The Labor Signal. (Oklahoma City, Okla. Terr.), Vol. 2, No. 43, Ed. 1 Friday, July 11, 1902 Page: 1 of 16
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JU LY ii, 1902
OKLAHOMA CITY, O
THE WAY TO GET WHAT
The laboring man of this coun-
try is continually bewailing their
lot and grumbling because they
can't get what they want—an
equitable p vrt of what they pro-j
duce. Municipal, legislative and
national officers are all blamed
for not doing anything for the
masses and .for always doing some-
thing for the few who have the j
capital. The members of organ !
ized labor pay their money into
their organizations, spend hours,
of time each week, giving to
the other fellow up the country.
They petition city councils, legis- ,
latures and congress for redress,
and storm around at conditions—
and stop. If some member gets j
bold enough to ask them to see
that men who run for office are |
pledged to support the principles
for which they are fighting, he is (
immediately called to order ami
told that they not in politico and
that he must leave all these mat-
ters to the politicians to settle,
but that nothing that would give
the members of organized labor
a chance to demand of the poli-
tical parties or the office seeker a
pledge to support the measures
for which he is spending his time
and money to obtain must not be
mentioned as it might be the cause
of defeating the party to which
some one of the members had been
affiliated with. No, such things
must not be. We must sit-idly
by and allow the man who is cor-
rupt and who will not stop at any
thing to get what he wants to con-
trol the political conventions and
who is not at all bashful about
asking for what he wants and who
will put a little money up on the
side besides to control the conven-
tions and thereby put the nomi-
nees under obligations to them.
Then the members of organized
labor lament their lot and "cuss"
the manipulator, but when it is
proposed that they do a little
manipulating in their own behalf
they are horror struck. Such ac-
tions are contrary to true union-
ism and the cause of all the evils
that today exist and just as long
as the laboring man stands in this
attitude he will accomplish noth-
ing. One may say, "we raise
wages." Yes, but your common
enemy raises the things you have
to buy still higher so that with
every raise of 10 per cent you get
he raises his goods 30 per cent
and you are worse oft' tliau you
was before. lie sees how to get
even but the majority of laboring
men can only see shorter hours
and more pay in the movement
and couldn't to-day give any
other reason for organization,
Leader Who Has the Confidence
of the United Mine Workers
John Mitchell, president of the Unit-
Mine Warkmu of America, Is a
leader who has the confidence of every
member of the organization. Active
efforts are being put forward to end
the present costly strike, and it i be-
lieved a plan of arbitration will be
agreed to soon and that a million men,
when the fact is the shortning of
the hours and raise in the wages
is only a temporary relief and is
over balanced by the raise in
The great strikes in the I'nited
States during this year demon-
strates owe great fact, that is, that
the wage earners of the land are
getting better organized and that
they are realizing that they have
the* power to enforce their de-
mands. Of course they do not
gain everything they demand but
they gain at least a part of what
they claim and every time they
gain a point it makes them strong-
er and demonstrates that they are
right in their demands or else
they would not gain their ends.
The men who manage the affairs
of the large corporations are en-
tirely responsible for the strikes
for the reason that they are not
willing, from purely mercenary
motives, to allow the men who
make the money they are hoard-
united people. There will be 110
strife between those who own the
wealth and those who produce it
because all will be producers and
all owners. But until this comes
the strife will go on.
A BIO BARBECUE.
At Riverside Park July 1!', '<>'2
will de given a big barbecue by
Mr. Smith, the proprietor. Eigh-
teen beeves will bo barbecued.
Excursions will be given 011 all the
rail roads and a large attendence
The main feature of the gather-
ing will be the speeches of the
three candidates for congress.
Win. Cross, Democratic, Byrd
McGuire, Republican and .las. S.
All parties can hear their can-
didates, also hear what the other
fellow has to say.
Come out and have a good
time and hear the issues of the
campaign discussed from all sides.
There will be several other
prominent speakers in attendence.
The Employers Association of
Los Angelos, California, is trying
to flood that city with labor in
order to increase the number of
idle men and thereby break up
_ j the organized labor of the city.
*. „ . They are flooding the country
women and children will be rellftvei)
from the Imminent danger of starvai j with advertisements for men of
tion which they now face. The pro, all trades and especially those
posals for peace have been inspired b.1 w[jo are demanding better condi-
businesa sentiment, and the appoint* _ The Los Angelos Times is
ment of a board of conciliation is im| . . , .
mi.lt All parties are tired of thj using its Utmost endeavors ,n la-
costly struggle. I vor ot the Employers Association
—— and is a "rat" shop, hence its
employes are human beings with light. Pay no attention to any
... 1 , „n advertisement you may see of the
intelligence and have a right to an . ,.
. y, 1 i! 1 ^ ti , demand tor more men, as it is a
equitab e share ot what they pro-", . .... . ' . , .
1 .1 ^ 1 11 lake and will be detrimental to
duce that soon and no sooner will , i,u
1 1 -.i „„.i :f„ yourself to go there. <nve Los
they do away with strikes and its ! J 9
.r J Angelos a wide berth.
There has not been a strike dur- Who is there among us who
ing this year that has not had fi j liati not made mistakes in the post?
just cause behind it. '1 he team- J Who among us has always led a
sters strike in Chicago was just, as blameless lite? Then why should
the men needed more money in ! yOU be so eager to cast the lirst
order to live. The same can be | stone at him who is going down
said of the strike of the machinists ti,e
on the Texas and Pacific railway
in Texas and the coal miners of
A man that works for wages is
the producer of wealth and should
be allowed the largest part of what
he produces so that when lie be-
comes too old to work or is dis-
abled he can have enough to sup-
port himself and family and not
become an object of charity.
When the laboring man is recog-
nized as the bone and sinew of the
country and is accorded his just
hill i Try to stop lain and
vou may be able to turn him
oack. If half as much exertion
was used in stopping him as is
consumed in rolling the rocks
from out of his path to make the
decline more rapid and easier,
the world would be better off.—
Isadore Fernberg has opened a
belt factory at first door east of
Alamo hotel on Second street,
lie manufactures leather belts for
j— men and women and solicits the
msitie UI« muncy v , igiits,'strikes and lockouts, poor | patronage of the public. This one
ing up for their corporations any houses, free lunch houses and by one new enterprises come to
more wages than barely enough jails and penitentiaries will have: the city and start in asmail way
for a mere existence. Whenever fewer inmates and the people of and grow as the demand for home
these managers realize that their this country will be a happy and made goods grows.
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The Labor Signal. (Oklahoma City, Okla. Terr.), Vol. 2, No. 43, Ed. 1 Friday, July 11, 1902, newspaper, July 11, 1902; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc120694/m1/1/: accessed October 23, 2018), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.