein to Bellingham. The Printers will send A. W. Stanley and Geo. K. Riggins to Bel lingham. *The Street Car Men repotted [the arrival of their Charter and its installation in Hall I at the Labor j Temple. The Longshoremen initiated ten applicants) eight of them soldiers who were taken in without initia tion fees. The Engineers are growing I slowly. They expect large increases in membership soon. They took no Mooney strike action. Harry Parks and Hob Smith were elected dele gates to Bellingham, The Retail clerks repented the dame given under the auspices of their union and the Label League last. Tuesday was a social succ ess. They elected Miss Gladys Maloney and Miss McKibbon to represent them in Bellingham. The Shinglcweavers will send Wllbert Pilon and .lohn M. Norland to represent them in Bellingham. The Label League initiated two applicants and transacted routine business. They reported the Tues day night dance a social success. Delegate Havens lectured organ ized workers for neglect of their political duties. Through that neglect, they allowed the reins of government to get into capitalistic hands. He appealed to the work ers to wake up and educate them selves politically. He urged all workingmen to register. Delegate Myers took the oppo site view of the matter and c laimed the whole franchise system needed reform. Delegate Rlehter favored the or ganization of the working class po litically. Delegate Ilowarth said the toil ers should be ready to exercise their political, industrial and economic power. Delegate Overman favored an universal election day and the is suance of registration cards, en abling the voters to cast their bal lots, no matter where, they hap pened to be on election day. Delegate Myers moved a com mittee be appointed to dcv ise a plan for simplifying laws regulating the franchise. carried. Delegates Riggins, Francois and llowarth were appointed. Delegate Watson endorsed the Havens idea. The delegates were instruc ted to take the subject up with their lo cals and ttrgo a thorough discussion of it. The Piledrivers offered the Co operative Society free use of a booth at their picnic, to be held at Silver Lake on June 21 and 22, for the display of their goods. The of fer was accepted by Delegate llow arth, with thanks. V. 3, Cassidy, bringing creden tials from the Seattle Central La- Ibor Council, addressed the Kverett Council on the Mooney strike. He said Seattle Council asked this Council to appoint a Committee to visit the locals with Bro. Cassidy and ask thorn to co-operate with the Council's Committee as a General Strike Committee, A motion pre vailed to elect the Committee, and the following were named: Hole gates Richter. Myers, llowarth. ! Rumler and Breslin. Delegates Armstrong. Johnson and Stoddard wore appointed additional members of the Co-operative Com mit too. BUILDING TRADES FOR 40-HOUR WEEK The Building Trades Council adopted a resolution favoring a 40 --hour week and has referred its rat ification to a referendum of the membership of its affiliated locals. If adopted, the 10-hour or 5-day week will go into effect on July I. INCREASE FOR BARBERS Rot 'HESTER. N. V. May 31.- Organtted Barbers and their em ployers announce a new wage ad justment that raises wages to JCO a week and one-half of receipts over $2S a week. George Vingen and wife and Louis Brtckson and wife, motored to Vancouver, B. C, last Friday, and returned to Kverett Sunday night. George says the "1 per cent" In the B. C. metropolis is pretty good stuff. Try "BLUE RlbbO.V ■ sc. JARRED LOOSE The Port Commission heard a big noise which aroused them from their slumbers and had dreams. At their regular meeting Wed nesday night the commission con cluded to do something. They decided to employ a com petent engineer to examine the comprehensive scheme presented to that august body by Mr. Taggart j Aston and as good as told the pub lic that engineer would be Mr. A. B. Dean. They want a man who has "actual practical experience in port affairs." They, the commissioners, want a plan that Will be of benefit to fu ture citizens. Something that Will he "binding for all time." The Commission wants to secure i the services of Leroy Vernon to boost the Free Port Bill in Wash-' Ington. They don't appear to know much about the present or [proposed free port bill, but they want it boosted. They do not even know there has been considerable agitation grow ing out of their policy of inaction, but they will hear about it. Want Recall At its meeting Wednesday night the Freeholders' Club appointed a committee to start the ball rolling on a recall petition, The club Is particularly desirous of the re tirement of Commissioners Burke and Chltty, but left to the discre tion of the