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THE CONNECTICUT LABOR PRESS THE CONNECTICUT LABOR PRESS A NEWSPAPER FOR THE PEOPLE. Published by Connecticut Labor Press Company 286-288 York Street, " New Haven, Conn. Telephone Colony 1082. WHICH STRIKE? Entered as second class matter December 2, 1916, at the postoffice at New Haven, Conn., under act of March 3, 1879. Three Cents per Copy $1.50 per Year NEW HAVEN, CONN. SATURDAY, APRIL 3, 1920 DOES THE NEW HAVEN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE MEAN TO WAGE FIGHT AGAINST LABOR UNIONS? Right on the heels of this paper's editorial last week concern ing the apparent readiness of Chambers of Commerce to take the side of the employers against the employees in all controversies, comes the full page advertisement of the New Haven Master Build ers' Association against the New Haven District Council of Car penters', demands endorsed by the New Haven Chamber of Com merce. ' ; ; Almost simultaneously comes the announcement of the election V of John E. Otterson, president of the Winchester companies, as head " 'of the New Haven Chamber of Commerce, succeeding Col. Isaac M. Ullman. The attitude of the latter gentleman id relation to organr ized labor is too well known to require comment but the gentleman who has been selected as his successor can hardly be considered an , improvement in this direction. Mr. Otterson also makes a significant remark in connection with . his acceptance of office. He says it is time for the Chamber of Com merce to "take of its coat" and get busy along lines in keeping with New Haven's development. This in itself is a general enough state ment bnt under accompanying conditions it strikes Labor's ears with an onimous note. The various large employers' associations of the country have decided that it is time to "take off coats" and once and for all put organized labor out of business. There may be no connection but the chamber's sudden line-up with the employers against the employees creates the foundation for such a thought. In the past the business men of New Haven have not hesitated to express gratification over the lack of industrial disturbances in the Elm City and; with equal readiness have admitted that the situa tion has been due to the complete understanding and co-operation which has existed between the labor leaders and the business men. S. ' "While other cities nearby have suffered from strikes and disorder ' such difficulties as have arisen here have been quietly jand amicably adjusted through conferences between the employers and the em ployees. This condition has been ideal. But what of fhe future? Do the business men believe for a moment that the adoption by the Chamber of Commerce of a policy , of direct antagonism against organized labor is going to. lead to a continuance of the happy relations which have hitherto existed? Do the rank and file of the members of the New Haven Chamber of Commerce, most of them business men dependent upon the patron- age of the working people of New Haven, realize what their organ ization is doing when it enters, upon such a course? The province of the Chamber of Commerce as we understand it is to promote the welfare of the city. If an occasion arises where it can use its good offices as an arbiter between'two conflicting inter ests the use of its powers toward a peaceful, and just settlement. is most admirable and welcome. . ; 1 BUT for it to openly and vigorously give its endorsement to V one side as against the other, particularly without first hearing both sides, appears to us to be a usurpation of its rights and an open invitation for trouble. v Never in its history , has the New Haven Chamber of Commerce taken a step which has so thoroughly aroused organized labor as has its stand in thefight between the buildeTs and the carpenters. Its endorsement of the coal dealers against the coal handlers, while also outside of its province and a purely one-sided action, was not ' considered of such great importance for the agreement presented by the coal, handlers was, unfortunately, so garbled in its composi tion that it didn't present anything like what the coal handlers - desired to ask for and was on the face of it a rather absurd demand. This, however, was straightened out later when the New Haven Trades Council took a hand and if the Chamber of Commerce insists upon backing the employees as against the employees under the revised demands its action will be resented justas keenly as is 'its stand in the carpenters' situation. , However, to get back to the building situation. The action of the Chamber of Commerce in endorsing the employers without first - hearjng the employees came as a thunderbolt to the members of organized labor in New Haven and the town has been buzzing over it ever1 since. From the expressions heard during the debate at the meeting of the New HavenTrades Council, Thursday evening, it is evident that every local union in the city is aroused and there are . 