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Carpet Mechanics' locals not affiliated with the Upholsterers' International Union of North America.

Referred to Committee on Organization.

Resolution No. 57-By Delegates D. D. Mulcahy and Richard Braunschweig, of the Amalgamated Woodworkers' International L'nion of America:

WHEREAS, The delegates representing the Amalgamated Woodworkers' International Union introduced a set of preambles and resolutions in the TwentySeventh Annual Convention of the American Federation of Labor held in Norfolk, Va., known as Resolution No. 119, and printed on page 270 of the proceedings of that Coavention; and

WHEREAS, That instrument recited the record and position of the Amalgamated Woodworkers' International Union in relation to the American Federation of Labor; and

WHEREAS, Said Convention decided that the President and Secretary of the Amalgamated Woodworkers' International Union and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, together with the President of the American Federation of Labor, should meet and make recommendations to both organizations in controversy; and

WYEREAS, The meeting was held at Washington, D. C., January 25. 1908, which adjourned to convene in Indianapolis, March 19th. Owing to circumstances the second conference was postponed by President Gompers; and

WHEREAS, The officers of the Amalgamated Woodworkers' International Union submitted a proposition on April 18th, which appears in the report of the proceedings of the Executive Council of the American Federation of Labor held in Chicago, June 13, 1908. This proposition was submitted to the

United Brotherhod of Carpenters and Joiners by President Gompers. No information has been given to the Amalgamated Woodworkers' International Union as to action thereon by the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners; and

WHEREAS. In October, 1908. a proposition in accordance with the Minneapolis agreement was submitted to the membership of the Amalgamated Woodworkers' International Union through the referendum which was defeated; therefore. be it

RESOLVED. That this Convention demand that the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners desist from further molesting or interfering with the Amalgamted Woodworkers' International Union in exercising their right to organize and maintain local unions of factory workers as defined in charter issued by the American Federation of Labor to the Amalgamated Woodworkers' International Union of America.

Referred to Committee on Adjustment. Resolution No. 58-By the Journeymen Tallors and the Garment Workers dele. gations:

WHEREAS. The courts of our country in several instances have denied us our

constitutional rights, and have frequently enjoined us from doing that against which there is no moral or civil law, and have restrained us from doing many things which are essential to the life and wel. fare of organized labor; and

WHEREAS, L'p to this time they have not enjoined us from putting union labels on products made by our hands for our employers who want labels on their out. put, and as we have not been enjoined from requesting our friends to patronize union-made products, nor enjoined from mentioning that there are union labels in this country; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That all delegates of this Convention, upon their return home, preach with greater energy than ever be fore the gospel of earnest work and fidelity for and to the label, and to insist that their organizations make its supply and demand one of the paramount objects in the field of their endeavor to uplift the wage earners of our common country.

Referred to Committee on Labels. Resolution No. 59-By Delegate Hugh Kirk, of the International Shipwrights, Joiners and Caulkers Union:

WHEREAS, In Boston, Mass., and vicinity, the District Council of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America have instituted campaign of proselytism among the already organized members of the International Union of Shipwrights; and

WHEREAS, The methods employed emulate those of the life insurance companies of our country, namely, they offer to pay greater financial benefits to seceders and others than that which they (the seceders) were already guaranteed by theinternational Union of their trade; and

WH'EREAS, The employment of such vicious and discreditable methods, within the trades union movement, are a menace and a hindrance to the advancement of that noble cause, inasmuch as it has caused some of our most ardent and devoted workers to retire in disgust from the trades union movement altogether; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, As a remedy for so deplorable a condition within our great movement, that section 1, article XI, of the Constitution of the American Federation of Labor be amended to read as follows: "No Central Labor Union, or any other Central Body of delegates, shall admit to, or retain in their councils, delegates from any local organization that owes its allegiance to any other body, national or international, hostile to any affiliated organization, or that has been suspended or expelled by, or not connected with, a national or international organization of their trade herein affillated, or whose membership in part, or in whole, have seceded from or refuse to affiliate with the national or International organization of their trade, under penalty of having their charter revoked for violation of the same. subject to appeal to the next Convention." Referred to Committee on Laws.

