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The Typographical Journal

J. W. HAYS, Editor and Publisher, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA


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Forty-six new charters were issued during the fiscal year ending May 31, 1909. Twelve charters were either suspended, surrendered or revoked. The increase for the year, therefore, was thirty-four unions, making the total number of unions affiliated with the International organization 652.

The jurisdiction of Oneonta (N. Y.) Union No. 135 has been extended to Roxbury, a nearby town, the headquarters of the Order of the Golden Seal, a strong fraternal organization. The Roxbury Times is the official paper of the order and does a vast amount of printing for the same. The Golden Seal requires the label on all its printed matter, and the Times pays $3 more than the Oneonta scale for machine operators. Which all would seem to indicate that this fraternal order is a consistent friend of the organized workers,

NON-UNION papers do not thrive in Oklahoma soil. The Chandler News, which has been without the pale of the local typographical union, has been absorbed by the Publicist, which gives the town two good union newspapers.

ACCORDING to a comparative table recently published by the Syndical Union of French Master Printers, the following aver

age rates prevail in various countries for

ALREADY, as a result of the crusade being composition per hour : Germany, 28 cents; made by the trade unions for more healthBelgium, 30; England, 46; France, 40, and ful and sanitary working conditions, there America, $1.

has been a marked decrease in the percent

age of tuberculosis among the workmen of The printers' union label is in use in

some of the well organized industries. nearly 700 cities and towns of the United

From statistics recently secured we find States and Canada. Many municipalities

that in 1888 52 per cent of all cigarmakers' and several states require all printing to be

deaths were due to tuberculosis. In 1890 done in union offices and to bear the trade

this percentage had been reduced to 35 per mark of the union.

cent, and in 1905 to 24 per cent. In 1888

the average life of a union cigarmaker was ELSEWHERE in this issue we publish an 30 years and 5 months, and in 1905 it was article written by A. H. McQuilkin, editor 46 years and 11 months. This certainly is of the Inland Printer, which contains a a most positive argument in favor of the good suggestion, and which might be con- union shop, and indicates that considerasidered with profit by the delegates to the tions entirely aside from wages have influcoming convention. Mr. McQuilkin tells enced the cigarmakers' union in its effort of the employment bureau which has been to improve the social conditions of its memoperated for some years under the auspices bership and their standard of living. of his publication, and recommends that the scheme be taken up by the International

MEMBERS of the International Union, esUnion and operated on a larger scale.

pecially those located in the small towns of

our jurisdiction, are warned against one The New York committee for the promo

Louis Lloyd Stevenson, who is engaged in tion of a universal union label has taken

the business of working up special editions steps to form a permanent organization.

for newspapers. He recently appeared at The object is to urge the American Federa

Fulton, Ky., and secured $75 on a bogus tion of Labor to adopt an emblem that will

check, after having it endorsed by the pubrepresent all union-made goods, so that the

lishers of the Daily News, of that place. purchasing power of organized labor can

He gave out the impression that he carried be concentrated on one label. The proposi

a typographical union card. Stevenson is tion has been before conventions of the

about 5 feet 6 inches in height, of dark American Federation of Labor in the past,

complexion, dark hair plentifully tinged but that body has never taken favorable

with gray, stubby mustache, and has a deep action.

bullet scar in the right jaw near the chin. The Union Printers Home is represented

He weighs about 140 pounds. This descrip

tion should be borne in mind when any afat the Seattle exposition by an exhibit sim

fable stranger appears with a scheme of the ilar to that which attracted so much atten

kind proposed by Stevenson. He may use tion at the International Congress on Tuber

a different name the next time. culosis, held in Washington, D. C., last fall. The tent model aroused so much interest that the National Association for the Pre- The average payment per member made vention of Tuberculosis is showing it in its to the old age pension fund of the Internaeducational tour of the United States. The tional Typographical Union for the past committee touring the country has lately year was 37.3 cents per month. The total been in the south. Superintendent Deacon earnings of the members aggregated $40,recently received a letter from Manager 293,738, or practically an average of $897 Routzain, of the general exhibit, dated at for each one. No American trade union Atlanta, Ga., commenting favorably on the can show an average earning capacity for general interest caused by the model tent of its members that comes anywhere near these the Home,


Two of the largest institutions of the work on composing machines on terms unkind in the country are Parke, Davis & Co. der which they are called upon to produce a and Frederick Stearns & Co., manufactur- fixed amount of composition, or on a sysing chemists, with laboratories in Detroit, tem of payment (except piecework pure and Mich. While both of these concerns have simple) which offers inducements to racing none but union men in their employ in their or undue competition between machine opprinting departments, they complain that erators." some of their printed matter is returned to them bearing the sticker. This information The most prominent tuberculosis specialis given to enlighten the different unions, ists in the country agree that alcohol will and to suggest to their members to refrain not cure consumption. Dr. S. A. Knopf from returning such matter to these two says: "Alcohol has never cured, and never Detroit firms. It is the desire of the in- will cure, tuberculosis. It will either preterested parties to be placed in the proper vent or retard recovery.” Dr. Frank Billlight before the organized workers of the ings, of Chicago, and Dr. Vincent Y. Bowcountry. Remember that all the printing of ditch, ex-presidents of the National AssoParke, Davis & Co. and Frederick Stearns & ciation for the Study and Prevention of Co. is the product of members of Typo- Tuberculosis; Dr. Lawrence F. Flick, of graphical Union No. 18.

