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VOL. VI. NO. 4
Price 3 Cents.
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Hugh Frayne, of American Federation of Labor, Talks of the Growing
Feeling of Unrest ana Bays jmo une uroup van vope wna eiina
tion Radical Labor Movement Could Not Possibly Succeed in
This Country Cannot Cure Discontent by Legally Forbidding It.
Hugh Frayne, general organizer of
the American Federation of Labor, in
an - interview with Edward Marshall,
copyrighted gives, his ideas of the labor
situation and Mr. Marshall begins his
article bv savine that the A. F. of L
many times has pronounced for sanity.
A few selections are made from the in
"terview : .
"It would be utterly silly to deny , a
growing feeling of unrest in the United
States," said Mr. Frayne. "It would be
, as- silly to deny that this tends toward
extraordinary radicalism that which' it
" l as become fashionable to all Bol
'shevism.' Those who 'scoff at the idea
have not taken the trouble to make a
careful .sutdy of the situation. They see
merely surf ace . foam, and think there
is nothing else, forgetting that under
surface foam there must be rapid move
ment or the surface foam would never
be produced. As a matter of cold fact
this, underlying movement is immense
and i powerful. It may be destructive.
If not, the reason will be found in the
high intellieence of those who have the
privilege of leadership in these days
when, the ; word has such a , pregnant
meaning. - - ' .
"The foam i quite the least wipor
'tant of the r facts as they exist. The
more important is beyond view, the un
der power of a great mass, really in
sympathy but not vociferous. ... Secret
agencies have been at work arid have
produced a secret force. It is futile to
deny it. v AH the .investigations of 1 the
Government have but glanced at the re&i
facts: They may . never; - be- entirely
known. The start toward their uncov
ering," the study of the methods and Je
suits of German propaganda, was made
too late to be effective; those silent hid
den effects which we shall have so bard
a time to combat then already had, be
gun to take their form. ; a . ?
- "Of course this- would have been im
possible if ; conditions had .not been
favorable for the troublemakers. We in
hart admitted manv persons of
the agitational mind, if I may com the
term. .They had come to bur free land
from countries where there was little
or no liberty, and by reaction were af
fected toward excessive energy. s Hav
ing been accustomed Pt secret work
through the necessities of Jife m coun
tries where oppression was.an-acali15
they persisted in the hab here, wheue
' there was 9o oppression. They; had
brought with-.them some knowledge o
what we now call 'Bolshevosm' ihey-faad
, ieaMiedVhe soviet -plan where Soviets
' had been effective. They endeavored to
, spread Bolshevism and". to introduce the
soviet plan in the United States, where
neither was needed nor desired. They,
successfully endeavored to spread dis
satisfaction, with existing things among1,
those who -were not and had no good
reason to be dissatisfied. It was a habit
with them. - We did tiot watch them or ,
control them. .We must take the con
sequences of our innocence.
"They had come from countries where
they had been , denied the rights, of or
ganization and . assembly,. - from coiin
- tries where they had been forced to
-wrok long hours for little wages, worst
of all from countries where employers
had been safe, in utterly refusing to meet
with workers for the purpose of dis- j
. .- v ? . . . . - ,
Eeturning Connecticut Soldiers
Say Amendment on Prohibition
, Violated Their Eights.
' When Connecticut - soldiers returned
from France -and were seen upon' their
arrival ia Boston, the ; sttbj ect of pro
hibition was, a sore' one with members
of the Twenty-sixth Division' The
sentiment seemedto be that something
had been puover on ihem in their ab
sence More than the fact that the
. nation is to be dry, the belief that their
constitutional i rights" were violated in a
. perfectly; legaf way is .what rankles.
, Few of the men 'really' mourn the fact
of prohibition. . It is 1 the, method by
... which it was obtained by vote passed
'. while they were in France
Rev, Dr., C E. Hesselgrave of the
' Congregational Church at Manchester,
Conn., who had a year's leave to do
war work in France, corroborated the
above-statements. In his opinion the
putting over of prohibition has been
presented, or rather, misrepresented, to
the boys in such a light that they'object
to the prohibition question itself. He
said he had heard but few earnest ob-
' jections to prohibition but he had heard
many ' statements made that it was not
- fair to pass such important and all
. embracing legislation in their absence.
