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National -TO? d State Labor Events A NEWSPAPER FOR THE PEOPLE VOL. VIII. NO. 4. NEW HAVEN, CONN., , SATUBDAY, ' APRIL 3, 1920. PRICE THREE CENTS IF CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AR WITH LABOR MERE IT ML GET! w "IPlT T7TT3 TVYTYTFfT fcd. .' WAHIS W CARPENTERS WILL CARRY STRIKE ON TO FUJI VICTORY Situation Weir in Hand With Only 275 Men Yet Out ; of Work. BOSSES FOOLTHE PUBLIC But District Council Shows Up Camouflage in Public Press. With only about 275 of their mem- solely by members of the Master Build ers Association, the second week of the strike of New Haven Carpenters to secure the grant of their demands w i an hour is about at an end with the carpenters feeling the situation well in hand. More than 75 per cent, of the carpenters of the city, employed by contractors, not tied to the builders association are at work, and therefore the organization win Tie aDie io tarry uu the strike -against the association in definitely. The fight Will be to a finish K Q0 fi-i-m oil' narte rf tVlP state CSJviai . -arnrA thic wpk- that contractors .Jllt.iJ WW. U .... " " thereabouts have granted the $1 or more an hour asked, and the local mast er builders have given the bricklayers $l -an hour here and agreed to $1.12" an hour on July 1. - The strike which was peaceable enoueh the first week 'was thrown into excitement early this week by the pub lication iri the daily press of full page advertisements, endorsed by he Cham ber of Commerce, denouncing -the car- a 1 ' Af penters aemanas, cnarging urc.i ui agreement, declaring rents would be t-9t'ri if the demand was granted and other charges based upon an alleged investigation of the merits of the cause. Where such investigation was hdii, if - indeed it was held at all, the carpenters 'and other -Labor men here would like to know as tbey were never consulted. The carpenters, however, were "equal to the fight and. came back pronto with just as. large" r advertisements setting forth their side and - showing up the unfair tactics, of the employers and the lished elsewhere .in,v The Connecticut Labor Press and speaks for: itself and is wogtkcadag4fry in the city, and especially the business man. The profiteering of the contract ors on charging for the work ot the carpenters would seem to be orae part of the cause for the high raise in rents, as well "as wages paid the men. All over the state the carpenters de mands are being granted, even by associations as closely, tied up as the local master builders. Hartford men are getting more than $1 an hour, and a dollar prevails in a dozen other cities and towns, so the demand cannot be so very outrageous in a city the size of New Haven, .the largest and' highest priced in living in the state.- The situa tion i& well explained by George F. Mordecat, business ' agent of the Car penters District Council, who says: "It lias been the contention ; of, the. master ' builders of New Haven that this wage' would be ruinous, but in all fairness it must be said that 'Such places ,as Hartford, Bridgeport, Stam ford, Greenwich, Southington,' .New Britain, Naugatuck and ,. otheVi towns can see their way clear to grant this wage to the Carpenters in their employ it should also be possible for the build ers 6f New Haven to do the same. "The stand taken by the master build ers' association of this city is that they will hold up the work on these opera tions indefienitely or until such time as the carpenters will accept the wage scale of 90 cents per hour. . This must i. tm.nnaA oe n a the mast- UU L lvl 9 v- " er builders do not employ more than 35 per cent, of our members and have not hv the past five years employed at any time'more than one-half. ; n As a meeting of the business repre sentatives of the building trades it was voted to give all the assistance, neces sary to help win the present struggle. . . "On the 19th of March at which time the secretary of the Master Builders' association .was notified of the action of the carpenters we were promised . that the board of directors of the builders association were to hold a meeting and that we Would be notified . of their, action, but up to this time we have tiot received any word from that associa tion, and it has always been the prac tice of the employers" associations of the country to at least try arid arrange for a conference with the unions and try to avoid any cessation of work. ."The statement that an increase to $1 an hour for the carpenters will cause an increase 'in the-rents will not bear ah investigation, and is at its best a O' . . A . nn1 iitDh'fir Vl position that the master builders find themselves iiv today." V As to the Chamber of Commerce Mr. Mordecai stated "that if this hody is really imbued with . a real community spirit they would at least interest them selves a little farther and give a prac tical illustration of what a chamber of commerce can do by trying o show the wage earner that they are interested in him