50 of them now affiliated with the New Haven Trades Council, repre senting a membership of over 25,000 working men and women who are spending with the merchants of New Haven, many of them mem bers of the Chamber of Commerce, over $500,000 a week a half a million dollars. This MAY not be of any significance to the Cham ber of Commerce but there is a strong inclination on the part of organized labor to bring it forcefully to the attention of that organ ization and its individual members. - LABOR'S POLITICAL ENEMIES MAY WELL PREPARE FOR A BATTLE ROTtAL Organized Labor in Connecticut is in the non-partisan political fight of the American Federation of Labor with a vim. It is going to make the biggest fight along these lines in its history and fair ' warning is given to Labor's opponents to look out 'for themselves. At its meeting Thursday evening the New Haven Trades Coun cil took definite action to start, the ball rolling by appointing a com mittee for preliminary work and other central bodies throughout the state are doing the same thing. Once and for all it is proposed to show the politicians of the state and the interests which stand back of. them that Labor CAN do something effective at. the polls by combining its strength re gardless of party and the men who have been jubilantly chanting that "there ain't no Labor. vote" are going to have an awakening. The committees which are now being appointed will visit the various local unions and urge upon their members the necessity , of beginning their1, political activities at the primaries; to see that the right men are NOMINATED and. then solidly supported until elected. It is the same policy and plan which the Connecticut Fed eration of Labor has been supporting for years, only now it is backed by the added impetus of a national movement under the direction of the American Federation of Labor. It is time, for all organized labor to stand together solidly. Loyalty to the trade union movement and- our fellow members demands that we all join in putting this thing across wiih a vigor which will once and for all establish the fact that the Labor vote is a power which MUST be reckoned with. It can be done at this time only in this way. The time MAY come when a Labor party may be effective in this country but that time is not NOW. We have at hand the means and the campaign to achieve our ends under the direction of our great national organization. It is our DUTY to stand by and put our shouldeij to the wheel. '. " I Americanism demands of us that we should act in terms of the square deal and we are not acting in terms of a square deal when we invite these foreigners to our shores and leave them to shift for themselves with no one to interpret America fdr them. Americanism demands of us that we should bring the light of education to the foreign born, that they may understand us and our ideals. While the children of Germany, Austria, the Balkans, and Rus sia are starving, the school boys and girls of America are offered prizes for writing essays on the benefit of military training. This world is hard on its youngsters! More Light Needed on High Cost of Living "Bunk". Whenever the workers complain about the high cost of living and 'the out rageous prices that they are compelled to pay for everything they buy, every profiteer and every person and interest that defends the profiteering system stands on his hind feet and yells that the high prices are caused . by strikes and labor troubles, high wages and all that sort of thing. Thy hope thus to fool the public into believing that labor itself is responsible for the "high prices and in that way to throw dust in the eyes of the people so that they cannot see the real truth. Which strike caused the price of eggs to go from 60 centsf to $1.05 a dozen ? Which strike caused the price of but ter to go from 64 cents to 90 cents a pound ? i Which strike caused the price of sugar to go from 10 cents to 22J4 cents a pound ? Which strike caused the price of oysters to go from 40 cents to 80 cents a quart? Which strike caused the price of fish to go from 5 cents to 28 cents a pound ? Which strike caused the price of ap ples to go from $3.70 to $10.50 a barrel? Which strike caused shoes to eo from $3 to $12 a pair? Which strike caused lumber to ad vance from $40 to $150 a thousand feet? Which strike caused bread to go from 5 cents to 12 cents a loaf ? Which strike caused gingham to go from 10 cents to 40 cents a yard? Which strike caused house rents in the cities to go up 100 ner cent.? The strange part of it all is that the public has been induced to pome ex tent at least, to believe that strikes and labor troubles did cause these high prices, and there is a disposition on the part of many people to lay ' the blame on labor. Of course, this is all due to a lack of information on thz subject. .Profiteers have made and still are mak ing so much money that they can well afford to spend a lot of it to fool the public. Listen to this: There are 18,000 more millionaires in the United States today than -there were before the war. That's the answer to the high cost of living. The next time you hear any one charge that the high prices of the neces saries of life are due to strikes and labor troubles ask him the above ques tions and insist on answers to all of them. Then it will be found that the charge against labor is false. AMERICAN LEGION. Gompers 0. K.'s Is as Not An tagonistic to Labor. Personal endorsement of the Ameri can Legion by Samuel Gompers, presi dent of the American Federation of Labor, is contained in a letter from Mr. Gompers to F. B. Wilkin, secretary of the Union Labor Council of Needles, Cal., according to an article printed recently in the Needles Nugget. Ihe letter was written in answer to a question from Wilkin as to the atti tude of Mr. Gompers and the American Federation of Labor toward the legion. Mr. Gompers' letter is quoted as fol lows : "The American Federation of Labor has not made any declaration regarding the American Legion, but speaking for myself 1 cannot see any reason why ex- service men, whether members ot or ganized labor, or not members of or ganized labor, should not join the Amer ican Legion. , . "When I was in New York city re cently, Mr. Franklin D'Olier, national commander of the American Legion, asked for a conference, with me which, of course,. I readily granted, at which we discussed general subject matter of the legion. He very greatly depre cated that acts and declarations of a NEEDS A NEWSPAPER NEED TO READ A LABOR NEWSPAPER The Connecticut Labor Press Grows Bigger and Better and a more aggressive Battler for Labor's Rights with every issue. Are YOU A Subscriber? Mail your name and address on a postal NOW and you'll get it every Saturday mornig. Wei '11 collect later. Six months... 