Instead of realizing that prohibition
came at this time because of inevitable
circumstances brought' .about by the war,
the men believe it war a coup d'etat on
the part of the prohibs and resent it, ac
cording to Dr. Hesselgrave.
Chancellor of the Diocese Flays
Those Who Favor Bol
shevism. " Manchester, April 18. That Ameri
; canization was a problem of the indi
- vidual was the keynote of a recent ad
dress at the Manchester High School
' by Rev. John C Murray, Chancellor of
the Hartford Diocese and member of
the State Americanization committee.
The foreigner was proverbially shy of
' large assemblies and of oratory, and it
was, therefore,, necessary tnat every
Americanization worker act as nn indi
vidual missionary in his particular field,
. the speaker said. While it was essen
tial that the foreign-born learn English,
Father Murray pointed out that this
alone did not mean Americanization.
Inculcation of American ideals -' was
necessary. Father Murray mercilessly
flayer foreigners who - came to -the
United States to sow the seeds of Bol
shevism and other kind of socialism.
cussing with them the mutual problems
of existence.
"I do not say there are no employers
of this sort in the United States. We
have had in New York City examples
very recently. What follqwed? The
other night the strikers met and tried to
i form a soviet. They f ailed because fear
of the police and public opinion kept
from- the meeting many who really
wished to be there. But the fact that
they did not attend the meeting does
not mean that they were not in full sym
pathy with its thought. It is not im
probable, indeed, that of people who
wished to join this movement there were
enough, really, to fill not one but several
halls, psychologically ready, despite the?
fact that they did not assemble then, to
rise when .appropriate leadership and
circumstance should simultaneously
"The better labor -organizations are
not infected with this spirit of unrest,
I ' think, to any serious degree. I am
sure the' American Federation Of Labor,
for example, is 100 per cent, loyal to the
Government and to American institu
tions. It wants to and will remain in
that psychological condition, but it is
not fair that upon its shoulders should
fall the full responsibility for fighting
Bolshevism throughout the United
As a matter of fact, no one group
can cope with such a situation
It has
become a national matter and must have
attention by all the people of the nation
who remain right-minded. Itself is not
a group movement, but a national move-
ment. It must be dealt with as such
through united action throughout the
whole nation by people who believe in
our government and in our laws, most
of which are just j properly interpreted:,
Even if the laws are wrong, we have
much machinery with which to change
them. No ; revolution is required in
order! to accomplish, a revision of any
detail of our code. From time to time
we even have made changes in our Con
stitution when the majority of the whole
people have desired them. Steps are
provided under, our, system ot govern-
ment which will give our people any
thing they, want in the way ot lega
cnanges 11 tney are.wauieu uy uic
ioritv. ., . -
f All that we need to do in order to
feet anything which we ought to have is
to Heei.toincejgoon.ana nonest men.
men will ferte us in whatever
proper "way wernay direct. It is absurd
to think that we heed Bolshevism via
ordtfHto accomplish; ,mygoed w-rnay
require. Bolshevism would befa long:
and resrne road for the United Mates
to' travel in its searching for good gov
ernment.' ' The establishment of Soviets
would be -a programme ior securing bet
ter economic conditions which it would
be .difficult for America to carry out sue
"It is my firm belief, and I have given
the matter, naturally, very much and
earnest thought that ' a radical labor
mnvetnmt - could not - nossiblv succeed
here. Like a great and rapidly burning
fire, it quickly would reach its ieak, die
down and leave light ashes which the
wind would blow away, ut it would
leave, ruin in its wake. Contracts, for
example would be nothing, either for
employer or employed, for buyer or for
Secretary Ira M. Ornburn of
Connecticut Federation of
Labor Heads the List.
Cigarmakers' Union, No. 39, of New
Haven, at its last meeting elected three
delegates fo the annual convention of
the Trades Union Liberty League of
Connecticut in Meriden on June I. The
delegates named are Ira'"M7. Ornburn,
Philip Montis and J. W. Murphy. The
cigarmaking business in this State is at
a low ebb now and the Kilfeather fac
tory in New Haven.laid off a number of
men last week. f , .
