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The labor journal. (Everett, Wash.) 1909-1976, December 02, 1921, Image 2

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Entered at the Postoffice in Everett, Wash., as second-class matter.
Office, Labor Temple Phone Main 115
Subscription, $1.00 per year in advance. Advertising rates on application.
MRS. M. R. STAUFFER-. Advertising Manager
Hoard of Control, Publisher,
Meets second Sunday of each month at 11 a. m. in Labor Temple.
J. A. BECK, President Tailors
FRED K. OVERMAN, Vice-President Printers
J. B. MONCUR, Secretary _ Plumbers
OSCAR F. WEFFERLING, Treasurer. Molders
.!. B. MONCUR . I'resiilent
W. J. FORTSON .......Vice-President
O. F. WEFFKRLING .._ „ Secretary
Looking over a large number of labor papers from differ
ent parts of the country, one will find that the policy of dif
ferent papers is either radical or conservative, to be more clear
the editorial policy. As a rule this view one way or the other
is the personal view of the editor.
The same thing can be said of so-called labor leaders. Con
sidering that labor leaders or better worded, elected labor of
ficials, are the servants of the rank and file, as are editors of
iabor papers, it can be easily understood that as soon as they
were installed in their offices and become servants of their
brother unionist they should work for the interest of the whole
and set aside or reserve their personal opinions.
Any labor paper should give an impartial view of the labor
situation if it is printed for the benefit of the whole of or
ganized labor. And any labor official should be impartial both
in speech or writing. Labor whether advanced in view or a
little backward is working for one purpose, namely, to better
their conditions and fight the common enemy.
Conservative labor, fighting progressive labor or other
wise, brings nothing but hatred among the rank and file and
stops progress. This is just the thing our enemies want. Ex
treme conservatives and extreme radicals do not accomplish
anything and are a menace to any movement. This is espec
ially the case if they are officials.
While npinfons have to be tolerated among the rank and
file, as free speech is one of the main principles we stand for.
It is therefore possible that extreme articles from both sides
of the sections of organized labor can be printed in a labor
paper, which policy will keep everybody satisfied and give both
sides a chance to educate the other.
Labor officials should not air their personal opinion, but
should be impartial all the time and this rule applies to editors
of labor papers.
Continuing the subject of policy of labor papers and labor
officials the readers of the Journal have found in this paper
two different opinions about the Bouck question of which every
one who reads newspapers or labor papers knows all about.
This question being not a directly organized labor question
but more in the general progressive movement line, is a good
subject to be discussed in a labor paper as the labor movement
is a progressive movement.
One discussion of the Bouck affair and in favor of Bouck,
was from the Farmers' National Council, the other from the
State Federation of Labor, printed in the journal under "Fed
eration News." The state federation news is written by Broth
er Short and as Brother Short is a labor official and as so a
servant of the rank and file, he should have reserved his opin
ion of the Bouck affair rather than declared himself as he did
in the federation news. While the Tacoma Labor Advocate
congratulates Mr. Bouck on his fearless stand in the progres
sive movement..
Any question whether directly affecting the labor move
ment or the general progressive movement should be discussed
in the labor papers and should be discussed by the labor officials,
but it should be left to the rank and file to form an opinion.
The rank and file don't care for the personal opinion of any
labor official or editor. In order to make discussions of dif
ferent questions educational they should be impartial. This
does not mean that a labor official should be "on top of the
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fence," by no means; but he should at all times remember that
he is the servant of all organized UkbOT and not part of it.
It is a hard road to travel but the only one.
The Third Eastern Conference of eastern locals of Teachers'
meetings in Washington, D. C, last March, recorded their faith
in different principles, among others is this one: "As an in
fluence among children there should be in school buildings as
janitors, superintendents and matron, only men and women of
high moral standards and deportment. To attain these, salaries
above the present standard should be worked for by the teach
ers' union.