as well as his employer. "The fact that the Chamber of Com merce made an unheard of investigation and then granted endorsement to the master builders cannot mean that ,.the demands of the carpenters are unjust because of the fact that,, the so-called investigation was all one-sided, and no hearing was granted to the working men on the subject." '" APPEALS TO WORKERS. Wage-earners of Connecticut have been appealed to br.Pa&ick F. O'Meat-a of New Haven, president of the Con necticut Federation of Labor, to co operate with the Thrift plans of the savings division of the treasury de partment and to make regular purchases of Thrift and War Savings Stamps. PAINTERS ENROLL MANY AT BIG OPEN MEETING Also Decide to Stand Firm for Demands of $7 a Day v April -15. Trades Council hall was packed on Wednesday night at an open meeting held by Locals 4 and 409, Painters and Decorators, and which was attended hot only by a large number of non-union men but by a committee of four repre senting the Master Painters Associa tion. H. W. Day, chairman of the joint conference board of the two locals in their demands for a wage increase, presided and addresses were made by Business Agent M. Resnikoff and R. Beadle, detailing the action of the parofM ers and the justice of their cause, the masters committee also made some re marks outlining their side. An executive session followed at which the members decided to stand by their demands for $7 a day to begin on April 15 and to continue to Octo ber 15 when the scale shall be $8 a, day until April 1, 1921. Changes in the proposed working agreement were also suggested and adopted. Following the open meeting a large number of the non-union men who were present made aplication for admittance to the union and they will be enrolled at the next regular meeting. v CO-OP STORES TO BE EXPLAINED AT MEETING APR. 16 V ; r . . Trades Council Gets Glowing Beports of Interest jn Venture. Although in the works but a scant two weeks, the. Co-operative Society, being fathered by the ' New. Haven Trades Council is already going , strong and to judge irom the reports made at the meeting of the Trades Council this week, the venture will provea big , suc cess. To fully put "the details before all organized .wofkers ami others who may be interested an" open mass -meeting" will be lield at Trades-' Council hall on Friday night,- April 16, at 8 o'clock at which a speaker irom, the Co-Opera- tive League of iNew York, a A. r. o L.. jnsritujjojawl out ine uciicnis auu timer ucituis vi the plan. " - Because some, members of the com mittee carrying on the organization had failed to attend.: meetings, President Ornburn masked for a shown-down as to the spirit in which the move was being taken.... There was little left to doubt in a few minutes when delegate after delegate arose and reported his. union members heartily in favor of'the pro ject and ready to .support it. It being a new venture they were, however, tak ing time to . fully look into the details but there wasn't a doubt about Jheir becoming shareholders. - " Already a. large number of shares have" been subscribed for and byajid af tec the open meeting on the 16th it is expected sufficient will have been pledged to warrant going ahead with formal organization. A number of the delegates stated that so much interest did their fellow members take in the proposed stores, that they were unable to answer all their questions and it was suggested that a special committee be apointed to study up the details and visit the local organizations and explain them. President Ornburn was instruct ed to' appoint such a committee and named' S. Alperwiz of the Trolleymen, J. D. McMahon of the Letter Carriers, John L. Richards, of the Carpenters, Charles E. Rohler of the Cigarmaers, and Robert Muenzner of the "Meat Cut ters. , . : . ';. . a . ' ;v The delegr.tes - pledged themselves . to get a big crowd . out for 5 the special meeting so that everyone may be famil iar with the details and organization going on. ; r BRICKLAYERS GET $1 HOUR; MORE OH JULY 1 " While no formal agreement has yet been signed the bricklayers 'and plaster ers of New Haven were granted a scale of $1 an hour on Thursday and assured of their demand for $1.12 an hour being granted on July 1, by the Master Builders' asociation. The wage went into effect , April 1 and with it appar ently went a new order of things for on the large jobs'about town therewas at all times a plentiful supply of mater ial for the masons and none of the de lay of minutes at a time, -while waiting for the laborers to furnish the sup plies. , -. While no statement wa3 made as to the delay in signing an agrement it is believed the builders held it up pend ing ( the" outcome of the carpenters strike. The "scale paid previous to Thursday was 87J2 cents an hour. In Tlairtford the. bricklayers were recently granted. $125 an hour and the $l.Uli an hour scale demanded is in effect in several other, places in Connecticut. OWNERS, NOT OPERATORS, ; CAUGHT IN POKER RAID An article' appearing in the New Ha vei papers on Tuesday to the effect that moving picture operators furnished some real life here this week by being caught in a gambling raid on a Grand avenue picture house, wascalled to the attention of the Trades Council - on Thursday night, by delegates from the Operators union.