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Lancaster.-Henry M. Tillbrook:
Painters' union has gained large increase in membership. Cigarmakers are steadily growing. Plumbers went on strike and gained increase of 31⁄2 cents per hour. Cigarmakers in one factory were locked out after asking for increase in wages. Quakertown.-Edw. H. Nace:
Molders are in good shape; have a hundred per cent organization and union conditions. Musicians are organizing and building up a strong organization. The unions have on all sides had to fight the downward tendency of wages. They have taken a decided stand against the wage reduction by employers. The unions are also very active in keeping the records of public officials and legislative officers and will vote in accordance.
Corsicana.-L. D. Emmons:
Organized trades in this city in fair shape. Painters and paperhangers are having slight trouble, but will settle it satisfactorily shortly. Printers have a 100 per cent organization, while the other organized trades have at least 90 per cent organizations. The union labels are demanded and the time is coming when articles without the union label will be viewed with suspicion.
Alexandria.—Howard T. Colvin:
Organized labor in fair condition, but the unorganized workers receive low wages and work long hours. Employment generally steady. In some instances conditions have been improved without strike. Central bodies throughout the State are making preparations for the celebration of Labor Day. The seventh annual convention of
Moncton, N. B.-J. A. Robinson:
the Virginia State Federation of Labor convenes during the month and promises to be one of the largest and most important in the history of the organization. Many new affiliations have been secured during the past few weeks and everything looks promising for labor in this section.
Seattle.-Jos. P. Sorensen:
The unions are making good progress. Streetcar men have secured recognition of their union and everything is working harmoniously. Loggers and timber men have organized, and all the members are at work in the camps. Wireless operators are talking organization.
La Crosse.-John A. Rae:
Painters, paperhangers, and carpenters are busy at this time. Painters and paperhangers have signed new agreement and carpenters obtained increased wages and the eight-hour day. Ice and coal teamsters have increased their membership and have secured new agreement giving drivers $65 and helpers $60 per month. Cement workers obtained new contract-40 cents per hour for finishers and 25 cents per hour for helpers. Have a number of new unions under way. Printers have signed up one more shop which has been opposed to unionism. A union card and label council is being formed.
All building trades had their agreements signed up May first. Carpenters gained increase of 3 cents per hour, making their scale 43 cents per hour and eight-hour day. Electrical workers won their demands after a strike of one day.
Union men are far ahead of unorganized workers in every instance. The wages in all cases are from 20 to 50 per cent higher. Work is steady in all branches. Machinists, boilermakers, blacksmiths, and carmen have obtained substantial increase in wages and contemplate a demand for the eighthour day. Iron molders went on strike because of a wage reduction. Retail clerks have organized since last report. Barbers and bakers will probably be organized next month.
Port Arthur, Ont.-Herbert Barker:
The unions are making progress. Bricklayers', carpenters', and coal handlers' unions are demanding shorter hours and increased pay. Work is becoming more plentiful and most men are steadily employed. Condition of unorganized labor is deplorable. A federal labor union has been organized at West Fort William.
Quebec, Que.-Michael Walsh:
All trades are steadily employed. Union men are enjoying much better wages and conditions than the unorganized. Carpenters recently obtained increase of 5 cents per hour without strike. Painters are on strike for increase of 5 cents per hour and expect favorable settlement shortly.
Plumbers are forming union. There is a greater demand for union labor than for unorganized. Saskatoon, Sask.-F. J. Barton:
Conditions fair and all workers employed. Plumbers received advance from 60 to 65 cents per hour without strike. Painters, after a three days' strike, advanced from 40 cents per hour, maximum, to 40, minimum wage, and carpenters from 45 cents per hour, minimum wage, to 50 cents per hour, minimum wage. All union men have a shorter workday than the unorganized. The present provincial government is friendly to organized labor. Hotel and restaurant employes organized during the month. Teamsters, stonecutters, and building laborers are organizing.
