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VOL. ,VII.".V NO. 14.
t 't V-s. Vv
aLli JUL JLmrnal
New York Snpreme Court Foils
Effort to Compel Union Men"
' ." ; to Submission.
Labor Man Candidate for Meri-
$18,000 A YEAR
den Mayor Holds Conference.
Trade Unionists Launch Recon-
straction-Project Intended to
, Unite Employees, Technical
i ' and Manaireria.1 Staff and Con-
. snmers in a Real Co-Operative
" EffortWill Be Watched With
Keenest Interest in This Coun
Vtry'. ' '
' France also- has its program of social
" reconstruction. This olan has been DUt
forward not by the government nor by
, the: socialists, who oppose it as much
as they dare,, but, by the labor unions.
- The Confederation , Generale du
Travail, known alt over the world as
. the C G. Tv has launched sthe plan
4 hut it is ' not , a narrow class s project.
' Before putting forts its new proposals,
the C. G T. secured the co-operation
, of great . organizations representiner the
salaried classes, the, government officials..
ana me consumers ox r ranee.
', -The French project is perhaps the
" first reconstruction plan the world has
- seen which rests upon economic and not
upon, political democracyJIt aims frank
ly to bring about by gradual and by
. peacef ul means,, the substitution of in
dustrial democracy in place of the pres
; ent political state and the; control of
that state by private or capitalistic in
terests., . i .. w.-.V'-. '
. The new project ; consists notfjn a
, program oi reiorms, -: out ? in a new
method of. evolving such a program. -,
Let. the C G.' T. speak for itself :'
."THe C. G T., representing . organ
ized labor, examined the general prob
lems that confront the country itnmedi-1
ately after the armistice and pointed
out in a general way the solution of
these problems, . through a national
, economic council. , . , - , ,
-"To, its proposition to create. this na
tional economic- council with the duty
..of confronting these difficult and essen
tial ; problems, the ", government "replied
only by offering: to ; enact' a grotesque
caricature , of . the project5 The Gen
, eral Confederation Tof . Labor then .de
cided itself to constitute an economic
.x ti .
. "The C 'G. T. intends to have re
course to the new form of organization
and to ; introduce-y new methods a
changed, direction into the. entire econ
omic artivity jofbthe country,",' -This
language may appear radical or
even revolutionary, a But . -we ' must re--member
firsts that all great reforms in
France especialjr if they are presented
to the ' voj king:' classes-rare; "put forfh
in j " prvolutionarj ! phrasest-phrasfe5
which ,are often entirely constructive
and practical V in application -however
idealistic ind, even violent they may be
in iho manner "of their formulation. "
' Second,' it must be remembered that
since tnr war even conservative? states
man like Lloyd George and Woodrow
Wilson have acknowledged that radical
' f 1 - 11 1 - J . 1
ciuAiiyes arc ..caueu ior aim suave , em
ployed t revolutionary language in this
.. .. -j." ' i r . iit'i . .. . i . ... i. . ti . a
connection. jvir. vv uson aiso nas caitea
,, for 'a "changed direction"! in organiza
tion of industry and has advocated the
; inauguration of . "genuine democracy".
' The French. G. . C T. and other organ
izations associated with it believe they
; have proposed a plan- for "genuine in
dustrial democracy" of a more practical
jcharcter than anything offered by Mr.
"Wilson who relies UDon a new indus
trial commission from which labon is
.excluded., ' " 'V
. The C. G, T. explains its new project
;;as follows : ' ' t
"In order , to assure to? the' organism
which, is has created the necessary max
imum of competency and authority, the
C. G. T. has appealed to the following
organizations of consumers and techni
cians, all of which have agreed to give
it their undivided support: .
1 - iai.ionai jreuerauon 01 A,wuycrt
tives,' National? Federation of Govern
Vment Employees and Functionaries, the
i Union ' of Technicians of Industry,
Commerce and Agriculture. ' . " , .
y.: "The Economic Council : of ,' Labor
thus constituted is placed under" the pro-
tection -of the C. G. T.' , The tend pur
sued' is to contribute to economic re
construction . by . means of practical
principles aimed solely at the common
god and giving to labor a just share in
:the management and control of produc
tion and distribution. ' ; " .
i ' , "Sucj ; work cannot . be the result of
. fragmentary studies and discontinuous
efforts." : Hence the' establishment of
. th "common good" vs. the "class
' ; struggle". , v .