At the headquarters ofithe New Ha
ven union there was' a discussion about
the experiments being made with sub
stitutes for tobacco and it was the opin
ion that nothing has been discovered as
yet to replace the divine weed. The
chemists are able to produce nicotine ar
tificially so that it is the same as in to
bacco but when this nicotine is placed in
any nlant other than tobacco the smoke
is much inferior to that of tobacco.
For a good many years experiments
were made to grow in this country a
tobacco that had the same flavor as the
finest Havana. The seed was brought
from the most famous fields in Cuba,
shiploads of soil were brought from
Cuba and dumped into a tobacco field
here, the tobacco planted and then they
waited for results. The tobacco grown
when made into dears made a smoke
that about equalled a Flora de Suffield.
This led the scientists to declare that the
climate was the main thing in connec
tion with the growing of tobacco and no
way has been' found of transferring the
Cuban climate to the Connecticut valley
The executive committee of the union
met this week but no special business
was transacted. Business among cigar
makers continues to be dull and there
is no indication when it will return to
the normal condition. Some of the idle
cigarmakers are using a corner of the
hall where the striking garment work
ers congregate every day. ' -
No Idle Hands Among Electrical
Workers' Union.
The cross with palms is avarded to
Local Union No. 90, International
Brotherhood of Electrical Workers; of
New Haven, for every member not en
gaged in army or navy service is work
in" at his trade. Requests : for work
men received this week had to be turned
down and this is an unusual state of
affairs for there are usually a few at the
command of the union headquarters.
j Branch 19 Decides to Join After
Listening to Address by
Ira M. Ornburn.
Manufacturer Sent Sr.mples of
Straw Caps for Postmen But
They're'Not Wanted.
Branch 19, National Association c.f
Letter Carriers, of New Haven, at its
last meeting was addressed by Ira M.
Ornburn, secretary of the Connecticut
Federation of Labor, who invited the
members of the branch to join the State
organization. Mr. Ornburn spoke of the
benefits to be derived from such a mem
bership and made a brief resume of
what had been accomplished by the Con
necticut Federation of Labor. He also
spoke m a eeneral way of the value of
organization and the objects of organ
ized labor. ; Mr. Ornburn is a very inter
esting speaker' and his remarks must
have been convincing for the; branch
voted to join the State federation. It is
already affiliated "with the American
federation of Labor.
The members-expected to have an op
portunity to inspect samples of the new
caps for spring and summer wear but
he manufacturer made a mistake and
ent samples of straw cans instead of
hambray, the material which memberi
i the branch decided would make the
xi ost artistic headgear for the coming
f ason. This material is known as
cambray, cambrai and cambric and is a
f ngham woven in plain colors with a
J len finish. As it is of light weight it
v ill make an excellent cap for 'hot
-weather and will give the wearers a
more metropolitan appearance than
f jaw eaps, wnicn are regarded as more
ntting tor postmen in hick towns and
fc'ong the K.F.D. routes. Some of the
. .rriers were disappointed because thev
J1 be unable to spring their new caps
c i Easter. It was decided to wait until
s lother roeet'ng for samples of the caps
quired but a committee will look the
k mples-over as soon as they arrive and
.ve an order immediately, f. o, b,
In speaking about the caps, a mem
ber of the branch said that the members
bought caps and suits only when their
old ones were unfit for wear and there
was nothing doing in the second-hand
line. "I never, knew of any one looking
for a se6o;4?dsuit;v-eTsaid;-and
Lec.Ywho stands on Elm. street and bitys
hand-me-downs ..from Yale . -students.
noon buying and selling clothes of "post
men. If you -go into a second-hand or
misfit shop you can get about any kind
of uniform known except a letter car
rier's. "The mailmen wear their uni
forms about as long as they hold to
gether and when a letter carrier decides
to -discard -his suit you can just make up
your mind that there is not much more
wear in it.
