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VOL. VI. NO. 22. NEW HAVEN, CONN., SATURDAY, AUGUST 23, 1919. PI )E THREE CENTS AUDITOR OF THE BARBERS' UNION IN THIS STATE A. C. Mendell of Indianapolis, National Official, Is Visit ing Connecticut. THE WEST FAVORS WOMEN Barbers in East Opposed to Ad mitting Women to Mem-' bership in the Unions. A. C. Mendell of Indianapolis, one of the auditors of the Journeymen Bar bers' International Union of America, is now visiting officials of the barbers' unions of Connecticut. There are two national auditors and they get around to each union about once in two years. It is proposed to add another auditor to the staff and endeavor to make yearly visits to each union. Mr. Mendell was in New Haven on Tuesday and he O. K.'d the accounts of Anthony Merlino, business agent of the New Haven Local. He found Mr. Merlino's books in fine order and said there was a reason for this for when he called two years ago he showed Mr. Merlino the proper course to take in keeping books. Mr. Mendell said that at the forth coming international convention in Buf falo early in September, the matter of admitting women barbers to member ship will come up and quite a battle is looked for as the West is solid for ad mitting women while the East is just as strongly opposed. He said that in the West, the matter is looked upon from a moral standpoint and it is believed that if women perform the work of men they should be just as well treated. In Chicago there are over 2Q0 women bar bers, and the Northwest is full of wom en barbers. Letters to the Journeymen Barber from agents of unions in this state show that they are opposed to ad mitting women to membership. Accord ing to Mr. Mendell, women are giving excellent satisfaction in the West in barber shops and there is a strong de mand that they be admitted to the union. i The Connecticut Labor Press last week told of the campaign being waged by Bridgeport barbers to eliminate shoe-shining and hat-cleaning shops from barber shops on the ground that they are unsanitary. Mr. Mendell said this was the first he had heard of such a movement He said he believed the state barbers' commission had power to regulate this matter and if the commis sion decided that it was unsanitary to clean hats and shine shoes in a barber, shap-'the commission j:ould order the cleaners out. " ' " The jourenymen barbers believe that they should be represented on this com mission and at the last convention of the Connecticut Federation of Labor Mr. Merlino moved that a committee infAH n nrpcn thic matter. o(vnii.vu v f ' TELEPHONE GIRLS. Hartford Union to Hold Mass Meeting Next Month. Hartford, Aug. 22. The Telephone Operators' Union at a largely attended meeting here gave out the following announcement : "We had a business meeting this evening, and we expect to hold a mass meeting during the third week of Sep tember, possibly in one of the theaters " They explained that this announce ment was intended to make it clear to the telephone company that their or ganization, although it had not been seeking much attention of late, is stili very much in business. GARMENT WORKERS. Hartford, Aug. 22 The Interna tional Ladies' Garment Workers held a meeting at Labor Alliance Hall last night which was addresesd by several prominent speakers from out of town. SEAMEN'S UNION GETS GOOD START Many New Members Join, Organ ization at Special Meeting in New Haven. . A special meeting of the newly organized Seamen's Union of New Haven was held in Trades Council Hall on Wednesday night, when a large number of men employed upon the docks joined the union. A number of teamsters and coal heavers were at the meeting. This organization includes a number of colored men. The meeting was scheduled to begin at 8 o'clock but the business agent was engaged in receipting for new initiation fees until some time after that hour. This union was started on its way a few weeks ago when Secretary Ira M. Ornburn of the Connecticut Federation of Labor ad dressed a large gathering one Sunday morYiing in Trades Council, Hall. UNDERWOOD TAG DAY. Hartford Strikers Expect to Raise About $2,000. Hartford, Aug. 22. Plans have been made for a "tag day" for the benefit of the striking employees from the Underwood Typewriter Company plant. More than 10,000 tags are being printed and 200 of the girl strikers will do the tagging Saturday. The strike commit tee estimates that $2,000 should be taken in from this source. It was said yesterday that donations have been received for large amounts and that no difficulty has been exper ienced in caring for strikers in need of assistance, as only about 100 out of the 2,000 who walked out have put in ap plications. The workers who are idle because of the close-down of the fac tory, but were not in the striking ranks, are not receiving benefits, although many have joined the , Polishers, Ma chinists' and other unions since that time. EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, NATIONALFEDERATION Board to Meet in Bridgeport August 31 Metal Trades Council