Most remarkable in this new plan is
the appeal to "the common good" and
nr. tn th "rla strnirfflp." French
lahnr !irf rnnrliatr1 tint nnlv thp Bol
shevism which now completely domin
atesthe French socialist parity but also
the whole Marxist "class struggle" dog
; ma, which underlies the entire political
: socialist movement of . ' continental
Europe and America,- Undoubtedly the
rG T. would still claim that it ad
heres tp the "class struggle", but its
ficw ir'tprnrftation converts that doc-
- trine into; industrial democracy. v
The C." G. T. then proceeds to throw
over a second reactionary dogma of
orthodox Marxif m the proposition that
the problem of .' production is now
edlved and that onlv the problem of a
.more equal distribution remains.
; On the contrary, the French, labor
-inions base their new project primar
ily on the proposition that the problem
of production is not solved and that
the present governmental .and capitalis
tic methods cannot solve it. Therefore
the new project.
Let us again give the Ioor to the
C. G. T.: ' V : . .
' "The salvation of t industry demands
organization for ; increased production.
This organization for increased pro
duction can only be realized by. appealing--for
.the help of (1) those who are
participating in production itself, work
ingmen and the technical and manager-
ial staff of (2) those who . have, or
. . . 1 .1 1 A i,,rA i A f It Trff pecinnnl
task the co-ordination of .various activ
ities the government functionaries and
employees and (3) ' finally, of those
who represent the interests of the con
sumers the co-operators.
"Increased production is possible only
under two conditions : ,
"First, it must be organized in such a
way that the natural resources, the
capacities of the people, the mechanical
equipment of industry and the instru
mentalities of exchange shall be ex
ploited to the full, and that everybody
shall participate in the labor which pro
duces the objects necessary to the life
of the individual and of society.
"Second, it is necessary that the pro
ducers whose interests have been
hitherto denied or not fully recognized
should have the certainty, that their
labor is for the benefit of all society
and not for the benefit of private in
terests." ,
The C. G. T. does not wish to be
understod as advocating mere govern
ment ownership which might be gov
ernment ownership on the Prussian or
Japanese model :
"In adopting the principle of indus
trialized nationalization the Economic
Council of Labor does not by any means
intend to perpetuate or to strengthen
the present tendency . towards govern
mentalism which has done nothing to
justify the hopes that have been placed
upon it. '
"The nationalization which the labor
movement demands txmsists in putting
into the hands of the combined pro
ducers and consumers the means of
production and exchange of which they
have i been dispossessed to the profit of
a few."- ;:- :-. ' - ;.-., - .
What are the pispects that the plan
of French labor will receive a fair hear
ing and perhaps a fair trial? :
These prospects are excellent because
of the .fact that France is 'in a ,more
difficult economic position than ; any
other country of Western Europe and
also because of the fact that the gov
ernment has offered no plan whatever
for dealing effectively with the situa
tion." ;: 'f:: - VVv-f.?..' .,-
The CjG. T. believes that France is
headed towards bankruptcy and that the
government has devised on method to
save the country..: . ; , . .
"A year' after the end of hostilities
there has been no ' improvement in the
economic situation of the country. The
continued rise in the cost of living is in
itself a ! sufficient barometer of the dis
order, throughout the industry of any
country. No measure has been proposed
which might - even 4 be t conceived as
promising to put an end - to this dis
order, and to face Jthe terrible financial
burdens of v France. the , only- plan de
vised by the government is-; the. endless
issue of, banknotes. No general ; plan
for industrial reconstructioni has -Seen
devised andthjere. has. been nfserieus
effort to put an end to speculation and
to tax the scandalous; prafiteering.: that
continues . in France (as in other coun
tries.") : Ay'.n
i French labor is aware that its pro
ject, though ; constructive and demo
cratic, is also revolutionary;
''The organizations of producers and
consumers which compose the new
council, have weighed the immensity of
the task to be accomplished, conscious
as they; are of the existence of a new
society in the process of being born
the establishment of which no obstacle
can prevent The new order must
arise out of the disorder of the regime
that is passing away ; capitalism . has
now f ulfilled its mission, the work -.now
to he accomplished passes its powers."
v'To disarm the state, while making it
evolve towards the time when it will no
longer be anything more than the rep
resentative of the collective organiza
tions of production and distribution,: 19
take away from it the forces of coercion
which it now posseses, to' take away
from the hands of capital the direction
of industry, and to give to labor the
rights to which it aspires and the re
sponsibilities! Which it ; is capable of
assuming, such is the work tp be ac
complished." '
Here we come again to the revolution
ary phrases with which every great
democratic and constructive reform is
proposed in France. But these phrases
need not detain us. The real question
is whether the proposed change is in
the direction of Bolshevism or in the
direction of industrial democracy?
