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NEWSPAPER IN NEAS WAVEIENJ
Geo S Godard
.State " Library
rlarttord Conn
A NEWSPAPER FOR THE PEOPLE
VOL. VII. NO. 12.
NEW HAVEN, CONN., SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 1919.
PRICE THREE CENTS
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LABOR CONFERENCE
HEARING THE END
OF DELIBERATIONS
Delegates Are Disappointed Over
Lack of Hospitality Shown
in Washington.
SEE REACTIONARY TREND
Next Meeting May Be in Geneva.
Say There Is More Progress
in Other Lands.
Washington, Nov. 28. The Interna
tional Labor Conference, held under the
Treaty of Peace, is ending its work.
The United States, famed for decades
for official hospitality, has failed to
shake hands with the representatives of
the 26 nations present. Never has there
been such an unfortunate situation in
American political history. Leading
statesmen and economic experts of
the world will go home with an
impression of the United States that
would make the ordinary hospitable
American ashamed.
This conference is composed of the
"elect of the nations" senators, diplo
mats, scholars, presidents of universi
ties, heads of great industries, indus
trial experts, foremost labor leaders
of Europe, doctors, historians, Min
isters of Labor. Most of them arrived
in this country with the idea that the
"greatest democracy in the world"
would have proved methods of deal
ing with the universal labor problem
which would furnish the key to the
solution of difficulties obtaining in
lesser and younger democracies. They
found less development than at home.
Moreover, they expected there would
be national evidence of the high ideal
ism which the President displayed to
the Peace Conference. Aboard ship
wireless messages began to reach
them regarding the failure of the
first American Industrial Conference.
Soon after their arrival the Senate
began to assail the work of the con
ference, its purpose and aims, and
soon passed a resolution which nulli
fied, so far as the United States was
concerned, any recommendations the
conference might make. .
THEIR HASTE EASY TO UNDERSTAND. ,
. In the meantime, the conference hav
ing invited the United States as a com
pliment to designate one representative
from labor and one from capital, the
United States Chamber of Commerce
did not find a man to represent the em
ployers. Crowning this was the adop
tion by the Senate .of a resolution add
ing a reservation to the Peace Treaty
qualifying the participation of the
United in the labor provisions of the
"treaty, and then finally the rejection of
' the whole labor section and the treaty.
With the political cinema, in front of
the visitors, it is easy to" understand
why there has been haste' to finish the
work and return. Nevertheless, the
keen disappointment felt by the dis
tinguished foreigners is veiled in the
utmost restraint. They have had then
round of international dinners and func
tions ; once they were taken to Mount
Vernon, but the Department of State,
or Secretary Lansing, has made few
advances, and Secretary Wilson has
been pressed from every side by the exi
gencies in the domestic coal strike
situation, the steel strike, the approach
ing railway crisis, and no one knows
the end.
The conference is about to break up
with the forced idea that the United
States is not only inhospitable and ugly
in spots, but reactionary. Delegates un
fortunately have been on the ground
during what many think is the peak of
the war reaction. It is hard for them
to see what they are told; -that the
American people are not as backsliding
as the turn of events would make them
seem. The conference unwittingly has
revealed that the United States does not
actually hold the lofty position in pro
gressive labor standards and industrial
relations that has been commonly con
ceded for the past few years. The re
cital of conditions in other, countries,
as well as the documented statistics and
questionnaires from the nations of the
world, show that there has been a lot
of talk about such progress in this coun
try and not so much accomplishment. j
MORE PROGRESS ELSEWHERE.
Crusaders have gone from the United
States to teach the heathen of foreign
lands that the hours of the worker
should be eight in one day, yet Italy
is applying the eight-hour day to her
agricultural workers, a thing derided
and called impracticable, if not im
possible, in the United States. Legis
lation for workers which already ob
tain in other countries appears on
the statutes of but a few states here.
No one who has followed the con
ference can fail to see its real mes
sage. The Society of Nations will live.