Organized. Bridgeport, Aug. 22. The executive council of the American Federation of Labor will meet here on Sunday, August 31, to deal with the labor situa tion as it affects Bridgeport. Secretary Ira M. Ornburn of the Con necticut Federation of Labor organized a Metal Trades Council here on Wednesday night. Representatives were present from each of the local unions of the metal trades. After the Metal Trades Council has been permanently organized all ques tions affecting wages and conditions among the metal workers of the city vill be considered by the council as a whole instead of through individuals. The consolidated metal unions, through the council, will act as a unit in the event of strike action: TOBACCO STRIPPERS. New Haven Local Not to Have an Entertainment. The New Haven Local of the Tobac co Strippers' Union has decided not to give a benefit entertainment for the striking cigarmakers and tobacco strip pers but a donation of a good-sized amount was made. Miss Helen Shields of this union, who was very active in assisting in the organizing of the Ladies' Garment Workers' Union in New Haven, was present at the big meeting of this union on Tuesday night. She said she did not believe the reports about cigar manufacturers in New England moving to other sections be cause, of strikes and considered these reports as bluffs. One large manufact urer says he is going to have his cigars made by machinery but Miss Shields says these cigars are not satisfactory. MASTER PAINTERS. Union and Closed Shop Bodies Form a Bureau. Hartford, Aug. 22. Members of the two local master painters' associations, composed of the union association and the closed shop association, met at the Hotel Garde last night for the forma ion of the Hartford Master Painters' Bureau, an organization which will work for the best social and business interests of the master painters and decorators. E. W. Nelson, of the union association, presided. W. J. Donovan was elected secretary of the new bureau. The officers of the two separate or ganizations will officiate alternately at subsequent meetings of the bureau. SHIPWRIGHT CARPENTERS. President Sullivan Makes an Official Visit to Locals. President W. J. Sullivan of the State Council, Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, made an official visit this week to the new shipwright locals in New London, Stonington and Mystic. While in Mystic he attended the annual art exhibition there and said it exceed ed all expectations. While in New London, President Sullivan learned of an attempt to imitate a concoction in vented by King Kennedy known as the "Pequot sewer," but it is said to be rather unsatisfactory. Much progress is noted on the construction of the dor mitories on York street. IN STAFFORD SPRINGS. Stafford Springs, Aug. 22. About 70 employees of the Warren W oolen Com pany are out on strike for a 10 per cent, increase in wages. The strikers are mostly weavers and are employed in the weaving, carding, spinning and twisting departments of th ; company. About 230 are employed in the mill. The weavers walked out Saturday morning and are expected ..o be joined by other employees INSTALLATION OF SOUTHINGTON LODGE Machinists' Union Chooses Offi cers and Meets Twice Monthly in Falcon Hall. Southington, Aug. 22. Southington Lodge, No. 1337, International Associa tion of Machinists, was installed by E. C. HotchkissJ business agent of Elm Lodge of New Haven. The lodge is to meet on the second and "fourth Fridays of each month in Falcon Hall, this town. Organization of machinists is now progressing throughout the local ity. Officers of the lodge are as fol lows : President William Hall. Vice-President Alfred Meese. Recording Secretary Frank Ferruc chi. Financial Secretary John J. Cough lin. Treasurer Clarence Cole. Conductor Michael Dinello. LAVIT LOSES AGAIN. Court Appoints Receiver for Property of Machinists. Bridgeport, Aug. 22. Judge Thomas C. Coughlin, formerly of the lo:al City court, was lppointed by Judge Donald T. Warner receiver of the funds and property of Lodge No. 30, International Association of Machinists. He will handle all property of the lodge, in cluding the books and records recently confiscated by Local 116, the new lodge instituted here by Grand Secretary E. C. Davison to take the place of the out lawed Local 30. The appointment of Judge Coughlin as receiver was made pending the trial of the suit brought by the Grand Lodge against Lodge 30. Coughlin will file a bond of $10,000 to act as receiver until the court hears the action and makes its decision. A dollar a year is less than two cents a week. That's -all The Connecticut Labor Press costs you and you get your money's worth many times over. CLOTHING WORKERS TO PRESENT DEMANDS Julius Powers, New York Organ izer, Speaks at Meeting of Local 220, New Haven. An important meeting of Local 220, Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, was held at the Labor Ly ceum on Tuesday night and was ad dressed by Julius Powers, an organizer from New York. A list of demands was formulated and it was expected that they