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National d State Labor Events A NEWSPAPER FOR THE PEOPLE VOLUME VIII. NUMBER 7. NEW HAVEN, CONN. SATURDAY, APRIL 24,. 1920 PRICE THREE CENTS Live Local Labor Topics SENATE PREDICTS 2000 LABORITES IN NEXT CONGRESS - ; -. Myers Very Much Concerned by Political Action of Workers. JHOHAS JSMARMED Have Field T)ay on Labor in Sen- ' ate With Civil Service Bill. Washington, April 23. It 'would be a fine thing to have some member of Congress frank the April 2 issue of the Congressional Record to each voter in the United Mates, t for the pages are full of protests and pronouncements, of labor men 'and labor unions.' Among ,these is ; the circular letter ' issued by the American Federation of Labor for non-partisan political action to . defeat ' members of the Wall street soviet and elect real representatives of the people, -"The debate opened on an amendment proposed bv Senator Mvers of Mon tana to deprive federal employes who belong to labor unions from participat ing in any benefits of the civil service retirement bill, introduced by Senator Sterling of South Dakota. Senator Mvers insists that it is a crime for. a government clerk to join a labor union. particularly one that is ; affiliated with the American federation of Labor. Senator Thomas o Colorado joined in support of the amendment and casti- . gated labor. in-a twoThour speech. Both senators-; read into the record letters and documents to prove that organized labor is becoming too independent and influential for the peace of mind and hope of re-election of scores of reac tionary senators and representatives.' Accepts "Labor's" Figures ' "The people seem to be asleep to -the dangers , that . beset them," declared Senator Myers. "There are about 530 members of congress. Unless there should be a most marvelous, almost a miraculous awakening of the people, I predict that the Sixty-seventh con gress, which will come into existence in less than a year, .. will contain at least 200 members who will be in entire accord with the demands of organised labor, and that . in the Sixty-eighth congress, which will-come into exist ence in les's than three yars, there will bp at leiast " 400 "menihera who will be in accord, with all of the demands q organized labor." - ' -v - It is to be Ijoped that the "senator is a better prophet than he is. a represen tative of his constituents. . . . Thomas Is Much Alarmed , Senator Thomas expressed " regret that the anti-strike clause of the Cum- mins-Esch railroad bill had heen elim inated, eulogized Judge Anderson ,tf Indianapolis for his injunction against the-coal miners. He passionately de clared his helief "that the present poli tical movement of labbr was largely due to the railroad legislation, a meas ure which he supported and would support again." i "There are 100,000 federal employes in Washington," said the Colorado senator, "who belong to unions and pay 50 cents' per month in dues. Some of this money is going to be-used to defeat members of congress and elect representatives of labor." . . ' . Then the senator : indulged himself and amused the few. members in the chamber. He predicted that when the next, congress convened the oath of office would be amended to read: 1 , Revised Oath of Office tX T 1 . , t ' i.-' ' .T J. r ou ao solemnly swear- iuai yuu will support and defend tbe .constitu tion and, by-laws of the American Fed eration of Labor as construed and un J 1 1 1 ' J M. it- X . aerstoou .uy iuc prcsiucin. mcicui j- uwi you will support all legislation ap proved by and defeat all measures op pose! by such president; that you will otherwise conform your public action to his " wishes and requirements, and should 'you at any time refuse or fail so to do you will-resign. ' Subject to this Qualification you do also solemnly swear that you . will support the Con stitution of the United States and faithfully perform .all duties imposed upon you by law. So. help you God." ; History Shows Precedent Senator Thomas , is a well informed man and a great student of history. Hmce no surorise was occasioned when he closed his two-hour speech at tacking labor by this confession: "I cannot close without acknowledg ing that there is much precedent in our political history, possibly much occa sion, for this . proposed labor movement in politics." The amendment by Senator Myers to brand federal employes as criminals for belonging to labor unions was de feated in the senate by a vote of 43 to 3, those in favor being Senators Myers of Montana, Thomas of Colorado and Warren of Wyoming. . Employes Retire at 7(T - The civil service requirement bill was i then passed without a roll call and sent to the House. It provides that federal employes shall be retired from the ser vice at 70 years of age, or previously if incapacitated, and receive annual pen sions ranging from $180 to $720, based on length of employment and wages received. The retirement pension fund is to be maintained one-half by the gov ernment and one-half by an assessment of ZVi per. cent, on the wages' of all persons eligible to retirement