Titre: "United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners" in 1907 Labour Day Souvenir Program, p. 19 and 21.
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Winnipeg Trades and Labour Council 1, 1907 Labour Day Souvenir Program, p. 19 and 21
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The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and
Joiners of America organized in the city of Chicago,
August 12th, 1881, beginning with 12 local unions, has
now grown to form a continuous chain of over 1900
locals, stretching from Nova Scotia to San Francisco,
from Canada to Mexico, under one head, numbering
over 200,000 members, and is constantly growing in
strength and power as an organization. The
benevolent features of the Brotherhood are such as
should commend themselves to every thinking man.
The general benefits are: $200.00 for funeral benefit
on the death of a member, $400.00 in case of a
permanent disability, with $50.00 on the death of the
wife of a married member, and $3.00 to $5.00 per
week sick benefit according to length of membership.
The cost of maintaining these benefits is small, and
through the co-operation of all the unions in the
United Brotherhood these various benefits are
Local 343, in spite of the large amount of immi-
gration that floods this city every season, has main-
tained its position, and is to-day one of the largest
unions in the city.
We ask you as intelligent workmen if the time has
not arrived to seriously consider what we have to say.
Do you notice that the wages of the carpenter are
lower than those of other mechanics who require no
greater skill and who have no expensive tools. We
find the bricklayers, plasterers, stone masons, and, in
some cities, the hod carriers, are all getting higher
wages and better terms than the carpenters. Why is
this? Is our labor less necessary and theirs more
important? Or is it not that they get more because
they unite and ask it? While carpenters remain
divided and take meekly whatever is offered—that
this should be so is entirely our own fault—it therefore
becomes our duty to ask ourselves are we willing by
our own indifference to allow this state of things to go
on? If the non-union carpenters of this city wish to
alter this state of affairs they can do so by joining

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