committee Whether to include Commissioner Miley In the recall. PORT COMMISSION CALLED DOWN BY INQUIRING PUBLIC There was a large audience at the Commercial ('luh"s special meeting Tuesday night, called to bear state ments by the Port Commissioners of what they are doing to further the work of tiie Port District. Special invitations were sent the Commissioners to lie present, and tell the public, through this meet ing, what" they hail done, what they are doing, and what they propose to do for the improvement of the Port of Bverett, Commissioner Miley was present in answer to the invi tation, but Commissioners Hurke and Chttty were conspicuous by their absence. The absence of these gentlemen created the general impression that they did not care to tefl the public what they had done or what they had not done in an official capacity. There were those prosen. who be lieve these two Commissioners think Port District doings are none of the public's business. Mr. Taggart Aston, the Engineer discharged by the Commission, al leging that there is no work to be done, made it clear that there is plenty to he clone and that the City of Everett is in danger of great loss because some things which ought to be done are not c.one imme diately. Mr, Aston explained at consider able length his comprehensive scheme for port improvement. Which will be placed before the vot ers if ever an election be called to authorize the issuance of bonds for that purpose. He answered many questions asked by interested citi zens, explanatory of his compre hensive scheme, but the lack of technical knowledge and absence of study by the majority of his hear ers left a hazy impression upon them Hut he conveyed by his di rect statements the thought that the Commissioners themselves did not take enough interest in or give the subject enough study to thor ough I) understand the recommend ations made by the Engineer. They ate asleep at the switch, and the public is admonished that it will take an awful noise to awak en them. So a motion was made demanding the resignations of Commissioners Burke and Chttty, but the senti meut of the meeting favored giving them another c hance, so a meeting was called for Thursday evening (too late for publication iv this week's Journal i and a committee appointed to call on Messrs. Burke I and Chitty to invite them to be ' present. j Tho Commercial club, through I its officers, disclaimed responsibil OPEN SEASON FOR PROPHETS IS HERE AND MOST OF THEM FALSE PROPHETS [(By Chester M. Wright for Labor 1 Press. I WASHINGTON, May —This is the open season for predictions about the American Federation of Labor convention. All those who hope the Federa tion will go to smash turn loose with their predictions about what the "radicals" are going tn do. All those who have a certain amount of white paper to fill with words carry on vaguely about this, that or the other thing that may happen. And conventions come and go, proving one by one that it's a good tiling for prophets tha' nobody checks up on them. The prophets arc abroad in the land tliis year, One of them pre dicts that President Gompers Will be retired on a pension as president emeritus. President Qompers nail ed thai one With precision, prompt itude and punch. Others predict that the convention will be turned upside down by the "radicals'' who will back the "Seattle plan" for twelve industrial unions instead of the present international unions. Wherefore, let this be said in so ber seriousness about the coming convent ion: Issues to Be Debated There will be an unusually im posing list of debatable questions. There will be big issues about which men and women may differ seriously. There will be the peace treaty, including the League of Nations and the labor section. There will be reports on education, health in surance and political policy. There will be a review of national legis lation. There Will be doubtless consideration given to housing, un employment and land settlement. The special report ou reconstruc tion will come before the conven tion. Prohibition will be there. Doubtless'the courts and some of their recent verdicts will pass in review- before labor's great con gress. And the jurisdictional dis putes must not he overlooked. There will be all of these issues and no one knows what others com i ing in the form of resolutions. The prophets pick this as a good time to forecast their worst. If the gathering were any other than the one it is. they might have bet ter ground. But here is a great point that they forget: What It Doesn't Do The American Federation of La bor convention does not meet to frame a creed, it doesn't meet to formulate a dogma. It doesn't come together to see if it can put an ex planation