under the law. ' It is estimated from 7,000 to y,UUU employes will be retired as soon as the law becomes operative. The retirement bill has been before congress for 10 years, but this is the first time it has gained the sanction of either legislative branch of the gov ernment. PUTNAM STRIKE ENDS. Putnam, April 23. The strike of car penters which has been on 'here for several weeks ended this week when the contractors gave the men cents an hour, an increase af about 35 per cent, over previous wages. The agree ment dates from April 1. - i$ $t3$$3 2 l i fr $ $ $ S $m8 Observe Anniversary of First Big Strike !Lynn, Mass., 'April 23. Or ganized Labor celebrated MonJ day- the 50th anniversary of the "cordwainers' strike," regarded as the first labor trouble of seri ous proportions in the United States. ' Lynn labor unions, with unions from Salem, Peabody, Chelsea, Woburn and other- places joined in recognizing the anniversary of a strike which occurred in Febru ary and March, 1860, and during which, thousands of shoe workers were idle. nnnriiT IMAn D DUKfiAU PASSED BY- HOUSE DESPITE MERRITT Connecticut Congressman Over- , ridden in jEffort to Block ' Labor Bill. V Washington, April 23. The House late Monday afternoon passed by a vote of 255 to 10 the Campbell bill to estab lish on a statutory basis the Woman's Bureau of the U. S. Department 6f La bbr. Having failed of consideration on the unanimous consent calendar earlier in "the afternoon because of the objec tion of Representative Scnuyler Mer ritt of Connecticut, the bill was later brought up under suspension of the rules and passed. In the Senate a simi lar bill, introduced by Senator Kenyon, has been favorably reported by the Sen ate committee on education and labor, and Senator Kenyon stated wilt un questionably be passed at an arly date. Those voting against the bUl in the House were Representatives Blanton, Garner and Young of Texas, Coady of Maryland, Sisson and Venable of Mississippi, Tillman of Arkansas, and Wise of Georgia, democrats ;r Cannon of .Illinois, and Merritt of Connecticut, republicans. : , f x The bill provides that "there shall be established in . the JDepartment of ,Labor a bureau to be' known as the woman s Bureait," whose .duties it shall be "'to formulate standards and policies which shall promote the welfare of ;x wage- earning women, improve their working conditions; increase their efficiency, and -advance their opportunities for profit able employment. :" The union label is a constant re minder of the coAimon interest and common duty of all trade unionists in and-toward each, .other, .and la-. certain guide, in the discharge of that "duty. - CONVENTION CALL SHOWS IMPORT OF, COMING SESSION . A. F. of , L. Meeting Has Many v Serious Matters to t v Consider. The official call for the fortieth an nual convention ot the American Fed eration of Labor -was received by the New Haven Trades Council,' the Con necticut Federation of Labor and other Central Labor bodies - this week and announces, as heretofore torecastea, the change m date for the session to be held 'in Montreal from June 14 to June 7 continuous until the business is finished. Conditions both in Montreal and Canada caused the change the call states, and therefore the breaking of the usual custom of having the conven tion in the second week in June. That the convention will be perhaps the most important eevr 4ield by the Federation, because of conditions and the gigantic questions now affecting the wage earner, is assured. That is in dicated in the call which says in part : "It is, of course,- entirely unnecessary here to enumerate ail tne important subjects with which our forthcoming convention will concern itself, but the reminder is not at all amiss that every effort must be made to broaden the field and means for the organization of the yet unorganized woskers ; to strive to bring about more effectually than ever a better day in the lives and homes of the toilers; to defend and maintain by every honorable means in our pow er the right to organize for our com mon defense" and advancement, for the exercise of our normal and constitu tional activities to protect and promote the rights and interests of the workers ; to assert at any risk the equal .rights before the law of all workers with all other citizens; to aid our fellow-work ers against the effort to entangle the workers in the meshes of litigation be fore the courts in the several states; to make effective in our every day lives the principle declared in the law of our Republic (the Clayton law), "lhat the abor of a human being is not a com modity or article of commerce; to arouse our fellow-workers and fellow citizens to the danger which threatens to curb and take away their guaranteed rights and freedom; to meet and help solve the vexatious problems of peace and reconstruction ; to emphasize the dominating and determining economic character of our movement and to carry on such political action as the interests of labor will warrant and the trade, union movement has directed ; these and other great questions of equal mportance