- ' The. article was false and malicious, they declared, inasmuch as no operators were involved in the raid but instead the men caught were the proprietors of the theaters. The article was an at tempt to cover up the owners and put the blame on the workers, the delegates said, and they didn't want the rest of organized labor to fall for any sucll idea. , . . ALL T0RR1NGT0N CRAFTS TO GATHER ' IN MASS MEETING General Re-organization of Union Workers Is Set for ' April 14. POLITICS ARE COMING UP Ornburn May Reply to Senator Brooks Claims as to Labor Record. Tdrrington, ' April 2. A mass meet ing of all Organized Labor in this sec tion will' be held at Central Labor Union hall on April 14 at which" com plete details for the general re-organization of all the 'union craftsmen in the, district will be outlined, a general organizer? for the. American Federation of Labor elected and the scope of, the political activity of the; unions this fall outlined. . The decision for the general mass .meeting was reached at a meeting Sunday attended by Secretary L M. Ornburn of the Connecticut Federation of Labor. While Torrington organiza tions are going. ahead in their own way there hasbeen no effort at consolida tion or general organization and to bring such a desirable condition about the mass meeting has been called. The political policy to be adopted will be a big feature, of the meeting At a meeting held several weeks aeo, Secre tary Ornburn made some remarks con cerning Senator John M. Brooks of Oris district, who it is reported, aspires to be lieutenant governor. He simply then suggested that Mr. Brooks' record toward labor matters be looked into, not charging Mr. , Brooks with being unfair or otherwise, but simply suggesting that in line with labor's announced policy, the voters of the district find out -where he stood. This was; reported somewhat garbled to Senator Brooks who came out with a statementthat his record on labor questions was. an open book and he wasn't ashamed of hV He employed help andpid them well, he said, and believed in a square deal for the work ingman but" when it came to" measures that savored of "red" then he was unalterably oposed, While Mr. - Ornburn didn't jtharge .-with anvtbioef then. We-bas since said " that everything looked "red" to Mr, Brooks- that didn't have the stamp of approval of the Connecticut Manu facturers'1. Association. It is expected he will - have. : more to say about the matter at the coming mass meeting. SPIRITED CONTESTS IN EjiCjnONOF MUSICIANS Tie Vote for Presidency of Union - Between Cowles and In omrf-ihe largest and most spirit ed .meetings in 'years; the Musicians' Union last Sunday re-elected Henry D. Cowles as president, afte"r former President Louis Felsberg withdrew when the yfirst ballot resulted In a ie. The vote was 94 to 94, but when count ed a large number of members who had belieyed Mr. Felsburg elected, had withdrawn to fill engagements and to make it unnecessary to take another vote Mr.. Felsburg withdrew. Contests were also held for the executive board members, 12 " candidates being in the field and five chosen, and for examiu' ing board 11 candidates, being present ed and .'five elected. - The elections re sulted -as follows : ' r : .1 ' President, Henry. D. Cowles; -vice-president, Charles F. Smith ; recording secretary, Henry G. Nicholls, for the 19th consecutive year ; financial secre tary, A. Lubinsy; treasurer, Adolph G. Schirmer ; sergeant-at-arms, John J. Landrigan; executive board, John Mur phy, Arthur Ehehalt, . William Neu mann, O. C. Vogenitz, J0'Keefe; ex amination board, Harry Coleman, Peter Conte, W. H. Ballou, Harry Benson," O. Marcellini; "auditors, Otto Weber, Jacob Schlein ; delegates to the "Trad Council, John J. Landrigan. - STRBY DELEGATE TO C. F. OF LCONVENTION Trades- Council Also Chooses Cobey Alternate to Water fl)ury Session. August Striby, financial secretary, was selected delegate to the Connecticut Federation of Labor convention in Waterbury next month, at the regular meeting of the Trades Council on Thursday night. ,His election was unanimous, President Ornburn who was also nominated from the floor de clining to be a candidate, because his own union, the Cigarmakers had al ready honored him with the election of delegate.