Oklahoma Labor Unit (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 25, Ed. 1 Saturday, December 5, 1908 Page: 2 of 6
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OKLAHOMA LABOR UNIT
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LABOR LAWS IN OKLAHOMA.
Two new laws now on the statute books of Ok-
lahoma are of special interest to members of or
ganized labor. One provides for an eight-hour
day and the payment of the currant wages 011 all
state, county and municipal work, and reads as
"Section 1. Eight hours shall constitute 11 day's
work in all cases of employment by and on behalf
of the state or any county or municipality.
Section 2. Any person, firm or corporation, or
any agent, contractor, or subcontractor, who shall
violate the provisions of this act, or who shall aid,
abet, assist, connive at, or permit any violation
thereof, is guilty of a misdemeanor, and, upon
conviction, shall be punished by a fin< of not less
than fifty dollars ($50) nor jore than one thous-
and dollars ($1000) and by imprisonment of not
less than thirty days nor more than six months or
by both fine and imprisonment. Each day such
violation continues shall constitute a separate of-
Section 3. Not less than the currant market
rate of wages in the locality where the work is
performed shall be paid.
Section 4. For the preservation of the public
health, peace and safety an emergency is hereby
.declared to exist, wherefore this act shall be in
full force 011 and after its passage and approval."
The other enactment is designated especially to
compel the railroads operating in the state to
make all repairs to rolling stock in shops main-
tained within the borders of the state. This law
wiU undoubtedly be classed by the "reaction-
aries" as "radicalism gone mad," but in answer
it can be said that the people who give a corpor-
ation life and supply the resources for the divi-
dends should reap some benefit. The provisions
of the law are as follows:
"Section 1. Transportation companies operating
within this state which have now in existence
round-houses or machine shops for the repairing
of locomotives engines and cars, or which may
hereafter establish such roundhouses with sufti-
cient equipment and employes to keep in proper
repair all rolling stock, locomotives, engines, and
cars within this state in the transportation of pas-
sengers and freight, and such transportation com-
panies shall hereafter cause all such rolling stock,
locomotives, engines and ears to be repaired at
such shops or roundhouses and kept in a safe and
servicable condition and 110 such repair shall be
done outside the state of Oklahoma, provided, it
is such repairs as can be done at such company s
shops within this state.
Section 2. The provisions of section 1 of this
act shall be deemed a condition and part of every
charter granted to any transportation company
and of every license of every foreign corporation
company to do business in this state.
Section 3. The exercise of the right of eminent
domain by any transportation company organized
or existing under the laws of this state, or the
utilization of any franchise by any sueli company
shall be deemed an acceptance by said corpora-
main or use any such franchise without such ac-
Section 4. Every transportation company
which violates the provisions of this act shall, up-
on conviction thereof, forfeit its charter or li-
cense to do business in the state, and in addition
thereto shall be subject to a penalty not to ex-
ceed five hundred dollars ($500) for each offense,
and each separate day that it shall violate the
provisions of this act shall constitute a separate
Section 5. An emergency for the preservation
of the public peace, health and safety is hereby
declared to exist, by reason whereof this act shall
take effect from and after its passage and ap-
Labor Hall, Ames building.
J. A. Boggeas, President.
W. E. Jackson. Secretary.
We >vill be glad to print a complete
official roster of your union in this col-
umn if you will prepare same and
send It in at once. No charge will
be made for printing your rosters.
Mmiii use th following form giving
nan es and addresses: Full name of night each month, Central
organization iptlM out; number of Hall, Auies building
lo< a'; lieadquartl rs; date and time of
meetings; names and addresses
of executive board or trustees,
names and addresses of standing
committees; date, time and place of
next tegular election of officers.
If your roster is given below and is
not complete or is incorrect advise us
at once giving necessary information.
Fin.-Sec *y.—L. M. Hale.
Rec.-Sec.—E. A. Cleghorn, 406 W.
Treasurer—G. M. Carpenter
No. 6. •
BOOKBINDERS. No. 19.
Meetings: Second Wednesday AMERICAN FEDERATION OF
SICIANS, LOCAL 375.