will, ot necessity, occupy the attention of the Montreal conven tion. . "Therefore, the importance, of our movement ,the duty of the frour and for the future, demand that every organ ization entitled to representation shall send its full qudta of delegates to the Montreal convention, June 7, 1920 " Arrangements for ample hotel accommodations have been made and reservations may be made from now on by communicating with Gus Franq, sec retary of - arrangements committee, 2 St Paul' St. East, Montreal. TEXTILE WORKERS IN CONNECTICUT GET $9 A' WEEK! Report of Industrial Investigator Shows Up Raw Conditions. FAMILIES HALF STARVED Wage Nearly Half Set as Mini mum for Same Work m Bay. State. ' J Thgre is apparently much work to be .done either by the state or Organized Labor among the unorganized textile workers in the eastern part of Connec ticut, judging from a' report being pre pared, by Miss Charlotte H. Halloway, state industrial investigator for the De partment of Labor and.iactcrv msDec- tion It shows many women are now employed at long hours at the astound ing wage -of $9 a week, which is mainly why the efforts of organizers of labor to organize these workers and help them better-' their condition has been strenuously and in some cases forcibly, resisted by the mill owners. The $9 a week is $6 less than the lassashusetts Minimum Wage Commission has set for the same class of workers" in the mills of that state. The report is being compiled for pre sentation to the governor and legisla ture of 1921. "Every person who has any desire for employment can find it.' says ; tne nigniy encouraging report of Miss Holloway. "Manufacturers are so pressed for help that even young moth- w v. '"-'"S tiuiuvcu, say 3 inc re port. V Miss Holloway finds that the wa&es ao not keep up with the cost of living. A number ot tamihes among the foreign classes were found to be un dernourished, but Miss Holloway comes, to the conclusion that this is not al-' ways because of lack of money but because they do not pay the Jiieher prices asked for produce and are trying to , put money away. The number of girls under 16 working "in factories is on the decrease, while the number be tween 16 and , 20 who are earning their own living is on the increase. . There are a great many men and womep be tween 70 and 80 who are supporting themselves. Investigations of working conditions and wages are made from year to year in Connecticut, but they are ndt made with the -completeness that the investi gation of 1913 was made. That was so thorough that it got the manufacturers Indignant and ' the commission was finally put out of busines.s. The report qf 1913, submitted by' the I commission t cpnsrsting'- ofr , James Is,! iir i rc . Air ttmi ft . j t- i vv oocirurr, , uce nni nittenaen, r an- nie Burke, "and Patrick H. ' Connofley, was the fesult ot a resolution passed by the legislature of .' 1911 and was a thorough going investigation. The report for 1913 concluded - that $7 a week was, barely a living wage for. a girl or woman who must pay for tooa, lodging, clothing, laundry, car fares and medical or "dental care. The report of 1913 then gave the following startling result of its inves tigation: . "A close study of this table shows that in the cotton industry, 2928 per cent. of. the women employed earn less (Continued on EighthT'Pajje.) PRINTERS TO NOMINATE OFFICERS TOMORROW - - ' Elecetion of Delegates to C. F. of L. Convention Will Also Take Place. Typographical Union, No, 47, of New Haven, will meet tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock in Trades Council hall, Meadow street. This is an important meeting and all. members should be present as ' the annual nominations for local officers must be made at this meeting. The election will take place on the fourth Wednesday in May when besides local officers to be elected, the members will vote for International officers. There is a contest on already for the delegdteship to the International convention which convenes this year; for the first time since America en tered the war, at Albany, N. . Y., in August. The contestant already in the field are" both daily newspaper workers, and strong advocates or the local at all times, and by the time the full number of nominations is made it will be. a cer tainty that a, strong contest will be made. Besides the regular routine business to be conducted at the meeting tomor row delegates will be elected for the Connecticut Federation of Labor con vention at Waterbury in May. ) STRIKERS ARE FINED ON ASSAULT CHARGES Willimantic Workers Change Plea to Guilty After Trial of Four Hours. Willimantic, April 23. Changing their pleas to guilty of assaults-after their trials had been on for four hours before a jury, two of the three arrested textile strikers were given fines and jail sentences by Judge Kellogg in the superior court here this week. The jail sentences were suspended and the men released on paying the fines. The prisoners were members of the Amalgamated Textile .Workers and were charged with assaulting one John Kolone, who went back to work last fall. They "were defended" by Attorney George E. Roewen of Boston sent by the Textile organization, but after he had let the case go on for some time he consulted with State's Attorney Noone and entered the , change of plea. The fines were $60 and $30 and the days 60 and 30 also. The third accused, a woman, was let go on a nolle. NEW BRITIAN COMPANY STOPS WORK ON SHOP Blames Workers Cost, But Says Nothing About Own Charges. New Britain, April 23. Orders have been given to the Torrinetnn RnilHino- Company to discontinue all operations. at tne aluminum shop ot Landers, Frarv u. rictus., uii; ooum ataniey street. Foundations o'f a six-story building to contain 80,000 square feet floor space 1 i . t- - - r ndvc ueen iaia dui no turtner work will be done this year. This was confirmed by the president of the company, who gives . as the reason that the demands for wages from all classes of workers in the building trades make it impossi ble tor tnem to continue anv further building operations. xl is noiaDie mar tne excuse given puts the blame entirely on waee de mands and says nothing whatever about the excessive costs of tools the com pany makes, and which the workers mustpay, nor about the enormous in crease in the price of materials needed for the buildings. It s all laid on the wage of , b.uilding trades workers of course. . WILLIAMS TO RUN FOR SENATORSHIP IN 29TH DISTRICT Well Known and Ardent Labor Man Throws IJat in Ring. 1 Plainfield, Apfil 25. Former Repre sentative Charles H. (Charley) Wil liams of this town, has announced his determination to seek the nomination on the Democratic ticket for the nfficf of senator from the Twenty-ninth Sen-, atorial district this fall, and thereby portends an interesting fight, and one in which Organized Labor can heartily take part. For Charley is not only a union man Dut has Been blacklisted 7ar being one. Despite (his blacklist hV managed to beat out one of the shop owners in lyio and represented thiS town in the Legislature in 1917. ; , While in the Legislature Williams certainly was' there with both feet for the interests of the workers and al most got himself disliked for being so insistent. But that didn'K f eaze him any and he continued to insist 5hd even resorted to poetical ridicule of certain anti-labor measures that were being pushed over on theAssembly. While his ridicule couldn't stop the jugger naut it did bring forcibly to mind just what was going ph.,-,.: . ' ' - That session was the celebrated "war movement session made so much political capital of by Governor Hoi comb and his . backers. As soon as it was over Representative Williams tried to do his duty further by enlisting in the United Mates army but being over the military age was not permitted to do so. He was bound to get into the hght, however, and went to Canada where his services were quickly taken and he went over seas. - When he got back home he found that despite his efforts for mankind the blacklist . still prevailed against him and he wasn't able to get a job in his own home town. He had to go out of town to wxrk. but thinks he can find time' to carry on his campaign through . 1 1 , - a T1 1 - me uistnct. ne aistrict is now rep resented by Session L. Adams, also of this town. His occupation is given as a town official and the state manual gives is job, or jobs, as clerk, registrar and treasurer, but despite this he probably has plenty of time to conduct his cam paign, so it's up to Charley's friends to get out and help him. .There are a half-dozen republicans out for Adams Senatorial toga so a rampus ' might crop up there that will aid Williams. COAL MINERS PROFITS CAN MEET NEW AWARD ' s - Federal Trade Commission Sees No Reason for Raising Price. Washington, April 23. The Presi dent has made publicthe majority and minority reports of the Coal Commis sion appointed by him after the recent coal miners' strike was called off. The majority report, with a 27 1 per cent. wage increase, almost doubles the award of Fuel Commissioner Garfield, which was rejected by the miners. The award includes the " significant statement that the coal ipdustry is "speculatively overdeveloped." "A recent report of the Federal Trade Conimission furnished ample ma terial to back up this statement," the miners said. "In the Central Pennsyl vania coal field, for example, this re port shows that there was an advance in the cost of labor required to pro duce a ton of coal from. 82 cents in 1916 to $1.36 in 1918, or 54 cents, while the amount realized by the operator for the sale of coal advanced from $1.36 to $2.49, an increase of $1.13, or more than double the increase in the cost of labor during the same period. "According to the figures v of the Federal Trade Commission, as brought out in the exhibit, labor's share in each dollar paid by the public has actually decreased by 16 per cent, since 1916, while " the operator's share has more than trebled." ' STAMFORD SHOP STRIKES FOR EIGHT-HOUR DAY Stamford, April 23. Rejecting a pro f erred increase in wages when their de mands for an eight hour day aiTd for a closed short were turned down, the