The Labor Signal. (Oklahoma City, Okla. Terr.), Vol. 3, No. 22, Ed. 1 Friday, March 13, 1903 Page: 1 of 8
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HIGHLEY'S Printing office and the LABOR SIGNAL have moved to 323 West Main Street.
The Labor Signal.
Official Journal Central Trades and
OKLAHOMA CITY, 0. T„ MARCH 13,
"Get more" is the slogan of or-
ganized labor everywhere today.
It means primarlv to get more
men into all of the various
trades unions, thereby increas-
ing their strenth and lessening
the chances of competition with
unfair workingmen, with it at-
tendant danger of loss of organ-
ized prestige and liability of
strikes and leduction of wages.
It also means more than this.
It signifies also to "get more"
enthusiasm and life into old time
and new organizations, to wake
up, to realize where you are
"at"—to get a hustle on and to
keep constantly on the alert for
chance of improvement, and the
ready realization of un-
toward circumstances and con-
ditions that continually arise
and threaten the peace and in-
terests of labor organizations.
It mean also to "get more"
money in your treasuries. To
drum up your delinquent num-
bers and make them pay their
dues to date and keep them paid.
It means to wake up the sleepers
in all unions even-where and
make them understand that it is
time to sit up and notice things.
The gigantic combinations of
capital going on almost hourly
all over these United States is
not only a menance to the future
peace and prosperity of this
union, and is so regarded bv all
thinking men, but it is particu-
larly, from its very nature, cause
for deep concern to all labor or-
ganizations. There is no love
lost between capital and labor.
They should be brothers, work-
ing in harmony for the good of
the country and the happiness of
mankind. But today such is
not the case. Capital regards
labor merely as it's tool, to be
handled and used only as a tool,
and to be given no more con
sideration than a tool. You
have only to recall the atrocities
of the Pennsylvania coal regions
to know this is a fact beyond all
"Get more" knowledge of the
world you live in. "Get more"
education on the political, social
and economic questions of the
day. Try and "get more" in-
formation of the great industrial
evolution that is taking place
before your very eyes every
minute. Do not be content to
travel in a shell like a snail and
neither know nor care of the
world about you.
"Get more,' sense.—Leaven-
HOW THEY WORK.
Arbitration courts in Austral-
ia and New Zealand give unusual
satisfaction. The department
of labor at Washington has re-
cently published a report on
labor conditions in view of the
work of the anthracite coal
strike commission and the prop-
osition, which is favored by
many, of introducing com pub
sory arbitration in disputes be-
tween capital and labor in the
United States. In the British
colonies in the Southern Pacific
there are conciliations and ar-
bitration laws, which are reg-
ulated by the government. An
examination of the work of the
boards of concilsation shows
that they have not realized the
hopes expressed by the author
of the act that they would do
the major portion of the work.
The great difficulties lie in the
fact that the contending parties
often take no notice of the
board's recommendations, but
proceed to arbitration court for
the sake of the power to bind
possessed by the court and not
by the board. Members of the
board have been known to stir
up disputes between employes
and employers, which they sub-
sequently have to consider, be-
cause the system of payment is
by fees for each sitting.
The court of arbitration has
proved very satisfactory. This
tribunal has a wider jurisdiction,
perhaps, than any court in the
British dominions. From it
A Card to the Public-
The Oklahoma Co-Operative Association, the
corporation under which the Co-Operative store at
No. 124 Grand .4ve., was originally started, has
purchased from Mr. Walter Vrooman the entire
business which has been carried on by the Central
Western Co-Operativc Association at Nos. 122 and
124 Grand Ave., and at No. 7 Harrison Ave. The
Oklahoma Co-Operative Asssociation will continue
business upon the Rochedale plan at the same loca-
tion. The directors and officers of the Oklahoma
Co-Operative Association a re all residents of Okla-
homa City, and have been connected with the move-
ment since it was started.
Its Executive and General office will from this
date be located in Room 406 Culbcrtson building
at the Southeast corner of Broadwav and Grand
There has been no change made in the person-
nel of the management and clerical force in our mer-
To our members and customers we desire to say
that you will meet the same people in our stores
who have been attending to your wants for the last
six months, as employes of the Central Western Co-
Operative Association, and you will receive at their
hands the courteous, honorable treatment that you
have by experience learned to expect when purchas-
ing goods at the Co-Operative Store.
Oklahoma Co-Operative Association
J. L. DEETS, President.
R. KESSEL, Gen'l Manager
there is no appeal. It heart
cases in any way it elects, and is
not bound by the ordinary ruin
The report says that on the
part of the men employed none
of that opposition to compul-
sory arbitration whicn is such a
marked feature in England and
the United States has been found
in the colonies. But, while the
effects are are so far good, the
the time has not come vet when
it can be said with any certainty
that it is a measure which will
provide for the solution of all
Stationary engineers in Spring-
field, 111., gained an increase of
5 per cent on request.
THE DIVIDED WORKERS.
For many years the workers
of the United States were sepe-
rated into two political parties,
called democrats and republic-
ans. By this quarreling among
themselves, they allowed the
Capitalists to step in and gather
up all the products of their toil
and to exploit them at will. Fi-
nally a number of the far-seeing
ones joined together and declared
that the workers can unite on a
political program and oppose
Capitalism. They declared for
Socialism. The Workers, seeing
the good policy of thus uniting
together for the purpose of se-
curing the full product of their
toil, soon presented an unbroken
front, and Capitalism's day was
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The Labor Signal. (Oklahoma City, Okla. Terr.), Vol. 3, No. 22, Ed. 1 Friday, March 13, 1903, newspaper, March 13, 1903; (https://gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc119100/m1/1/: accessed October 29, 2020), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, https://gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.