would be presented to the employers today. They include a 944- hour week instead of one of 55 hours, 40 per cent, increase in wages, recog nition of the union and better working conditions. Mr. Powers said the con ditions in New Haven were unsanitary and that many of the workers were employed in what he called cages. The wages are from $12 to $26 weekly now, whereas the minimum wage in New York for this work is $45 a week. Mr. Powers has organized unions in Worcester, Lowell, Salem, Lawrence, Bridgeport, Lynn, Haverhill and New Haven and he intended to organize a local in "Hartford soon. The organiza tion has a present membership of 200,000. The workers in this union are coat makers, pants makers, vest makers, operators, pressers and bushelmen from custom tailors and ready-made stores and women who are working on men's garments. In an address to the Italian workers the orzanization says: "Svegliatevi dal vostro lungo dormirel Per quanto tempo oneora volete lavorare colla paga e sistema degli schiavi? langlh ore poca paga ed insane condizionel Avete voi alcun riguordo alia vostra salute? Molti vi licono che cosa perdete celle molte oreche lavaro? Potete voi vivere con comodita'" colla presente paga, quando tutto costa a caro nrezzo? Perchi lavorare molte ore, mentre i naltre citta' lavorono solamente 44 ore alio setta mania e con imgliore paglh? Moi non possiamo dare To colpa interamente a voi, peche non apportenite a nessuna unione e per questo v'invitiamo al." LETTER CARRIERS. Branch 19, National Association of Letter Carriers, of New Haven, will meet early next month. Before the meeting it is expected that the, delegates to the national convention will get to gether and formulate some course of action. M'CABE IN PARADE. Francis P. McCabe, sergeant-at-arms of the New Haven Trades Council, got a big hand in the parade of the Eagles jn Thursday. He carried the big drum of the Home Guard band, partly by note and partly by ear. NEW COMMITTEES FOR TYPOGRAPHICAL Good Men and True Appointed to Serve Meeting Scheduled for Sunday Afternoon. The New Haven Typographical Union, No. 47, will meet at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon in Trades Council Hall. Ernest F. Hintz will receive orders at this meeting for the conven tion photograph (cash accompanying the order, naturally). New committees just announced are as follows: Executive Committee Messrs. For rest, Lau, Harkin, I. Jacobs, Poll (chair man). Apprentice Committee Messrs. Dunnt Forest, E. J. McCormack, Phillips, and Whitney. Organization Committee Messrs. Wurtelle, Casey, Curran, Grube, Har kin, Hauber, Larson, Lyons, Reilly, and R. G. Tuttle. Publicity Committee Messrs. Arch bald, J. Bussmann, Cochrane, McGow an, arid;H- E Smith. Trades' Council Delegates Messrs. Casey, Planck, Poll, Reilly and.E. Ship man Smith. Scale Committee Messrs. Archbold, H. Smith, Casey, Comiskey, Gannon, Harkin Lau, PolL Maroneyi (chair man), Pfeiffer, Ringwood, Schmitt, Spaulding, and Whalen. ' EAGLES' DECORATIONS. Electrical Work Performed By : Non-Union Labor. Members of the Linemen's Local, No. 531, of New Haven, International Brotherhood Electrical Workers, were up in arms this week because the elec trical decorations on the New Haven Green for the Eagles' convention were put up by non-union men. Jobs of this kind are supposed to be done by line men but inside workers were utilized on the decorations. There are three locals in New Haven affiliated with the In ternational Brotherhood Electrical Workers, Linemen, Inside Workers and Railroad Local. It is said that some action will be taken at the next meet ing of the Linemen's Local in order to fix the responsibility for this job going to non-union men. SHEET METAL WORKERS. The New Haven Local of the Sheet Metal Workers' Union will meet next Tuesday nighfl, when some action will be taken regarding the "No card, no work" rule which this union approved some time ago. It is proposed to have this matter go into effect the first of September. MUSIC IN FACTORY. Glastonbury, Aug. 22. The J: B. Williams Company has secured a vacant building in East Hartford and is pack ing and wrapping in this store. The company finding it very difficult to ob tain girls enough in Glastonbury to do this work, bought a Victrola, which is being used in the packing and wrap ping room at the factory in Glaston bury. The girls are enjoying the music during the working hours. Fvofv timp vnn buv a non-union pro duct you employ non-union labor. PRESSMEN GET INCREASED WAGE FROM PUBLISHERS Committee to Confer This Week With Employing Printers in New Haven. JOHNSON NEW ORGANIZER Appointed by Major Berry to Succeed Timothy A. Ryan as Connecticut Agent. The New Haven Printing Pressman, Local No. 74, put a new agreement .and wage scale befor the employing print ers of this city during the past week, the present agreement expiring the first of September at which time the new one is to take effect. The Local held a.'special meeting two weeks ago Saturday, and at this meet ing approved and adopted the new agreement and wage scale which