Meetings: First Sunday of each
month. Cor. Grand and Robinson.
No. 7. ' Preside at—P. F. Petersen, phone
OKLAHOMA STATE CONFERENCE JW- ^ , ... m
BRICKLAYERS 4 M. I. U. OF A. \ ice-President-Frank Zlegler, 601 W.
INDEX TO ROSTERS.
American Federation No.
( antral Labor Council (Oklaho-
"DON'T BE A KNOCKER" OUR POLICY.
If there is any chance to boom business, boom
it. Don't put on a long face and look as though
you had a sour stomach. Hold up your head,
sinili- and look tor better tiling*. Hide your
little hammer, and try to speak well of others,
no matter how small you may know yourself to
be. When a stranger drops in the city, make a
friend of him. Tell him this is the greatest town
on earth—and it is. Don't discourage him by
speaking ill of your neighbors. Lead him to be-
lieve he lias at last struck a place where white
Help yourself along by becoming popular, and
push your friends with you. It's dead easy. He
a good fellow and soon you'll have a procession
of followers. No man ever helped himself by
knocking other people down in character and
business. No man ever got rich by trying to
make others believe he was the only man in
town, or the only man in town who knew any-
thing. You can't climb the ladder of success
by treading on other's corns. Keep off the
corns and don't knock.
You're not the only one. There are others,
and they have brains and know something as
well as you. There's no end of fun minding your
own business. It makes other people like yon.
Nobody gets stuck on n knocker. Don't be one,
or two. Behave and you'll be good.
God bless our friendly knocker and may his or
her hammer never shrink. McD.
Executive Committee: W. H. Stev- 20th street.
er, Muskogee, Okla., President. A IV Secretary-H. D. Grout, phon. « .
Atweil, Oklahoma City, Vice Presi- Treasurer-H. A. Malsen, 322 W. 1st
dent. \V. A. Murphy, Enid, Okla., street.
Secv -Treas ' •
W. H Stever, Muskogee, Okla., Presi- PAINTERS, PAPER HANGERS AND
dent DECORATORS, No. 807.
1 A. D. Atwell, Oklahoma City, Vice- F- F- GORDON, BUSINESS AGENT.
2 President Headquarters—Labor Hall. Office
W. A Murphy, Enid, Okla., Secy- hours, 7:30 to 9 p. m.; 11:30 to 12:3#
>m.; 4:30 to 5:30 p. m.
g I Meetings—Every Friday 8 p. in., La-
ma City) 3 Treas.
| Barbers 6 *•««. o. , - .
iokhinders rt BRICKLAYERS .INTERNATIONAL kor hall. Frank Martin, preside!.;
7! UNION, Local No. 1. i Vice-President—E. M. Wilder.
8 Meetings: Monday night each week Recording Secretary H. J. Roberts.
-■ - - • • Financial Secretary—Frank T. Gorden
.tricklayers (Slate Ex. Com.)
Bricklayers (Local No. 1)
Carpenters 9 I W. O. W. hail 135% W. Grand Ave.,
The editor lins been the reciptant of so many
complimentary remarks regarding our Thanks-
giving issue that we feel it would entail too
much time to reply to our friends individually,
so we take this method of reply. We appreciate
the kind feelings displayed and shall always en-
deavor to merit the good will and assistance so
liberally given. We further desire to state that
if at any time one of our patrons feels that they
have a cause for complaint the editor stands
ready at all times to make good. Oklahoma and
Oklahoma City needs a good labor paper. Help
us to make The Unit the one desired.
IDEAL DAYS OF PROHIBITIONISTS.
During the happy Blue-Law days of New
England Puritans the following was unlawful on
Smoking tobacco, catching eels kissing one's
wife publicly, sailing a boat, washing clothes,
writing business letters, shooting fowls, driving
cows, raking hay, carrying grist from a mill.
No work, no play, no idle strolling on Sunday
b ytlie Puritans. There was little sign of human
life and very little motion or activity, except in
the necessary care of dumb beasts.
It was a time for the quiet and orderly going
to and from church and at noon the visiting of
the churchyard to stand by the graves.