St. Johns, New Foundland.-Martin Doyle:
All organized trades in good shape. Work is steady and plentiful in all lines. Longshoremen gained increase of 10 to 15 per cent without strike. Union men are enjoying by far the best of wages and conditions as compared with the standard of the unorganized workers. Barbers are getting together and hope to report them organized next month.
Vancouver, B. C.-R. P. Pettipiece:
Condition of organized labor fair, but there are a great many unorganized workers here. Loggers and lumber workers organized during the mon1
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A. F. OF L. EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETING. (The following is an abstract of the minutes of the Executive Council meeting. It contains the decisions only on some of the most important matters coming before that meeting. Wherever a resolution is referred to by number, unless otherwise specifically stated, it refers to a resolution of the Atlanta Convention of the American Federation of Labor.)
WASHINGTON, D. C., May 9-17, 1912. President Gompers and Secretary Morrison submitted reports, the former on some of the most important of the various matters dealt with by him since the January meeting of the E. C. and referring particularly to pending legislation and, the latter giving an accounting of the receipts and expenditures for the months of October, 1911, up to and including April, 1912. The reports were accepted and ordered made part of the official proceedings of the E. C. meeting.
The following is an abstract of that part of President Gompers' report dealing with legislation:
The Eight-Hour bill passed by the House of Representatives is satisfactory, and the Senate Committee on Education and Labor has reported the bill as passed by the House for the favorable consideration of the Senate. A question arose in the Senate in reference to the application of the bill on the work being performed on, as well as its application to materials for, the Panama Canal. An amendment has been proposed to except the Panama Canal until after the completion of that waterway, and the administration is using its influence to secure this exception. It is claimed that only one-sixth of the construction work remains to be completed, and, as the bill makes provision for execut
ing all contracts now in existence and with no large contracts to be executed during the process of completion of the canal, with the further fact that it is intended to set a specific date upon which the EightHour law shall go into effect covering the Panama Canal zone, it is doubtful whether it would be advisable to jeopardize the success of the bill by opposing this suggested amendment.
The Clayton Injunction Limitation bill has been passed by the House of Representatives. This bill is now before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and has been referred to a sub-committee. The bill originally indorsed by the American Federation of Labor was the Wilson bill, which contained in substance the provisions of the Pearre bill, which has been before previous Congresses. The Clayton bill which was passed by the House is a committee bill, and eliminates the antitrust provision contained in the Wilson bill. The bill provides:
"That no restraining order or injunction shall be granted by any court of the United States or a judge or the judges thereof, in any case between an employer and employes, or between employers and employes, or between employes, or between persons employed and persons seeking employment, involving or growing out of a dispute concerning terms or conditions of employment, unless necessary to prevent irreparable injury to property or to a property right of the party making the application, for which injury there is no adequate remedy at law, and such property or property right must be described with particularity in the application, which must be in writing and sworn to by the applicant or by his agent or attorney.
"And no such restraining order or injunction shall prohibit any person or persons from terminating any relation of employment, or from ceasing to perform any work or labor, or from recommending, advising, or persuading others by peaceful means so to do; or from attending at or near a house or place where any person resides or works, or carries on business, or happens to be for the purpose of peacefully obtaining or communicating information, or of peacefully persuading any person to work or to abstain from working; or from ceasing to patronize or to employ any party to such dispute; or from recommending, advising, or persuading others by peaceful means so to do; or from paying or giving to or withholding from any person engaged in such dispute any strike benefits or other moneys or things of value; or from peaceably assembling at any place in a lawful manner and for lawful purposes; or from doing any act or thing which might lawfully be done in the absence of such dispute by any party thereto."
Two bills in similar terms were introduced in the Senate and the House by Senator Bacon and Congressman Bartlett, of Georgia. These two bills carry an inJunction limitation provision, and also provisions excepting labor organizations and farmers' organizations from the operation of the Sherman Anti-Trust law. The Senate referred the bill to the Committee on Education and Labor, the former practice having been to refer bills of this character to the Judiciary Committee. In the House it was referred to the Committee on Labor. It has been reported out favorably by that committee, and is now on the calendar of the House.
