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The labor standard. (Hartford, Conn.) 1908-192?, January 01, 1910, Image 1

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No. 51.
1 i i
Banquet Given by Men of Or
ganized Labor to Frank J.
McGee in New Haven.
Owing to a Reduction in Wages at Hartford Rubber Works
About 300 Men Quit Work Public Sympathy with
the Strikers Statements by Both Sides.
So great was the hearty reception
given Frank J. McGee by over 200 en
thusiastic members of Organized La
bor and others at Hotel Oneco, New
Haven, Monday evening, January 10th,
it almost made one wish that he also
at some time might make sacrifice for
thorrood cause.
lcGe'e had just been liberated from
the, New Haven County Jail, having
served a ten months' sentence for par
ticipation in a strike of Local No. 60
of the International Holders' Union,
while serving as one, of the business
agents ct. 'that organization. Mr. Mc
Gee's home is in Massachusetts.
"James lillen, secretary of the Local
Modes'ln!ap,introdu'ced Henry M.
Donnelly as, toast master, who in a few
i f well chosen Vemarks; acquainted those
, - present with the, objector tne gather -
Jm D.uring Jho v evening "he intrpduced
j many Speakers, amon v them . being
harls, Donahue, ' presideriit ; of the
onnecticut Federation 'fpf LabVr,V3x
Worcester, ' Mass., Senator Ji J
rTatorneyssf or McGe? at thp " Vvtes
of his trial, and others., "
Although all of the speakers made
addresses appropriate to the occasion,
the most logical was that of President
Donahue. He told Ma hearers in no
" unmistakable terms who was respon
sible for the laws on the statute books
detrimental to working people, and
urged all to see to it at election time
that only men favorable to their in
terest was sent, to the legislature.
Senator Kennedy said he would wel
come the time when employer and em
ploye would work in perfect harmony
as it would make life more worth the
The last speaker ol the evening was
McGee, the hero of the hour. He ex
pressed his appreciation of the friend
ship and loyalty shown him, and said
that he would be ever ready to serve
the cause of the bread-winner. When
he arose to speak applause of several
minutes' duration was accorded him
and at times during his brief remarks
emotion overcame him. After giving
McGee three rousing cheers, three
' more were given for his wife, and
then some one suggested that still
another "three be given for his kids."
The committee having charge of the
affair was: John Brannigan, James
Gillen, H. M. Donnelly. August Carl
son, James Brannigan, James Foley,
Michael Brown, Fran J. Horn, James
Plunkett, James Lynch and John A.
Quite a few from Hartford and else
where attended the banquet.
the time of going to press there
is no change In the situation regarding
the controversy between the Hartford
Rubber Works Company and the strik
ing tire builders. The company states
that under the proposed schedule, that
it desires to put into operation, no cut
in wage3 is made, while the striking
tire builders claim that if they accept
the new schedule they will undergo
a decided cut in wages. Both sides
have explained the situation from their
point of view, which' is here repro
President Says Better Pay is Made by
Men on Piece Work. '
The following letter from J D. An
derson, president of the Hartford Rub
ber Works Company gives the view .f
the -corporation as to effect of substi
tuting piece-work for the day's" wage
system, it la said that men are mali
moi'e on tne new
the Jvlttor of The Times t1
,fe believe that the general . pun
the' business eletnent and the lc
dealers, from a" 'of whom we have
ceived a most liberal patronage,
entitled to the following (statemd
which is offered in recognition of
fact that while in a city the size
Chicago or New York a matter afft
ing a single department of a loj
manufacturing concern would pr
ably create but passing interest, ir
city the size of our own the relat
between the public and the varic
business enterprises is much closer,
In the absence of any pr&i
statement on our part, the impress!
formed by the public, naturally,
been based upon the numerous artM
which have appeared in our local
pers during the past few days
alleged to have emanated fro
former employees.
The impression seems to nav
vailed that we have cut the w
our tire builders, that the
our product will suffer,, .as thr
of taking n and breaking in n
that this claimed cut in Wi
deliberately brought about by
pany a.s a means of evading
ing contracts to deliver
tires to manufacturers.
The last point is hard
comment. This company
tract which is causing it
ness, nor has it broke
contemplate breaking ar
the delivery of goods, a
tracts covering our p
enter into the situation
best possible evidence
fact that of all ma
whom we have, contr:
is generally known
been a temporary c
production) not a si
up1 with uy the qu
livery of foods uijd
On the point of our product suffer
ing in quality on account of ne4 men
being broken irv we would say that in
our plant, as in any other manufactur
ing concern, help is constantly chang
ing, men are released or dx'op ouU
others. taktr-heir, 'places ', and our
records shov) Jat during the pa3t sea
son a greatfiunber of hands were
taken on just a the improvement in
general manufacturing lines necessi
tated additional help in other plants
and at thesame time our production
was steadily increased.
On the main, point, i. e., the claimed
cut in wages, wefeel a lack of knowl
edge of the exact facts has been re
sponsible for any criticism directed
against us. We have done what many
manufacturers at times find neecssary,
i. e., adjusted the rates of wages and
as in. all cases where this is done,
fairness must be taken as a basis.
, We particularly wish to point out
that the Adjustment of rates icfe. ed.
i the principle in
volved has ber vnti.relv,, overlooked.
Tire Builders' Mass Meeting.
A mass meeting of Tire Builders was
.held in Eagles' hall on Sunday after
noon, 16th inst. A large number from
the Union, and a few of the men now at
work in the Rubber Works factory pho
have taken places of strikers, were pres
ent. The meeting was called for the
purpose of discussing the strike situa
tion generally. Although invited, no
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i to is noi a cut a
VIiu 1
Convenes in Meriden, January
18 Session to Last
Four Days.
The twenty-fourth annual . convey '
tion of the Connecticut Federation of
Labor will open in Meriden on Tues
day, January 18, and ' will probably .
hold, a session of four days duration.
Owing to the consideration that Organ- J,
ized Labor is now giving politics, this-;
convention will undoubtedly be one of '
the most important that this organic
zation has ever held.
Many important matters now iV
limelight, laborwise, will come.
consideration,1 among which
the Hatters' case now before
eral court, the Gompers-Mit
rison contempt case, the erri
ability bill, the $5,000 deal
ty law, the act concerning
and boycotting, etc., all
rectly concern the workinj
The session . will open
in uity Mission hair ani
ability continue until FJ
As "all work and nrJ
Jaov , a dull' boy," , pli
been Vnade firv etiterU
ga tes "jsoHally d u r ing ;ti

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