Captain Ivemble returned home to Boston one
Sunday in 1650, after a three-year voyage at sea.
Because he kissed his wife as they met on the
front doorstep he was convicted of "lewd and
unseemly behavior" and sentenced to the public
stock for two hours.
Tobacco was given due attention by the Puri-
tan restrictions, and it was unlawful to smoke
on Sunday, except under certain limitations.
No smoking was permitted within a radius of
two miles of a meeting house. Most of the homes
were clustered around the meeting house, and
so this restriction was well-nigh prohibitive. A
Connecticut law permitted a man to smoke once
on Sunday, provided lie went on a journey of
not less than ten miles. The length ol the smoke,
however, was not specified, and it is feared that
this law was greatly abused.
And sitting "In the Shade of the Old Apple
Tree" was not a wise thing for sweethearts to
do on Sunday during those early days.
In 1670 John Lewis and Sarah Chapman were
tried for "sitting together On the Lord's Day
under an apple tree"—so natural and harmless
a thing to do. There is no record of a fine, but
the young couple had the humiliation of a trial
At Plymouth a man was whipped severely for
shooting a fowl on Sunday. James Watt, in
165S. was publicly reproved for writing a short
business note on Sunday. Aquilla Chase and his
wife were fined in Newbury in 1646 for gather-
ins; pears in their garden on Sunday. But after
a further investigation the fines were remitted.
The records give many accounts of persons
being arrested and fined for unnecessary walk-
ing and traveling on Sundays. There was a spe-
cial restriction that no one should "ride violently
to and from meeting." Sunday visiting was a
misdemeanor and was punishable by severe fines.
These laws were gradually modified'in the
eighteenth century. But when Mrs. Trollope,
the vivacious English traveler, visited Philadel-
phia about 1830 she found the streets closed by-
chains against Sunday driving.—Bricklayer and
J. 11. Rulan, President.
H. B. Bryce, Financial Secy.
Treasurer—E. A. Deam.
Conductor—H. L. Croton.
Trustees: W. R. Walters, Ch&s. Gor-
jsj0 g don and Chas. Keitner.
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Delegates to Trade Council: Hid
Joiners of America, No. 2 d. I WaIter8' C' I'°raa"
' ger and X. W. Jones.
Headquarters, 202 W. Grand ave.; 21.
2** : meeting every Tuesday night, 8 p. m.t OPERATIVE PLASTERERS INTER-
NATIONAL ASS'N., NO. 170.
Meetings: Monday night of each
week. Central labor hall, Ames Bldg.
I Kl ctrical Workers (No. 155) .... It
Electrical Workers (No. 456) .... 12
Farmers' Union (State) 4
Farmers Union (Okla. County) .. 13
Farmers' Congress (State) A-4
(Garment Workers 14
Gas Fitters 81
Label league !" M. W. A hall, corner Grand and Robin
leather Workers 16
1 *tier Carrier* 17
Metal Workers IS
AMERICAN FEDERATION OF
Headquarters: Typographical Tem-
ple, 423-425 G. street Northwest,
Washington, D. C.
Samuel Gompers, president, Wash-
ington, D. C.
James Duncan, 1st Vice-Pres.,
John Mitchell, 2nd Vice-Pres., Indi-
James O'Connell, 3rd Vice-Pres.,
Washington, D. C.
Man Morris, 4th Vice-Pres., Denver,
D. A. Hayes, 5th Vice-Pres., Phil-
Dan J. Keefe, 6th Vice-Pres., De-
W. D. Huber, 7th Vice-Pres., Indian-
John F. Valentine, 8th Vice-Pres.,
John B. Lennon, Treas., Blooming-
Frank Morrison, Secretary, Wash-
ington, D. C.
OKLAHOMA STATE FEDERATION
Headquarters: Room 423 Bassett
building, Oklahoma City. Okla.
E. A. Bowerman—President.
Secretary - Treasurer, J. Luther
Langston, room 432, Bassett Bldg., Ok-
lahoma City. Okla.