- James , Cobey, delegare from 'the Sheet Metal Workers, was also unanimouslv elected as1 alternate to Mr Striby.,- . . The. Council received, replies from Congressman Tilson and Senators Brandegee and McLe&ti to a communi cation sent them requesting their fav orable action on increases in wages for federal . employes:' Senator . McLean emphatically declared for a decent wage fo these workers, Senator " Brandegee saying he would consider it when the time, came, and Congressman Tilson declaring he was in fvor of a just wage.... . , ' STRIKE IN BRIDGEPORT. Bridgeport, April 3. The- union painters of this city struck yesterday morning Jp enforce their demands for $lvan hour. Perhaps This is Not Profiteering THIS REALLY HAPPENED RIGHT HERE IN NEW HA VEN THIS WEEK. . A grocer enjoying a consider able trade of organized workers, went to one of the big wholesale houses seeing sugar and was re fused any but that of the course brown variety. He protested that , his trade just as well as any other was entitled to the white granu lated,but his protests did no good. Finally demanding why he was told point blank that "with these fellows going about demanding $1 an hour for their wages, we're going to make them and the rest of the public pay ttie prices this summer you can bet and that's all there is to itr; Sugar wily be. 28 nts"a pound before long and' they can put that in their pipe" an1 smoke it." For obvious reasons, and so the grocer Won't be cut off from all . his supplies, his name is not pub-' Vlishe'd., , V TRADES COUNCIL ENTHUSIASTIC FOR POLITICAL PLAN Unanimously Endorses A. F. of L, , Program and-Names V,. Committee. By an unanimous1 and enthusiastic vote the New Haven Trades Council, at its regular -meeting .Thursday night, endorsed, the non-partisan political cam paign program of the American Fed eration of Labor and appointed an ener getic committee to start New Haven Labor's share in ' electing Labor's friends and defeating its enemies. The action was the special order of the dajr lor tne meeting, in line with the; request of the A. F. of L. committee that specia) meetings be held and committees ap pointed by Central bodies to start the campaign right at the primaries where the fight will do the. most , good in at least seeJkmg.the nomination of friends of Labor. ' ; V- - The request of the Federation ooliti- cal board had been read at the previous' meeting and that there might be no chance of- future dissatisfaction the matter was put over to the April, meet ing as a special order. That the sen timent of Unionists in New Haven- is solidly for the proposed ipovement was indicated as oon as the motion pro posed "to endorse the plan and appoint a committee was, put. To a man the delegates present promptly voted in the affirmative and quickly , -followed, that action by . another y vote authorizing President "Ornburn to appoint the com mittee. -- . .- Various remarks were made upon the subject the consensus beiner that .the time to get busy, is now and 'hot, when the nominees are abpuf picked 1yt the political parties? and to this 1 end vthe: committee was pledged to work among' tne various local bodiesand rstart the ball rolling to have the members enrpll for and attend the Coming caucuses and J primaries. ... ; - A ,;..,. . . a he conntnttees as Joltows : ueorge ' West of the. Carpenters,'' AiSgust. Striby of the BakefsMatthew Bfennaiipy-h'e Railroad Machinists, Frank.Thbmd& of the Railroad' Electricians,; and-?Thomas Pohl of the Typographical Uniom -.. . Communications from the Interna tional Brewery Workers unions, asking that, candidates be- queried on their stand on prohibition, especially light beers and wines, were referred, to the committee to take up with other com mittees to be raised by " the locals to act in conjunction in the general cam paign . , - . ROAD BROTHERHOODS TO JOIN A. F. OF L Engineers and Conductors, Com- : ing In In May Others ." to Follow.' - j . One of Samuel Gompers' "pet ambi tions seems . about to - materialize ..into tact. Unless something unforeseen occurs .the,'-Brotherhood of Locomotive t-ngincers and the Order, of Railway Conducto? s will become menbers of the A. I i of L. in May. If this absorption comes to ; pass the other two railroad unions the trainmen and, entnnemen, and the shopmen wilj follow as a mat ter ot course. More than a year arO the encineers and the conductors applied for member ship in the Gompers organization. The old feud over jurisdiction over street railway , workers and subway and ele- yated employes' unions stood in the way and neither the brotherhoods nor the A. F. of L. would yield. But recent developments have ehanged matters. On baturday morning Mr. Gompers confided to several 'local leaders' of labor that the terms of consolidation had been agreed upon ; thatunity, peace and . concord had superseded the old jealousy and bickerings ; that the 400,000 members of the railroad brotherhoods were "soon to be absorbed by the A. F. of L. and, as" a consequence, the mem bership of the latter was about to jump to nearly 5,000,000. DEMANDS IN TORRINGTON. Torrington, April 2. Casters' help ers employed in the Coe Brass company, a branch of the American Brass Co., have presented demands for a 30 per cent, increase. ..ine company was. in formed they would be given until Mon day to reply to them; . a TRADES COUNCIL ACCEPTS DEFY AND CLEARS DECK FOR ACTION -a O'MEARA ANSWERS BUILDERS' CLAIMS ON CARPENTERS C. P. of L. President Points Out Facte "Overlooked' Statement. in By Patrick F. O'Meara, President C. F. of L. Due to the large paid advs. iri the daily papers of .this vicinity which came from the 'office of the Chamber of Com merce, and carrying the indorsements of the Chamber of Commerce and the Employers' Association, relating to the strike, now in progress in the Carpen ters and Joiners trades in this jurisdic tion, President Patrick F. O'Meara of the Connecticut Federation of Labor, when requested for an opinion upon thtetmerits of the claims of the Car penters and Joiners, "as against those publicly posted In the aforesaid advs, stated as follows: " "I am very much surprised at the attitude first of the Master Builders' Association, in ref using the claims of the Carpenters and Joiners Locals 79 and 1742 of this district, and secondly of the attitude of the Chamber of Com merce of this City in lending their strength to the master builders without first giving an impartial hearing to those accused in the large advs in the newspapers of the city. "If, as I Stated, anr impartial hearing was extended to the ' employes of the Master Builders Association,, it weuld be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the claims of the men Would be sustained in the effort to receive a wage of $8 a day. - , - "it goes without contradiction that any person can peruse the records of our national bureau of. weather statis tics and just for the immediate recol lection of those that are interested, it will be found that there were approxij mateiy inirty cay oi weauier con ditions meaning' snow, hail and rain, since January -1,-1920, including March 31, 1920, that the men- of this craft had to refrain from work. . -' "So let Us ' figure out at . the rate of $6.80 per flay, whichJias been- the rate in effect, that to lose 30 days time out of 91 days of the first three months of the year these men lost in wages the sum of $204; now if the men had worked the full 9J days they would hate received the sum of $618.80, mak ing the total, ; wage received by the men for; the time -worked of $414.80, or an average wage for the time that the men were under I their natural liabilities of the 91 days of $4.55 and a fraction. "The average wage paid to- the un skilled laborer-today is in 95 ; per cent, of the cases 65 cents per hour or $5.20 per . day. . . - Th skilled mechanic, working un der the extreme to the unskilled one, Jias to furnish for his employment his , f a" r - , . . xoois nrsi oi an, ana tnen nis wearing .equipment, so that ; to the person kefit pi conditions it cannot De gapisain'Dut that these two elements alone 1 in creased in .mahv , instances 80 "j .o 95 per-eeni c ',Now,if 'the 'men have been receiv ing the sum of $4.55 per day for, the past 9X days, or, an average wage of 57 cents per hour, ; and-with butter at 72 cents a pound, and a loaf of bread at 18 cents it will take one and one half hours pay to get two of the staple articles or WPe. ... ;'The-claim of " the "master builders and the Chamber 'of Commerce that this wage i increase of the Carpenters and Joiners if granted, would , greatly increase the cost of rents is very'absurd, for records show at the Department of Labor and the Revenue -Department at Washington, D. 'C, that out of a group of 809 - contr,a'ctors and construction companies 154 of them had earned more than 100 per centJ on capital invested, while one earned as high as one thous and three hundred and niifety'per cent, (1,390).: ' "7 "Can it be denied, that, when men want more than 55 cents per hour that mine owners, who are familiarly known as mine .operators, were, and are- today, making prgfits ranging from 100 to 785 per cent,,' and ' one ..owner has been charged with profiteering equal to 78 times its capital stock. "Can it be 'denied that-cannery own ers have been making profits as high as 2,032 per cent, the meat packers as high as 4,244 per cent, in a" great -many instances? - Can it be denied that dur ing the month of January, . 1920, there was exported food products alone that amounted to thesum of , $119,000,000, all for the purpose of shortening the home supplies in order to keep up the prices? . . The Carpenters and . Joiners -have been accused of breaking contracts. I was wondering just why the Chamber of Commerce did not mention anything about the sugar contracts that have been broken by vested interests, such as the Chamber of Commerce in New Haven represents 100 per cent. ' Why, of course not, this must and will not be mentioned, because financiers and business interests can break all of the contracts they want to and feel immune by their conduct. , - - ; - "I feel just like all good citizens of New Haveq do at this, time, that it comes from very bad graces of the Chamber of Commerce at this-time - to t j icnu assisumce iu any .loiiiuuiauun employers " that sees fit to cloak theiri own short comings by largeadvs to try to Influence