75c. 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His declaration to me during the conference as regards the attitude of the American Legion toward organized labor was practically the same as the statement which he gave to the press on January 7." , NEVER FORGETS. Big: Business Follows Relentless ly Men Who Oppose It. The President has nominated ex Governor Hunt, of Arizona, as minister to Siam. The appointee must be con firmed by the senate, and the matter has been referred to a committee to investigate the charge that the nom inee was in svmpathy with the I. W. W. The incident again proves that cor porate greed never forgets. While governor of Arizona George Hunt re fused to "play the game" of tax-dodging, anti-union copper companies, Sol diers were never called out to shoot down strikers, and when several thou sand miners in the Metcalf district sus pended work in 1915 he refused to per mit strikebreakers to enter the state. At that time the copper companies an nounced .that their plants would be shut down until they were "satisfied that the general sentiment of the community and our former employes is unanimous in favor of a resumption of operations on the basis of wages and conditions that have prevailed heretofore in this district." Governor Hunt's stand blocked , this starvation- policy and the strikers se cured gains. Later the companies start ed a recall against the governor, but the vote was favorable to the state executive. STILL A MENACE. Sedition Law Framers to Try Game in Another Way. . tee, asked Attorney General Palmer, if it would not be wise to drop the term "sedition" and substituting "anarchy," for the reason, said the law maker, that "everybody in the country, practi cally, is against anarchy." The-attorney general agreed tovthis suggestion that the edition bill, which is shorter than the Graham bill or the Davey bill, the latter having been O. K.'d by the attorney general. The Husted bill, however, is as dangerous as is the others. Among other things it makes it unlawful to "promote the destruction of the form of the govern ment of the United States or the sub version of any of its powers or functions." The recent steel strike was heralded as ' an attack against the government, and as a result of this propaganda the public mind was inflamed to such a point that if the Husted bill was law steel strikers could be easily convicted and jailed for 10 years and fined $10,000 or both. A refusal to obey an injunction judge, would be liable to the same punishment. The Providence Police Commission has granted permission to the Amer ican Legion Post of that city to con duct professional boxing matches. It is the first time in 20 years that such a permit has been issued in the Rhode Island city. VWhile there is hardly a possibility that the house judiciary committee will favor the Stirling sedition bill, passed by the senate, advocates of this legisla tion have not given up the fight. They have changed their method. This was shown when Congressman Husted, a member of the house judiciary commit- Belonging to Depositors We offer to the thrifty every convenience for saving", and every assurance of safety. " A mutual savings bank all its assets belong to its deposit ors. There is no division of profits among shareholders. When you put your surplus in this Bank at interest, you make it truly YOCJR bank. .'';; Connecticut Savings Bank Established 1857 47 Church Street, New Haven, Conn. Member New Haven Trades Council Co-op Campaign a Saver ? The Savings habit grows. The man who deposits regu larly some portion of his earnings has a certain percent age coming in, not going out. You can assure yourself of percentage in your favor by opening an account in this bank. 4 interest working day and night will help your savings grow. On Savings Accounts "Service That Satisfies" f MERCHANTS NA TIONAL BANK Chapel at State Savings accounts opened or deposits made on or before April 3, draw 4 interest from April 1st. Member of the New Haven Trades Council Co-Operation Campaign. Velvet Stair Carpet Special at $2.98 Yard ., Three hundred yards of ex cellent " quality Wilton "Velvet Carpet. Suitable for hall and stairs. Five attractive patterns to select from in brown, blue and green colorings. . . , . Values up to $5.00 yard. ( Spe cial at $2.98 yard. Stair Pads 15c Each Good heavy grade stair pads. They help save the carpet. Reg ularly 19c. Special at 15c each. Oval Tape Rugs Washable hand-sewed. Rugs. Very serviceable quality. Just the thing for' bed rooms, bath room or hall. , In blue, rose, green and gray colorings. Size 26x46 inches. Special $3.80. Size 24x48 inches. 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