' "1 have often been asked what be
comes of the old uniforms thrown
away by letter carriers and to tell the
truth I don't know. I often see men
on ash earts wearing old helmets for
merly worn by policemen and caps
worn by trolleymen but I never see anv
of the$e birds wearing any letter car
rier s regalia. Another thing, the am
form of a letter carrier doesn't seem to
appeal to girls who like to flirt as much
as the uniform of a troueyman or
policeman. 1 You know the funny men
on- the, newspapers are often writing
jokes about the girls at work m the
kitchen who fall f of the coppers
smiles and have hot coffee or a nice
lunch for him if he can spare the time
to call and the blue uniform of the
trolleyman is also a magnet for the
nursemaids and such but I never heard
of any vampires making goo-goo eyes
at Ihe postman. It w:ll be a good time
for your -staff photographer to get
some eood pics when we appear in
our new caps, and if they are up to ex
pectations a few might be placed on
exhibition in the show windows of
The Connecticut Labor Press
Information for Header of Con
necticut Labor Press.
Editor-Connecticut Labor Press:
To settle a small wager will you
olease tell us what's the big idea of the
country going dry, just what Congress
did to aid sucn a calamity, tne exact
wording of the amendment if possible.
Yours sincerely,
J. W. H.
Hartford, April 9.
The ioint resolution passed by the
Sixtv-fifth Congress proposing an
amendment , to the constitution of the
United States finally was signed by the
Vice-President and the Speaker of the
House on December 18. 1917. It f ollows :
"Resolved by the Senate and House of
Representatives of the United States of
America in Congress assembled (two-
thirds of each House concurring there
in), that the 'following amendment to
the constitution Jbe, and hereby is. pro
posed to the States, to become valid as
a part of the constitution when ratified
by the legislatures of the several States
as provided by the constitution :
"Section 1. After one year from the
ratification of this Article the manufac
ture, sale, or transportation of intoxi
cating liquors within, the importation
thereof into, or' the exportation thereof
from the United States and all territory
subiect to the jurisdiction thereof for
beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.
Section Z. ihe . Congress and. tne
several States shall have concurrent
power to enforce this Article by appro
priate legislation.
"Section 3. This Article shall be in
operative unless it shall have been rati
fied as an amendment to the constitu
tion by the legislatures of the several
States, as provided in the constitution,
within seven years from the date of the
submission hereof to the States by the
Under date of Tar-nary 29 of the pres
ent year Frank L. Polk. Acting Secre
tary of State, certified in due form that
the proposed amendment to the consti
tution had been ratified bv the legisla
tures of the necessary th'-ee-fourths of.
the whole number of states m the
United States and declared that - it
therefore had become valid.
International Organizer in
Labor Forward Drive Cam
paign in Salt Lake City.
Salt Lake City, Utah, is now experi
encign a forward labor drive, the big
gest thing that organized labor has ever
attempted in that locality. J. S. Divpn
is directing the movement and one of
the big guns is Sol Sontheimer, for
many years active in organized labor in
Connecticut. A. G. Pike, sixth inter
national vice-president of the Meat Cut
ters and Butchers' Union, has been hur
ried there to help gather the harvest. E.
G. Lock, of Bingham, has been or
dered there by the Mine, Mill and
Smelter Workers' Union. The Brick
and Clay Workers' Local was installed
on Wednesday night; there are 500 en
gaged in that work in bait Laie City.
the first big mass meeting was neld on
lhursday night of this week. Of Mr
Sontheimer, the Utah Labor News, pub
lished'in Salt LJ.ie City, prints the fol
lowing: Sol Sontheimer, heavy with enthusi
asm, is here from the headquarters of
the Cigarmakers Union. Yearn of ex
perience have made Mr. Sonth-nmer a
eifted personal worker. He was great
ly pleased with the preparations that had
been made for the great spring mem
bership drive. His international has
granted him two weeks' time to help the
drive, and from the moment he arrived,
he was in evidence, planning on visits
to locals, talking for the good of the
cause, and helping in the thousand, and
one ways . that a skilled organizer only
" The many friends of N". Ballard,
president of the New Haven Typo
graphical Union No. 47, will be glad to
hear that he is now , recovering from
the illness which has confined him to his
home for a couple of weeks and hopes to
make his appearance in the office of The
Connecticut Labor Press early next
week. . ' ' ' '
Connecticut Labor Department
Reports Much Improvement
in This State.
