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OFFICIAL PAPER
EVERETT CENTRAL
LABOR COUNCIL
VOL. XXX.
THE OFFICIAL BULLETIN OF THE
WN. STATE FEDERATION OF LABOR
STATE FEDERATION LABEL DEPARTMENT
PROPOSED
A group of active women trades unionists met at the State Federation
headquarters a week ago and were accompanied by one of the Interna
tional Vice-Presidents of the Garment Workers Union, and conferred with
the President of the Federation on the necessity for launching an active
union label and home-buying campaign. It was agreed that a temporary
committee would be named by the President to start at an early date and
to formulate definite plans for submission to the State Federation Con
vention, for the establishment of a union label department within the
Federation, and that plans would be worked out for the creation of
machinery with which to carry on such work. A committee of nine has
been named and will meet this week at Federation headquarters to form
ulate a temporary organization for this purpose and to work out recom
mendations for the convention. Recommendations made by the committee
will form a temporary basis to proceed from.
It is the aim of the Federation to have the delegates from the various
sections caucus for members for the general label trades department of
the Federation and further perfect the plans for carrying on an active
label campaign. The State committee will formulate plans for co-ordin
ating the work along general definite lines thru cooperation with the
Woman's Card & Label Leagues and similar organizations already estab
lished in the various centers. An aggressive and effective program will
undoubtedly be formulated by the convention.
Fool J. Pearl has issued another effusion this week to the unions of
the State, it is reported.
E. P. Marsh of the Federal Labor Department, was a visitor at Seattle
for a few days last week and discussed the mining situation with the
officers of the Miners Union. He left Monday morning for San Francisco
again.
The Miners' Convention has been advanced one week and will convene
in the Labor Temple, Friday morning, May 20th. New developments in
the controversy necessitated the convention being advanced to the earliest
date possible.
May 13th., 1921
TO ALL AFFILIATED UNIONS.
GREETING: The Call for the Convention is herewith enclosed. Sec
tion 2 of Article 11 provides in substance that "any local union three
months in arrears shall be suspended." This means that all local unions
desiring to be represented in the Convention will have to be paid up, at
least for the month of April.
The Call is being issued to all affiliated unions listed on our books,
so that full opportunity may be given them to pay up and get in good
standing.
Arrangements are being completed with the different Railroads for
reduced return railroad fares to Vancouver from all points in the State.
What the reduction will be, together with information relative to available
hotel accommodations and rates at Vancouver, will be mailed all locals at
a later date.
Every local that can afford to send delegates should be represented
in the Convention.
Fraternally yours,
W. M. SHORT,
President, Washington State Federation of Labor.
N. B. Two additional letters have been mailed you, last week, by Phil
J. Pearl, containing further attacks on the Executive Council and myself.
It is extremely unfortunate that our local unions should be annoyed as
they have been with such stuff and our referendum election of officers
poluted with such filth. It has been with much reluctance that I have
been forced to reply to their lies and slander, and had it not been for the
fear that failure to reply on my part might have created the impression
that their charges contained some trace of truth, I would have ignored
them entirely. However, I have decided now to ignore all further attacks
coming from such a source, as the evidence now shows that most of the
locals are treating it with the contempt it deserves and assigning it to
the waste basket. Kindly accept my assurance of cooperation in keeping
our elections as clean as possible, and in providing future protection
against the assults of those who lack every sense of responsibility to our
movement.
Fraternally yours,
W. M. SHORT,
President, Washington State Federation of Labor.
Dairymen Buy
Mortgage on 2
Condensaries
Trust agreement has been filed
with the county auditor between T.
H. Bowden, Everett banker, and
about 80 farmers of the county,
members of the Snohomish County
Dairymen's Association. By the
agreement is recorded the payment
to Mr. Bowden of approximately
$125,000 for the purchase by him of
mortgages on the plants in the
county of the Snohomish County
Dairymen's Association. The mort
gages were originally given by the
association when it purchased the
two plants and have been in the
hands of the Canyon Milk Products
Company.
The mortgages now come into the
possession of these 80 members of
the association, with Mr. Bowden
acting as trustee, explains Clayton
M. WJlliams, attorney for the associ
ation. With the mortgages in the
hands of members, who are there
fore friendly to interests of the as
sociation, the possibility of loss of
the property by action of unfriendly
holders of papers of obligation is
eliminated, it hj declared. The $125,
--000 represents the original mort
gage amount of about $153,000 less
certain payments and credits.
