Title: "The Tribune Lock-Out" 1896
Author: Winnipeg Trades and Labor Council
Source: Archives of Manitoba, MG10 A14-2, Robert Boyd Russell #82, International Typographical Union #191 (Wpg) Papers 1894-c.1960
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Statement of the Case by the
Trades and Labor Coucnil.
After thirteen years of peace and
equitable wages the Winnipeg Tribune,
the so-called friend of the common people,
has attempted to impose on their printers
the decision of an arbitration based on
evidence, that they, themselves, admitted
should never have been considered.
A committee of the Trades and Labor
Council have investigated the circum-
stances leading up to the strike and find
them as follows:-
For some time previous to the strike on
November 3rd, the Tribune thought
their operators on the Rogers Typograph
machines were making too much money
and asked their men to accept a lower rate.
It should be remembered that other papers
were paying the same rate, that is fifteen
cents per 1,000 ems. The men referred
Mr. McIntyre, the business manager of
the Tribune, to their union, and gave
him to understand that all alteration in
their scale of wages would affect all other
operators on the same machines in the
city and they would have to be consulted
in the re-arrangement of the scale of prices.
Mr. McIntyre demurred to this and
wanted to effect an understanding
with his own operators irrespective of
others employed elsewhere. This would
have been a direct violation of Union
Employees have found that more satis-
factory results are obtained by dealing
collectively with employers. The men
insisted that their employers should deal
with their union as the only safe guard
to an honest and equitable basis of wages
upon which publishers could carry on
the business.
After considerable correspondence be-
tween the Tribune management and the
officers ot the Typographical Union, and
through the good offices of a representative
from the International organization with
which the local union is affiliated, it was
agreed to submit the question of a wage
scale to arbritation. Some difference of
opinion as to the constitution of the board
of arbitration was overcome by the Typo-
graphical Union conceding Mr. McIntyre's
demand that it should consist of three
Briefly stated, the point in dispute was
this: The Tribune Publishing Co. offered
12 cts. in place of the existing scale of 15
cts.; as paid by other firms in the city
using same machines and producing the
same class of work. The Typographical
Union refused to accept this reduction;
and offered a day rate of $19 per week.
This was at the substance of the case, with
the proviso, as distinctly understood by
Mr. McIntyre for the Tribune manage-
men and Mr. Puttee for the Typographi-
cal Union, that the financial ability of
the Tribune to pay or not to pay wges,
should not in any way bear upon , or
affect the decision of the arbitration.
Imagine the astonishment of the print-
ers interested when the majority of the
arbitrators gave their decision, which in-
cluded this clause:
"4. That the facts submittted warrant
us in believing that the above rate per
thouseand, 12½ cents, is as much as the
earning of the business will warrant the
publishers in paying, and that a higher
rate of wages in this particular depart-
ment, would not, therefore, be fair to the

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