Hartford, April 18. The Department
of Labor at the Capitol reports that the
labor situation in this State has im
proved from 50 to 60 per v cent, since
February L when the number of unem
ployed was at its height.
Meriden was less attected than any
other city in the State in the matter of
unemployment, the greatest effect of an
influx to the city being whe" the branch
of the Colt s Patent r"-earms Manu
facturing Company opened m that city,
but when the branch suspended opn-a
tions the employees returned to their I
former homes. In Jew London tne
conditions are reported as never having
been really bad, and s ring activities are
taking much labor. In Norwich, nearest
to New London, further improvements
m the labor situation are looked tor.
Hartford has shown wonderful lm-
provement of late, and it is said there is
absolutely no cause for alarm here. One
factory which had promised to discharge
from its employ all married women
whose husbands were able: to take care
of them, has found it unnecessary to do
so, but instead has been engaging addi
tional help, m every instance giving
oreference to returned soldiers whether
they had been previously employed tnere
or not.
The New Haven locals of the
Brotherhood of Painters. Decorators
and Paperhangers of America, and the
employers conferred this week on the
new agreement for the forthcoming
vear, and both sides agreed to the terms.
The proposed agreement- is practically
the same as the one now in force, no
chance beine made in wages, hours of
employment, or conditions. This matter
has been hanging fire for some time and
the satisfactory outcome is especially
agreeable at this time, and all concerned
in the trade can eat their eggs tomorrow
morning in comfort. The local unions
are adding to their membership at a
prodigious rate, about twenty-hve ap
plications being received this week. .
The Connecticut btate L.onterence ot
Painters was scheduled to hold its
monthly meeting in Derby tomorrow, but
as it is Easter, it was decided to post
pone the meeting for one week. The
meeting will be held in Derby on April
27. Each union in the stat$ is entitled
to three delegates to these meetings, and
the sessions are held on the third Sun
day in each month.
Rensselaer Beadle, business agent of
the New Haven locals, is not only
especially busy at this time, but he is also
prenaring for the ordeal of posing be
fore a photographer.
You should receive your Labor Press
fvery Saturday morning if yi-u are a
subscriber. If delayed write us " or
phone Colony 1082.
No Boom in Building Yet But
Outlook is Improving and
Few. Out of Work.
.T T 1 ' i ' rn.-r-"
new -uexieraeaa necessary as
So Many Branches Are in.
the Organization.
The Bricklayers'," Masons' and Plas
terers Union, Local No. 6, of New Ha
veil, repjrts a considerable improvement
in business in its line and while there is
np big boom on or any particular rush of
bisr business there is a slow increase
which is encouraging and not many
members are out of work at this time.
Out of a membership of 280 it is said
that not over twenty-five are idle this
week, which is a much better record
than exists in numerous other bodies.
It is expected that in a few more-weeks
i ere will be a considerable increase in
ou"lding operations and before the sum
mer is well under way, it is predicted
.hat the services of these men will be at
a premium and a bricklayer out of work
will be as scarce as a Connecticut city
chat does not claim the big gun captured
by Connecticut soldiers from the Huns.
There are so many branches affiliated
with this union that it has been decided
to have some new letterheads printed.
The top-line will consist of the words
Bricklayers',' Masons' and Plasterers' In
ternational Union and at the left there
will be printed Cement Finishers, Mar
ble and Tile Setters. The organization
meets on the first and third Mondays in
iach month and at the next'meeting con
siderable new business is to come up for
In New Haven, a few new jebs are
now under way, some of them of consid
erable magnitude. Work on the Hark
ness quadrangle at Yale, the bicreest of
ill big jobs, is being held up for the
arrival of Ohio limestone. Just why the
stone is not forthcoming seems to be a
mystery as no one is apparently able to
ell when it will arrive. This iob will
require 50 bricklayers when the work is
well Under way.
The union has elected W. H. Crut
J. W. O'Brien and N. F. Byrnes as dele
gates to the annual convention of the
Connecticut Federation of Labor at
Meriden. . v ,, ;
Some Legislators Did Not Want
Actjto Apply , to Any Employed
m Agncnltural Field. :
' : .