The plants of the company are at
Snohomish and Arlington and their
purchase from the Canyon Milk
Products Company last year was one
of the largest deals in the county.
—Herald.
Sign Referendum Petitions Nos. 12,
14 and 15.
I. W. W. Treasury
Minus $35,000 And
Bill Haywood
Chicago, May 15.—Members of
the I. W. W. asserted today that
$35,000 of their funds disappeared
when "Big Bill" Haywood, their
former leader, fled to Russia to
escape a twenty-year prison term.
They have no hopes now that he
will keep his word and return to
America to begin his sentence. They
have been going through his books
in which he accounted for "defense
committee funds."
"We don't look for Haywood ever
to return from Russia," said Martin,
secretary of the organization today.
"Weve got to get busy now and
raise »15,000 to make good the bonds
he jumped." .
When the shortage m his funds
was bared at headquarters several
fist fights took plate among dele
gates at the convention.
Smoke BLUE RIBBON 5c 1 Cigar.
Sign Referendum Petitions Nos. 12,
14 and 15.
BRIEF NOTES
CONVENTION CALL
STARVATION
MARKS TRIAL
OF OPEN SHOP
Employers have more than re
alized their ambition to make the
workers "eat out of their hands."
They have brought thousands of
people to a state of actual destitu
tion.
The New York Herald has been in
vestigation contions in manufactur
ing districts contiguous to the me
tropolis and recites a heart-break
ing story of abject privation and
want. It finds in Stratford, Conn.,
where 8,000 workers have been idle
since last fall, " a condition of pov
erty among her populace without
parallel in the industrial history of
New England." Women and children
are starving, and emergency charity
organizations have been formed to
give relief before many of them
succumb.
It was not realized that conditions
were so bad until five children faint
ed one day in a public school. School
officials made an investigation and
found that they had been without
food for days, and that hundreds of
other children were undernourished.
More than half of the pupils in
public schools have since been fed
at the beginning of the daily ses
sion.
Workers Watch Families Starve
The workers, the Herald reports,
are industrious and thrifty and saved
money during the war, but the pro
tracted period of idleness has ex
hausted their resources "and they
are now sitting and watching their
families slowly starve to death."
Families of five subsist on a bot
tle of milk and a loaf of bread per
day. Many families alternate in
eating meals. Those who have break
fast fast until supper time, nnd
those who eat luncheon must get
along until breakfast next morn
inf. . , ,
The charity appropriation of
Stratford was exhausted before win
ter was half over and it is neces
sary to make appeals to humane cit
izens if scores of children and in
firm adults are to be saved.
A survey of the Waterbury schools
disclosed that more than 1,1)00 chil
dren are in a dangerous state of un
dernourishment. The Red Cross has
opened food stations in several
schools and has been distributing
700 quarts of milk a day to chil
dren.
Charity Workers Swamped
I ifteen hundred persons have been
registered as unemployed in the
Municipal employment office at
New Britain, An almost impossible
task has been imposed on the city
charity department. Many applicants
for aid have been found to be with
out food or adequate clothing.
Miss Elisabeth BoSWell, secretary
of organized charities at Meriden,
says ihat in scores of homes small
children have lived since Christmas
on bread and coffee.
Little children crying for food,
their parents and older brothers and
sisters unemployed and hungry, is
the pathetic problem that charity
workers in New Haven, Danbury
and other industrial towns are en
deavoring to meet to the best of
their ability.
Trackless Trolleys
New York, May 11. — Trackless
trolleys Will appear in this city
within 80 days, according to plans
•authorized by the hoard of esti
mates. Kight trackless trolley cars
will bo Operated on Staten Island in
conjunction with the municipal bus
there.
The cars will be equipped with
rubber-tired wheels and will draw
their motive power through an
overhead trolley pole. A special de
vice will enable them to run from
one side of the road to another,
passing other vehicles. It is stated
that the chief advantage of this sys
tem over the trolley is the low ini
tial capital investment. The track
less system, it is stated, can be in
stalled' from (6,000 to $7,000 a mile,
as against $35,000 a mile for the
regular system on an unpaved
street and $76,000 a mile on a paved
street. Other savings, it is esti
mated, would amount to $2,700 a
year for each ear.