W. II. Dickerson—1st Vice President.
W. H. Adams—2nd Vice-President.
T. J. Heron—3rd Vice President.
Jas. Elliott—4th Vice President.
The seven officers above compose
the executive board.
Auditors and Tellers—James Elliott,
Scott, D. N. Ferguson.
Legislative Committee—Pete Henry-
etta, Henryetta, Okla.; Jack L. Brit-
tain, Dow, Okla., and J. S. Erlewine,
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Delegate to National Convention A.
F. of L. Denver—W. R. Walter.
State Organizer—E. A. Bowerman.
OKLAHOMA CITY CENT RAL
TRADES AND LABOR COUNCIL
Business Agent—C. C. Zieglar, resi-
dence 130 E. 10th; phone 3956. :
Meetings: Thursday night of each
Headquarters: Central Labor Hall,
Ames building, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Mont R. Powell, President.
H. J. Miller, Vice-Pres.
Secretary-treasurer—C. C. Zieglar.
Mrs. Laura W. Corder, Recording
Howard M. Casler—Reading Clerk.
J. R. Brown—Organizer.
Board of Directors—Will R. Walter,
H. J. Miller and O A. Smith
FARMERS' EDUCATIONAL AND CO
OPERATIVE UNION OF
State headquarters—Shawnee, Okla,
President—J. A. West, Shawnee,
Secretary—J. S. Murray, Shawnee,
|FARMERS CONGRESS OF OKLA-
HOMA, NO. 4.
Headquarters, Snyder, Okla.
Vice-Pres.—Campbell Russell, Here-
Sec'y-Treas.—H. H. Stallard, Sny-
Executive Committee—Two year
term, R. V. Brown, Tecumseh; N. A.
Andrews, Dacoma. One year term, W.
H. Thompson, Blackwell; H. Y. Hulen,
JOURNEYMEN BARBERS' INTER-
NATIONAL UNION OF AMERICA.
Meetings: Second and fourth Tues-
day nights each month at Central
Recording Secretary—G. J. Cook.
Vice President—S. F. Murphy.
Financial Secretary—S. F. Heisler.
Treasurer—H. N. Clapp.
Warden—J. T. Martin.
Trustees—john Childers, Geo F. Ar-
nold and Bill Williams.
Executive Board—A. J. Blonden, C.
E. Ballard, J. S. Erlewine and W. S.
Delegate to Chamber of Commerce—
S. F. Murphy.
CIGARMAKERS, No. 450.
Meetings: First Friday night of
each month at 108 Grand avenue.
William Kreger, President.
M. E. Forsythe, Secretary.
BROTHERHOOD OF ELECTRICAL
CAL WORKERS UNION No. 155.
Meetings: Wednesday night of each
week at Central Labor Hall, Ames
President, H. G. Walker.
Vice President, W. Gore*.
Recording Secretary, T. C. Bloucher.
Financial Secretary, W. A. Nash.
■ NTERNAIONAL BROTHERHOOD
OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS,
Meetings: Thursday night of each
week at Central Labor Hall, Ames
President—W. B. Winscoatte, 1407
W. Main street.
Vice President—J. W. Murphy, 121
Secretary-Treasurer—Wm. M. Smith,
412 E. Sixth street.
Recording Secretary—W. H. Brocuse
+17 West Reno.
Date of next regular election—Dec.
OKLAHOMA COUNTY UNION,
Samuel H. Walton, President and
S. L. Wentz, Vice-Pres.
N. N. Evans, Choctaw, Okla., Sec'y-
J. W. Shields, Chaplain.
Executive Committee: J. H. Nor
ton, John A. Burton and S. P. Wilson.
UNITED GARMENT WORKERS OF
AMERICA. LOCT — S3.
Meetings: Fourth Saturday after-
noon each month, Central Labor
Hall. Ames building.
Miss Bessie Mobeily, President.
Miss Jessie Buoy, Vice-President.
Miso Clara Kittelsen, Secretary, 612
E. Third S'
Mrs. Martha Arwin, Treasurer.
President—P. F. Drea.
Vice-President- -H. Hildreth, 1015 H.