The ultimate aim of the C. G. T plan
for social reconstruction may be revolu
tionary. The method proposed is evolu
tionary. The government is not to be
overthrown ; on the contrary, it is to be
"made to evolve towards that time
when" it will meet the requirements of
industrial democracy.
The new project of the C. G. T. is to
be compared not with the destructive
plans of the Soviets but with the con
structive plans of British labor unions.
Son of Prominent New Haven
labor man uies.
Since the last issue of The Connecti
cut Labor Press, the paper has been
advised of the death of William J.
Dunn, who is the son of one of the
oldest Itrade union members in this
city, namely John A. Dunn, delegate
from the Iron Molders Union to the
New Haven Trades Council.
This paper has always tried and has
succeeded in bringing before its readers
very good articles along the line of
athletics, and in this case of the son of
Brother John A. Dunn. He was one
of the coming athletes of this age.
He was an active member of the Lenox
Athletic Club, in the Twelfth ward sec
tion of the city, and in participating in
the football game between the Walnut
Club and his own on November 9th he
played a very hard game, and shortly
after its termination he contracted a
severe cold which later developed into
pneumonia which took him from this
This paper expresses to his parents
the sympathy of the trade union move
ment in this section in their great loss
and, hopes that William J. Dunn is to
day enjoying the life everlasting that
has been - promised by the Creator of
all mankind, that honor and obey the
Divine law.
Say wouldn't it be great if we all
took a hand in booming the other fel
lows' labels as well as our own?
Manufacturers' Association Has
$25,000 a Year Legal Bureau
Busy Fighting Labor Daily.
Labor in' Connecticut at Present
Paying $10,000 a Year in
Fines and Fees.
It has long been evident that organ
ized labor in Connecticut absolutely re
quires the permanent retention of able
counsel to help meet the constantly re
curring legal complications which it
faces and recent happenings make this
fact even more impressive than it has
been in the past.
A notable instance of this is found
in the conference between Attorney
Ralph Wells of Hartford, counsel for
the Manufacturers' Association of; Con
necticut, Attorney Arthur B. O'Keefe,
representing the Sperry & Barnes Com
pany strikers, and Attorney Cornelius
Danaher of Meridert, who was called in
bv the New Haven Trades Council, in
order to arrive at an agreement con
cerning the application of the picketing
law in the strike referred to.
Attorney Danaher's retention in addi
tion to Attorney O'Keefe's services
proved to be of great value to organ
ized labor in this instance, not only so
far as it affected the case in question
but in safeguarding labor's rights under
the law permitting peaceful picketing,
as a faulty agreement at this time and
in this case might easily afford a dang
erous precedent for the future and re
sult in serious abridgement of labor's
right under the law which is alreadp
so ambiguous , that the af oresaid rights
are 1 badly 1 befogged.
In discussing the matter before the
New Haven Trades Council, President
Ornburri of that body, who 'is also sec
retary of the Connecticut Federation of
Labor and closely s- in touch with legal
matters affecting organized labor of the
state, again referred . most emphatically
lo the - pressing need for : permanent
counsel. ; . -7 .
; He reviewed other instances of where
labor's rights have been atacked in the
courts and before the legislature, mak
ing , the services of a competent attor
ney an imperative necessity!; It is by
no means" enough, he maintained, for
organized labor to employ such an at
torney to aid its officers before the leg
islature in the preparation of labor bills
and in the opposition of harmful legis
lationJ Every dayin the. year, practi
cally, in some part of the state, inter
ests bitterly opposed to organized labor
are trying to secure through the, courts
action which will retard its progress
and ultimately ruin it if possible.
At the present time the opposition in
this direction is stronger than ever and
more than ever determined to cripple
or r absolutely eliminate trade unionism.
