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The Saturday press. (Minneapolis, Minn.) 1927-1936, August 11, 1934, Image 7

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August 11, 1934
(Continued from page 1)
to inflame men’s passions has
never existed. The radicals and
“labor” press usurps that
“right.” Let me give you a
few examples:
During the May “strike” of
the truck drivers (who were not
in evidence and never off the
payroll except at their own in
sistence) there were two citi
zens clubbed to death 'by “strik
ers” and there were THIRTY
uniformed police officers as
saulted and sent to hospitals.
Not a radical or “labor” paper
in the city published a line of
regret for the slaying of two
townsmen nor one of apology or
regret for the assault upon offi
cers of the law, but:
They published column after
column of abuse and vilification
of both uniformed officers and
civilians, beaten and killed by
“strikers.” No “striker” died
of wounds 'by clubs or gun in
that May “strike,” yet a mob
of thousands cheered the death
of a fellow American and that
cheering was lead by a con
gressman—P. H. Shoemaker, a
member of the farmer-labor
The claim was made by men
representing themselves as
“leaders’ among organized la
bor, that certain employers vio
lated the terms of that May
agreement. They insisted that
not only men employed as driv
ers and drivers’ helpers should
be accepted by the employers as
members of " the new “Iaboi?”
union (admittedly an outlaw
organization, without sanction
of the parent body). These em
ployes were men who had but
slight and in most instance no
connection with the operation
of trucks—except as. the man
who mixed the ink used in the
printing of postage stamps
might be connected with the
rural postmaster who slapped
the stamp in the face with a
rubber cancellation pad.
They insisted that chicken
pickers and gentlemen who
manicured spuds and celery,
should be classified along with
and, and as belonging to, the
truck drivers and helpers. Now,
just where is the connecting
link between the chap who
plucks the quills from a goose
and the fellow who delivers it to
a meat dealer two days (or
months) later? It just isn’t
there! And no amount of com
munist and radical caterwaul
ing can show its existence.
The present “strike” was in
evitable. Rather than “just an
other strike” it is the second
chapter in the same book. It
was planned almost before the
ink had dried on the “agree
ment” of the May affair.
When the question of “to
strike or not to strike” came up
for debate, all debate was throt-
tied by the “few choice spirits”
in controll of the newly formed
nnion—Local 574. They denied
the membership its constitu
tional right (American Federa
tion of Labor) to secret ballot.
The same question came up in
the labor organization (track
drivers and helpers) in St. Paul.
The officials there insisted that
the members, the rank and file,
decide their own fate by secret
ballot. There was no strike
voted by St. Paul truck drivers
and helpers!
When the strike question was
agitating the St. Paul truck
drivers, the same men who are
responsible for calling the strike
in Minneapolis, went to St. Paul
and attempted to brow beat and
bluff the St. Paul union men
from exercising their right to
secret ballot! Their attempts
failed, miserably. Fortunately
for St. Paul.
The strike vote in Minneapo
lis was a standing vote and the
fellow who didn’t stand was the
one who didn’t attend the meet
ing. If he was there he stood —
under protest and with blazing
eyes, but he STOOD. The strike
vote ‘ ‘ carried ’ ’ —unfortunately
for Minneapolis workers and
, I have been in more than one
transfer company’s office when
truck drivers, presumably out
on strike, drew their pay for
time they never put foot on a
truck’s throttle. They have told
me time and time again, scores
of them, that they would not go
on strike, that they were con
tent with existing wages under
existing business conditions.
That they told the truth is
, proven by the paucity of bona
fide truck drivers arrested for
To be sure these pickets are
members of Local 574. Any man
who will agree to do picket
“duty” and accept a member
ship card at a nominal price,
can “jine up” with 574. An
automobile thief arrested one
day last week by military po
lice addmitted that he paid fif
teen cents for a 574 “union”
button, was assigned to “peace
ful picket” duty and swiped a
car in order to get the job! He
was so proficient and enthusi
astic that he was elected cap
tain of his squad!
Quite a boost on a fifteen-cent
investment, eh? From bum to
squad captain in two days. And
if he stole the car, he doubtless
copped the fifteen cents! He
was a rustler, made to order for
the gang in control of 574. A
car thief, a squad captain.
Match that one! If he hadn’t
run ;foul of the military, he
might have been commissioned
a brigadier general in another
two days! That’s right boys—
pick ’em before they get too
high. If they reach a too-high
elevation they’re harder to
knock off.
But as a matter of fact, this
“strike” could have been set
tled two weeks before it began
if known ringleaders in the rad
ical “labor” movement had
wished it to end—if the com
munist element had been kicked
out of every labor organization
and out of town.
The San Francisco strike de
flated like a toy balloon the mo
ment the communist trouble
maikers were eliminated and the
local discord will not end until
our officals recognize the fact
that commcmina prohibits peace
between employer and employe,
I grant you there are bull
heads among the employers—a
few of them. But I declare to
you that no coterie of men, be
they employes or employers,
have a right to disrupt the busi
ness, the economic life of any
This “strike” can be settled
within twenty minutes if the
men now presumably on strike
are permitted to exercise their
right of secret ballot. The rank
and file of labor has no love for
communism and that same rank
and file understands far better
than any blundering official,
that communist interference
coupled to the myopic, asinine
attitude of a very, very, few em
ployers is the cause of the
strike’s continuance.
If the governor will order
that secret vote taken, guaran
teeing every member of Local
574 military protection and a
fair and uncoerced balloting,
there ’ll be an end of this trouble
within twenty-four hours.
As I write these lines Sunday
night, the strike-interested por
tion of the city is waiting with
bated breath for another proc
lamation, announcement,, edict
or what have you, from the gov
ernor. Without doubt it will be
another “I hereby order.” Let
them be carved deep in the
memory of Minnesotans. They
are momentuous words. Indeed
quite a mouthful.
August 2,1934.
Saturday Press,
2356 Thomas Av. N.,
Minneapolis, Minn.
Please find enclosed check
for $2.00 for one year’s sub
scription to your paper.
I have been reading and
enjoying this little sheet for
some time and can always
find my nickel’s worth on
any page.
Most good citizens seem to
think about as you do, only
you say it.
Sincerely yours,
To the Editor of The Tribune:
The biggest tragedy of the
people today is the confidence
they have in the magic name
“Roosevelt”—which, of course,
was built up by Teddy Roose
velt, a man that we were taught
in our schools as the ideal Amer
ican, straight thinker and go
getter! And he was all that.
If our Franklin D. Roosevelt
had been named Jones or Smith
or any other name, he never
would have had the popularity
that he has now. Human nature
is funny.
Ten years from now they’ll
look back on this F. R. admin
istration as a joke, an adminis
tration of bungling and shallow
thinking that never had its
equal. H. R.
—Tribune, August 1.
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If the republicans of Hennepin county an<* especially Minne
apolis, ever get the yowl of communists out of their ears long
enough to exchange an idea or two, I would like to suggest that
there’s no opportunity like the present. It was made to order!
One thing every one must admit—these militia boys are
gentlemen. If there’s one crab in the outfit, he’s kept in the
“Take it or leave it” doesn’t mean what it once did. The
latest version means “take a heatin’ or leave your truck.”
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necessary to hurdle any “Wall”—much less a John: Wall.
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