INJUNCTION
AND SUIT FOR
BIG DAMAGES
Seattle, May 17—Federal Judge
E. E. Cushman today granted a
temporary restricting order against
six local maritime associations and
unions enjoining them from picket
ing and trespassing shipping board
vessels. Hearing set for next Fri
day. -
Seattle, May 17.—Suit was filed
in United States district court to
day asking for the restricting order
and for an award of $10,000 a day
from May 1 for damages alleged
to have been caused by the unions
which have tied up shipping through
"obstructing and hindering the Un
ited States in the operation of its
vessels."
The organizations are:
Marine Engineers' Beneficial As
sociation No. 38, W. B. Jackling,
business manager; D. W. Mille-j
president; W. M. Coombs, recording
secretary, and C. S. Fallet, treas
urer.
Masters, Mates and Pilots of the
Pacific, Seattle Branch, P. Mullen,
business agent.
Marine Firemen, Oilers and Water
Tenders' Union of the Pacific, Seat
tle Branch, John Carney, business
agent.
Sailor's Union of the Pacific, Se
attle Branch, P. Gill, secretary.
Marine Cooks and Stewards' as
sociation of the Pacific, Seattle
Branch, John Norkgauer, secretary.
Neptune Association of Licensed
Masters and Mates of Ocean and
Coastwise Steam Vessels, Inc. Seat
tle Branch, Albert Barron, secre
tary.
The government petition alleges
that the United States gives pref
erence to American born citizens
and the defendant Sailors' Union
of the Pacific, Seattle branch, is
largely composed of aliens or na
turalized citizens and through its
"list system" provided that aliens
shall precede American born in em
ployment. The American merchant
marine has been created through
great effort and now that it is
created the United States intends to
insure it shall continue to function.
The government intends to keep
supplies moving to the north ter
ritory.
This strike was caused by a re
duction of 15 per cent in the wages
of Marine Workers in the employ
of the U. S. Shipping Corporation.
These men were not getting more
pay than is necessary to a decent
standard of living—not as much.
If the United States cannot afford
to pay adequate wages for reason
ably comfortable Hying, the coun
try must be getting poor.
The appropriations for the year
1920 amounted to the neat little
sum of $5,(>8(j,005,70<>. and 93 per
cent of this was for past wars, the
maintenance of the Army and Navy
and for preparations for future wars.
That is why the country is poor.
Of course the United States can
not avoid payment of $3,855,482,586.
for past wars, but the government
can greatly reduce appropriations
for the maintenance of the Army
and Navy.
The United States might find it
possible to operate the Merchant
Marine without profits based on the
war profiteers' standard of fair in
terest on invested capital and still
be able to pay the marine workers
in the Government employ a fair
tats of wages.
There's a "nigger in the wood
pile" somewhere, and the public
need not be surprised to learn that
the reduction of 15 per cent in mar
ine workers' wages is the desire
of Admiral Benson to aid the pri
vate ship owners to increase their
profits by reducing workers' wages.
For Short
Spokane, May 18.—The Spokane
Central Labor Council last night
voted unanimously in favor of cast
ing its two votes in favor of the re
election of W. M. Short to the pres
idency of the Washington State
Federation of Lahor. Short is op
posed by L. W. Buck, present sec
retary.
Sign Referendum Petitions Nos. 12,
14 and 15.
EVERETT, WASHINGTON, FRIDAY, MAY 20, 1921
THE CENTRAL
LABOR COUNCIL
Wednesday, May 18, 1921.
j The Council was called to order
|at 8 p. m. by President Michel.
Credentials were presented by
Nels Nygard of the Building La
borers to succeed Delegate L. W.
Haskjns; by Raymond Carroll of
the Cooks and Waiters to succeed
Delegate Frank Hughes. Creden
tials accepted and new delegates
seated.
A letter from President Short of
the State Federation of Labor, re
lating to the vote of censure passed
by the council on the Federation.
Executive Council, after some dis
cussion was laid upon the table.
On request of the Plumbers, con
curred in by the Building Trades
Council, Joe Wallem and his house
at 8026 Lombard were placed upon
the unfair list.
A communication was received
from John J. Manning, Secretary-
Treasurer of the Union Label Trades
Department of the American Fed
eral ior of Labor, read and ordered
printed in the Labor .Journal." It
follows:
Fellow Trades Unionists:
The one surest way to combat the
effort of the .employers and their
organizations, who are attempting
to disrupt the labor organizations
by their "Open Shop" campaign, is
for Trades Unionises to be more
insistent than ever in demanding and
accepting only such articles as bear
the Union Label.