In the applications of the law regard
ing injunctions against picketing labor's
enemies have a powerful weapon. As
it stands on the statute books today no
lawyer can tell definitely just (what it
does allow or prohibit iThe decision
lies chiefly with the court's interpreta
tion and the average judge, placed upon
the bench in many instances through
the political influence friendly to large
employing interests, is not apt to err in
his interpretation on the side of labor.
' Labor's only safeguard appears to be
in securing favorable supreme court
rulings on this law, by which the decis
ion of lower court judges must be gov
erned, unless they wish to see their de
cisions reversed by the higher courts.
It is along these lines that Attorney
Danaher, working in the1 interests of
organized labor, has proceeded and a
notable achievement was the decision in
the Max Ams case in Bridgeport
which gives an interpretation which has
been of great value to labor in pro
ceedings since it was rendered.
'The legislative committee of the
Connecticut Federation of Labor made
notable progress in relation to this law
at the last session of the legislature
when, through Attorney Danaher's
strenuous. efforts and acumen, an agree
ment was gotten through by which the
statute was referred to the attorney
general of the state for consideration
and report at the next session of the
General Assembly. As this was an ad
mission on the part of the General
Assembly that the law did need revision
the action is considered most promising
by the labor leaders of the state.
However, meanwhile, it makes it
possible for the opponents of organized
labor to iail strikers with ease and dis
patch and, as President Ornburn char
acterized it,! it is one of the most
dangerous and iniquitous laws on the
statute books of any state. This, to
gether with countless other situations
constantly arising," proves conclusively
hat labor should have at its command
expert legal adyice at all times.
President Ornburn said he hoped that
the labor organizations of the state
would speedily make it possible for the
Connecticut Federation of Labor to re
tain such a man as Attorney Danaher
permanently. At the present time, as
near as can be computed, organized la
bor in this state is paying not less than
$10,000 a year in fines and fees.. At
torney Ralph Wells, as attorney for the
Manufacturers' Association, is reported
to receive $25000 a year for the con
duct of his office in caring for that or
ganization's legal needs, requirements
which consist largely of opposition to
organized labor. Under these ondi
tions, Mr. Ornburn assured his hearers,
the sooner labor awoke and protected
itself by the retention of a permanent
attorney at the right salary the better it
will be for the working people of this
That his hearers were fully in accord
with President Ornburn's remarks was
evidenced by the applause which greet
ed them.
Now that you're getting ready to "do
your Christmas shopping early" is the
time to keep closely in touch with the
Labor's Buying Guide published else
where in your labor paper. These mer
chants deserve your patronage and they
prove it by helping us to have a labor
Meriden, Dec. 12. Frederick L.
Neebe, candidate for mayor of Meriden
on the American Liberty Party ticket,
held a consultation with political and
labor . leaders, this evening, at which
the campaign was thoroughly discussed
and plans completed for a whirlwind
finish which, it is confidently predicted,
will land the ex-senator in the mayor's
chair with a handsome majority over all
Ex-Senator Neebe will, it is confi
dently predicted by his friends who are
in a position to know the public's atti
tide, poll a strong vote from the work
ing people of the city, not only because
he is a prominent labor man who has
done much for the working classes in
the state legislature and elsewhere but
because of the policies for which ihe
stands. These are based npon a square
deal for the wage earner and the aver
age citizen, rather than exclusively fot
the big fellow and those who knoty
Candidate Neebe know i that nothing
will be left undone ta benefit the people
and the city if - he is elected.
Reports From Various Sections
Show Rapid Resump
tion of Production.
Dispatches received from the press
associations give indications that coal
miners are returnmg to work in con
stantly increasing numbers. A dispatch
from Indianapolis, Ind, states that
practically 50 per cent, of the normal
amount of coal produced daily in In
diana was hoisted from the mines yes
terday and mining at full speed is ex
pected by Monday.
Reports from outside Indiana, while
telling . of the return of many miners
were not so optimistic as. those from
the fields in the state. Illinois miners,
it was reported, are slow in returning1
to 1 work m many instances and a few
locals in Pennsylvania reported to
United Mine Workers headquarters
that some mine owners had refused to
operate their properties unless the
miners repudiated the union.
It was believed that reports such as
those received in Pennsylvania would
be the subject of federal investigation.
Miners' officials pointed out , that the
agreement reached, between the govern
ment and the miners, provided for re
turn to work under the same conditions,
as those existing on Octbber'3I and de
clared that the union was i recognized
by the operators at that time.