Resolution No. 60—By Delegates J. J. Sullivan and W. F. Costello, of the International Association of Steam Fitters and Helpers:

WHEREAS, Article XI, Section 8, of the American Federation of Labor Constitution stipulates specifically that no Central body affiliated with the American Federation of Labor shall reject credentials presented by a duly elected or appointed delegation a local union chartered by a national or international union having affiliation with the American Federation of Labor; and

WHEREAS, Several locals of the International Asociation of Steam Fitters and Helpers have made application for affiliation with Central bodies affiliated with the American Federation of Labor, and the same have been rejected; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, By this Twenty-Eighth Annual Convention of the American Federation of Labor that the incoming officers of the American Federation of Labor immediately notify all Central bodies affiliated with the American Federation of Labor that they shall immediately comply with_Article XI, Section 8. of the American Federation of Labor Constitution.

Refered to Committee on Local and Federated Bodies.

Resolution No. 61-By Delegate C. 0. Young, of the Oregon State Federation of Labor:

WHEREAS, The Executive Council of the American Federation of Labor meet from time to time in various localities, for the purpose of transacting the necessary business coming before that body; and

WHEREAS, It has been the custom, to some extent at least, for the Council to meet in such locality or city as will serve the best interests of the general movement; and

WHEREAS, The Council has never met on the Pacific Coast, outside of San Francisco; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the Council be requested to hold a meeting as early as possible in the coming year, in either of the cities of Portland, Ore.; Seattle, or Tacoma, Wash., in order that the localities named may have the benefit and inspiration necessarily induced by those meetings, and also be the means of allowing the membership to become acquainted as far

as possible with the representatives of our great movement, and to hear their words of counsel and advice, which will naturally induce a greater activity and determination preserve; and, in the last analysis, be of great benefit to the movement as a whole. Referred to Committee on Resolutions.

Resolution No. 62-By Delegate Hugh Kirk, of the International Shipwrights, Joiners and Caulkers Union:

WHEREAS, The dispute between Local Union No. 60, Shipwrights' International, and Local Union No. 696, United Brotherhood Carpenters and Joiners of America (located at Tampa, Fla.), as contained in Resolution No. 89 of the Norfolk Convention, was referred

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said Convention), on recommendation of Committee on Adjustment, to the general officers of the respective international unions; and

WHEREAS, The General President of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, reporting on the subject-matter to the International Union of Shipwrights, stated that upon investigation he had found the matter had been satisfactorily settled by a committee representing the two local unions interested; and

WHEREAS, Third Vice-President Hankins of the International Union of Shipwrights (domiciled at Tampa, Fla.), reports that nothing whatsoever has been done to adjust the grievance; that members of Local 696, United Brotherhood Carpenters and Joiners of America, still continue to work for less than the standard rate of shipwrights' wages, and also work in harmony with non-union ship caulkers, thereby perpetuating the open shop; and

WHEREAS, Such conduct on the part of members of Local No. 696, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, is contrary to the principles of organized labor and should not be tolerated; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the delegates attending this Twenty-Eighth Annual Convention request the President of the American Federation of Labor to instruct a district organizer to proceed to Tampa, Fla., and investigate this grieve ance with a view of bringing about an amicable settlement between the two local unions interested. Referred to Committee on Adjustment.

Resolution No. 63—By Delegate Arthur Kahn, of the International Association of Fur Workers of the United States and Canada:

WHEREAS. The Fur Workers are in a continuous struggle for the betterment of their conditions; and

WHEREAS, They can be successful only by and through the aid of organized labor and its friends; therefore, be it

RESOLVED. That we request of the members organized labor and its friends to ask for the label of the International Association of Fur Workers of the United States and Canada whenever purchasing fur garments, and that the Twenty-Eighth Annual Convention of the American Federation of Labor appeals to all sympathizers to do likewise, and that we request all trade and labor papers to turn the attention of their readers to the label of said organization.