There is no doubt about there be
ing concerted action, based upon well
laid plans, to take advantage of the
depression and try, not only to break
down the labor standards to a pre
war basis, but also to disorganize
the unions as much as possible in
the process.
For the successful carrying on of
Labor's fight, large amounts of pa
per are necessary. All the various
forms of communication used re
quire paper. The question arises,
what kind of paper is being used,
non-union ("open shop") paper or
union watermarked paper? Ob
viously, all printing of labor organ
izations should be done on Union
Watermarked paper. Like all other
articles, paper (except newsprint
paper, in which it is impossible to
show a watermark ) is not to be
considered as union made unless it
carries the union watermark of the
International Brotherhood of Pa
nertr.akers.
There has been some demand for
union watermarked paper in the
past, but not nearly as much as
there should have been. One of the
principal reasons given for failure
to use Union Watermarked paper
in the past, especially with reference
to bond and ledger papers, was the
inferior quality.
It is now possible to obtain pa
per any grade and quality in
Bonds', Ledgers, Flat Writings, Mim
eograph, Typewriter, Machine and
Super-Finished Book, and several
grades anil finishes of cover pa
pers, all carrying the Union Water
mark.
The three sources of supply are
the Alden Paper Company of Holy
oke, Mass., the Peninsula Paper
Company of Ypsilanti, Mich., and
the Unity Paper Mills, Potsdam.
N. Y.
There is no legitimate excuse for
using non-union ("open shop") pa
per. On the other hand, there is
more reason than ever why only
union watermarked paper should be,
used, and every union label more
strongly insisted upon. In these
days of unemployment and propa
ganda for the so-called "Open Shop,"
the consistent demand and purchase
of only union products will bring
about the greatest possible allevia
tion of these conditions.
Besides reading this letter at the
meeting, you are requested to refer
it to the Liibel Committee for ac
tive work among users of paper.
You should be sure that the .job
of printing bears the union label
and is done upon union paper.
A letter from the Federation Film
Corporation offering stock in the
corporation was received. A com
mittee, comprising Delegates Wcf
ferling, Anderson and Tollefson, was
appointed to make arrangements to
have the corporation film "The New
Disciple," put on by the Star
Amusement Company.
Delegates to Federation Convention
The election of delegates to the
State Federation Convention and the
vote on the election of officers of
the State Federation being the spe
cial order the following nomina
tions for delegates to the conven
tion were made:
For delegates to the State Fed
eration Convention—W. J. Fortson,
R. H, Mills, J. M. Wilson, Andrew
Anderson.
First ballot- Fortson 23, Mills 7,
Wilson 11, Anderson 9. Fortson
declared elected. »
Second ballot—Mills 5, Wilson 10,
Anderson 10.
Third ballot Wilson 17, Ander
son 10. Wilson declared elected.
Anderson and Mills were elected
alternates by acclamation.
Stale Federation Officers
For Executive Chairman —W. M.
Short and L. W. Buck. Short re
ceived 8 votes and Buck 19. The
latter was declared elected.
For Seventh Vice-President—O. F.
Wefferling, Thos. Herron and W. J.
Smith. Wefferling 24, Smith 3.
Wefferling declared elected.
For Tellers James M. Duncan
20, Tom Kgan '■>, Vela Smith 4,
Frank Turco 13, Ida Parberry 5,
R. It. Mills 23, Emma Elliott 7.
Mills, Duncan and Turco were de
clared elected.
The entire membership attending
meetings for election of Federation
officers vote for their choice in
their unions or central council meet
ings and their secretaries certify
two votes each for the successful
condidates to the tellers, which sit
Fraternally yours,
JOHN J. MANNING.
"The New Disciple"
as a canvassing board.
Committee Reports
The Organization Committee re
ported progress of its meetings
with the Laundry Workers Union.
The report was received and the
committee continued.
The- Privtite Soldiers And Sailors
Committee invited the delegates
and all organized labor to attend
an entertainment to be given by
the Legion on -the 28th of this
month at Normana Hall. There will
be dancing, vocal and instrumental
music and other numbers to the
program, which will be published in
the next Labor Journal, Volunteers
for this entertainment will please
report to Paul Ingold, secretary of
| the Legion, early in the week.
