The Labor Signal. (Oklahoma City, Okla. Terr.), Vol. 4, No. 39, Ed. 1 Tuesday, January 26, 1904 Page: 4 of 8
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The Labor Signal.
THE LABOR SIGNAL PRINTING CO.
A wtaklr journal <l«vot«4 V tM ! •
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(Entered at postofflc* at Oklahomfc
City, Okla., aa awoni clast matter.)
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Bell Phone 197.
The A. F. L. Platform.
1. Compulsory education.
2. Direct legislation through the
initiative and referendum.
3. A legal work day of not more
than eight hours.
4. Sanitary inspection of work
shop, mine and home.
5. Liability of employers for in-
ury to health, body and life.
6. The abolishment of the contract
system on all public work.
7. The abolishment of the svveat-
8. The municipal ownership of
strtet cars, water works and gas and
electric light plants for public distri-
bution of light, heat and power.
'J. The nationalzation of telegraph,
telephone, railroads and mines.
10. The abolition of the monopoly
system of land holding, and substitu-
ting therefor a title of occupancy and
11. Kepeal all conspiracy and penal
laws affecting seamen and other
workmen incorporated in the federa
laws of the United States.
12. The abolition of the monopoly
< r<y aid hi
stituting therefor a system of direot
ssuance of and by the people.
/t might not be so difficult, to load the
While the at my cheered behind you, and
the fife.s and buglet* played;
It might be rather easy, with the war-
shriek in your ears.
To forge t the bite of bullets and the
taste of blood end tears,
Hut to be a sciubwoman, with four
Fables, or more.
Every day, every day setting your back
On tne tack,
And all your reward forever not quite
A full bite
Of bread for your babies. Say!
In the heat of the dny
Von might be a heio to head a brigade.
Hut .1 hero like Iw r?
It might be very feasible to force a great
To saddle public passion and to ride
upon the storm:
It might be somewhat simple to ignore
the roar of wrath,
Because a second shout broke out to
ether you ml yotir path.
Hut he who. alone and unknown. Is true
To his view,
Unswervcd by the crush of the mutton-
Unwon by the flabby-brained, blink-
Which he sees
Throned and anointed. Fay!
At the height of the fray.
You might be the chosen to captain the
Hut to atsnd all alone! How long? How
—Kdmojid Vance Cooke, in Philadelphia
Oklahoma City Central Trades and
Labor Assembly, meets every Thurs-
day night at 7:30, 4% California.
I. I! of Teamsters meet every
Thursday night at Assembly Hall.
Typographical Unin No. 283, meets
at Kipy Hall tho third Sunday of each
month at 2:30p.ui.
Printing Pressmen and Assistants
Union meets the 2nd Sunday in each
month at Assembly Hall.
Urick Masons' Internationl Union,
No.— of Oklahoma, meets every Mon-
day night over U. S. Land office.
Plumbers' Union, No. 201, meets 1st
and 3d Wendesday nights of each
month at Labor Hall.
Stone Masons' Union, No. 2, meets
at Assembly Hall the 2d and 4th Wed-
nesday.nights of each month.
Journeymen Tailors' Union ot Amer
ica, No. 314, meets at Assembly Hall
the first Monday night of each month.
Journeymen Barbers' Union,No. 200
meets 4 1-2 California Ave. -d and 4th
Tuesdays of each month.
Local Union No. 276, Capenters and
Joiners of America, meets at Ripy
Hall every Tuesday night.
Carpenters Headquarters, 14 N.
Robinson, opposite P. O., I3atterson's
Office Hours 8 to 9 a. m., and 1 to 2 p
m. Both Phones 20!!
Local 155 I. B. E. W. meets Wed-
nesday night at Assembly Hall,4)iCal
Journeymen Stone Cutters' Union,
Oklahoma branch, meets at Assembly
Hall 1st and 3d Tuesdays of each
Building Laborers' International
Protective Union, No. 1, meets at
Tucker's Hall on East Second street
every Monday night.
Brotherhood of Painters, Decoraters
and Paperhangers of America meets
each Friday evening at 7:30, at 4 1-2
Journeymen Horseshoers Local Un-
ion meets every Sunday at 10: a. m.
at 321 W. Main.
Bakers Union 217 of Oklahoma City
meets every 1st and llrd Saturday at 8
o'clock at 4% California, Ave
Cigar Makers' Union, No. 450, meets
on 1st and 3rd Tuesday nights of each
month at 4 1-2 California Ave.