Referred to Committee on Labels. Resolution No. 64-By Delegate W. B. MacStay, of the New York City Central Federated Union:

WHEREAS, Resolution No. 174, of the Norfolk Convention, relates to the investigation and reorganization of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union by the Executive Council: and

WHEREAS, The Executive Council, acting in a fair and impartial manner

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held a meeting at Washington in January, 1908. The defendant not being present, the Executive Council decided to refer the subject matter to a sub-committee to meet in New York City for further investigation; and

WHEREAS, Said sub-committee met in New York City, April 17th and 18th, the matter was taken up, both sides represented, and as no agreement could be reached, the sub-committee of the Executive Committee suggested that a referee be appointed by the Executive Council, who shall be impartial and not familiar with the subject-matter in question and his decision to be final; and

WHEREAS. Both sides agreed to accept the suggestion of the sub-committee of the Executive Council: and

WHEREAS. The Executive Council appointed Mr. Cornelius Ford, of Hoboken, as arbitrator, who was not known to the parties to this controversy; and

WHEREAS. Mr. Ford had summoned the representatives of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union and Local 10 to a conference, to be held in New York City, May 20, 1908, both sides represented; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Ford rendered the following decision, viz. :

"1. That the General Executive Board reinstate the Amalgamated Ladies' Garmeint Cutters' Association of Greater New York, formerly Local 10 of the International Union, to full membership and benefits as existed previous to the revocation of charter.

*2. That every effort be made by the General Executive Board, which will clearly and specfically define the duties of district councils and local unions.

3. That Local No. 10 furnish a General Local Board with the duplicate green sheets of the financial secertary's day book, provided by the General Office, and also to send in a quarterly financial report, ending March, June, September and December, and Local No. 10 pay up all arrears and assessments and onehalf the per capita.

"4. Shop meetings to be called for all branches of the trade working in one particular shop. The business agents of the Tailors and Cutters to be present at such meetings whenever possible.

"5. That the question of the status of Local No. 53. or its membership. be decided as follows: To resume former relationship with No. 10," And

WHEREAS, Said decision was endorsed by the Executive Council of the Amer. ican Federation of Labor; and

WHEREAS, Local No. 10 has received and accepted said decision of Arbitrator Ford; and

WHEREAS. The International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union has failed to comply with the decision; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the charter of the International Ladies' Garment Workers be revoked, and the Executive Council of the American Federation of Labor be empowered to call a Convention of all unions of the craft for the purpose of reorganizing the International Ladies' Gar. ment Workers' l'nion upon trade union lines,

Referred to Committee on Adjustment.

Resolution No. 65–By Delegate Arnold B. MacStay, of the New York City Federated Union:

WHEREAS, At the Norfolk Convention of the American Federation of Labor Resolution No. 159 was introduced by Delegate James P. Holland, representing the New York Central Federated Union, relating to the controversy between the Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators and Paper Hangers and the Paper Hangers. Said resolution was amended, instructing the Executive Council to give a complete hearing of the Paper Hangers' grievance, and to settle the same consistent with the laws of the American Federation of Labor, and report results to the next Convention of the American Federation of Labor; therefore, be it

RESOLVED That the Executive Council is hereby instructed to make a report at this Convention of their findings, and refer the same to the proper committees, so that a settlement of the diffculty complained of can be permanently settled at this Convention of the American Federation of Labor.

Referred to Committee on Adjustment. Resolution No. 66—By Delegates T. J. Sullivan, Jere L. Sullivan, John H. Wallace, Thos. S. Farrell and W. Q. Sullivan, of the Hotel and Restaurant Employes International Alliance and Bartenders International League of America:

WHEREAS, It is a well known fact that the

wage earners of this country are forced to labor under distressing and inhuman conditions, working long hours for miserably, small wages, hardly sufficient to keep body and soul together, and wholly inadequate to maintain them in anything resembling respectability; and

WHEREAS, The women employed in public service establishments, such as hotels, restaurants, cafes and similiar institutions are by reason of their unorganized conditions suffering under species of bondage that should not prevall in a free country such as ours is alleged to be ; and

WHEREAS, We believe that if the organized workers and such organizations that seek to ameliorate the distressing conditions under which the women wage earers of our country are forced to labor will lend their assistance, that with such co-operation our International l'nion will be able in the very near future to produce excellent resulis in establishing and organizing the women Wage workers employed in the hotels, restaurants and similiar public service estabiishments into good, active unions; and

WHEREAS, We believe that the or. ganized workers of America are opposed to intolerable conditions and meager com. pensation for all the men and women of this land; Government statistics show that there are hundreds of thousands of unorganized female workers employed in the hotels, restaurants, etc., in these i'nited States who by reason of the long hours they are compelled to toil and generally unsanitary accommodations аге

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seldom free from the necessity of medical care and attention; therefore, be it RESOLVED, By the Twenty-Eighth Annual Convention of the American Federation of Labor, That we pledge the moral assistance of every afiliated organization to the before mentioned female workers and urge the unionists and their friends to endeavor to establish in their respective cities unions of these female workers.