'Mine -operators- and wholesalers in
Indiana today generally increased' the
price, of contract coal 14 per cent.
Curtailment of Fuel Regulations
Announced This Morning, Means
Much to Employees. ,
' The apparent intention . of the fuel
commission to curtail some of the more
stringent coal restrictions, particularly
those applying to the manufacturing
concerns of New England, as" announced
Ithis morning, means much to the work
ing people' of Connecticut. Considerable
hope is felt that a speedy resumption
of normal conditions may be looked for
thus assuring the continued employment
of thousands.
The Connecticut company , has yet
made no decision as to the curtailment
of trolley service and heating of its
cars tb conform to the government's
recommendations made through the fuel
administrator. The United Illuminating
company, which controls the electric
lighting in the city, has made no ar
rangements yet to cut off power, either.
Electric light signs will be kept burn
ing as usual, Secretary Adams says, for
there are not enough to make any sig
nal difference.
The coal famine is not affecting his
company any more than any other cor
porations in the city, which do not see
the rationality of cuttingoff power and
light because some places in the west
have no coal.
The New Haven Gas Light Company
is well supplied with coal for the pres
ent. All these concerns use soft coal,
and there has been no dearth of this on
account of the ability to get it in here
bv barges. Manufacturing concerns
likewise have enough coal to continue
their operations, and will probably not
be affected for some time by the orer.
Faculty of Yale Giving Trade
Union Kind of Organization
Cold Shoulder.
The New Haven Journal-Courier
"There is a very slim possibility of
the American Federation of Labor gain
ing much of a foothold in the faculty
of Yale university, the rank and file of
the members giving it the cold should
er. A new union of college professors
has been formed in New York, and suc
cessful unions are established at Har
vard, University of Illinois, University
of Montana and other educational in
stitutions. Prof. C. M. Bakewell of Yale said
yesterday : 'There is absolutely no need
of college professors affiliating with the
A. F. of L.. The men who are backing
these unions are mostly socialists. The
Association of American University
Professors fulfills practically all of the
professors' needs and investigates
abuses of university life. With the ex
ception of bettering industrial relations
) generally, the association does all that
I the union proposes to do."
Building Trades as a Result Has
Dissension Between Unions of
Cities Affected.
Referred By Connecticut Build
ing Trades Council to National
Executive Meeting Today.
Matters of - considerable importance
were discussed at the meeting of the
New Haven Building Trades Council
which was held at Trades Council hall,
Wednesday evening, , with George F.
Mordecai, business agent of the Car
penters in the chair.
From the reports made by delegates
it is evident that business is booming
in the building, trades for in every in
stance delegates reported every mem
ber working, with a strong demand for
additional men which is impossible to
meet. Conditions in all the trades ' are,
on the whole, satisfactory and the vari
ous locals which comprise, the New
Haven Building Trades Council are in
excellent condition.
A 'most interesting report was made
by the delegates from the council to the
conference of the Connecticut Building
Trades Council which was held in New
Haven, Sunday, November i 30, and
which considered conditions . in the
various building trades throughout the
state as reported in The Connecticut
Labor Press at the time.
At the conference a resolution was
passed, it was reported by the delegates,
requesting all general presidents in the
building trades to take up the; matter
of union and non-unioti jobs conducted
by the firms of Stone & Webster and
Aberthau before 'the meeting1 of the
national executive council which is be
ing held in Washington today.
lnis is" one of the most important
matters confronting the building trades
in the state for these two concerns run
a union job in one ' town and a non
union one in another, resulting in no
small amount of friction beiween the
unions of the localities affected. The
unions of the towns in which the non-i
union jobsi are J run maintain that the'
contractors are unfair and take the
stand in some instances that the union
men of the other locality havfe.no busi
ness, working for . a concern that is
wrong in the first locality. The men
who are working in ; the other town,
however, point ort that the ioh is union
throughout a;id 1 at -they can t be ex
pected to refuse to work on a job that
is; right in. every way just becotise a' job
somewhere else,, i& wrong,
.There was . an effort made by the
Bridgeport element to unseat "the New
Haevn Building Trades Council ; m the
state organization because its members
were working on a fair job for Aber
Ihau in New Haven while that concern
was conducting a non-union job in
Bridgeport. The . effort failed- com
pletely, howeevr, and since then, it is
stated, the Bridgeport building trades
are doing the same thing. -
However, an earnest effort will be
made to make the jobs of these con
tractus right in all, cities, "thereby do
ing w?y with the friction referred to
and bringing about a much more desir
able condition generally.