The Judiciary Committee of the House has reported favorably the Clayton Contempt bill, which provides for a trial by jury in indirect contempts. It is now on the House calendar.
The bill creating a Department of Labor has been favorably reported out of the House Labor Committee. and is on the calendar.
The Children's Bureau bill has been passed by Congress and signed by the President, as has also the Phosphorous Match bill, both of which bills the A. F. of L. championed and assisted in securing their passage.
Various other bills in which organized labor is interested are in the following parliamentary situation: The Convict Labor bill has passed the House, and is now before the Senate.
The Page-Wilson Industrial Educational bill has been favorably reported from the Senate Agriculture and Forestry Committee.
The Employers' Liability and Workmen's Compensation bill passed the Senate, and is now before a committee of the House.
The House Labor Committee secured authority to have a special congressional committee to investigate the Taylor System," and, as a result, an adverse report was made to the House, recommending that the "system" be not inaugurated in the Government works.
A provision has been incorporated in the Post-office Appropriation bill, which passed the House, nullifying the "gag" rule promulgated in executive orders by ex-President Roosevelt and President Taft. Also a provision according labor and fraternal publications the privileges of second-class mail rates. This bill also provides for an eight-hour day for post-office clerks and letter carriers.
The Seamen's bill has been favorably reported in the House, and is on the calendar.
The Congress has passed the resolution to amend the constitution providing for the election of United States Senators by the direct vote of the people.
The House has passed the bill granting citizenship to the people of Porto Rico, and the Public Health bill has been favorably reported from the committee and is now on the calendar of the Senate.
The Immigration Committee of the House has favorably reported an illiteracy test bill, and the Senate has passed an amendment to the Chinese Exclusion law in order to correct defects in that statute.
The Fortifications bill in the House passed with an eight-hour provision incorporated, and the Senate accepted it, thus providing for the manufacture of ordnance and powder under the eight-hour day.
The House Labor Committee has reported favorably the Industrial Commission bill, as well as the Musicians' bill, prohibiting enlisted musicians coming in competition with civilian musicians.
The Government Employes Compensation for Injuries Act has been amended so as to include the employes of the Bureau of Mines, and the Judiciary Committee of the House has favorably reported a bill to increase the benefits on account of injuries sustained.
Secretary Morrison's report of the numerical strength of the A. F. of L. for the seven months since the last Federation fiscal year, ending May 1, 1912, showed the receipts to be $106,705.79, making a total with the balance on hand of $296,285.35. The expenditures were $170.315.20, including $0.059.33 for strike benefits paid to directly affiliated local unions. The membership of the Federation at the close of the seven months was 1,818,829, being an increase of 149,046 members over the same period of last year. There were 155 charters issued during the seven months, consisting of one international, one department, one state branch, 34 city central bodies, and 90 local trade unions, and 28 federal labor unions.
Vice-President Hinzman, representing the Boilermakers, and President Ryan of the International Association of Bridge and Structural Iron Workers, appeared before the E. C. on the matter of the award of Vice-President Duncan which was signed by the President of the Boilermakers and the President of the Bridge and Structural Iron Workers, covering the jurisdiction dispute between these two organizations and which was ratified by the St. Louis Convention. Vice-President Hinzman requested the E. C. to say whether or not there is an agreement. President Ryan of the Bridge and Structural Iron Workers opposed the request of Mr. Hinzman. After full discussion of the entire matter, the following decision was given: The E. C. having under consideration the above communication and the oral statements of VicePresident Hinzman of the Boilermakers and of President Ryan of the Bridge and Structural Iron Workers, decides that the arbitration and decision on the subject-matter appearing on page 328 of the report of the proceedings of the St. Louis Convention of the A. F. of L., constitutes the bona fide agreement entered into by both organizations and endorsed by the St. Louis Convention of the A. F. of L.; that said agreement being so entered into and endorsed, is to be rexpected and carried into effect by all parties in interest, and failure to do so will constitute a breach of faith of the arbitration and decision as recorded on page 328 of the proceedings of the St. Louis Convention, as follows:
"Section No. 1. All sectional or other steel stacks erected in office buildings and hotels. All stacks erected in small power plants, in connection with
hotel or office buildings. All extensions to such stacks in buildings herein mentioned shall be considered as structural iron workers' work.