The rejection by the United States is
disturbing, but the idea that took the
President to Paris stands on its own
feet and some at the conference say
that when the United States does
come in the league will be the stronger
for having developed initial strength
without her.
The draft convention now reported
by committees to the main body of
the conference is going to be adopted.
The principles of the eight-hour day,
of better working conditions for
women, of alleviation of excessive
night work, of restriction of the ex
ploitation of children in industry, are
going to be accepted with reservations
by nations where climatic, tpographical
or retarded development make the in
ternational code unworkable. But those
nations, like Japan, that attach reserva
tions to the draft convention- will have
the goal set before them and the
achievement for which the conference
was called a new international level of
working conditions will have been de
termined. The next meeting may be held at the
seat of the League of Nations, at Gene
va. In -the meantime, or until accept
ance of league membership, the United
States will be the least democratic with
relation to the world standards for
workers, an anomalous and traditionally
untenable position.
AUTO MECHANICS UNITE.
Kansas City, Mo, Nov. ' 28. Auto
mechanics have organized, a union.
FIGHT THE SCOURGE.
Buy Red Cross Christmas Seals
and Help to Save Sufferers
From Tuberculosis.
Buy as many Red Cross Christmas
Seals this year as possible.
It is the working people who re
ceive the benefit to a greater degree
than any ethers.
There are 1,200,000 cases of tuber
culosis in America.
There are about 17,000 cases in
Connecticut.
Many new cases have been report
ed during the year, due in part to
the influenza epidemic.
Many soldiers who have returned
from military service after being
subjected to gas and other exposure,
have developed tuberculosis.
The need for action on these cases
is acute.
The fund raised by every commun
ity will go, with the exception of 15
per cent, for overhead expenses, to
ward the tuberculosis work which is
done in that particular community.
BUY RED CROSS SEALS LIB
ERALLY AND FREQUENTLY.
It means life to fellow human be
ings perhaps to some one in your
own family or even your own.
DO YOUR VERY BEST.
AID STEEL STRIKERS.
Chicago, Nov. 28. The United Brick
and Clay Workers have decided that
striking steel workers may be employed
in any yard in this district The only
requirement is that the striker must have
a paid up card in the organization to
which he is affiliated.
WOMEN CLERKS PICKET.
Lynn, Mass., Nov. 28. Women retail
clerks are among the pickets for 500
striking retail clerks, who are demand
ing better working conditions. Large
department stores are involved.
BRIDGEPORT BARBERS
LISTEN TO MERUNO
Local Union Asked to Join Con
necticut State Barbers' Pro
tective Association.
Bridgeport Nov. 28. At the meet
ing of the Local Barbers' Union here
last Tuesday night the members, were
addressed by Anthony Merlino, business
agent of the New Haven Local and an
official of the Connecticut State Bar
bers' Protective Association. Mr. Mer
lino, spoke of the advantages of being
identified with the state ftjssaeialion and
also "with the Connecticut Federation
of Labor and asked the Bridgeport
Local to join both organizations.
The state association will have its an
nual meeting in Derby on December 8.
The meeting will be held in Central
Labor Union Hall on Elizabeth street.
As the General Assembly is not in ses
sion this winter it is not expected that
any special business will come before
the meeting. The preamble to the con
stitution of the state association tells of
its objects and it is as follows:
"Whereas, a struggle is going on in
this state among the barbers, and their
grievances grow in intensity from time
to lime if they do not combine for mu
tual protection and benefit,
"Therefore, it behooves the represen
tatives of the various Barbers' Unions
of this state, in convention assembled,
to adopt such measures and disseminate
such principles among the barbers of
our state as will permanently unite them
to secure the recognition of the right to
which they are justly entitled.
"We, therefore, declare ourselves to
be in favor of the Connecticut State
Barbers' Protective Association embrac
ing Barbers' Locals in the state that are
affiliated with the Journeymen Barbers'
International Union of America for the
purpose of enacting such legislation on
the statute books of this state as it
might be beneficial to our craft, and to
the welfare of the general public; t&
promote the furtherance of sanitary
barbering and to secure and maintain
such reforms necessary for the eleva
tion, education and protection of our
trade."