Philadelphia, and Dr. Edward L. Trudeau, of Saranac Lake, the founder of the anti

tuberculosis movement in this country, are The thirteenth annual convention of the Allied Printing Trades Council of New

all of the same opinion. York State will be held in Buffalo the 6th, 7th and 8th of July. Primarily born to For the benefit of those who are troubled combat the installation of a printing plant with short memories, it would be well to in the state penal institutions, it has con- recall to their minds the boasts made by tinued to watch closely legislation at Al- many of the employing printers of the counbany, and has been the means of killing try, at the outset of the movement for the many vicious bills. Thomas D. Fitzgerald, eight-hour day some four years ago, that president of the council and a member of the International Typographical Union Albany Union, has been on watch in the would be completely disrupted in the strugstate legislative assembly, having been se- gle. The officers' reports for the fiscal year lected by the state workingmen's federation just closed indicate that the membership of to act in that capacity.

our union is at nearly the same stage that it was in 1905. At that period it had more

members on its rolls than at any previous REPRESENTATIVES of the New York State

time in the history of the organization. Allied Printing Trades Council, the International Brotherhood of Papermakers, and the

At the annual meeting of the southwest International Brotherhood of Pulp, Sulphite

district of the Iowa State Library Associaand Paper Mill Workers held a conference

tion, held at Shenandoah, June 9, one of the in Albany, N. Y., last month, and adjusted

interesting discussions was in relation as to the differences which have existed between

what magazines to use in a small public lithe two organizations of paper mill workers for the past three years.

brary. The Ladies' Home Journal was put on the "doubtful" list, while the Saturday

Evening Post was not even mentioned as The Typographical Association of Great one of the good library periodicals. It is Britain intends making alterations in its : quite improbable that the sentiment of the working rules, one of the most important convention was in any way influenced by being that the use of indicators, or any sys- feelings either for or against organized tem by which a machine operator's output labor, the delegates coming from communimay be gauged, is prohibited. Another pro- ties where the labor movement receives vision is that members shall not "accept scant attention. The opinion, therefore,

was unbiased in regard to the non-union Philadelphia publications, and shows the attitude of the library students of Iowa toward the Curtis periodicals.

THROUGH the energy displayed by the label committee of Saginaw (Mich.) Union No. 50, the label now appears on all textbooks of the Bliss-Alger College.

“The Mass and Vestments of the Catholic Church,” by Rt. Rev. Monsignor John Walsh, of St. Peter's church, of Troy, N. Y., and published by the 'Troy Times Art Press, bears the label of Troy Typographical Union No. 52, with his sanction. The book is dedicated to the bishop of the diocese, and is a splendid specimen of the art preservative. It is a scholarly treatise—liturgical, doctrinal, historical and archeological—of the Catholic faith, containing valuable information for the laity. The monsignor has attested his friendship to organized labor on numerous occasions, and the label of our craft upon his book is a further testimonial of his good will.

There can be no question but that the process of “Americanizing the Philippines" is gaining some headway. In a recent strike of the street railway employes at Manila the injunction was used to prevent mass meetings being held for the purpose of voicing grievances against the company.

PRESIDENT McPhail, of Boston Union No. 13, under date of June 13, writes as follows:

The contract for the National Sportsman, which has been printed in a non-union office, has been given to a union shop, and in the future will be produced under strictly union conditions.

STERN resistance is still being made by the Stove Mounters' and Steel Range Workers' International Union against the methods of the Favorite Stove and Range Company, of Piqua, Ohio, which declared for the "open shop” and its consequent reduction in wages and increase of hours. Don't forget that Favorite stoves and ranges are manufactured by a company whose management is antagonistic to organized labor and its efforts to maintain fair living conditions.

In a letter to President Lynch, dated June 9, Organizer Devereux says:

During the last couple of days I have been in. terviewing the members of the Minnesota State Printing Commission and the state expert printer in regard to the state printing for the year. The printing amounts to between $25,000 and $28,000, approximately, and I am pleased to inform you that union job plants in St. Paul and Minneapolis secured all of it-the Syndicate Printing Company, Minneapolis, and the Volks-Zeitung job office, St. Paul.

The Des Moines Register and Leader of June 6 printed a complete and comprehensive summary of the fight which is being waged against tuberculosis in the state of Iowa. The article included, among other illustrations, a picture of the Union Printers Home. The Register and Leader has rendered a valuable service to its readers and manifested the conception of newspaper functions that is admirable.

The workingman is much in evidence "in the seats of the mighty" in faraway Australia. A hodcarrier is vice-chairman of the national council. This job corresponds to the vice-presidency of the United States. The man who sits at the head of the table at the meetings of the Australian national council, the present premier, is a coal miner. A metal worker is secretary of foreign affairs, a carpenter holds the portfolio for national defense, and the minister of trade formerly made hats for a living. The postmaster-general is a miner, the minister of home affairs is a newspaper writer, and the attorney-general is a lawyer well known for his friendly attitude toward labor.

It is not strange that the cloven hoof of Satan should peep out of all the public utterances of John Kirby since his election to the presidency of the National Association of Manufacturers. He was selected for the position for just that purpose.

The Woman's International Label League held a successful session at Louisville, Ky., June 15-17, the International Typographical Union being represented by Albert E. Hill, of Nashville, Tenn.

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