"Section No. 2. All other steel or iron stacks shall be considered boilermakers' work viz: All stacks in connection with power plants, blast furnaces, rolling mills and manufacturing plants and all other power plants, not included in Section No. 1, to be erected by boilermakers.
"Section No.3. Repairs on the stacks awarded to the structural iron workers, shall be done by structural iron workers and repairs on stacks awarded to boilermakers shall be done by boilermakers.
"Section No. 4. All connection between boilers and stacks (commonly known as "Breeching") built of sheet-steel or iron, shall be done by boilermakers. All trusses, supports or hangers erected for same to be done by structural iron workers."
The complaint of the Brotherhood of Blacksmiths against the United Mine Workers of America and the Western Federation of Miners for compelling members of the Blacksmiths' Union to pay initiation fees when working in mines was referred to President Gompers to adjust.
In conformity with the instructions of the Atlanta Convention a conference was held between the representatives of the bakers' and teamsters' organizations, Secretary Frank Duffy, of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, representing the A. F. of L. In Mr. Duffy's report on the conference he recommended that the resolution introduced by the teamsters in the Atlanta Convention in regard to the dispute with the Bakery and Confectionary Workers, and upon which the convention recommended the conference, which resolution provided that the Bakery and Confectionery Workers be instructed to turn over to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters all drivers now members of the bakers' organization, be concurred in.
The bakers asked for a modification of Mr. Duffy's recommendation and urged that a further conference be held between the representatives of the two internationals.
The matter of passing upon Mr. Duffy's recommendation in this dispute was referred to the next meeting of the E. C. In the meantime, President Gompers was directed to endeavor to secure another conference of the representatives of both organizations, and also to secure information as to the claim of the representatives of the bakers that they understood that a further conference would be held to the end of securing a settlement.
President Valentine, of the International Molders' Union, extended an invitation to the members of the E. C. to participate in the unveiling of a monument erected by the molders to the memory of Martin Fox, former President of that organization. The E. C. expressed to the molders their appreciation of the invitation, and directed that President Gompers, Secretary Morrison and Vice-President O'Connell, together with as many other members of the Council as possible, attend the unveiling ceremony.
A number of telegrams were received from representatives of organized labor in San Diego protesting against the deportation of their members by the police department of that city.
President Gompers was directed to wire the Governor of California, calling attention to the statements contained in these telegrams, asking that an investigation be made, and requesting that workmen be protected in the exercise of their legal rights.
In conformity with the action of the E. C. President Gompers sent the telegram to the Governor.
President Johnston of the International Association of Machinists entered protest against charters being issued by the A. F. of L. to a National Union of Machinists' Helpers. He stated that the International Association of Machinists has extended its jurisdiction over this class of labor, and requested the A. F. of L. to concede this jurisdiction. He further requested that the local unions of machinists' helpers, holding charters direct, be instructed to apply for charters from the International Association of Machinists, the same to be granted free of cost. The application was approved.
Mr. James E. West and Mr. Martin, representing the Boy Scout movement, appeared before the E. C.,
in response to the invitation extended to representatives of the Boy Scout movement to be heard in connection with the investigation of this movement by the E. C., as directed by the Atlanta Convention. The conference with the representatives of the Boy Scout movement occupied several hours in presentation and discussion. The matter was referred to President Gompers to communicate with the officers of the Boy Scout movement stating that some declaration in regard to the attitude of the Boy Scout movement toward the labor movement, and setting forth that it is not a military organization, nor would they permit members to become strike-breakers, would be helpful to the E. C. in preparing its report on the Boy Scout movement to the Rochester Convention.