TROLLEYMEN NOMINATE
OFFICERS FOR YEAR
Annual Election of New Haven
Local to Be Held Next Wednes
day Tickets in Field.
The New Haven Local of the Trol
leymen's Union will hold its annual
election next Wednesday, December 3.
Ballot boxes will be placed at the Grand
avenue barn, West Haven barn and at
the main office. At the Grand avenue
barn the voting will be from 9 a. m.
to 8 p. m. and at the other places during
the reporting hours. The nominees are
as follows :
President William Boylan, J. J.
Looney.
Vice-President F. Dickerman, Jas.
Pagnan.
Recording Secretary L. J. O'Connor,
E. Stanford.
Financial Secretary W. J. Ryan. F.
Walker.
Correspondent M. O'Donnell, C.
Pender.
Executive Board S. Alperovitz, M.
Dickerman, H. J. Gartland, J. J. Looney,
L. J. O'Connor, W. O'Neill, M. O'Don
nell, J. Pagnan, W. J. Ryan, A. Spen
cer, E. Stanford, M. Stackpole.
Delegates to State Conference Board
A. Baker, H. J. Gartland, J. J. Loo
ney, L. J. O'Connor, M. O'Donnell, W.
J. Ryan.
Delegates to New Haven Trades
Council S. Alperovitz, M. Breen, F.
Dickerman, H. J. Gartland, D. B.
McKay, C. Pender, E. Stanford, F.
W alker.
STRIKING CLERKS WIN.
New York, Nov. 28. Several hun
HrH r1rks emoloved in delicatessen
57 hours and raised wages $5 a week.
MONEY COLLECTED BY MOONEY DEFENSE
COMMITTEE USED MOSTLY FOR SALARIES
Not One Dollar Sent for Mooney's Defence Seattle Central Labor
Union Issues Statement, Saying That Cause of Mooney Was Sub
ordinated to Campaign of Disruption of American Federation
of Labor-Figures Prove Contention Made By Secretary
Ira M. Ornburn of State Federation.
Secretary Ira M. Ornburn of the
Connecticut Federation of Labor re
ceived a letter yesterday from the Fed
eration of Labor of the State of Wash
ington showing that all committees in
connection with the Mooney defenes
fund had been discharged. While the
members of the committees have been
discharged it is said that some are still
collecting money under false pretences.
The report issued by the Central Labor
Council of Seattle shows that although
$9,673.07 has been collected by the com
mittees no money has been sent for
Mooney's defense.
When Secretary Ornburn returned
from Chicago in February, The Con
necticut Labor Press printed an inter
view with him in which he said that he
learned while at the labor conference in
Chicago that the money being collected
for the Mooney defense fund was really
being used for the I. W. W. and to in
jure the American Federation of Labor.
Mr. Ornburn issued a circular letter
warning against sending moeny to the
Mooney defense committee.
The Bridgeport Centeal Labor Union
took the matter up and unanimously
passed a vote of confidence concerning
the Mooney defense fund and said that
W. D. Patteson of Carpenters and
Joiners' Local No. 36 had showed by
documentary evidence that all money
collected was properly accounted for.
This action was taken after Mr. Orn
burn and Mr. Patterson had appeared
before the Bridgeport body.
When the matter came before the
New Haven Trades Council, that or
ganization backed up Secretary Ornburn
'and passed a resolution saying he was
entitled to thanks for his courageous
defense of the American Federation of
Labor and the trades union movement
from the attack made upon it by the I.
W. W. and Bolsheviki element at the
Mooney conference in Chicago.
WAGE EARNERS
WILL HELP FIGHT
TUBERCULOSIS
Red Cross Christmas Seal Sale
Starting Monday Assured of
the Workers Support.
NEED IS IMPERATIVE
Many Cases Requiring Attention
and Increased Spread of the
Scourge Is Threatened.
No other class of citizens is more
interested in the war upon tuberculosis
than the working people no others have
benefitted more by the work that has
been done toward relieving sufferers of
the plague and none have done more
toward aiding this great work than they.