was read before them by the chairman of the wage scale committee. Local No. 74 also has the honor of mentioning the fact that one of its members has been appointed state or ganizer of Connecticut by its Interna tional President, George L. Berry, to succeed Timothy A. Ryan, who had held this position, and who has with drawn from the printing trade and is now following the selling of printing inks for the Ault & Wiborg Co. of New York and Boston, who are the biggest ink manufacturers in the world. The secretary and treasurer of Local No. 74, Walter A. Johnson! being the" member appointed state organizer. ;Mr. John son has been working hard the past two months in getting all the press man's locals throughout the state in co operating with one another, in adopting a minimum wage scale on the same basis in every city in the state where a local exists and has , succeeded in get ting their co-operation. The officers and members of all the locals of which Mr. Johnson has visited believe that it has been a good plan to undertake, classing every man the same and no matter what city in the state he goes into he will receive the same compensation. It will also be of benefit to the employers throughout the state that they will not be up against wage competition as they have been in the past, .and it is hoped by Mr. John son that "when all contracts have been negotiated every member of the press men's organization will be working un der the same conditions throughout the state. " , It will also ha vga tendency, of abol ishing the taking'away pf its members "who4 seek ' employment in other cities where they get more compensation for their work. It is known that the pressmen's trade is among the poorest paid trades known, but will come pretty well up with other trades if the new agreement is approved. Local No. 74 has succeeded in put ting through an agreement with the newspaper publishers of New Haven for the web pressmen, this being the first one they have had with them. They have been granted better working conditions and a wage increase. The conference committee for the news paper pressmen consisted of members of that branch as follows: Edward McMahon of the Times-Leader, Presi dent of the Local D. K. Fitzgerald of the New Haven Union, Barney Marsh of the Journal Courier, Joseph Coyle of the Register. Local No. 74 had the pleasure of en tertaining one of its International rep resentatives at its last regular meeting, Joseph A. Dart of Boston, who is or ganizer of New England. Mr. Dart was very much pleased with the action taken by Local No. 74 upon the new agreement and believes the membership took the right step in adoptingthe wage they have and believes that the press men should be compensated more for their work. " The membership feels that the em ployers will agree with them in the adopting of a standard minimum wage throughout the state, and hopes for their co-operation in doing so as the employers themselves feel that the pressmen should receive more than what they are getting. The officers and members of the local are striving to increase the membership by bringing in the pressmen who are not members of the local and who are beginning to realize the necessity of becoming a member of the organiza tion. The local believes that the new wage schedule will have some effect upon the building up of the local. Mr. Johnson belieevs that the em ployers do not realize the fact that it is on account of the small living wage which they are paying that leads the biggest part of the men to go to other cities where they can get a better living wage. It is also an understood fact by the officers of the local that if a satisfac tory increase is not granted through negotiations on their new agreement that the employers will be up against it for the want of help more so than they are now, as a great many of the mem bers are preparing to leave the city to go where they can get it. Mr. Johnson wishes to state also through The Connecticut Labor Press that the new postoffice address of the local will be box 939, and wishes to ex tend success to all other locals on their new agreements and .contracts. He also wishes to state that the next regular meeting of the local will take place the fourth Friday of this month, instead of the third Thursday, as the hall in the Eagle Temple will "be used by the Eagles for their convention. The conference committee met with the employing printers last Tuesday afternoon and the outcome of this con ference was very unsatisfactory. Mr. Johnson feels that when the member ship meets at a special meeting this week that the conditions of the employ ing printers will absolutely be refused as their terms will be far from being met with the approval of the local. Al though this is the first meeting between the parties it is believed that better re sults will be obtained, as the local will stick out for a better living wage than what has been presented to them. The conference committee of the local con sists of Walter A. Johnson, John Littles, Donald Noel and William O'Brien. TRADES COUNCIL'S "MEETING BRIEF Proposal to Have Another Mass Meeting on Green Against Prohibition. Delegates from the Brewery Work men reported at the meeting of the New Haven Trades Council on Thurs day night that many of the brewers were out of jobs as the result of pro hibition and that some firms were hav ing their imitation beer goods handled by non-union workmen. The attention of other unions was called to these mat ters and it was desired that some assist ance be given to the brewery workmen. It was also proposed that another mass meeting to protest against war time prohibition be held on the New Haven Green. The first meeting at tracted much attention and a very able address was made by C. J. Danaher of Meriden, counsel for tne Connecticut Federation of Labor. Resolutions from various organiza tions favoring an increase in wages for letter carriers and other postal em ployees were received. They were pre sented by Delegate Moakley. Delegate Cominskey of the Pressmen's Union re ported about the new agreement of the pressmen, details of which will be found elsewhere in this paper. President Ira M: Ornburn made a quick trip from Bridgeport to preside but deferred a statement in regard to the Bridgeport labor situation until the next meeting when it is supposed every thing will be settled satisfactorily. Sec retary Reilly was unable to be present and several documents were held over until the next session. Aside from the usual reports of delegates there was but little business and an early adourn ment was taken. CARPENTERS MEETING. New Haven Local, No. 79, Brother hood of Carpenters and Joiners, met on Monday night when the member ship was considerably increased. George F. Mordecai, business agent of the Dis trict Council, was not in his usual good health last week and his physician pre scribed Stokes Expectorant. President W. J. Sullivan teaid this remedy would never be prescribed in New London, Mystic or Stonington. ELECTRICAL WORKERS. The Inside Local, Electrical Work ers' Union of New Haven, met on Tuesday night. All of the members who were in the service of the country have returned but four. It was intended to have an outing this month but owing to the high cost of clamsl bluefish, lob ster,, chicken, watermelon, coffee; and 2.75 per cent, it was decided to postpone the outing -for a few 'years. WHY BRIDGEPORT LOSES INDUSTRY I. W. W. Is Blamed for Loss of Graphophone Company With $8,000,000 Payroll. The Bridgeport Standard-Telegram in an editorial puts the blame on the I. W. W. for the decision of the Colum bia Graphophone Comany to move its plant from that city. The article fol lows : "A lot of people pretend to think that the anonuncement of the Columbia Graphophone company that it will move away from Bridgeport is a bluff. But as a matter of fact let it be said right here and now, it is not a bluff. The company contemplated this move a long time. There are a variety of reasons for it in the present instance. And the Bolshevik behavior of a certain group of its Bridgeport workers is the straw that in this case has broken the camel's back. "The Columbia Graphophone com pany is one unit in a large industrial chain. To bring the various units more closely together would naturally make management easier. For that reason the company considered pulling the Colum bia unit out of Bridgeport. But other reasons the fact that the company had been established here and was success fully operating here tended to. pre vent. "Then came the chaos of the present strike, with its marked I. W. W. pro gram, its mixed leadership and its com plete absence of responsibility. The maangement, as it said in its farewell statement yesterday, was fair. It offer ed the 44-hour week and a I2j4 per cent, increase in pay bringing the pay higher than the pay for similar work in the competitive line. It met with commit tees of the employees and with com mittees from outside the employees. But no headway could be made and the plant remained idle. "Now comes the announcement that it will not re-cpen in Bridgeport. "What does Bridgeport lose? What do the workers at the Columbia lose? "Here is an industry employing 6,500 persons and with plans for expansion to triple the size. The expansion is go ing to be carried out but not in Bridge port. "Year in and year out, since its or ganization, it has afforded steady work for a group of people. At times when other industries have been stagnant, it has been working at top speed. It has been a stand-by. "It has contributed $8,000,000 a year to the payroll of Bridgeport 10 per cent., of the city's entire bank deposits. "It makes one of Bridgeport's best known nationally advertised products. "Its leaving town will not only mean a tremendous loss and a most serious setback to the citv itself but will give Bridgeport a thumping black eye throughout the nation. And Bridgeport has enough of such black eyes already "How much better do the 6,500 work ers of the American Graphophone com pany find themselves today for follow ing the leadership of those who would not listen to reason? "How much does it