A protest was received from the International Association of Steam and Hot Water Fitters and Helpers of America against the action of the E. C. in refusing to receive per capita tax from that organization.
Action on the matter of the jurisdiction of the Brewery Workers over distillery workers was deferred until the next meeting of the E. C., a conference to be held between the representatives of the interested organizations during or before the next meeting of the Council.
Resolution No. 82 provided that a conference of the representatives of the Steam Engineers and of and the Brick, Tile Terra Cotta Workers be held for the purpose of effecting a settlement of the matters in controversy between them and that a member of the E. C. attend the conference as a representative of the A. F. of L. The conference was held, but no results were secured. In his report, Mr. Alpine, who represented the A. F. of L., stated that he did not interpret the resolution as giving the representative of the A. F. of L. the authority to render any decision.
It was directed that this controversy be considered by the E. C. in accordance with the assurance of the representatives of the steam engineers, that the brickmakers, engineers, and employers agree that the question of which organization has jurisdiction over the work in dispute should be submitted to the E. C. for a decision.
The E. C. decided that the work in dispute belongs to the International Union of Steam Engineers.
President Gompers reported just having had conversation with Attorney Ralston in substance as follows:
Mr. Ralston has just returned from Minnesota, and the case of the Post suit against the Buck's Stove and Range Company and the A. F. of L. was before the Circuit Court of Appeals. The argument was made, three judges sitting. The general consensus of opinion by the attorneys there is that the appeal will be dismissed and the decision of the lower court growing out of the suit will be dismissed and the appeal of the lower court sustained.
It was directed that all applicants for the use of the A. F. of L. label on products manufactured by members of an international union should be informed that such application can not be approved and the matter of the issuance of the label for such products is for the organization whose members are employed in the industry.
Peter J. Brady, representing the Union Label Council of Greater New York, and Secretary-Treasurer Tracy of the Union Label Trades Department, appeared before the E. C. on the matter of the charges of the Central Federated Union of Greater New York against the Union Label Council of New York City. Mr. Brady denied the charges of the Central Federated Union that the Union Label Council admitted unions that have no label, or that it has made threats to destroy the Central Federated Union, or committed any act antagonistic to the Central Federated Union. Secretary Tracy, of the Union Label Trades Department, stated that all unions affiliated with the New York Label Council are entitled to affiliation.
The following resolutions were unanimously adopted: "WHEREAS, Senator Warren of Wyoming has introduced a bill in the United States Senate known as S. 4241, 'A bill to encourage rifle practice and promote
a patriotic spirit among the citizens and youth of the United States,' and which provides for rifle practice in public schools, etc., and for the payment of the expenses of persons designated by the Secretary of War to superintend instruction and, competition in connection therewith, including an annual appropriation of $100,000 to promote the same; and
"WHEREAS, The present extravagant expenditure on naval and military armaments is largely borne by those least able to pay for them-the laboring classestherefore be it
"Resolved, That we, the E. C. of the A. F. of L., in regular session assembled in the city of Washington, D. C., speaking on behalf of the working people of our country, protest against this tendency to enlarge our military expenditures and thereby put an increasing burden on the people; and be it further
"Resolved, That we protest against the enactment of the Warren bill, or any other movement towards militarizing our school system; that such a purpose or tendency contains serious and dangerous possibilities to divert the activities and ideals of American boyhood to the destructive and brutal art of war, rather than to the activities and ideals of the arts of peace; that the proposition contained in the Warren bill is un-American and not calculated to develop the best conception of patriotism or the maintenance of the national spirit of liberty; and be it further
"Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be transmitted to Senator Briggs, chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs of the United States Senate, by the President and Secretary of the A. F. of L., in the name of its E. C."