It is assured therefore, that the work
ers of Connecticut in general and or
ganized labor in particular, will give a
willing hand toward making the sale of
Red Cross Christmas seals which begins
in this state next week a record break
ing success.
In a letter to The Connecticut Labor
Press the State Tuberculosis Commis
sion states that the success of the sale
is vital to the checking of the spread
of tuberculosis in this state and con
tinues as follows :
"From the funds secured through the
sale of the seals and from contributions
made to tuberculosis work at this time,
every community in Connecticut will be
enabled to carry on a life-saving cam
paign through tuberculosis nursing,
clinics, dispensaries, open air schools
and other preventive agencies, as well
as through material relief and sanatoria i
treatment which ctic piuvmcu iu auu..-.vu
patients.
"In New Haven, for instance, during
the past year 946 cases of tuberculosis
were cared for from a fund of $6,000;
in Norwich, about 120 cases, from a
fund of about $1,500. In other cities of
the state, a similar record exists.
"The Red Cross seal sale is the great
est life-saving campaign of the year,
and the fund raised by every commun
ity will go, with the exception of a 15
per cent, commission for overhead ex
penses, toward the tuberculosis work
which is done in that particular com- i
munity."
For the first time since the close of
the World War the four minute men of
Connecticut have been so deeply -'in-pressed
by a campaign that they have
volunteered their services as speakers.
They have agreed to take part in the
Red Cross Christmas seal sale, which
is designed first, to open the eyes of
the people of Connecticut to the existing
alarming condition with regard to tuber
culosis ; second, to educate the public in
preventive measures, thus avoiding the
disease ; and, third, to raise funds for
every community in the state to carry
on its anti-tuberculosis work the com
ing - ear by providing tuberculosis nurs
ing, free clinics and dispensaries, mater
ial relief in the shape of eggs and milk
and sanatoria treatment.
The local tuberculosis organization
will utilize the services of the four
minute men as speakers in the educa
tional as well as the financial part of
the Red Cross Christmas seal campaign
which begins Monday.
The date upon which your subscrip
tion expires is printed on the sticker
bearing vour address. Note it carefully
renew promptly.
At the annual convention of the Con
necticut Federation of Labor in Meriden
this matter was threshed out again and
the state body upheld Secretary Orn
burn. The letter from Seattle, received
yesterday, is as follows:
"Washington State Federation of Labor.
"Seattle, Wash.,
"October 24th, 1919.
"To All Affiliated Local Unions, Cen
tral Labor and Metal Trades Coun
cils. "Greeting :
"The Central Labor Council of Seat
tle, under whose auspices the affairs of
the Mooney defense for the Northwest
has been conducted, at its regular meet
ing, Wednesday, October 15th, dis
charged all committees in connection
therewith, and ordered them to discon
tinue any further activities or collection
of funds, j
"Despite thil official order of the
Seattle Council, which possessed full
authority in Ihe premises, former mem
bers of this committee are continuing
their activities and are obtaining money
from local unions and individual mem
bers of organized labor under fal-e pre
tences. This betrayal of the trust re
posed in them by the labor movement
of Seattle, on the part of some of the
members ot the Mooney comn.ittee, is
not wholly unexpected. The failure to
secure any material benefit for the
cause of a new trial for Thomas J.
Mooney in fact, ,the serious injury
done this just cause is almost entirely
due to their activities.
"The cause of 'Mooney' was subor
dinated to a campaign of disruption of
the American Federation of Labor, of
lying, slanderous attacks on the officials
of the movement . generaly, and to
spreading propaganda inimica' to rhe
best interests of our movement. Since
the action of the Seattle Council of
October 15, in dismissing them, a more
TAKES DAY OFF
FROMNAUGATUCK
Organizer J. F. McCue Leaves the
Leafy Dells and Meets Old
Friends in the Big Town.