en tire force of the Palmer Brothers Marine Engine works at Cos Cob went out on strike this 'week. The increase offered 'was not as much as the men asked, but the wage increase was made a minor factor when the eight hour day and closed shop was frowned upon. COURT SUSTAINS INJUNCTIONS, HELD, OVER STAGE MEN Decides Hartford Men Cannot Strike Against Movie Theatre. IS AGAINST CONTRACT Had Agreed to Allow Operator to Attend Lights, Is , Ruling. Judge William M. Maltbie in the superior court, at Hartford, has denied the motion of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes and Mov ing Picture Operators- of the United States and Canada and Local 486 and Local 84 of Hartford, for a dissolution of , the injunction prayed out against them ', by the Majestic . and Princess theater in that city. The injunction re strained the defendants from calling a strike agamst Mr, Morrison s theaters Judge Maltbie writes a long memor andum of opinion and says lhese unions are voluntary associa tions. Their contracts are binding upon the individual members." When certain of the members of Local 84 instituted Local 486 to take over a portion of the field of employment previously cov ered by the former, they took ' with them, at least in equity, the obligation contained in the contract with the plaintiff. They also took with them their knowledge of the circumstances and his fact was only the reason of the waiving of the necessity of his em ploying a house electrician, that he was willintr tn nnm his thpatprs a union houses. Local No. 486. however con- tinued from the time of its origin, until June, lyiy, when the matter was brought before it by the complaint of Local 84, to have the benefit Vof the tract. Under such circumstances, I think that Local 486, in assuming the held of work formerly occupied by Local 84, assumed with it, and has con tinued under the obligation to the plain tiff. Both locals also claims that i the plaintiff has violated his obligation un der the contract and the by-laws of the unions by continuing the employment of Kearns, after his expulsion from the union. Both unions were bound not to require th plaintiff to employ a house! electrician and that necessarily in this theater involved that use of an oper ator to do the work upon the sign and the like work. Kearns was expelled fordoing that very work. It certainly does not he in the mouth of - these defendants to say that,' having forced Kearns out of the union Tor doing the V, , t .1 1 . 1 , work - which they . agreed - that he or some other operator might do, they will now strike because the plaintiff con tinues to employ him upon . "I think, therefore, that, the threat ened strike is in derogation of the con tractual obligations assumed in the first instance by Local 84, and now binding upon it, and also upon Local 486. If, however, the obligation of this contract is not directly binding upon Local 486, it still remains, that a strike would be merely for the purpose of aid ing Local 84 to avoid the force of its contract. A strike under such circum stances is not justifiablereither in law or morals. COURT DECIDES STRIKE UNLAWFUL IN MASSACHUSETTS Enjoins Workers Attempt to En force Collective Bargain Contract. Boston, April 23. A strike to enforce collective bargaiqing is an illegal strike, according to a recent decision of the supreme judicial court of Massachu setts, in the case of the Folsom En graving Company" vs. William McNeil et al. - s "This is the first decision on that subject in this" couhtry," William M. Noble of Boston said. "The signifi cance of the opinion has not reached the newspaper columns because the words 'collective bargaining are not used in the text, for the reason that the term 'collective barbaining is not known to the law as legal phraseology. Justice Henry King Braley wrote the opinion and says, that at a meeting of the local union, of which two of the defendants are president and secretary, it vwas voted to submit to the photo engraving establishments of this city a form of proposed contract providing among other things for a scale of wages and hours, for a fixed ratio of appren tices and "that all disputes not covered by the agreement should be submitted to an arbitration committee of two from each party, but if they failed to agree, a fifth member was to be chosen by the committee." As the agreement was not accepted by the photo engravers, the union called a strike which resulted in a suit to enjoin the union from compelling the employers to sign the agreement. The vital sentences relating to collective bargaining are the following: The plaintiffs i could not be com pelled to make an involuntary contract, or to substitute compulsory arbitration for due process of law. "The right of the plaintiffs at all times to hire in the labor market, and to retain in their employment such workmen as they might choose unham pered by the interference of the union acting as a body through the instru mentality of a strike, or of a boycott, or of a black list, is a primary right which has never been abrogated but remains unimpaired by our