Referred to Committee on Organization.

Resolution No. 67-By Delegates Matthew Comerford, Robert A. McKee, P. C. Winn and A. M. Huddell, of the International Union of Steam Engineers:

WHEREAS, The Norfolk Convention of the American Federation of Labor did order Double Drum Hoisters' Local Union No. 11275 to join the International Union of Steam Engineers; and

WHEREAS, Said Double Drum Hoisters' Local Union has not complied with said decision; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the charter of Local Union No. 11275 be revoked.

Referred to Committee on Adjustment. Resolution No. 68—By Delegate Matthew Comerford, of the International Union of Steam Engineers:

WHEREAS, By order of several successive Conventions of the American Federation of Labor, the jurisdiction of the International Union of Steam Engineers over members of the Steam Engineers' craft, were fully ratified and confirmed, as against the contesting claims of the United Brewery Workmen; and

WHEREAS, The United Brewery Workmen were, by order of the Minneapolis Convention of the American Federation of Labor, forbidden thereafter to initiate into its ranks any person over whom the International Union of Steam Engineers were given jurisdiction; and

WHEREAS, AS a result of its continued defiance of said order the charter of the United Brewery Workmen was revoked; and

WHEREAS, Said charter was by order of the Norfolk Convention restored, with the understanding that the United Brewery Workmen would thereafter refrain from further interference with the membership of the International Union of Steam Engineers; and

WHEREAS, Since the restoration of its charter, as at all times before, the United Brewery Workmen have refused compliance with the mandates of this body, and have introduced into its membership engineers owing allegiance to the International Union of Steam Engineers, greatly to the detriment of said body; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the United Brewery Workmen be, and they are, hereby ordered forthwith to surrender to the International Union of Steam Engineers all engineers initiated since the date of the Minneapolis Convention, and that it

be required hereafter to refrain from initiating engineers into their body; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That in any city or locality where the provisions of this resolution are not fully complied with, the endorsement and support of the American Federation of Labor shall be withdrawn from the label of the United Brewery Workmen, and the Central body of such city or locality is hereby instructed to unseat all delegates of the Brewery Workmen, pending a settlement of the difficulty; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That the Executive Council is hereby instructed to revoke the charter of any Central body refusing to comply with this decision.

Referred to Committee an Adjustment. Resolution No. 69-By Delegate J. B. Dale, California State Federation of Labor, and David McLennan, San Francisco Labor Council:

WHEREAS, The Shirt, Waist and Laundry Workers' International Union is composed, as the title signifies, of shirt and waist makers, cutters, collar and cuff makers, as well as bona fide laundry workers; and

WHEREAS, We, the Laundry Workers of San Francisco, maintain most emphatically that shirt makers, waist makers and collar and cuff makers belong by every reason of their occupation to the Garment Workers' Union, and that all people engaged in this class of work on the Pacific Coast do belong to said Garment Workers' Union and that the Garment Workers' International Union claims and desires jurisdiction over all people engaged in such work; and

WHEREAS, This amalgamation of people engaged in such divergent lines of occupation threatens the ultimate welfare and prosperity of both organizations, and as past experience has demonstrated that this policy of amalgamation has created a disposition to engender strife and foster jurisdiction disputes instead of to promote a spirit of co-operation; and

WHEREAS, The Laundry Workers' Union No. 26, of San Francisco, believe on account of the vast numbers of people engaged in their particular class of work throughout the entire country, that the Laundry Workers of all the cities of the United States are entitled to, and by every reason of equity and justice should have, a separate and independent charter; therefore, be it

RESOLVED. That the American Federation of Labor in regular Convention ag. sembled does hereby endorse the contentions of the Laundry Workers and does hereby order that the present charter of the Shirt, Waist and Laundry Workers' International Union be changed to read, International Laundry Workers' Union, and that all persons employed in the manufacture of garments under the jurisdiction of the Shirt, Waist and Laundry Workers' International Union be transferred to the United Garment Workers of America; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That the Executive Omcers of the American Federation of Labor be instructed to inaugurate this change of charter as expeditiously as possible.