J. F. McCue, of Stratford and Nau
gatuck, safely domiciled for the long
winter in the latter town as organizer
for the Boot and Shoe Workers' Union,
came to New Haven on Tuesday and
was partly in disguise as he shaved off
part of his mustache and wore a long
fur-lined coat with a broad collar that
might have been cut from a tame wal
rus. He was not recognized at first, for
he was mistaken for Vincent Astor, but
H. J. Gartland, a special organizer for
the Ladies' Garment Workers' Union,
knew him at once and later he was
recognized by Joseph Tone, general or
ganizer for the Machinists' Union ; Rob
ert Muenzner, one of the officers of
the New Haven Local of the Meat Cut
ters' Union, and Carl Ramstedt, business
agent of the meat cutters.
Mr. McCue said the Boot and Shoe
Workers' Union of Naugatuck, which is
composed of employees of the rubber
shop, had been granted their demands,
which was an average of 18 per cent,
increase. He said everything was work
ing smoothly now but he expected to
remain in the town for the winter to see
that the good work was continued. He
is in a boarding-house there and when
he leaves that or the meeting place of
the union he has a choice of three places
to go, one moving picture house or two
churches. For a change, he expects to
put on his big fur coat occasionally and
come to New Haven to see how his old
friends in the Meat Cutters and Butch
er Workmen's Union are progressing.
METAL TRADES 'IN
DERBYTO ORGANIZE
vrvsu.UA.u. vJ Itc M11CU A11CIC.
New Haven Council to Be Or
ganized on December 5.
Local unions in, the metal trades in
Derby are t.j be organized into a Metal
Trades Council some time next month,
according to an announcement made by
E. C. Hotchkiss, the state business agent
of the International Association of Ma
chinists. The council will be similar to
the one now being organized in New
Haven. At the meeting of the New
Haven Metal Trades Council at the
headquarters of the Machinists' Union
on December 5 officers will be elected
and the program for the winter out
lined. The New Haven Lodge of Ma
chinists omitted the usual weekly meet
ing this week because of the holiday.
There is no change in the strike of the
machinists in Stonington.
Joseph Tone, one of the general or
ganizers of the Machinists' Uninn, was
much interested this week in the ac
counts of the Labor party convention in
Chicago. He said he did net see any
wisdom in labor men dividing their
votes between the old parties and he
did not believe in the parlor variety of
organized labor. He believes in hitting
straight from the shoulder and making
every shot count with no blanks. Mr.
Tone wants quick action and he thinks
the time is ripe for labor men to get to
gether and get what is due them. In
other words, he believes in what Johnny
Mack requires of all of his hammer
throwers, co-ordination, which really
means having the brain and muscles
working together simultaneously. j
vicious campaign than ever has been
launched by them. Charges that Jim
mie Duncan, secretary cf the Coitncil,
had sold out ; that the Union Record
has sold out ; and many other equally
vicious and preposterous statements, ar
now being made by them. Proof of
such statements being made by them
has been furnished this office.
"The following official figures of
funds collected . and expended by this
committee should prove interesting to
the rank and file of our movement :
Total amount collected .$9,673.07
Expenditures" for salaries, ex
penses and office sup
plies $6,239.34
Miscellaneous expenses for
printing, etc 2,632.86
Total expense incurred by com
mittee 8,87220
Balance on hand $ 800.87
"It should be noted that not a dollar
of the money collected by the commit
tee has been sent to Mooney's defense.
An official report is being compiled by
the Seattle Central Labor Council giv
ing a complete itemized statement for
distribution as early as possible. This
flagrant commercialization of Mooney's
misfortune by a few men should arouse
the disgust and contempt of every real
unionis of the ate.
"A new program will be prepared
looking towards bringing all aid and
relief possible in the Mooney case.
Meanwhile, all local unions are warned
to ignore any further attempt by this
band of impostors to further mulct the
treasuries of your organizations for
their own private gain, and the de
struction of your organizations.
"Fraternally yours,
"W. M. SHORT,
"President.
"L. W. BUCK,
"Secretary "
CARPENTERS NOW
'"BM'-ttfflfiffflBE
WORKERS' UNION
Local Is Organized in Stamford
By President Sullivan of
State Carpenters.
CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK
New Haven Local Appoints Com
mittee to Confer With Em
ployers About Wages.
A new local of the Brotherhood of
Carpenters and Joiners of America was
organized in Stamford on Monday
nignt Dy president suinvan ot tne Mate
Council of Carpenters. The Local is
made up of furniture workers employed
in a large factory in Stamford. Presi
dent Sullivan was at work for some
time preparing for this organization and
he made several trips to Stamford. It
was expected that the Local would be
organized some time ago but there was
a delay because the charter was not re
ceived. As soon as it arrived no time
was lost in perfecting the organization.
President Sullivan was in New York
on Wednesday in conference with some
international officers of the union and
to see about some novelties for the an
nual banquet of Local No. 79 of New
Haven. He returned late Wednesday
night so he could get a good rest be
fore he began carving his turkey on
Thanksgiving.
A number of carpenters from other
cities while visiting in New Haven have
been taken to the Harkness Memorial
Quadrangle at Yale to see the kind of
work that is being done on this building.
The arcade on York and Elm streets,
extending over the sidewalks, is said to
be the longest ever built in this state.
It is made with matched boards and will
last for a few years or as long as it is
required, whereas the temporary arcades
hastily put together would leak after a
few months. The overhead work on the
College stret side is sometimes called
the Victory arch but it does not attract
the attention the arcade does and expert
carpenters are not as much interested
in it.
At the meeting of Local No. 79 of
New Haven, United Brotherhood of
Carpenters and Joiners of America, on
Monday night a committee of three was
appointed to confer with the employers
in regard to the demand for a wage
rate of $1 an hour beginning on January
15. The Local voted some time ago to
make this demand. Business continues
to be brisk in this trade as the weather
has been good for carpenters.
The committee on the annual enter
tainment and banquet of the Local re
ported that it had been decided to invite
the Ladies' Auxiliary of the Carpenters'
Union to attend the banquet and this
means that each member will be privi
leged to bring a fair guest. As the
attendance will be 1,500 or more it is
expected the banquet will take place in
the Armory or Arena. M. J. Louden
was showing George F. Mordecai some
strength tests with chairs the other day
at the Trades Council Hall and Mr.
Mordecai may put this act on as a part
of the entertainment.
WANT $1.25 AN HOUR.
Bloomington, 111, Nov. 28. The
Bricklayers' Union has asked that
wages be increased from $1 an hour
to $1.25, starting January 1.
PICKETING LAW TO BE
PRINTED FOR STRIKERS
Member of New Haven Typo
graphical Union Moves That
Scheme Be Put Before Council.
At the monthly meeting of the New
Haven Typographical Union on Sun
day afternoon one of the members sug
gested that the laws in this state in re
gard to picketing during a strike should
be printed in leaflets and one given to
every man or woman who was on
strike. His idea was that this law
should be made clear to all members of
unions and every member should be
come familiar with the provisions of the
statutes m this matter.
A good many arrests were made in
New Haven during the last few months
of members of two organizations on
strike, the Ladies' Garment Workers'
Union and the Amalgamated Meat Cut
ters and Butcher Workmen of North
America. In. many cases those arrested
claimed they were guiltless of any vio
lation of the law. One man claimed he
was arrested for asking another to have
a cup of coffee. In the case of the meat
cutters, at times there were 250 or .more
of the strikers in the vicinity of the
Sperry & Barnes plant when the strike
breakers reported for work or left
work. With such a crowd there was
sure to be some disorder, even if it was
not serious. The officials have rectified
this now and only a few of the mem
bers are picketing the plant.
If the idea of the member of the
Typographical Union is carried out for
the striking meat cutters, the leaflets
will have to be printed in seven langu
ages, nbt including the Scandinavian,
and it is doubted if any plant in New
Haven has such a variety of type.
When the Local took a strike ballot it
was printed in six languages. The mat
ter will be presented at the meeting of
the New Haven Trades Council next
week. It is designed to have this leaf
let very striking, such as being printed
in red ink.
