You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes.
Monday June 15, 1903
Chicago, Illinois - The Cooks and Waiters Are On Their Own
The strike of the cooks and waiters of this city clearly shows the weakness of the craft union form of labor organization. Some of the crafts strike while others remain at work. Not only are the other unions in the industry continuing to work while the cooks and waiters strike, but they are now pressuring them to accept concessions, rather than helping them to fight on for victory. This sad state of affairs is called union scabbing. The cure is Industrial Organization, which, sadly, Samuel Gompers and the other A.F.of L. leaders continue to oppose.
Secretary and President of A.F.of L.
The New York Times
-of June 15, 1903
History of the Labor Movement in the United States Vol 3
The Policies and Practices of the American Federation of Labor 1900-1909
-by Philip S Foner
International Pub, 1981
Sunday June 15, 1913
Paterson, New Jersey - More Heavy Sentences Handed Out to Strikers
This past Friday, Judge Klienert sentenced nine strikers to from one and one-half to three years in the State Prison, and another to six months in the county jail. The men were convicted of crimes ranging from assault of a police officer to unlawful assemblage.
Later that evening, sixty-eight strikers were arrested while protesting the importation of scabs. Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, Haywood, Tresca, and Lessig spoke to strikers at a lot near Water Street. A letter was read which had been written by Upton Sinclair to Alexander Scott, the Socialist Editor recently sentenced to one to fifteen years. Sinclair denounced Scott's conviction as "the most outrageous legal persecution that has ever been recorded in our history."
The New York Times
-of June 14, 1913
Saturday June 15, 2013
From Labor Notes: Japanese railway unionist support American dockworkers.
Railway unionists in Tokyo [Thursday] protested a lockout nearly 5,000 miles away, of American dockworkers who load grain onto ships headed for Asia.Read full article here:
With signs calling the aggressive employer a “Merchant of Death,” Japanese workers rallied outside the headquarters of Marubeni, owner of Columbia Grain, which locked out members of Longshore (ILWU) Local 8 in Portland, Oregon, in May.
“If you continue Columbia Grain's operation in such way,” wrote the railway union Doro-Chiba and a Japanese labor federation in a letter to Marubeni executives, “you will be faced with bitter condemnation and outrage from workers not only in the United States but also all around the world.”
The unions also called out two other Japanese companies. Mitsui is the owner of United Grain, which locked out ILWU Local 4 members in Vancouver, Washington, in February, and ITOCHU is part of the cartel that owns EGT, whose pitched battle with ILWU Local 21 members in Longview, Washington, two years ago captured national attention—but ended with the union accepting inferior terms. Now the other grain shippers want the same deal.
H/T to 6412093 for the tip on this story.
See also this story on the watery picket line:
Video from Doro-Chiba:
Japanese railway workers protested outside the headquarters of Marubeni, owner of Columbia Grain—one of two shipping companies that has locked out members of Longshore (ILWU) in Oregon and Washington.
ILWU Local 8 in Portland, OR
International Longshore and Warehouse Union
"That's a power, that's a power
that must rule in every land,
One Industrial Union Grand!"