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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other employees or to the proprietors of
the business themselves.
As might be expected, Mr. Puttee, the
printer's counsel, immediately entered a
protest. Mr. Saults, the arbitrator
appointed by the printers, handed in a
minority report expressing in strong and
forcible language his protest against the
procedure of the arbitrators. In spite of
the protest, the Tribune management
insisted on forcing their men to accept
the absurd decision. The men, to
protect themselves, gave reasonable notice
to their employers, that such decision
could not be accepted, for the reasons
above stated, and at the same time inti-
mated their readines to re-open the case.
A representative of the union waited on
the Tribune management for their reply,
at the hour stated in the notice, and was
informed by Mr. McIntyre, that he had
no reply, then, to give, and did not know
if there would be any reply.
This action on the part of the Tribune,
could only be interpreted to mean that
they would not further consider the mat-
ter, in other words, the decision of part
of the arbritation was to be be accepted by
them and the protest of the printers to
be ignored.
The Typographical Union stated their
case to the Trades Council, which body
appointed a committee to make a personal
investigation; and they found that the
action of the printers in repudiating the
award was the only honorable course they
could take. The committee in their long
interview with the managers of the
Tribune verified all the facts laid before
them in the said Union.
As a basis of the settlement, the Trades
Council committee made the following
1. For a week's work of six days of
eight hours, $19 be paid. Operators of
Rogers machines to be employed 7½ con-
secutive hours in composition and half an
hour for incidental duties.
2. The injurious gases ascending from
the metal used in typecasting to be con-
ducted form the work-room by pipes or
other means, so as such will not affect the
health of employees.
3. For all composition done by piece
work the rate of 14 cents per thousand to
be paid. Seven and half hours actual
composition to be a maximum day's work
on piece scale.
4. That all employees who left their
work to be reinstated without prejudice.
In reply to this it was stated by the
Tribune management that the offer could
not be considered on account of Clause 4,
they having guaranteed employment for
life to the "scabs" who took the place of
Union men.
This leaves the Tribune in a position
of antagonism to organized labor, and it
is our duty to callup upon all workingmen
to use every means in their power to
compel the "Tribune" to pay for its
labor at the same rate as is paid by other
newspapers, and to re-unionize their
office. It is an attack upon Trades
Unionism which all Trades Unionists
must resist.
We therefore ask all sympathizers of
organized labor to consider the advisabil-
ity of supporting a paper, which, while
posing as a friend, displays actual opposi-
tion to the movement which has done so
much for the advancement of the work-
ing classes. Its power can be minimized
if workingmen cease to patronize it and
induce others to follow their example.
Action in this direction will soon bring it
to a sense of its anomalous position, and
the necessity of its being consistent.
President Trades and Labor Council.
Bricklayer's Union.
Order of Railway Conductors.
American Railway Union,
Committee trades and Labor Council

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