A. M. Farly, having retired from
j business, was taken off the unfair
list.
Public Welfare Bill
The reactionaries in congress are
planning to weaken, possibly abolish
the Department of Labor.
The American Federation of La
bor Executive Council was first in
the field with a protest and the Na
tional Educational Association came
next.
The following telegram will show
what is intended as a weakener:
Washington, May 12.—-A drive
against the administration-endorsed
Kenyon hill to establish a Depart
ment of Public Welfare was start
ed at a joint session of the senate
and house committee. Educators
and leaders of labor were witnesses.
Hugh S. McGill, secretary of the
National Educational Association,
said the educators would not be
satisfied with the department of
education as proposed in the bill.
The educators want leadership, not
education control he said.
ATTEMPT TO
INAUGURATE A
TEN-HOUR DAY
That Everett mill-workers will
not readily relinquish the eight-hour
day has been proven by their re
fusal to go to work at seven o'clock
Monday morning at the box-factory
at Blackman's Point.
Last Saturday night the men were
told that the box factory would run
ten-hours for a time and they were
to report for work at seven o'clock
Monday morning. Seven o'clock
Monday morning arrived and only
seven men reported. The crew were
at the mill at eight o'clock that
morning as usual and the mill be
gan cutting. The engineer asked
the superintendent, it is reported,
what time he should blow the whis
tle in the evening and the reply was,
"Five o'clock as usual."
The men alleged to have reported
at seven o'clock were McGaffey and
son Ray, filers; Archie Gahnon, saw
yer; Ruggy, lumber piler; John
Rudy, engineer; Sponek, millwright,
and two setters,
Nearly all the lumber pilers quit
Monday morning. It is reported
that Saturday evening they told the
superintendent they would not work
ten hours. He is alleged to have
replied, "I don't blame you. I
wouldn't work ten hours either."
Many mill workers believe that,
the attempt to operate ten hours
at the box factory was the first
attempt to break the morale of
the workers and that hail they been
able to get the "slaves" to work
from seven to six that other mills
and camps in this county would im
mediately have begun the longer
work day. Several have rejoiced in
the stamina shown by the "slaves"
at the Point.
Dividend? on Water
Is Crippling Nation
Washington, May 14. — Relief
"from the intolerable railwawy rates
that have brought on business stag
nation throughout the country" was
urged by Mr. Capper in a senate
speech. The Kansas lawmaker has
introduced a bill which would re
peal the <i per cent guarantee to
railroad stockholders.
"1 have never known a more
alarming situation, so far as the
business of the west is concerned,"
he said.
"The people have paid the rail
roads nearly $1,000,000,000 within
the last few years by ways of a
government guaranty. On top of
that they have paid higher rail
rates, amounting to from 50 to 83
per cent.
"When railroads get more for haul
ing farm products than the pro
ducers are paid for producing them
it is evident that freight rates are
entirely too high.
"Texas rice growers can ship rice
across the ocean to Liverpool and
from Liverpool back to New York
cheaper than they can shit it by rail
direct from Beaumont, Texas, to
New York.
"Cotton can be shipped from Gal
veston to Bremen, a distance of
3,000 miles, for 85 cents a hundred
pounds. But to ship by rail a bail
of cotton from the interior of Texas
a distance of 300 miles cost 95
cents a hundred about three times*
as much.
"Spinach, cabbage and onions rot
in the fields of Texas; hay and corn
are wasting in Kansas; fruits are
(tackttd in California, and hides ate
going to waste in all parts of the
country because these products can
not be shippeil over American rail
roads at profit.
"Mr. President, nothing is going
to be gained by maintaining rail
rates at a point which makes the
railways too expensive for the peo
ple to use.
"The way out is to encourage the
people to use the railroads by mak
ing it possible for them to ship
goods and travel; to give business
a chance to create more business.
There is no profit in rusting rails
for anybody."
Smoke OLYMPIC CLUB 10c cigar.
TWENTIETH CONVENTION CALL OF
WN. STATE FEDERATION OF LABOR
Seattle, Wash., May 11th, 1921.
To All Local Unions, Central Coun-
I cils, Departmental Councils, Label
Leagues, and all other bodies af
filiated with the Washington State
Federation of Labor:
Greeting: Twentieth Annual Con
vention of the Washington State
Federation of Labor will convene in
Vancouver, Washington, at 10 A. M..
Monday. July 11th, 1921.