Referred to Committee on Adjustment.

Resolution No. 70-By Delegato Austin Davis, of the Utah State Federation of Labor:

RESOLVED (1). That permanent rules of order and business be made a part of laws of the American Federation of Labor, and that Article III be so amended as to not include this Convention committee, as by past experience it has been shown that the committee's work is a waste of time, and that each Convention so amends the report as to fit the temper of the times, and that whatever actual business before the Convention will be transacted, no matter what rules may be adopted. (2.) That the hours belonging to the legitimate transaction of business be not taken up with hair-splitting discussions emanating from either obtuseness, obliquity or personal interest, to the detraction of actual business; be it the sense of this Convention that the present rules of order be made permanent for each succeeding Convention, and that a three-fifths vote be required to change any provision. (3.) That the secretary shall prepare and submit to the Laws Committee a concrete draft of the proposed addition to the laws, to be reported to the Convention for adoption as permanent provisions.

Referred to Committee on Rules and Order.

Resolution No. 71-By Delegate Austin Davis, of the C'tah State Federation of Labor:

RESOLVED, That the observance of the patronage of union products of union men and of firms union exclusively shall be made as obligatory among union principles and tenets that of maximum hours and the minimum wage; that political action shall be an asset of unionism and no excuse for non-observance shall be countenanced. Referred to Committee on Labels.

Resolution No. 72-By Delegates A. B. Grout and James J. Dardis, of the Metal Polishers. Buffers, Platers and Brass Workers International Union:

WHEREAS, The Buck's Stove and Range Co. of St. Louis, Mo., manufacturers of the Buck's stoves and ranges, has all of its polishing, buffing and plating done exclusively by non-union men, and as far as possible discriminate against members of labor unions in the operation of its factory; and

WHEREAS, The president of the Buck's Stove and Range Company. Mr. J. W. VanCleave, who also president of the National Association of Manufacturers, has used si'ch part of the million and a half dollars war fund as he has suc. ceeded in hoodwinking the membership of the Manufacturers' Association to pay. for the purpose of defraying expense to prevent legislation from the United States Congress in the interest of labor and the people generally, and influencing

political parties from declaring in favor of relief prayed for by labor organizations; and

WHEREAS, In pursuance of the objects of the said J. W. VanCleave, president of the Buck's Stove & Range Company, and president of the National Association of Manufacturers. to disrupt labor organizations, he has caused President Gompers. Vice-President Mitchell and Secretary Morrison to be summoned in the District Court of Columbia to show cause why they should not be punished for contempt of court; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the editor of The American Federationist, the labor press, all friendly publications, the committees of Central Bodies and all organizers of the American Federation of Labor who were requested to carry on a “campaign of education," at our last Convention, be requested to give the facts in this case the widest possible publicity; be it further

RESOLVED, That in order to afford the best legal protection possible to those who are at present defending themselves in the interests of Union Labor, and those who may be attacked on account of their attitude in the Buck's Stove & Range Company's case, that the Executive Council be authorized to levy special assessments, not to exceed one cent per capita per month, as their judgment decides is to the interests of the trades union movement; therefore, be it further

RESOLVED, That if the present contempt proceedings instituted against President Gompers, Vice-President Mitchell and Secretary Morrison result in their being found guilty. that on the second Sunday after such' finding all Central Bodies be requested to hold protest meetings and invite friendly societies and the general public to participate.

Referred to Committee on Education. Resolution No. 73–By Delegate Frank H. McCarthy, of the Massachusetts State Branch:

WHEREAS, There are in the city of Quincy, Mass., upwards of three tnousand men employed in the shipbuilding industry that are unorganized; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the incoming Executive Council be directed to consider the advisability of placing in the city of Quincy: Mass., an 'American Federation of Labor Organizer for at least six months of the year 1909.

Referred to Committee on Organization.

Resolution No. 74-By Delegates Frank H. McCarthy, of the Massachusetts State Branch, and Wm. H, Frazier, of the International Seamen's t'nion:

WHEREAS. Brother Frank K. Foster has been confined to a hospital for upwards of a year, and, according to the best medical advice, is beyond recovery: and

WHEREAS. Through his long illness all his financial resources have become exhausted; through which fact the Massachusetts State Branch, American Federation of Labor, has opened a fund

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