Federal Union No 442 meets at Ripy
Hall every Tuesday night.
Leather Workers meet 1st and 3d
Tuesdays at 4 1-2 California Av.
Amalgamated Sheet Metal Workers
meet every Weduesday night 7:30 at
4 1-2 California.
NEWS OF THE LABOR WORLD.
Items of Interest Gathered from Many
The validity of the eight-hour ordi-
nance for public work in the city of
Milwaukee will in all probability b3
tested in the courts, eo as to furnish
a precedent for other cltics. The A.
P. of L. will make the case.
It is stated that the United Typothe-
tae of America is at present accumu-
lating a defense fund in order that
the eight hour day enforcement may
bo combatted. It is hoped by the em-
ployers to gather together at least
Of 1,237 unions making returns to ] ®ent J""'nS into the treasury more
the American Federation of Labor for j * .000.
November, with an aggregate mem- j . e P ate workers who are members,
bership of 84.6G3, there were 3.9 per | 0 6 Ama,Saniated Association ol
cent without employment. In the
pany and contains twenty four hot-
mills and twenty cold mills. The an-
nual output is 35,000 gross tons of
black plate for tinning.
After holding out for five months.
2,000 of the United Brotherhood of
Carpenters and Joiners of New Yorl;
seem to be on the verge of submisoion
to the conditions required by the
bosses, and the strike, or lock-out, as
It is called by the men, will be form-
ally declared off. The one moving
cause for this action is the fact that
tho funds of the organization hive
been exhausted. For two weeks
there has been no strike money dis-
tributed, and many of the men have
been reduced to ac'ual want.
A plan for establishing and main-
taining a sanitarium or health farm
for members suffering from tubercu-
losis has been submitted to a referen-
dum vote of the members of the Cigar-
makers' International union. If the
proposition carries the members will
each be assessed twenty-five cents t"
start the necessary fund, which will
realize about $11,000, and the insti-
tution will be maintained by similar
assessments, provided that rot more
than two are levied in tny 0:10 year.
The present scheme suggest, that the
health farm be established in Cclo-
For the next fifty-two weeks the
50,000 members of the International
Typographical union will pay an as-
sessment of one-half of one per cent
of their earnings, tho total to be used
in establishing a universal eight hour
day in all job and book cfiices in the
United States and Canada. While the
total membership will ];ay the asse33:
ment, the number to be benefited by
the shorter work day will bo about
25.CC0. The average wages for the
50,000 members is said to be at least
$100,000 a day and that the assess
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There was an unusually good at-
tendance at this week's meeting of
the Central Trades and Labor Assem -
bly Thursday evening.
President Day Washburn occupied
the chair and Secretary Clark was at
All the larRe and some of the smal-
ler unions were reprtsented and a
number of the delegates addressed the
meeting on different topics with a
spirit that indicated a great revival of
interest in the affairs of the various
Thr meetings are open to all union
men and all are cordially invited to
preceding month 1.00G unions, with a
membership of 105.6&7, reported 1.2
per cent out of work.
Repairs having been made in the
plate and rail mills at the South Chi-
cago plant of the Illinois steel works,
fully 2,500 men are at work in those
two departments. More than a month
ago 3,000 men were notified that their
services would no longer be required.
Abcut 500 of this number, however,
returned not long afterward.
The Nationai Alliance of Amalga-
mated Painters. Decorators and Paper
Hangers is in favor of amalgamating
with 1 ho Brothernood of Painters. At
a recent session of the alliance in
New York a committee was appointed
to arrange a conference with the
brotherhood to settle all differences
and bring about consolidation.
An act recently passed by the House
of Representatives of Rhode Island
prescribes a fine of $350 to $500, or
imprisonment from three to six
months, or both, agairst any employer
or corporation attempting to prevent
working peoplo from belonging to a
labor organization as a condition of
ne(V or continued employment.
"Curse of Child Labor," is the title
of a circular which has been ordered
printed to be distributed broadcast at
the instigation of Senator Penrose of
Pennsylvania, with a view of working
tip sentiment in favor of the act pro-
posed by Philadelphia trades unions
for tho purpose of shortening the
hours of women and raising the age
limit of children. The circular deals
with the inadequacy of the present
Florsheim & Co., shoe manufactur-
ers, of Chicago, have found that an
agreement with a union that does not
provide for arbitration is not to the
interest of the employer. The union
officials have been asked to terminate
the present agreement May 1, instead
of June 1, and make a new agreement
for one or two years, covering wages
and working conditions and providing
that all disputes be submitted to arbi-
The Chicago South Side Car Men's
union and the Chicago City Railway
company have made an agreement
covering all points at issue. It will
expire April 30, 190C. The company
had objected to its expiration tho com-
ing April, as it would he necessary to
begin making a new agreement im-
mediately. There was no change in
the wage scale. The union has 2,000
of the 2,300 employes of the company
on Its membership roll.