The bill providing for the aoooint-
ment of a minimum Nwage commission
to consist Of three members to be ap-
choii ha q o ' u-it 'WBSr
shall be a woman, was killed mthe
House at Hartford on Tuesday. Anun-
favorable majority report was submitted
: i 1 t ii. r
by eight members . of the committee on
labor and there was a favorable minor
ity report signed by four members.- The
bill and -the proposed amendment ex
empted farmers.
Ihe bill provided for the payment of
to eacn commissioner ior eacn aays
service. Investigations, inquiries and
A- 1- r 1 ,
hearings would be authorized in order
to arrive at a stated minimum wage for
women and minors, Every employer of J
women ana minors wouia De caiiea upon
to keep a register of the names and ad
dresses of all women and minors em
ployed bv him, the occupation, number
of hours employed, etc., and the commis
sion . would have power to examine all
.books, payrolls and other records of
any employer of women and minors in
relation to payment of wages,
. There was a long debate on the bill.
Representative Prisk of Wallingford,
the results in other1 States did not ap-
peal to the committee.. Representative
Shaw of Redding favored the bill and
said Connecticut had been too slow in
adopting legislation of this kind. Rep-
xisentative Rogers of Manchester of-
j;red an amendment providing that the
set shall not affect any one employed m
the agricultural held. Representative
.Thompson of Somers said the . law
should apply to farmers.
The unfavorable majority report wai
accepted and the bill was rejected.
Working' Days and Part Of Night j
and Company Wants Them
to Work on Sunday, Too.
The executive committee of the
Watch and Clock Workers' Union
Iocal No. 46. of New Haven, onnec'-ed I
with the International Jewelry Workers.
Union, held a meeting on Sunday and I
discussed some changes that are needed j
in the bv-laws. A committee has this
matter in charee and it is expected that
new by-laws will be eracted soon.' This I
is one of the new organizations that is I
rapidly increasing its. membership. J
All the members are employed at the I
shop ot the New Haven Clock Com
pany, wnere Disiness is so DrisK mat
many ot tne . employees are wording
overtime every night after putting in the
usual amount of day time. The em
ployees were asked to work on Sunday,
roo" the navment to be time and a half,
but the men object to wc.rking on Sun-
This matter did not come betore
the meeting and no action has been
taken by the union but it is known that
the men, individually, nre opposed to
working on Sunday at this time.
The New rlaven Clock Company has
iust received an additional order from
the United States Government for
clocks, amounting to $35,000. Some of
the dogs that have returned from France
and Flanders with the soldiers are wear-
intr naw watches, similar to wrist
watclies. This is only a fad of the sol-
j- An. tti ani'milc i
don't have to be told the time when to
imaw a bone. Members of Local 46 say
tv not tpcn anv desims tor
wrist watches for animals yet
Connecticut Federation , of Labor Legislative Committee Says Appsrczf In
gratitude of Labor Men Toward Mayor Kinsella of Hartford, Labors
Friend, Turned Friendly Democratic Senators Against Organized
Labor Most Republicans Were Opposed, Anyway.
That the political activities of ihe
American Labor Party in the Hartford
election cost Organized Labor its friends
in the Legislature and doomed hopes for
beneficial Labor legislation to disap
pointment, is the charge . made by the
legislative committee of the Connecti
cut Federation of Labor.
Previous to that election Labor had
many friends among the Democratic
senators, wnue the election of a num
ber of Republican senators had been so
close that they were anxious to avoid
opposing Labor legislation A situation
.wnicn promised great possibilities.
i nen came that election. In Hartford
np to that time the city government was
controlled by the Democrats, they hay
ing a majority in the aldermanic board.
and Mayor Richard F. Kinsella - has
proven one of the best friends that Or
ganized Labor has ever had in the
mayor's chair. He had proven, this in
many ways, one of the most notable
instances being his insistence upon ap-
jjuuitmg iwu union men io important
positions connected . with the building
commission, Martin Spellacy as building
inspector, ana, anotner as plumbing in
spector, in the lace of strong opposition
from powerful ' leaders in' Hartford's
widely known open shop organization.
With the control of the citv Government
in his hands, therefore, Mayor Kinsella.