profit you to kill the goose if your livelihood depends upon the golden eggs? "Bridgeport is getting a good deep draught of I. W. Wism or W. I. I. U.ism, which is the same thing. The 'Sab Cat' is carrying out its well known motto : "'Put the town on the bum. JOINT COMMITTEE FOR THE PAINTERS Three From Each New Haven Union to Decide Upon All Mat ters Agent for No. 4. Vice-President Collins of the Broth erhood of Painters, Decorators and Paperhangers of America attended the joint meeting of Locals Nos. 409 and 4 of New Haven on Wednesday night. According to instructions from the gen eral executive board of the national body a committee of three from each local will hereafter meet twice a month and decide upon matters that come in the relation of one local to the other. Local No. 4 was empowered to select its own business agent The executive board granted Local No. 409 the sum of $200 towards its expenses and a simi lar amount will be given Local No. 4. HARTFORD TAILORS. Union Members Do Not Look for Trouble With Bosses. Hartford, Aug. 22. "We don't wish to give the impression that we expect to have trouble with our employers," D. Freitas, secretary of the Journeymen Tailors' Union, said after a meeting at C. L. U. Hall. "The increases we have asked for we helieve are fair - hn-ou-e-iref any impression that we will strike at once, ii we aon t get our demands is in correct. A committee from our organ ization will visit all the tailoring com panies and talk things over with them. We don't want tn rrpat anv hrA -fool ing and are merely asking what we consider a iair wage as tanors are now onlv makinc from $18 to 5R24 a piece work and are putting in nine hours on week days and work in the evening on Saturday." SOUTHINGTON STRIKE. Southington, Aug. 22. Forty-nine employees of the Blakeslee Manufact uring Company went on strike leaving the factory building and marching to the Oxley Assembly Hall where they held a meeting. The men are mostly machinists and drop forgers and all be long to the union. According to the men they have made demands to the company for the past several weeks and, they say, the com mittees they have sent into the office have been turned down. They state that they were granted an increase in wages but that the men do not consider it suf ficient, and that the. machinists want a 30 per cent, increase and an eight-hour day, while the forgers want a higher day rating according to the kind of ham mers they use. TROLLEY DELEGATES. Hartford Elects Men for Convene tion in Chicago. Hartford, Aug. 22. Edward P. Law ton and Richard T. Skehan will repre sent the Hartford division of the Amal gamated Association of Street and Electric Railway Employees at the 16th biennial convention which will open in Chicago on the morning of September 8 and will last unti all. business is com pleted. Officers of the "Amalgamated" say that the organization has practically 100 per cent, of the employees of the Connecticut Company. Representatives from all sections of the country will attend the convention. POLISHERS AND BUFFERS. The New Haven Local of the Polish ers and Buffers Union now meets on the first Sunday and third Friday of each month in Trades Council Hall. Sergeant-at-Arms McCabe, who is an influential member of this union, says business is very good in this line of work at present. METAL WORKERS GAIN. St. Louis, Mo., Aug. 22. The Fulton Iron Works company has raised wages six cents an hour for 450 machinists, blacksmiths and helpers. TRADES COUNCIL COMMITTEE IN PLAN TO HELP IN GETTING COAL FOR POOR Outlook Is That Coal Will Be Scarce and High and New Haven Com mittee Proposes to Get Coal So Small Quantities Can Be Bought at Relative Price of Large Lots. There has been called together in this city during the past few days a number of men and women of the business, industrial and civil life of the city to see what can be done to help the people of the city this coming win ter relative to the storage and con sumption of coal when it is most needed. Secretary Joseph J. Reilly, E. Ship man Smith of the Connecticut Labor Press, Mrs. Margaret Donegan, Miss Helen R. Shields and Patrick F. O'Mearal together with the president, Ira M. Ornburn, constitute the com mittee that is representing the Trades Unionists interests. The object of this get-together meeting that was held re cently was for the purpose of forming an organization that will be in a posi tion to supply coal in the cold days of the winter season at the same price when bought in small quantities as it is when purchased by the ton. It is a known fact that for years the poorer class of people that have to rely upon the every day supply and have to go to the corner grocer or small dealer of supplies, that the 18-pound bag is purchased at the rate of 100 more than if it was bought by the ton. The plan of those that have this ques tion now under consideration is to find out what number of people in different communities would group themselves together and plan for the winter con sumption, and not being in a position at this particular time to buy coal