those that do not un derstand the real and exacting con ditions under which the Carpenters and Joiners have to work in order to exist, in order to support theif families, in order to only have a minimum of sub sistence and a minimum ".of comfort. Remember .that the dollar today": is Unfair Methods of Business Organization in Past and Present Issue With Carpenters, Finally Stirs Organized Workers to Resent ment One-Sided and Biased "Investigations" No Longer. to Be Tolerated Ornburn Strong in Denunciation. If the New Haven Chamber of Commerce wants "war with Or ganized Labor in this city, as its attitude as expressed in the recent past and especially this week "in relation to the Carpenters strike would indicate then it is going to get it. This was established at the regular meeting of the New Haven Trades Council on Thursday night, when the one-sided attitude of the Chamber was denounced in no uncertain terms, resolutions adopted to bring this unfairness before the public afld the business 'men, (enrolled in the Chamber but depending on the workingman for his business) and by the appointment of a committee to act in conjunction with the carpenters or any other, organization unfairly attacked by the Chamber and to act with the full'power and endorsement of the Council.' ! The matter was brought up by Dele gate Hugh J. Gartland in reference to the advertisements 'published., in the daily press," bearing, the endorsement of the Chamber of Commerce, in which the Master Builders side of the carpenters trouble -was taken up and the effort 'of the workers denounced as unfair and. unAmerican. Mr. Gartland declared that this wasthe "second such move by the. chamber within a few months to fool the public with the report of a sup posed investigation of facts, when as a matter of fact no union man or organ ization was ever requested by the chamber or any committee representing it, to even hint at its side in the con troversy. The other incident was on the coal teamsters demands, when the chamber went on record as denouncing them after an "investigation". Mr. Gartland demanded that action be taken to stop such things, eveno the sending of delegates to the cham ber as members so that in thenfuture the chamber could not slip over any such thing without Organized Labor at least having some knowledge of it and a chance to DEMAND a formal investigatioa- of both sides. The- pres ent methods of the chamber - were little snort ot the propaganda the Mun used before and during the war . to cloud their motives,' he added, and it is time Labor got busy on propaganda or some effort to offset it. ... The remarks started a furore of en-, dorsement, finally brought to "order by President Ornburn who took the floor and stated he-Vwas particularly glad the subject had been opened "up from the floor as xt gave opportunity to say things which have long needed saying. He expressed pleasure that the Cham ber of Commerce had this time hap pened to jump on an organization (the Carpenters) who could and did come back at it on its own - ground. - "The unfair attack -made on the teamsters, a new organization without funds , and therefore unable to come back .probably gave it courage to con- . . . TAILORS STRIKE IN ; : STAMFORD SETTLED Only One Shop Refuses and Its .. .Workers Get Other .'... '-'y : Jobs. . " . ' ' Stamford, April 2. Through the ef forts of Hugh J. Gartland of New Haven, ' organizer for the -Ladies'-Gar-memt Workers union, the strikejof the ladies garment tailors which began hye last week, was ended, this week with the workers getting all they asked -for. Only one shop refused . to sign the agreement and- then men formerly em ployed there were put to work in other places " which 'are rushed with orders and glad to get the help and pay them the new scale of wages. The agreement provides for Tfrictly closed shops, a minimum of $40 a week for journeymen, and of $15 -a week for female helpers.. Those getting $15 are to get a 25 per cent, increase in pay. The working hours were also reduced from 54 to a 48 hour week, a gain of six hours for the workers.' NORWICH TEAMSTERS ORGANIZE IN UNION Start OS With Nearly 100 Per Cent, of Workers, in Town. Norwich, April 2. Organizer I. M. Ornburn of the C F. of L., and John Gillispie, general organizer of the Teamsters and Chauffeurs Union, in stituted a new local of the Teamsters and Chauffeurs' union here 'on Monday night when the charter was opened and 37 members signed up. As there" are only about 50 men employed -in this trade in the qity, the organization got off to a good start and it is expected that at the next meeting will be 100 per cent, perfected. r - . - The meeting' for election of officers and formally starting the organization on its own way will be held on April 7 and Mr;' Ornburn-and other state 0fficerswilllbe present to aid in affili ating it with he central and state bodies. - - , "- ' worth approximately 474 cents, -and while the employe is waging a war to get from industry thft