Labor's friend was in a position to do
much for the workers and was orovine
his desire and intention of doing, it.
The election changed all that. The
American Labor Party without gain
ing anything for itself, nulled awav
enough votes from the Democrats to lose
them the control of the board of alder
men and robbed Mayor Kinsella of his
power. , ,
The result at the Legislature was im
mediate and notable. Democratic sena
tors who had formerly been only too
glad to give the Legislative committee
of the Connecticut Federation of Labor
The labor forward movement, the
mdsf 1 important driv f$r- .-organized
labor ever planned ih Gprinecticut, was
to- have opened in Waterbury on Tues
day of this week, but it was decided to
postpone it until after the General As.
I ?nbiy adjourns. This action was taken
I because the active leaders of the Con
Inecticut rederation of Labor in this
I state have so much of their time occu-
pied now with hearings and bills before
J the Legislature and every legislative
I dav sees some matter of interest to labor
t134 requires their presence. And their
, . . , ... .
work 1S practically doubled now because
the ill-advised . new American 'Labor
I Party, formed contrary-to the wishes
of the state federation, and also the
national body, has alienated many mem
bers of the legislature who hereto fore-
were well disposed towards ."the labor
j, interests and the projects of the legist
I .. ... . .. ..
tive committee of
the Connecticut
Federation of Labor.
Details of this
matter will be found elsewhere in this
Ira M. Ornburn, secretary of the. Con
necticut Federation of Labor who is
a member of the legislative committee
of the federation, and who is also an in
fluential member of the special com
mittee appointed by the governor to in
vestigate the trolley interests in this
state, is behind the labor forward drive
here, and he did not believe that such
I". -uii piujci miuu-u uuu?u
until those who will be at the active head
of the movement viH be able to give a
good part of their time towards iL For
tl nn ri it was decided fr. y stponc
ihe drive until the legislative sessions
are over.
A somewhat similar movement is now
in progress in T'tah, and as told else
where in "Ihe Connecticut La'ior Press,
Sol Sontheimer, formerly of this state,
is the international organizer ior the
cigarmakers out there among the Mor
mons, ine proposed campaign ni -on
necticut has attracted much interest and j
Waterbury labor leaders were ira-
mensely pleased over the fact that their
city was selected for the "first presenta
tion on anv staee" ' in Cinictrcut of
such an important undertakinj. Secre-
tary Ornburn and the executiv council
ot" the C. F. of L will have charge of
he w:k w H be assistel by picked
men from ml ematicnal o.-jreuvations
thus ion n ig what will be lir-t h k
tr-j" s oi 1; I or to help th cause tu
this state
While it is believed the work at first
will be among factory workers, the
campaign will soon extend to other lines
and the entire state in time will be
thoroughly covered. The six interna-
tional organizers will represent the fol
lowinsr organizations
International Association of Machin-
International Brotherhood of Black
Metal Polishers International Union.
Internatior'&l Brotherhood of Electri
cal Workers of America.
International Alliance of Amalga-
mated Sheet Metal Workers.
Brotherhood of Boiler Makers anu
Iron bhip Mmlciers ot America.
Carpenters Consolidate
, . ,
ioi un, c xi?ci. y, -
penters and joiners ot America, grace-
fully passed out of existence this week,
and was merged with Local 79 The
two locals are now one. Although twice
one is two, the carpenters have made two
unions into one, defying the multiplica-
tior table, l tie hooks, records qocu-
ments. doueli oae. etc, ot jno. on, were
turned over to No. 79, according to the
agreemcni cnicrcu imu s
rresiaeni niuvan oi uic oidic vaj"1"-"
spent most of the week in New Haven,
a helping hand barely spoke to them as
they met in the corridors of the capitoL '
When they did speak they expressed the
bitter sentiment that the Democratic
mayor of Hartford had been betrayed by
the men for whom he had done so much,
the Labor man. As Patrick F. O'Meara,
president of the Connecticut Federation
of Labor and head of the Legislative
committee expressed it at the meeting of '
the New Haven Trades Council Thurs
day evening ,they now told the members
of the committee and Labor men gen
erallv that they could go to the hot place--'
for all they cared. -
The. matter came up for s lengthy'
discussion at the last meeting .of the
New Haven . Trades Council ' .and
Timothy Crowley, the leader f the
American Labor Party, came in for a
lot of personal criticism .as welL It was
stated by the Legislative committee that .
he had created strong antagonism to- '
ward Labor legislation bv hi oersonal :
attitude toward committees at hearings.