Secretary—Chas. M. Short
Treasurer—D. O. Bright
Next regular election: July 1, 1901.
PRESSMEN'S UNION, LOCAL NO.
Meetings: First Tuesday night
each month at Central Labor Hall,
O. Sanford, President.
Charles Hall, Secy-Treas.
Meetings: Second and fourth Mon-
day nights each month, Central Labor
hall. Ames Bldg.
Vice-Presi lent—James Ingles, 41#
Sec'y-Treas.—A. Soehle, 618 W. 3rd.
JOURNEYMEN TAILORS UNION OF
AMERICA, Local No. 314.
Meetings: First Monday night eacfc
month at 219 West Reno.
Henry Straus, President.
E. L. Matzekee, 123 W. Main, Secy
UNION OF AMERICA, LOCAL
President, C. J. White, 202 W. Grand
Secretary-Treasurer—O. A. Smith,
13% S. Robinson.
Meetings: First and third Wednmt-
day nights each month, Central Labor
Hall, Ames building.
INTERN ATION TYPOGRAPHICAL
UNION, LOCAL NO. 283.
Headquarters: Room 432 Bassett
Meetings: First Sunday each montk
Central Labor Hall, Ames building.
President, M. J. (Mike) Williams.
Vice President, James Neal.
Secretary-Treasurer, O. S. Wilson.
Executive Committee, J. A. Mark-
well, Guy McGreer, W. J. Dunn.
Delegates to Trades Council, Meat
R. Powell, W. J. Dunn, J. A Markwell,
Howard M. Casler.
Women's International Label League.
Meeting. Saturday night each week,
Central Labor Hall.
President—Mrs. Frank Blackmar.
Secretary—Mrs. Laura Corder, 215
Meetings: First and Third Friday
nights each month, Central Labor
Hall, Ames building.
President—L. E. Danner.
Vice President-—T. C. Barnhart.
Sec.-Treas.—W. E. Brown.
Executive Committee — John Von
Elm, C. C. Zieglar and J. M. Conn.
Delegates to Trades Council—J. M.
Conn, W. E. Brown, John Von Elm,
C. C. Zieglar.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LET-
TER CARRIERS, Branch No. 458.
Meetings: First Tuesday evening j
In each month at
INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE OF
THEATRICAL STAGE EMPLOY-
EES, LOCAL NO. 112.
Meetings: Sunday morning each
week, at Central Labor Hall, Ames
W. H. Adams, Financial Secretary.
H. A. Boone, Treasurer.
J. J. Sullivan. Business Agent
JOURNEYMEN HORSESHOERS UN-
ION, Local No. 183.
Meetings: First and third Monday
nights each month, Central Labor ball.
President—William Graves, 311 a.
Vice-President—J. W. Hunter. 102S
Secretary—O. S. Short, 21 W. 4th.
Treasurer—F. E. Croft, 710 N.
UNION, LOCAL NO.
President—Mike F. Sullivan, Capital
Vice President—August Stahr.
Financial Secretary—Henrv Kelser.
Recording Secretary—Emory Golf.
Executive Committee—W. P. Coats,
J. Lunstrum and P. W. Owens.
GAS FITTERS LOCAL UNION, NO.
United Association of Journeyman
Plumbers. Gas and Steam Fitters and
Alt T. Whitman, President.
O. W. Baker. Vice-Pres.
John B. Otten, Secretary.
A. R. Sparks, Treasurer.
Robert H. Hansen, Sergeant-at- Steam Fiters' Helpers of the United
Jos. A. Walsh, Charles R. Whitney
and Ira A. Ward, Trustees.
UNITED SHEET METAL WORKERS
LOCAL NO. 124.
Meetings: First and Third Wed-
nesday nights each month at Central
Labor Hall, Ames building.
President—C. F. Smith.
Vice-President—L. R. Stone.
States and Canada.
Meetings: Every Thursday evening
at Central Labor Hall, 13% South Rab
President—J. S. Grimmett, P. O. Ben
Vice President—Theo Velth, P O
Secretary—C. L. Webster, P. O.
Treasurer—J. W. 7 :1L P. O. Box
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