The delegates also reported that it
was decided "at the state conference
that no local building trades council
could, in the future, sign a contract
with an interstate contractor. '
New Haven Union to Send Men to
Notable Gatherings 3oom
ing the Label. .
At the last- meeting of the Cigar
makers' Union the following men were
nominated as delegates to the Interna
tional Cigar .Makers' convention tov be
held next April, two of which number
will be elected at thelast meeting in
January:: Philip Montis, Ira M. Orn
burn, F. A. , Grube, Charles E. Rohler,
E. L. Dobbins and John Guetens.
A conference of New England dele
gates from the Cigarmakers' Union will
hold a labor meeting at Worcester Sun
day, to which conference the following
delegates were appointed from the local
union : Ira M. Ornburn, secretary
of the Connecticut Federation of Labor ;
Alderman John Murphy and Charles
The purposes of this conference are
to devise ways and, means for the uni
versal adoption of the Dlue label and
to try to keep out of New Haven all
brands that do not comply with this re
quest. One of the largest manufactur
ers of cigars, Waitt & Bond, formerly
a union shop and recently changed to
"open," has by this reversal helped to
precipitate aggressive action to stop
further inroads on union principles, ac
cording to Charles Montis, president of
the local union.
To Be Given at Hyperion Tomor
row Afternoon.
A play entitled "Every Girl" is to
be given for the benefit of the Com
munity Service at the Hyperion Theatre
Sunday, Dec. 14, at 2:15 P. M.
It shows the trials and tribulations
of an immigrant girl and reveals the
agencies at work for Americanization.
It is a play especially endorsed by
the Social Service Agencies and the
public is asked to support it because
all proceeds will be devoted to the cause
of Americanization of foreigners.
A number of New Haven unions have
contributed liberally toward the fund of
the steel strikers in sums ranging from
$25 to several hundred and in some in
stances assessments have been levied
upon each individual member which will
bring the totals of those organizations
up to a very large sum.
New York City's Building Trades
President Great Factor for r
Industrial Peace .
. . ; , r ..
Policies in Many Respects Similar
to Those of Connecticut FedA
eration of Labor's Leaders.
How Robert P. BrindelL New York's
highest paid labor leader earns every
dollar of the $18,000 a year which he
receives, is told most interestingly, in an
article recently appearing in a New
York newspaper . and local - labor men
point with pride to the fact that his
policies of promoting industrial peace,
which make him particularly valuable to
all concerned, are similar to the policies
pursued by the leaders of the Connec
ticut Federation of Labor. ;',' ,V -
The article in question is .in part as
follows : . , . . ; -? .-. . v
"In these days if you want construc-
'trjework done you have to employ a
speciaiisr, ana you nave, to pay tne spe
cialist's price. '''''''tw'JvO.v-v-.-': j
"It is nobody's business what a labor
leader receives if the rank and file of
his organization v is , satisfied. - If the
workers of a union can win a 10 per
cent, increase in wages through, expert
guidance and counsel without a strike, it
means more to them" ra the long , run
than an advance of 25 or 30 per cent,
after a long strike. S'''-,;'V: ''AM'-
"It is to accomplish lust Such ends
as this that the rank and file of labor is
willing to pay. v Such salaries to their
leaders . are a mark of - their apprecia
tion" : -v. .-?'' -t-::rs o
Robert P. BrindelL New York City's
highest paid labor leader " gets , $18,000
a yearanu admits that he s worth it.