The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners demanded the revocation of the charter of the United Trades and Labor Council of Buffalo, New York, on the grounds that the Buffalo Central Body had declared "unfair" the Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company, an organization employing members of the Brotherhood of Carpenters. After a full discussion of the matter in which all parties interested were heard, it was ordered that the Central Body of Buffalo be informed that it has no authority to "boycott" unionmade goods; further, that a letter be forwarded to the officers of the Brotherhood of Painters and Decorators informing them of the action of the E. C. and that their attention be directed to the fact that it is considered inadvisable to take adverse action upon the product of the Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company. other than the product of the Billiard Table Department in New York; also that it is considered inadvisable for their organization to be parties to the evident use of non-union barroom fixtures in Buffalo and hav ing taken adverse action on union-made barroom fixtures being placed in the barrooms in that city.
President Short and Secretary Spencer, representing the Building Trades Department, appeared before the E. C. on the following matters: 1. Protest against the refusal of the Operative Plasterers International Association to pay per capita tax to the Building Trades Department.
2. Requesting a decision to the following query: "Did the E. C. in its decision sustaining the appeal of the Hodcarriers and Building Laborers in regard to laborers engaged in mixing and conveying concrete, mean that concrete laborers are to belong to the Hodcarriers and Building Laborers' International Union?"
3. Protest against charter being issued to unions of Riggers.
President Ryan, of the Bridge and Structural Iron Workers, entered protest against the A. F. of L. issuing charters to unions of riggers. He called attention to the fact that a charter had been issued to a riggers' union in Albany.
Mr. Scoggin, of Lead, S. Dak., appeared before the E. C. on the matter of the struggle of organized labor of Black Hills, S. Dak, against the Homestake Mining Company. This matter was referred to the E. C. by the Atlanta Convention with instructions to make an investigation as to the conditions prevailing there and render such assistance as possible in promoting a settlement of the dispute. Mr. Scoggin reported that he could not see any opportunity for a settlement.
A letter was received from Attorney Mulholland stating that a retrial of the Loewe Hatters' case under the Sherman Anti-Trust law would begin in Hartford, Conn., August 20.
In accordance with the action of the Atlanta Convention, a meeting of the special committee on Industrial Education of the A. F. of L., was held at the Arlington Hotel, Thursday, May 9, 1912. The committee recommend to the E. C. that Charles H. Winslow be employed to draft a report for the committee, as well as make a digest of the report of the Bureau of Labor on the subject, the draft to be finished before the adjournment of the present session of Congress, so that it can be introduced into the Senate by a Senator and made a public document.
It was decided that in pursuance of the instructions of the Atlanta Convention a conference of the representatives of the International Brotherhood of Steam Shovel and Dredgemen and representatives of the Associated Union of Steam Shovelmen and such other organizations as are interested in the subject be called for the purpose of uniting all organized members of this trade into one organization in accordance with the laws of the A. F. of L.
It was ordered that the conference be held during the next meeting of the E. C. and the matter of arranging an earlier meeting on the Pacific Coast be referred to President Gompers.
One hundred and fifty dollars per month for one year was appropriated to the National Women's Trades Union League for organizing purposes.
It was decided that a plan for a Labor Forward Movement be prepared and submitted to the next meeting of the E. C.
It was directed that an additional organizer be appointed to devote his entire time to organizing unskilled workers, and that the volunteer and salaried organizers be called upon to devote their special attention to the organization of the unskilled and migratory workers.
The offers and the arrangements of the Executive Board of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for the reinstatement of the members of the seceding locals were considered and approved by the E. C.
The controversy between the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the International Union of the United Brewery Workmen was considered. President Gompers was authorized to arrange for a conference between the representatives of the brewers and teamsters with a member of the E. C.