REPRESENTATION
Section •'), id' Article 1, of the Con
stitution provides for representation
at the convention on the following
basis:
"Kach Local Union shall be en
titled to two delegates for the first
one hundred members or less, and
one delegate for each additional
hundred members or major fraction
thereof.
"Central Labor Councils, Depart
mental Councils, Women's Union
Card and Label Leagues, and La
dies' Auxiliary to a Local Union
shall be entitled to two delegates
each. Delegates from Central Labor
Councils and Department Councils
shall be members of a Union affil
iated with the Washington State
federation of Labor.
"Ministerial fraternal delegates
with credentials from Central Labor
Councils, and fraternal delegates
from Farmers' Union or State
Grange, and delegates from the Fed
erations of adjoining States or Pro
vinces shall be seated as ex-officio
delegates, with voice and no vote.
"No proxies shall be allowed."
The importance of being fully rep
resented at this convention is un
doubtedly apparent to all organiza
tions of the state. Problems of the
most vital importance to the work
ers of our State will have to be
met and dealt with, and on the so
lution of which will depend, in large
measure, the opportunity to realize
our hopes for substantial progress,
The tremendous drive now being
waged by employers generally for
wage reductions, coupled as it often
is with a drive for the open shop,
dictates thai uniloi m plans for re
sistance to the utmost be formulated
for our Movement throughout the
State. Unity, co-ordination of ef
fort, harmonious teamwork in our
general Labor Movement, were nev
er more necessary than now; yet,
it is too sadly lacking in many
places. Despite the present depres
sion and its resultant demoralizing
effect on our union treasuries, it is
vitally imporant that every union
be represented as fully as possible.
Officers are being elected for the
ensuing term, by referendum vote
of the membership, but the policies
to govern such officers will be for
mulated by this convention. The
Labor Movement must fight if it
hopes to live; to do that success
fully there must be co-ordination of
effort. The strongest convention
that ever met in our State should
convene at Vancouver this year.
CREDENTIALS
The following constitutional pro-
A FEW PLAIN
FACTS ABOUT
NORTH DAKOTA
Usher L. Burdiek, state president
of the North Dakota Farm Bureau
Federation and member of the board
of directors of the United States
Grain Growers. Inc.. declared on his
return from Chicago that he found
it necessary in the Chicago confer
ence to speak plainly about the sit
uation in North Dakota.
"There were so many knocks at
North Dakota by members of our
own committee, who were ignorant
of condition there, and simply took
their views from unfriendly newspa
pers," said Mr. Burdiek. "that at
last I asked for permission to speak
for 16 minutes, and * have my re
marks incorporated in the minutes.
Permission was granted and I had
my say.
"I told them I was not a Non
partisan. I told them 1 had been
fought by the Nonpartisans when 1 ;
ran for governor. But 1 told them
that we have a constitution in tins
state. I told them that under that
constitution the people of the state
have certain rights. One of these
rights is to say exactly how the
state shall be governed.
"I told them that again and again
the people had declared in favor of
a state mill and elevator. 1 showed
that it will take only $2,00,000 to
build this mill and elevator and
that when it is completed it will
hold 1,600,000 bushels of wheat and
will be able to clean and forward
150 cars of wheat per day. 1 showed
that this mill and elevator will fit
exactly into the plan of our mi
tional sales agency.
"I told them it was all rot about
North Dakota being bankrupt. I
told them there is one national bank
in my town of 0.000 population that
has a larger debt than the whole
state of North Dakota. I told
them we have 280,000 quarter sec
tions of land, with a debt against
each of only a few cents. 1 told
them we have 876,000,000 Invested
in our public institutions. 1 said wo
have only God knows how many bil
lion dollars worth of coal lands, 1
said that, instead of being bank
rupt, there isn't a state in the Union
so far from bankruptcy as North
Dakota."
That Mr. Biirdick's defense of
North Dakota bore fruit is proved
by an item in the weekly news
service of the National Farm Bu
reau Federation, dated April 21, in
which it is stated that the Mill and
1 levator bonds will be sold as the
r> suit of his endorsement and ac
tivities.
Interviewed concerning the enter
prise, Mr. Burdiek said: "The state
of North Dakota has already ex
pended $1,000,01)0 on the plant at
Grand Forks, which will have one
PUBLISHED IN
THE INTEREST OF
ORGANIZED LABOR
vision covers the question of cre
dentials!