in a large quantity would, when coal could be procured, buy through this plan and save great distress, and also the money saving would be considerable. At this time in this country a large ORNBURN WES FINE ADDRESS TO NEW UNION Speaks to Newly Organized Ladies' Garment Workers' Union in New Haven. HIS WORK IN BRIDGEPORT Miss Foley of New York Speaks. Praise for Benjamin Levan thal and Miss Shields. Ira M. Ornburn, secretary of the Connecticut Federation ' of Labor, aroused the members of the Ladies' Garment Workers' Union of New Ha ven to a high pitch of enthusiasm at a meeting of the organization in the La bor Lyceum on Tuesday night when he spoke of the value of organization and the advantages nf afKliti American Federation of Labor. Bar- nett JSuiiin, chairman of the meeting, has been very industrious in paving the way for this union and hp nlaveH hie card on Tuesday when he secured Mr. Ornburn to come to New Haven from Bridgeport to address the new union. Chairman.. Kalin in his introductory remarks paid a fine tribute to two of his most effective co-workers and he called Mr. Ornhurn's valiant efforts. He referred to Rm. jamin Levanthal of the Capmakers' union ana miss Helen bhields of the Tobacco Strinners' T In inn Krtf-H . rt whom were present and who bowed tneir acicnowieagments to the tribute. Secretary Ornburn told of some of his earlv exneriences as an nnnniTn- and mentioned a conversation he had wim some drug clerks who seemed to have an idea, that it nrac nm-occ-mr n SO through some Wind of an mmin'i. tion as college students before they coma organize a union. Mr. Urn burn congratulated the Ladies' Garment Workers' Union nn th f-rrefnt nm'nn they now have in New Haven. He re viewed his recent work in Waterbury and Bridgeport and told about the suc cessful strike the corset workers had in .Bridgeport, lne workers in this trade there are better off in every way than they were before, they make more money, their working hours are less and conditions are superior in many ways. And they have a big organiza tion behind them to back them up if an occasion .should arise where they should need assistance. Miss Foley of New York, an organ izer among the cloak makers, made her debut on the Labor Lyceum stage and made as interesting talk- about her con nection yith organized labor and her rk iki: a national organizer,. Mis Foley '-is, familiar with the -cloak and. garmentworking and needle trades and that she puts her knowledge to a prac tical use was shown by the very attrac tive and well-fitting clothes she wore. She will probably be invited to address a meeting of the New Haven Trades Council soon. Morris Winters, a broth er of the great athlete, Izzie Winters, was at the meeting and he will make an address at the nex$ meeting. The officers of the newly-organized union are as follows: Chairman Barnett Kalin. Recording Secretary Mrs. A. Dono van. Financial Secretary and Treasurer M. Fagan. Executive Board Mrs. A. Donovan, Miss A. Smith, S. Raisew, S, Krinsky, Mr. Capriso; Mr. Epstein, Mr. Sabo vitz, Mrs. Markle, Mr. Salzman, Miss Belleville. Delegates to Trades Council Mrs. A.' Donovan, Miss A. Belleville, S. Raisew, Barnett Kalin, Mr. Capriso. MACHINISTS' LODGE. Elm Lodge, International Association of Machinists, of New Haven, met on Thursday night. New members are constantly being added to this organ ization. E. C. Hotchkiss, the business agent, was "in Derby and was unable to attend the meeting. number of coal miners are going out of the country to foreign shores, and then there are also many that have left the mines during the war to receive greater wages elsewhere who are not coming back to work at the coal mining trade; and then the wheat harvest is upon us and it takes a great many cars away from the regular channels of transportation. With all of these ele ments entering into the situation it is. a fact that the country today is entering into a bad situation relative to the coal in the home. It is the advice of the committee to watch developments and to get all those that are in humble circumstances to realize that this latest move is one to benefit this class of people and not to have them feel that they are to be con nected up with any charitable move ment. This is quite necessary to make a person feel independent Even though they are in possession of a limited amount of money they cannot afford to buy coal in a ton quantity even, and this committee being composed of a large number of the best citizens of our city has now set out to get some coal here and store it and then when these poorer people desire to purchase a quarter of a ton or a half ton lot they can do so without going through a system that is absolutely of a charitable nature. This paper will keep the developments of the new scheme before the wage earners oi tne community irom now v and while nothing definite has yet been done many of the sub-committees are working hard upon the details and will be in a position to make a final repoft shortly, which will then be carried in the columns of The Connecticut Labor Press.