decisions." The opinion then states that the de fendants were guilty of "having delib erately, intentionally and materially in terfered with the right of the plaintiffs unmolested to carry on business in theip own way, and should be permanently enjoined." Needn't Give Tip Now When You Take a Bath New York, April 23. Russian and Turkish bath - employes have organized -and ' established : the nine-hour day, the 54-hour week and a minimum w'flge. The agreement callsfor union recog nition and permission to have a steward in each establishment to look after 'the interests of the union, which now numbers more than 200. . , Prior to organization these employes depended upon tips. 4..H...t..t..H..tM4H....M""K"l"8"i"Hi BAKERS VOTE TO iAmKAiiPPnPitnPAn juin lUJWCKimBUr ALL NEW ENGLAND Connecticut and Massachusetts Lead Way to Bigger Organization. I Plans - for the formation of a New England Conference of all the New England branches 'of the Bakery and Confectionary Workers of America, started with the amalgamation of the Connecticut' and Massachusetts state bodies were discussed and favorably acted upon at the convention of Connecticut branch at Waterbury last Saturday. The-delegates . unanimously voted to join the movement and to send a delegation to the hrst conterence which will be held at Springfield, Mass some time during July. Themovement has been under' discus- sion for sohie time and the Massachu setts state convention held a week pre vious also unanitriouslv voted to take part and to that end sent its president, Wilham J, Meade, to attend, the Oon- necticut convention last Saturday and formally pledge the support of the Bay state men. There were delegates pres ent' from nractically every part of Con necticut and the merger plan met with instant approval. Connecticut and Massachusetts, will therefore take the lead and it is confidently expected that by the meeting in July the rest of IJew England will have enrolled. , The Connecticut convention also dis cussed the plan for a uniform wage agreement throughout the state and for better working conditions.all around. Reoortfe were made that much progress along the latter line was 'being made and, that the uniform wage agreement was .progressing favorably and might be brought about amicably without I concerted action by the state body, I T T T ' J I . New Haven was represented at the meeting bv August i". btriby and George Woedtke. SEEK AID HERE TO FIGHT INDIVIDUAL . CONTRACT SCHEME Machinists .Delegates Show Up Attempt to Disrupt Organ ized Labor. ' Seeking moral as well as financial support in their strike against the United Shoe Machine Company of Bev erly, Mass., representatives of the 3,500 striking machinists employed at the plant are visiting the machinists and other labor organizations . in this city and state and laying their cause before them. They visited the New Haven lodges during the week and their story of -the actual cause of the strike gives a very different impression from .that the worker was led to believe through the reports given in the press. The strike began about six weeks ago and was. duef to nothing but the company's insistence upon putting- into force the "individual contract" plan which is considered , to be the most strenuous effort on the part of capital to disrupt and cripple labor organiza tions. By the . "individual contract" system the worker must make contracts to remain outside Vill labor organiza tions, not to be or become a member of any such organization, must contract to work a certain length of time for a certain stated wage and in ' fact must renounce practically al! Tils rights to freedom of his labor. Wages did not enter into the strike although increases were sought and thus gave the com pany the opportunity to inject the "in dividual contract" wedge. If the "individual contract" plan is allowed to go through organizers for any craft would be prohibited from even suggesting organization to any man so bound up. as to do so would lay the organizer or any other member J . M 1 i ot an organizea crait open to a cnarge of conspiracy. The importance of blocking such a move is so great to every member of Organized Labor that support to the men righting it win assuredly be given. While the Machinists Grand Lodge is carrying on tne strike to the full ex tent provided for in its constitution, a large number of the men out have not been affiliated long enough to receive full benefits and to assist in carrying these alontr until the strike- is won, the representatives are asking some finan cial aid also. BARBERS MASS MEETING THURSDAY AT EAGLES HALL Barbers Local 215 will hold- a mass meeting for all barbers in the city Thursday at 8:30 p. m. in Eagles' hall, 26 Crown street. Plans for the better ment of conditions affecting the craft will be discussed. International Organ izer L. Worthall will address the meet ing in 'both English and Italian. All barbers in the city are urged to attend, as this meeting is of the greatest im portance to their interests. The union label saves times and talk in making sales. It sells itself, and it never deceives the purchaser. CARPENTERS QUIT CITY WHEN BOSSES VOTE OPEN SHOP Four Hour Conference With International Officer Fails . of Results.