of all social phenomena get her to make a paper record, If it did the critics might well fore cast anything they liked ami it j probably would happen. The American Federation of La hor convention is held to help the progress of the working people hj deeds ami by the recording and! planning of deeds. Its polio* is a poli y that is not so much formu lated a- it is "evoluted" to fit facts from veai to year. The American Federation of La bor deals with definite things conditions of life, not theories of life. That is wh> the coming conven tion will mark progress instead of defeat ami disaster. The "radicals" who tome from ity for the agitation of this matter. There were several speakers who. in defense of Commissioners Burke and Chitty, gave these gentlemen credit for possessing large gobs of integrity, though no one had the temerity to say that they had con cealed on their persons too much of that ' inaction stuff." The meeting adjourned to recast' vene Thursday t yesterday > even ing. "By their works ye shall know them." It is up to the public to get wise" to their wurk- During the discussion remarks were made bordering on unpleasant personality, but none of them were nasty enough to make good political campaign language. PUBLISHED IN THE INTEREST OP ORGANIZED LABOR 'year to year—they Will be in At lantic City this year, but even tha •most "radical* cannot overcome) ifacts and cannot get away from, reality; at least not in an A. F. ofl I L, ' on\ entlon. An Important Meeting The fa> t is that radicalism in if si ordinary sense loses its meaning in A. K. of L. «'on\eutions, because tha difference that is there outlined in the sharp fights is the different* between men who follow one course; because they know it produces def< Mnite results and men who would; [follow another course -which tba I majority believes would not produce) results. The Atlantic City convention wilt be of tremendous importance, lfl will deal with great vital questions, It will have no lack of the states manship that has made these con* ventlons remarkable expressions of democratic progress. But as to the prophets who see) disruption—they'll be disappointed* It will be a sad and gloomy day fof America when they have theltf wish, which is the basis of theig} prophecy iv most cases. REFERENDUM WINS' SAYS JEAN STOVE!] SEATTLE, June 4.—With pett* tions circulating throughout th« State and incomplete returns re< ceived f*o date, showing probable) success of the referendum signature campaign against the "death pen alty for murder" law and the sal ary increase for superior and su preme court judges, Jean Stovel, President of the Seattle Business Women's Civic club, who is in charge of the drive, predicted Wed* nesday enough signers would be ob tained to refer the two laws to tha people. "We are confident of victory, said Miss Stovel Wednesday. "Out! 'greatest difficulty is because so few I people voted at the last election of i have registered since that time. Tha I referendum helps to awaken oiti* Izens to their duty, and many arij [registering just to sign the peti* tions. "While nearly everyone Is will* ing to sign the petition to let tha people vote on the salary increasa for the judges, we find the recent murders in the State have so col« ored the minds of many people that they wish to return to capital pun* Ishment. "Next January we will circulate] j initiative petitions to raise the mm* llmum wage for women." The last legislature raised tha salaries of superior court judges from $3,000 to |4 a year and 'gi anted supreme judges a boost from $6,000 to $7,000. The legis lature also restored the death pen* ialty for first degree murder. The filing of the initiative peti tions in Olympia held up temporar ily the effectiveness of the laws, but unless the petitions are filed by June 1", with 22,567 valid signa. tures, the laws will go into effect* If sufficient signatures are obtained! the 'wo laws will be on the ballot at the next general election, and tha voters will have an opportunity to .adopt or reject them. Tiie referendum have been ap proved by the State Grange. Wom en's clubs of the State, Central La bor Councils and the W. C. T. C. The headquarters of the Seattle Business Women's Civic Club, spon soring the referendum drive, is aC 4"7 American Bank Building. DONORA, Ta.. May 81.—A neW» ordinance has been adopted by city council prohibiting labor the use of music in the streets or in halls and detiving its representatives tha right of free assemblage or free spee< B. One of the largest subsid iar> .ompanieß of the steel trust is located here. Tin- 1 "-operators of Olympia hava opened a grocery store. The »f Co-op is capitalized at $6,'t00. No. 6 Want Wage Boosted FINE TOWN, HUH?