NEW PARTY NAMES
NEEBE FOR MAYOR
Prominent Labor Man Nominated
By American Liberty Party.
Confident of Election.
Meriden, Nov. 28. Frederick L.
Neebe, ex-senator from the Thirteenth
district, treasurer of the Connecticut
Federation of Labor and one of the best
known labor men in the state, was
unanimously nominated as the candi
date for mayor of Meriden on the
American Liberty' Party ticket at its
convention, Wednesday evening, and
his friends are confident that his per
sonal popularity, coupled with local con
ditions affecting the other parties,
makes his election sure.
Candidate Neebe himself said to a
representative of The Connecticut
Labor Press :
"Everything looks bright for my elec
j tion. I am surprised at the extent of
the sentiment m my favor and I am
pleased to see that the working people
of Meriden are apparently intent upon
manifesting their appreciation of what
I have endeavored to do for them in
the past. They may rest assured that
in the event of my election I shall con
tinne to do everything possible for their
benefit.
In making the speech of nomination
James Sharkey reviewed Ex-Senator
Neebe s service to the city as alderman
from the Second ward and added that
it was his world as senator from this
district which placed him in the front
ranks as one of the best representatives
the voters of Meriden ever voted for.
As chairman of the Labor committee
he did much for the working people of
his district and the people of the entire
state.
"In conjunction with the chairman of
the judiciary committee," he continued,
"Senator Neebe reported favorably that
great piece of legislation known as the
Workmen's Compensation Act which
has proven of such great benefit to the
working people. He did not stop there,
but reported favorably the 55-Hour
Law for Women and Minors, the Child
Labor law, the Buffers' and Polishers'
bill, and other measures whereby the
working people received better condi
tions and other benefits which up to
that time had been denied them.
"The man to represent a city, nine
tenths of whom are working people,
should, I believe, be a working man
himself, and I trust the day will yet
come when moral worth and not wealth
will be the true standard of man's
greatness.
NEW OFFICERS FOR
CAPMAKERS' UNION
John W. Murphy Addresses Meet
ing in Behalf of the Cigar
makers' Blue Label.
Benjamin Leventhal presided at the
meeting of the Cloth Hat and Cap
makers' Union of New Haven on Satur
day night, when officers were nominated
and elected. Harry Weiner of 302
Cedar street was elected financial sec
retary and he said he would like to see
his name spelled correctly in The Con
necticut Labor Press. He said it came
out once as Mamie and there are no
Mamies in his family and he isn't any
thing like a Mamie, anyway. Mr. Lev
enthal was elected recording secretary
and will be in charge of the voluminous
correspondence of the organization. Mr.
Geuress was chosen treasurer. The ex
ecutive board is composed of Prager,
Gutken, Feinstein, Gertler, Brawnstein
and Dwaretz.
John W. Murphy, business agent of
the New Haven Local of the Cigar
makers' Union, and representing the
label department, addressed the meet
ing in behalf of the label and for New
Haven made cigars that bear the label.
It was decided to have cards' printed
giving the names of the brands of cigars
made in New Haven and these will be
distributed in the capmaking shops so
the members can know what 'kind of
cigars to buy in order to assist New
Haven cigarmakers.
WORKERS' HELP :
SOUGHT IN CITY
MANAGER PLAN
Wage Earners Will Be Given Full
Information Through New
Haven Trades Council.
DAYTON'S SUCCESS
Model City Replaces; Inefficiency
and Waste Under Plan Pro
posed for New Haven.
Donald A. Adams of the New Haven
Civic Association, who was - chosen
temporary chairman of the committee
which met to informally discuss the ad
visability of promoting the city man
agership plan for that city, recently,
will soon announce th tii-,-,t :
- wuiitu Will-
mittee which is to give the matter still
iurmer consideration.- '
The sentiment developed at the orig
inal meeting was strongly in favor of
beginning a campaign of education for
the people of the city in order that the
plan might be thoroughly understood
and if it is decided to go ahead in this
direction special .effort will be made '
through the labor organizations of the
city to supply the wage earners with full
information.