The "reason why" ,he sets forth in the
foregoing quotation. -
Moreover. Mr. Brindell . has a life
contract, and intends to pilot the busi
ness ..affairs of '. the Building .Trades
Council, of which he is ; the - head,
through, many eventful years to come
giving a dollar's , worth of expert lead
ership for every dollar that goes to his
bank account from the pockets of the
union toilers affiliated with the organ
ization. - ( ' -
; He believes, however, that the worst
storm that the building trades of New
York Gty will ever have to weather, is
over-i-that it was identified . with the
great strike which tied up the industry
last summer, and fall and that peace
ful, prosperous ways are ahead. These
prospects, he believes, are ; due to the
temr 't,'of -. the settlement arranged a
settlement which insures the union men
against another strike for two years at
least'-;? .- --V rii:A-'-Z V-
Just what this means may be gath
ered when yotf recall that up to a very
recent date.t ' was not uncommon to
have 100. to "150 . different strikes in the
building trades of New York ? City in
progress at one time. Now we need
look for none. - Just let : the builders
bring on the material and well run up
houess so, fast that rent prices will fall
fulljf 25 per , cent, by next falLv; Ju,s a
little business settlement of1 the strike
that's all." -;'--:-y-Wr;.; i.-";-'--t
Since 1918, the wages of the 3,000
members of Local No. 1,456 - of . the
Brotherhod of Carpenters and Joiners,
of ' which Mr j -Brindell is business rep
resentative in addition to being presi
dent; of , the Building Trades Counsel,
have advanced 25 per cent,. .At this the
business agent "says the advance has not
been proportionate with the advance m
living costs He estimates from figures
compiled under his direction that the
cost of living has jumped 85 per cent,
in this time; . - V .- ... - j
Nor has the high-salaried labor lead
er confined his activities merely to ob
taining wageadvances and satisfactory
strike settlements for the - 42 - unions
represented in the council. Some of his
most prided services have been devoted
to the effort to keep American unionism
clear of the taint of Bolshevism. -" ,.
''It' may riot be generally known,, but
the Bolsheviki have been exerting des
perate efforts to obtain control of what
may be termed the 'key industries
such as the building trades, the harbor
workers, the ; railroads, : etc in this
country," he said in discussing this line
qf his work as a specialist, "Why, over
in Brooklyn awhile back they got the
Bolsheviki fever and : went crazy over
the idea of $10 a day. v It took some
pretty strong activities te- put this
movement down, but we Mid it." a'- -
Mr. Brindell has bought a five-story
building down at No. 12 St. Marks
Place and is having it overhauled and
renovated as a home . for the Carpen
ters' Union. Fellow workers say that
he has paid many heavy expense bills
of the union out of his own pocket, even
hiring and sending aides to other parts
of the country when he saw an oppor
tunity to do something that might re
bound to the advantage of one of his
unions. , ; . ."-
Just to show that he did not put
"anything over" on the union when he
obtained the. life-time contract, Mr.
Brindell recited that fact that everyone
of the 2,938 members on hand at; the
meeting whe nthe matter came up voted
for his contract He added :
"When I was first elected to my presr
ent position dock carpenters in New
Yosk were receiving $3.20 a day, v The
local's membership was about 300. That
was in 1912. The next year I had the
pay of the men raised to $4 both in
New York and in New Jersey; in the
latter state the men had been paid only
$3 for a 10-hour day. . .
"Dock carpenters are now receiving
$6.50 a day, and on January 1, their
pay goes up to $7.50. The local has
3,000 members, 10 times as many as it
had when I was elected to office.
"Under, the former arrangement I
received money for my expenses in ad
dition to my salary. I now pay these
myself. In addition, I sometimes have
as many as seven rtpresentatives on the
road seeine to the work of the union,
the jurisdiction of which extends from
Philadelphia to the Massachusetts line.
"Men are given jobs of that kind if
they , have been injured and are unable
for a time to work at their trade. They
receive no salary from the union, but
when their work is finished I give them
So Justice ' Kelly J Characterizes
Such Procedure Before Case
. Is Even Tried.
' New York, Dec 12. The' Appellate
Division of. the Supreme : Court has
just handed down an important decision ' ,
affecting steamship ; companies, truck- -men.
and shippers. Recently tie union ..
of: steamship company , 'checkmen ." re-' ;
fused to receive, and check goods taken "
to the piers by non-union truckmen., The ',
steamship companies, including some of ''
the largest concerns in the world.' such
as the Cunard line, Panama Railroad
Company, United States Railroad Ad- '
ministration and others, were powerless -to
compel their checkers to cheek th' -
goods, 'The non-union truckmen, or- ;
ganized into' the Truck Owners League
consequently,, asicea . an injunction re
straining the steamship companies from
refusing to accept these goods, and the
Appellate Division has just vacated" the r
injunction on. the main ground that to
continue it would be. to cause a strike
of 125,000 longshoremen and others in
volved m port work.' j : 4 .s . ;
1 he ruling by Justice Kelly states : '
, "In my opinion it would be the heieht ' 1
of folly to - issue a mandatory inj unc- -tion
such as this against the defendants.