Few of the janitors in Everett get salaries sufficient to live
on. In one of the schools a janitor was hired for $35.00 a month,
for this amount of money he had to keep the basement of the
school clean. This meant four classrooms, the halls and corri
dors and both toilets. Anyone having been in one of the school
houses can imagine how much work this man had to do for the
small pay. No wonder the toilets are not kept sanitary.
This $35.00 salary was paid for this job some time ago,
what the present salary for this particular job is we cannot say,
but it is not much more. A teachers' union in Everett will make
a janitors' union also.
A union woman of Everett went to one of the larger stores
and was looking for a boy's coat.
The clerk waiting on her was not a union member.
She looked for the union label in the coat but could not find
it. Asking the clerk if he had any coats with the union label in
it he told her that the coat was union made. He also told her,
after she had convinced him that all union made goods carried
the label, that only inferior goods carried the label. Then she
found that he did not have any button and was not a union clerk.
Clerks are free to belong to the union or not.
And union men are free to buy from union clerks only. And
buy only union made goods. But clerks are not free to make
misstatements as this one did. They can sell their goods union
made or not, but cannot sell an article for union made if it is not.
And they are not supposed to tell any lies to the public like the
one this clerk told to the lady that only inferior goods are union
This is simply a warning to these clerks who use these un
fair methods to sell. If anything like this happens again we will
notify his employer and notify the proper authorities.
A man's mind is enslaved so long as he is content with a
mere increase in wages under a precarious wage system. A
man's mind is enslaved until he rises in his manhood's might
to overturn the entire system by which one man can live upon
the toil of other men. The workers must come to see that the
man who does not work is deserving of neither admiration nor
respect. The world is getting its eyes too wide open to much
longer support the loafer and the tramp; whether he loafs in a
barroom or in a fashionable club; whether he tramps the rail
road ties or the veranda of a fashionable hotel. The working
class must quit its bringing supplication for a few cents more
a day; it must stand erect and demand the entire product of its
labor; it must refuse to support a single normal man in idleness.
—Franklin H. Wentworth.
t • — ——
(Biography of Everett Unionists During Their Lives)
Fred is another pioneer of the labor movement and
of the state of Washington. He was born in Benton coun
ty, Oregon, in 1871, and has resided in this state since
1873. He joined the Typographical union in Tacoma in
1896 and has been a member in good standing since.. He
has resided in Everett since 1902 and has been a con
spicuous figure in the local labor movement.
His activities in the labor movement are too numer
ous to mention as they would fill a column. The high
spots are:
Overman was elected by labor to the state legisla
ture in 1913 and after that served three sessions as clerk
in the legislature, gaining much knowledge in the way
labor has been cheated out of its just rights.
At present he is a delegate to the Central Labor
Council from the Typos, member of the board of control
of the Labor Journal and president of the Everett Trades
Building Association.
Dr. W. S. Raingford relates some
of his experiences in endeavoring to
hearten and uplift the driftwood of
the industrial stream, the fallen and
the discouraged men. He has found
that there is a connection between
the scab and the bum, the first fre
quently being the cause and the
other the result.
Scabbing and strike-breaking de-
Fred K. Overman
stroy the man's moral fiber. He
realizes that the wages received for
his degrading work are paid to him
for his treachery, and that he re
ceives no respect from these whb
use him as a mercenary to fight
against his fellowmen. His habits
of life and the guilty knowledge
which haunts him destroys his self
respect, and kills all worthy ambi
"I don't mean to say," writes Dr.
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Itainsford, "that the bum would like
a scab's job or join a band of strike
breakers; but I do say that many
once scabs and strike-breakers sink
down at last into bumdom.
"The scab is on a lower moral level
than the union man. This may be an
unpleasant doctrine, but it is only
the truth, and both scab and labor
unionist know and admit it. The
scab has set himself against the rec
ognized armies of his class and has
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all instincts—that of self-preserva
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against a higher, later, more com
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* * * To fill his belly he has be
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to sin the unforgivable sin."
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Finished Work
Shirts 10<
Collors 3*
Underwear 10c
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