One instance quoted dealth with his re
cent appearance before the Judiciary'
committee when he is reported as hav. -ing
announced '- . .; -
"I represent, the Hartford Central "
Labor Union and the -American Labor .
Party, which is going to show yon guys
something pretty soon." - ' .-,
On another occasion he is &aiif to
informed a committee that the new
Labor party was sroinir to cive von fel
lows the boot"
Naturally the effect of such utter-'
ances could not be beneficial to Lahor
legislation chances and the Legislative
committee expresses- considerable ire
over, having its hard work offset by such ' '
procedure. .-; .
After extended discussion it was '
voted-by the Trades Council " to carry
the matter over ta the annual convratinn .
of th Connecticut Federation of Labor
in Meriden in Tune, when it will reev
extended attention. . . . : ,
Samuel i Lefkovitsy yice-prejMeg'f; and
organizer- of-': the "Ladies'-; Garment
Workers' Union, was sick this week at '
his home in New York, and was unable '
to make his customary visit to Connecti
cut, where he has been in charge of the
strike of the garment workers since the
girls were called out ; several weeks
ago. The nature of the illness of Mr.
Lefkovits was not learned, but he is
probably run down from - overwork.'
While advocating shorter hours-of em
ployment for the girls, Mr. Lefkovits
works both day and night, and does not -put
any limit upon his ' own " working
hours. The last time he addressed the
meeting of the' Corset Workers Union
in New Haven the meeting adjourned
at 11.15 o'clock at night and he had
been busy all -day with shirtwaist opera
tors making speeches counselling his -
lieutenant, "Miss Emma Kronhart. and :
paying the weekly strike benefit. This
was in addition to his work in Hart
ford,' Bridgeport, Stamford and other
places in this state. - -
Ralph Yudell of New Yort. on.of;
the international organizers of the '
union, replaced Mr. Lefkovits in thii
state, this week: and looked after the
unions in Hartford and New Harat. -
paying thit strike benefits and making -
speeches in English. - The-Italian or
ganizer remains in. New Haven" and v
makes frequent speeches in Italian At
the meeting on Thursday afternoon in
New Haven, many of the girls appeared -in
their new Easter headgear and with
the latest fashion of hair bobbing.' In
regard to the latter, it was agreed that .
the prize winners were a Russian' girL
an Italian and a colored girL ",
Liberty League Meeting ',
The executive committee - of the
Trades Union Liberty League held a
well attended meeting in Bridgeport,
Sunday, June 1. , , . .
Later , the committee visited the meet
ing of the Bridgeport Bartenders' Union
in a body and several of its members
addressed that body. The latter pledged
its full support unanimously. :
Ornburn Elected Delegate
At a meeting of the New Haven
Trades. Council, Thursday -evening,
President Ira M. Ornburn was unani
mously elected a delegate to the annual
convention of the American Federation
of Labor, which opens in" Atlantic City,
June 9. Patrick F. O'Meara, president
of the Connecticut Federation of Labor,
whose name was placed in nomination,
declined." .
Capmakers Elect
The Capmakers Union : of New
Haven at its last meetini? Wfrl "
Leventhal, the business agent of the or- '
gamzation delegate to the biennial Con
vention of. the interational convention
to be held in New York. Mr. Leventhal
represented this union at the biennial
conventions since the New Haven union .
v ... 1 111 caisiciicc, ana is tneretore
familiar with the duties. He has a large
acquaintance in New Yort aH ,
the city thoroughly, so ther is no danger
The question of having - a 44-hour
week, instead of one of 49 h
be one of the principal topics at the con
vention, and the chances are that such
a measure will be passed. The Cap
makers Union will 'meet , tori;Vi
choose delegates to the annual conven-.
xion or tne Connecticut Federation of
Labor. ; '
Above all things, see that the Cijrar-
makers label adorns the box from
which you get your cigars.

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