The matter of the instructions of the Atlanta Convention in regard to the amalgamation of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America and the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners was referred to the resident members of the E. C. to hold a conference of the representatives of the two organizations to draft a plan for amalgamation to be submitted in accordance with the instructions of the Atlanta Convention, and if amalgamation is not perfected by July 1, 1912, that the charter of the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners be revoked on that date and the efforts of the E. C. be continued to bring about amalgamation.*
On the matter of the controversy between the International Seamen's Union of America and the International Longshoremen's Association, the following decision of the E. C., rendered at the January, 1912, meeting was reaffirmed:
On the matter of the controversy between the International Seamen's Union and the International Association of Longshoremen, it was moved and adopted that both organizations must observe the terms of the decision rendered by President Gompers upon this controversy.
Further, that in accordance with the standing rule that where a decision has been rendered the dispute can not be taken up again before the E.C. for three years.
The complaint of the Central Labor Union of Waterloo, Iowa, against the carpenters' local for withdrawing from the central body, the carpenters alleging that the central body had violated its constitution in
the matter of the action in raising a per capita tax' was referred to President Gompers for action in accordance with the law.
The application of the International Hodcarriers and Building Laborers' Union of America for extension of jurisdiction over common laborers employed in the construction of streets, sewers, and tunnels, was denied, but that every effort be made to secure the more thorough organization of the unskilled laborers.
Jurisdiction over printing roller makers was conceded to the International Printing Pressmen's Union.
On the recommendation of the International Allied Printing Trades Association in regard to the jurisdiction of the International Typographical Union over newswriters, original jurisdiction was conceded to that organization.
On the matter of the further recommendations of the International Allied Printing Trades Association in regard to the chartering of newsboys, newspaper carriers and solicitors, it was directed that a conference be held between the representatives of the organizations in the printing trades, either during the Rochester Convention or at some convenient time prior to the convention.
Action on the application of the International Brotherhood of Pulp, Sulphite and Paper Mill Workers of the United States and Canada to extend its jurisdiction to cover bag, box, and envelope workers, was deferred.
It was directed that if any further applications for charters be received from cement block setters that they be referred to the E. C.
On the protest of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters against the charter held by the Newspaper Mail Deliverers' Union, No. 9463, President Gompers was directed to communicate with the officers of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and request that organization to withdraw its demand for the transfer to their brotherhood the teamsters holding membership in that union.
On the application of the Central Union Label Council of New York City for assistance from the A. F. of L. in the campaign for label agitation that has been mapped out by the label council, it was directed that the Secretary of that council be advised that the A. F. of L. is not a financial organization, and, therefore, is not in position to comply with the request, but that the Federation will furnish the services of organizers to assist in the meetings, if the project is carried into effect, and, further, that the matter be referred to the Union Label Trades Department for favorable consideration.
It was directed that an organizer be sent to Indianapolis to organize the employes now unorganized of the Atkins Saw Company.
On the complaint of Secretary Edwin Perry, of the Mining Department, in regard to encouraging the organization of "craft" local unions in the jurisdiction of the Mining Department, and referring specifically to the engineers organized at Joplin, the E. C. directed that inquiry be made of Secretary Perry as to whether the steam engineers at Joplin about whom the correspondence was held were working in the mines or at the mines for mining purposes, or whether these engineers were employed in situations other than these.
The charter application of the United Order of Boxmakers and Sawyers was not granted. The applicants were directed to make application to the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners for charter, which has jurisdiction over boxmakers.
Action on the charter application of California Harbor, No. 15, of the Masters, Mates, and Pilots for a national charter, was deferred until the next meeting of the E. C.
The E. C. endeavored to bring about another conference between the representatives of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters for the purpose of having these organizations reach terms of amalgamation. The U. B. was represented at such a conference, but the A. S. refused. Hence, the E. C. was unable to render its decision by June 1, as directed by the Atlanta Convention. The E. C., therefore, extended the time until August 1, 1912.-ED.