At the National works of the Ameri-
can Tin Plate Company at Monessen,
Pa., th« hot-mill employes were re-
cently paid a bor.-ua of $18,000 for
faithful and continued service with
the company, it being 5 per cent of
the net earnings of the men for the
last year. The National works is one
of the largest controlled bv th 00m.
lion, Steel and Tin Workers will be
-benefited by another advance. At a
confererce at which the wage scale
was arranged for the year ending
June 30. 190C, the base of the tinplate
scale was reduced from $4.20 to $3.40
a box. Under the provisions of the
agreement wages advanced 2 per cent
with every ten cents a box increase in
price. By restoring the former rate
of $3.00 a box the price will be twenty
cents above the base, and the amalga
mated tin plate workers will be givoi
an advance of 4 per cent In 'wages.
There is a bright outlook for bridg.
and structural iron workers during
the coming year, according to reports
compiled at tho headquarters of the
International Association of Bridge
and Structural Iron Workers. A
good Idea of the amount of work
hand is afforded by the fact that all
of the American Bridge Company's
plants are now in full operation, and
will soon be turning out their full
pacity. In all some fifty odd thousand
tons of material will soon be ready
for erection by the American Bridge
Company. Besides this work there
are some thirty odd independent
plants that are well supplied with con-
tracts for structural material.
William Abraham, or.eef the British
fraternal delegates to this country
from the British Trades Union con-
gress, who is at present visiting cities
in Wisconsin, says that we are he/ynd
in this country in the matter of labor
legislation. Mr. Abraham has been a
member of parliament for the past
twenty years and is well versed in
trade union matters. He says: "In
several ways the legislation of Great
Britain along labor lines is superior
to that of this country. For instance,
there Is the law known as the work-
iugman's' compensation law. This
measure practically does away with
the tedious and expensive suits for
damages on account of personal in-
jury. In this country the working:r.an
has little chance to recover, because
of the co-employe theory and the the
ory of contributory negligence. The
British law, which has been in effect
for about six years, eliminated both
of these safeguards to the employer.
If a man Is injured, unless it can be
proved that he did it deliberately, he
receives after the first fortnight, a
sum equal to half his weekly wage.
In ease of death from such injury, his
family receives a stun equivalent to
his wages for three years if not in
excess of $1,000. The result of this
measure has been beneficial in every
way. The employer is made vastly-
more careful in the matter of his
safety appliances and the condition of
his works. It increases the efficiency
of the men, as each is anxious to se-
cure a position where he can earn
good wages, so as to have a comfort-
able amount in case of accident, and
no man will deliberately take chances
of injury to secure only half as much
as he can m t-e if he is vveli."
W. L. DOUGLAS
SHOES. :: :: ::
Oklahoma Shoe Company
202 "MDcaV. Klalw.
UNION MADE SilOfS
Erom $1.00 to $3.50
"5\\,e. SVvoe, "WLaxv
PATTERSON & HOFFMAN
Union Made Chewing
Knight, Helton & Beck.
r.MOX MADE GOODS
IN ALL DEPARTMENTS
Il'holesale and Retail Dealer in
Leather and Supplies. :: :: ::
122Va Washington Street.
Union Made Goods
T18 W-il/ain, Oklahoma City.
Clothing and Furnishings
D, G, Co.
225 W. Main St.
KITCHEN, GOODS, CHINA
All Union Made.
White Mar China
and Reed Store...
Fine Crockery, Glassware, Queens-
ware, Lamps. Etc. Coffe, Tea and
spices, UNION GOODS
A Quiet, Pleasant Place
Cool( for the Isabel ^
No, 4 W. Gal.
Near Santa Fe Depot
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IF WOMEN were speechless there would be fewer Gas Kin
sold. As it is the installation of a pas ran e onens nr>
gate of enthusiastic praises which - Pj' • •
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Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.
Southwestern University Scholarship for sale at the
Signal Office. Cheap.
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