- BIG JOBS NOW TIED UP: Contractors and Winchester Head Fooled in Attempt to Break Strike. Following another refusal by the Master Carpenters of New Haven to grant a wage scale of $1 an hour, which refusal came Wednesday after a four hour conference with T. M. Guerin of Indianapolis. International vio-n.-;- dent of the Carpenters and Joiners, steps to place all the men who went on strike three weeks ?vhe.re'were immediately taken by the local -officers. Bv the there will probably be no carpenter left in the city who are out of work. There are. less than ISO and 35 of these will go to Stamford ta work Monday, another dozen will go to another city and a scatterfnir of ahnm a scoce take jobs in other parts of the ic wucic an nour ana more being paid. . . is 3 I . ' inci mc t-uuiraciors com- v.,,. me ulstussion was- long . and spirited on both sides as is evidenced by the fact that it lasted four hours. Fol- ' lowing Mr. Guerin's withdrawal the - contractors reiterated tWir stand of 90 - Cents an hour anrl nf niHi'iKT to time and one-half instead of riruihlo V time and also declared for "the open shop." . ,-,s Previous to this action a solely of the menton strike who are yet left in New Haven. Council hall ahd without any discus sion a vote was taken, to show their sen timent on the -demands. The men were instructed to vote- iust as their in dividual .minds dictated, whether to stick out for the $1 or accept the com promise ocered. By .the overwhelming majority of 117 to 26 the men voted to stick it out. When the word of the contractors action " was ' received rmt day, they prepared to leave the city. , a ne stride js now having an effect on other lines of trade, the mason and othef . craftsmen employed on big jobs about town, having caught up with the carpenter work and imable to sp farther. As a, result several of the big 1 1 jobs are closed down and will stay that way until the strike is settled inasmuch as the other .lrade:mn will r-f-.- . - " i L.. wnrk- with nntuimlui -r i-uuiuu ixi? even n it -van -f besecured. ' An instance . of that determination' was given Thursday afternoon without any suggestion from officers of the Car penters or other unions. It 'was at the Sperry Engineering Co. job on the old Meigs building on Church street which is being overhauled for one of the nen Winchester stores. The carpenters had gone out on that job and the other mechanics were being delayed as a con sequence. On Thursday following their action of Wednesday, the contractors with the assistance it is reported, ot President Otterson of Winchesters and . the New Haven Chamber of Commerce, sent down about a score of "shop car penters" from the Winchester shop to take the places of the striking carpen ters. f , They arrived at 1 o'clock and at five minutes after 1 every other mechanic1 employed on the job was out on Church street, they refusing to a man to work will me nun-union neip. it was some time later whenBusiness Agents Sulli van and Mordecai of -the Carpenters heard of "the action and arrived on the scene. The Winchester men themselves were not willing to go on with thi job either, claiming they had been told it wasan out and out Winchester job and "that they didn't know anything -about it being a contract job with the Sperry company until they got down to it. They were sent back to the shop and thfr job is still tied up. WATERBURY CARPENTERS ACCEPT COMPROMISE Waterbury, April 23. The threatened strike of the 800 odd carpenters and joiners in this city, was averted this week- when an agrement was reached with the .contractors for an increase to 7 cents an hour to date from April 15 and for $1 an hour beoirtnincr rn August 1 to run to April 157 1921, was reached. The carpenters had demand ed $1 an hbur, the present scale being 65 cens. I ' The contractors at first declined to consider the demands but a conference was arranged through State Business Agent William J. Sullivan of New Haven, and after considerable discus sion the compromise was agreed unon. The $1 'demand was set back because the contractors had already contracted for much work at a lower figre in estimate and therefore the men agreed to give them sufficient time. HIGH PRICES STICK ' SHOWS GOVT REPORT Practically Same as at Peak of Boost in January. ' Washington, April 23. The cost of living as represented bv prices . of 22 articles of food remain Al virtually un changed during the month- ending March 15, reports the United States . bureau of labor statistics. The figures made public show that the cost of the - 22 articles, of " food was only six-tenths .- of 1 per cent, below the same cost of the same articles in January, when prices reached the high water mark. Wholesale prices of commodities, other than food, were hiifher iri March -. than in anv previous J nth. Lumber and 'building ma Xr eased more man o percent, ow Y-ary- Onlycloths and. CiV small, net decrease. s showed, a tag -pncs, however, have increased per cent. 'i'over March, 1919.