Because it appears that practkallv- the
entire force of dock laborers, .checkers,
weighers, etc, to the number of some
125,000 mentis ; unionized, and if. they
are left free to 'pursue their: work ana
better their v condition by lawful ' meth- ,
ods,, any attempt by the steamship com
panies to force them tci work with non
union drivers i would only result in a"
general strike and tie-up of the freight
of the port ..Upon the papers it is un
contradicted , that it is impossible from
a ; practical standpoint to obtain non
union labor to perform K the; work. . -
. from every point of view,! think it '
was an abuse of discretion to issue such
a; mandatory injunction in advance of"
triaLjf Taking the- case by itself, as the
plaintiff sees fit to ; present it - to ' the
court, ':a. r;; 'relunuiary injunction may
benefit the two "trucking concerns men
tioned, f enabling them to continue their
exaction . of the 1 10-hour dajr and pay
ment of 50 cents ' for overtime, but it
might ruinj the 75 per cent of the truck
owners in the1 port who are in accord "
with the. tabor organizations and result '
in ; an embargo on the - shipping" in and -
out of New -YorkV 'and ; would , be un
en forcible because it would bring about
the very results which it purports ' to -prevent-
I think the order should be re-,
versed and the motion denied."
The Strike of. rh .rnraf - mftrc anH
butcher workmen at the Sperry & -
Barnes .Cn.'R , Nw Harm ' nTant -rvn
i tinues unbroken and it is claimed by the
union tnati ten men who are .acting as
strike . breakers are giving such inade-
miate service that tJi rrmrnztnii , firici-
ness is feeling the effects severely. They 7
oeuev- mat v tailing to break, the strike
tnrougn mtimiaation caused oy whole
sale arrests. the comnanv will finallv b .
compelled to treat with the crganiza-, i
tion. .'' - ; .
a donation that comes out of my own
pocket" ' - .
Mr. v Brindell ' discussed ; statements
issued by Walter Drew, counsel for the
Iron League Erectors' Association, . in '
which Mr. Drew asserted that his asso
ciation would oppose with all its might
an attempt to bring -.the '"closed shop"
into. : structuralv iron operations in this "
V'The l members of the Iron League
areV also members " bf the "' i Building
Trades Employers' Association," said
Mr. BrindelL fWe have been assured
that all members of the latter body
would fulfilL - the new agreement with
the Building Trades.- Council,-: which .
calls for r the - employment of nothing
but union men. ;-. , ; -j , .
i"When the question, of the new agree
ment "was put up to the Iron League it '
could give nothing but what I call 'petty
larceny' - reason for : not , accepting it
They said, for instance, that their fore
men would have to become union mem
bers. We replied that this was only a
question of -dollars and centj and that
we would pay the dues of the foremen.
Then they said that their foremen would j
not' be admitted , to ' the union. We
promised them " the foremen would be
admitted without discrimination. 4
"Incidentally, the claim of the Iron,
League that it has not discriminated in ,
the past against union men is false.
Their y foremen have in many cases re
fused to : hire men", because , they i were
known to be union members. -: ,: ; ,
. "The; Iron League could have . sub
scribed to the new agreement with abso
lute assurance that it would be carried
out ! The Building Trades Council has
already begun to function in maintain-,
ing discipline in union circles. . f
"For instance, the Fleischmaan firm
was engaged in erecting a studio build
ing in Long Island City. r The plaster
ers local struck, and the council orderT
ed teh men to return to work.? When
they, refused to do so, the cement mas
ons were ordered to , do the, work and
they did it Then' the plasterers offered
to pay a fine of $100 if they would be
re-admitted to" the- council, but. the
council refused to seat their delegates
until the offending business - agent was
removed. iv -.' ;: . .'- -
"This is coing to : be our -policy in
every case. We intend to . maintain
peace in the building trades, in a way
to encourage the construction of new
buildings and thus relievo the housing
situation." 'f '-
Every member of the local contributes -50
cents a month toward Mr. BrindellV
income. ,
Samuel . Gompers, president of f the
American Federation of Labors receives
$10,000 a year. Frank Morrison," secre
tary of the Federation, gets $7,000. ,

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