"No delegate shall I"- entitled to
a seat In the Convention who is not
an active member of the Union
i from which he or she presents ere-
I dentials. Delegates shall receive
their original credentials from then'
local unions. The local secretary
shall send the duplicate to the Sec
retary-Treasurer of the Washington
.State Federation of Labor at least
two weeks previous to the date of
: the Convention. The original ere
j dentials shall be delivered by the
delegate to the Secretary-Treasurer
at Convention, for the Committee
on Credentials.
| "No evidential shall be considered
| valid bearing more than the name
of the delegate and alternate. Pro
vided, that if alternate presents cre
dentials and is seated he shad be
the only recognised representative
through'.ut the sessions of the con
vention."
Local secretaries should send in to
the State Secretary the duplicate
credentials of his local delegates at
the earliest date possible, and not
later than two weeks ).receding the
I convention, in order that the task
of preparing the roll call and other
necessary work in advance can be
expedited.
RESOLUTIONS
; Article H, Section 1, covers this
I subject. It reads:
"None other than accredited dele
■ gates shall be permitted tv address
I the Convention or read papers un
less authorized by a two-thirds
vote. No resolution shall be lead
in open session unless the same
bears the seal id' some organization
affiliated with the Washington
State Federation of Labor, or the
signature of one or more duly ac
credited delegates from such an or
. ganization or organizations present
and in attendance at the Convention;
provided, this shall not prevent the
i consideration of any subject which
| may be presenter! by consent of the
1 delegates present or is presented by
a regular or special committee ap
pointed by the chair or by the Con
i vention."
The convention hall and headquar
ters, and a list of hotel accommo
dations will be sent out in a sup
plementary report, together with the
names and addresses of the Arrange
ment Committee at Vancouver, so
■ that hotel reservations can be made
in advance.
The proper number of original
and duplicate credentials due your
i organization, as shown by the rec
i ords at the state office, are here-
I with enclosed.
Fraternally yours,
W. M. SHORT. President.
N. R. — Call for the convention has
been prepared by the president, due
to the absence of the secretary as a
result of the serious illness of his
mother in Chicago.
I W. M. SHORT. President.
lof the best-planned terminals in the
! country. When finished, farmer
; can ship in 150 carloads of grain
l per day and the facilities will per
| mit of its being cleaned, dried and
shipped out the same day. The
; wheat growers of North Dakota are
! anxious to have the mill and eleva
| tor completed. They look upon the
sale of the bonds as an economic
and not a political measure. The
rank and file of our wheat grow
ers are behind the plan to sell the
mill and elevator bonds, and there
is no question but that they will be
quickly absorbed."
Secretary Davis
Has Begun to See
Secretary of Labor Davis refuses
to enter a Fool's Paradise. He
lets it be known that the cost of
living has not been reduced, in spite
of the i hilosophers who are trying
to lowei it by pretending that it
has already been lowered. Further
■ more He shows wherein lies what
he calls "the great bar to smooth
j ing the path of industrial re la
! tions in this country." In his re-'
I port to the President, -Mr. Davis
says:
"The price level of food, clothing
and nearly all necessities now is
rapidly declining. but. exorbitant
rents in the big cities and centers
of industry show little signs of de
cline. This keeps the average of
the cost of living equal to the war
period."
In other words, the landlord is
still profiteering. Why should he
not? We are still taxing improvi
ments and all materials that enter
into building from the time the
raw materials are i roduced until
the finished product is ready for
•use. And we are letting the land
owner off easy so that he has
greater inducements to withhold land
from use than to use it. Naturally,
production of buildings 1- being re
stricted. It is strange thai Secre
tary Davis, seeing what landlordism
is doing, does not urge a federal
tax on land values to end this sit
uation. He should study the lull
that was introduced by Congress
man Nolan in the last Congress.
An ordinace was introduced and
placed on the Calendar at the leg
islative session of the City Com
mission last Tuesday. The ordin
ance amends Section 8 of the dance
hall ordinance and reads as follows:
"It shall be unlawful to conduct.
Operate and carry on any so-called
'jitney' dance or dance wherein and
whereby any female person shall re
ceive any compensation of any kind
for dancing with any male person."
The Boaid of Directors of the 4-1.
in session this week in Portland,
took up the question of the revision
of the scale of wages. They prob
ably revised downward.
Smoke CHALLENGE 10* Cigar.
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