which belongs to him, his employer is fat with profits that are illegal, and for reference, to this illegality, I refer our. readers to the United Stages Public Document No. 259." tinue such tactics but this time the chamber, or whoever runs it as it is being , run, overstepped itself," he said. "I am not-certain thai sending dele fates 'there would"do any good, even with our 'Old Friend Col Ullman no longer apparently head of the cham ber. The Labor man need expect a fair deal no more, nor even as much from the new president, Otterson, as it got from i Ullman, and we all know that that 'was nothing. - "It is time that crowd up there was told where it fits and if it is necessary t5 buy space to tell the public where it fits as the chamber buys space to fool -the" public every time an employer raises, a holler against paying his help a decent living wage, then we should do ; it A strong set of resolutions should be. spread broadcast showing up that ' crowd .that runs the chamber to suit the interests of a few and to put them where they belong. The attitude in the past -of the new president leads us to believe if allowed to go on this attitude -' will be worse than ever. He wont even talk to a union man and a man that carries a -union card in hu fwtt I is like a pest to him, so it will do little . k to attempt to secure r fair - hear- mgwithin the chamber at present;. .- .Now they have gone so far with this tlung regardless even of their own -members, irf business who have, to de pend on the worker for his trade, that' 1 believe open war should be declared on that crowd up there and it should go tne limit. If they want a show-' down and are to be backed up by the merchants depending on us for, their business then let's know how." ; President Ornburn's remarks drew torth a storm of applause and instantly a dozen delegates were on their . feet clamping J6r, recognitkm so as to add their voices and protests to the general 1 denunciation - Motions were offered authorizing publication of half -page tor argeradvswin the local press stating tne' .Council's oosition ih ,.f,.- methods of the Chamber-of Commerce and the declaration of principles, but these were not pressed when charges were also brought that the local news papers are, nothing but the .underling of the jchamber, , practically dominated by the few who run the chamber and absolutely. unfair themselves to Organ- -lzed Labor. To hand them the eh6rm- ous amounts demanded for the inser tion of such ad vertisingr would be only throwing the money away it was con- ' eluded.. Therefore the : agitation for pu?;lc,tZ of that nature was dropped. . Mr Gartland again settired the floor and declared that already the advs pub-' " hshed agamst the carpenters and en dorsed by the. chamber, in which it was' stated rents' would be raised if the de mands were granted,. had taken effect. His Own landlord had this -week given him notice of an increase and he knew of others who had done likewise and the reasons the others gave was that labor costs were .going up and rents -must likewise. He hadn't seen his own landlord yet but -expected to hear that the $1 an hour demand as responsible. -H offered a motion that a. committee" be raised, given full power to act with the carpenters er any other organization m investigating the actions of the cham ber and to use the endorsement of the! Council in refuting such unfair tactics as have been, adopted. There wasn't even a hesitation in passing the vote and President Ornburn was. instructed to appoint such a committee. ' ; .To carry the matter on to a finish on motion" of Delegate Alperwitz of the Trolleymen, a committee was also ap pointed to devise ways and means of -furnishing a . "war chest" or "defense fund" whichever it is called, to enable the Council to carry on either Jhe. war or defense to get a fair and impartiar hearing before the public This fund will iot be only for the present emer gericy but .to have ready at all times -sufficient capital to come back- at -anv Isuch. unfair attacks and to use as the Council deems -best to secure its side being put before the public He had no hope of, the daily press ever giving a' fair hearing to the Labor man in -New ' Haven or of . being anything but unfair and therefore urged that other means be taken than advertising in such papers. President Ornburn will also appoinfthis committee and ir will immediately get -busy ' among the 50 local unions" affili- ' ated with the Council and be ready to report at the next meeting of the Coun cil. r v - y '; " Throtighoittthe discussion there was ' no question but that the attitude 'of the Chamber of Commerce in the past had . about reached the limit of . endurance of the labor-man. The delegates will take the subject back to their individual locals and there isn't any. doubt but that there also will the action be en dorsed, like Committees appointed and the war, if the thamber wants war, carried right home to it through i its businessmen members. - ; ! . , -'?-'