- It is realized that to be successful
the suooort of rh
... ' . . ..-f, (iVUyK UIIUI
be obtained and it is desired to haye
them extend it if they feel, after thor- :
oughlv investiiratintr th moti-
such a form of government will be of
benefit to them. Dr. Hatton, a national
authority upon the subject, stated at the
meetincr referred to tfa
the plan had been adopted the working
pcupic were now among its warmest
adherents. - ,
Dayton, Ohio, is pointed out as a
model of achievement under the city
manager clan as it wa th ,
it and until very recently was the
btrgese io nave it it Has been operat- ,
mg under this plan since January L v
1914. and has A ncrmanimf arnTI
professional, non-political chief execu
tive (citv manager) in nlar .
usual transient amateur political mayor.
Furthermore Dayton's commission em-
pioyea an outside engineer of high
municipal exoerience a rifv mTtVn.
and gave him full and free opportunity
The oeonle eleH- the
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mission of five members. . , ,
ihe commission hires a city manager.
The citv manacrpr annnnte U A
- 0 f . ui vi r
partment head?.
ihe commissioners are nominated
petition and elected on a non-partisan
ballot by a primary and a final election.
Four year term. ,Two, or three, chosen
every two years. The original commis
sioners were a labor leader, engaged in
the printing trade, an office manager of
the National Cash Register Company,
a manufacturer, a brick contractor and
a merchant.
H. M. Waite, the original city man
ager, was an engineer formerly in rail
road work and later head of the depart
ment of public works of Cincinnati un
der Mayor Hunt's reform administra
tion. He was offered $15,000 a .year
by a private corporation but preferred
to work for Dayton for $12,500 and he
earned it
As head of the department of finance
the new city manager appointed Hugh
E. Wall, a certified public accountant,
who speedily brought order into the
finances of the town and a financial con
trol so perfect that now the manager
knows at the close of every day the
exact state of municipal funds and com
mitments. With this plan of government and
these officials as a foundation Dayton
has worked wonders in municipal im
provement Later these will be pub
lished in detail but it may be said at
this time that today Dayton stands as a
model city and it is due entirely to the
adootion of the Citv mnnno-M- nlan giul
the selection of the right men to ad
minister it
ELECTRICIANS STRIKE.
South Bend. Tnrl XTnw 2& (Vmn.
ized electrical workers are on strike to
enforce a wage demand of 874 cents
an hour. They have been receiving 75
cents.
SCALE COMMITTEE OF
BOOKBINDERS' ONION
Will Have Conference Soon With
International Officials From
Boston New Officers.
The Bookbinders TTn?rm nt M
ven will meet next Monday night at its
headquarters in the Insurance building
and nominate and elect officers for the
year. The scale committee will meet
during the week and have a conference
with tWO of the nninn'c intenKnTiotil
omcials from Boston. An effort is be
ing made to adjust the differences with
some of the emolovers It u
pected that there will be a strike al-
tnougn tbe union voted some time ago
to go out on strike if the demand for
hisrher waires was nnt tmntA TVi
situation in Hartford and Meriden is
aDout tne same as m New Haven.
Word was received from Miss Mary
Meehan of Boston, one of the national
organizers for girls, that she would
COme to this statp srvm tr nrmni tVia.
srirls in the bookhind
han was in this state a few weeks ago
to iook over tne neia but did not do any
organizing at that time. But few girls
Deiong to tne union at present
THE UNION IMPROVES.
There has been a
in. the typographical appearance of the
New Haven Union Hm-ino- the nac sev
eral days, due beyond question to the
fact that 'Albert ArrhhalH (nrmorlv nf
the S. Z. Field staff, has joined the
unions iorces. "Arctue" is a popular
member of Typographical No. 47 and
an acquisition to any office.
When you go into a barber shoo and
find , the Union Card missing ?'ain't
that the GRAND and glorious feeling."
INTENTIONAL DUPE

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