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Railroad Telegrapher, The (Newspaper) - March 28, 1896, Peoria, Illinois MARCH OFFICIAL ORGAN Order of Railroad Telegraphers of North Advertising 20 Euclid Entered at the Post Office at as secondclass mail Subscription per Published LABORS POWER Every trades union is a powerhouse which furnishes the labor movement with motive If the trades unions are weak and inactive there is no pro If the machinery at any power house becomes disarranged there is just that much less power behind the labor The labor movement is for better less hours of toil and fair As the movement progresses it benefits but remember it can progress but slowly if the power houses are poorly managed and sus Every member of a trades union is a part of the machinery which supplies the power therefore every member should be wide awake and The larger the membership the more machinery in operation and the greater the power put behind the labor Labor wants reforms is cry ing in anguish for If it will only consolidate itself in the respective trades unions and pull the re forms will become Telegra phers are complaining bitterly that rGreed has ruined their pro if you prefer the telegraphers will never improve exist ing conditions until they learn to pull until they learn that they must unitedly stand up boldly for their rights and maintain a power house well equipped to supply their part of the labor movement with sufficient motive power to push it Their power house is the Order of Railroad Telegra It is a magnificent structure erected by men who willingly sacrificed personal interest for the general welfare of the Every stone in its foundation has been sprinkled with the tears of wives and children who suffered with our Brothers who stood by our banner and yet pass within the edifice and one hears songs of praise and grat itude from those who have in days of misfortune and sorrow felt the warmth of Brotherhood and Fraternity about their sad Those who sprinkled the foundation stones of our power house with their tears do not regret They are proud of it and would do so The to them is a it is their star of The only regret those veterans have is that every rail road telegrapher in the land is not en rolled beneath the banner they love so And why are they not all enrolled Ask yourself if you are a nonmember and the answer which strives to pass your lips is the right Our power house is ten years old it is well equipped and the force it distributes is a factor beneficial to every railroad Those who are crying for better wages should become a part of our great machinery and thereby increase the amount of power within our How about that state board of exam iners for railroad telegraphers Is it not a good subject for discussion When you wish to say anything about the boys on your road give their full names and the name of the station they work Correspondence reading Px at Sy has been sick and Go at M has no uptodate card will be fed to the We all love to talk about the oppres sion of but it would be wise for this nation to think more about the oppression of labor by capital in this The editor of this journal wants every railroad telegrapher to hold an upto date card and read the TELEG RAPHER Are we going to have it that way or not When you hear a man The is no good and know he draws an in creased salary by reason of an you may conclude he is talking through the crevices of his Some philanthropists are exercising their brains as to how to furnish the poor of our cities with suitable Give the poor better opportunities and fair wages and they will improve the condition of their Man should receive fair wages because it is impossible to work all the He must eat and He must have time to read and think or he becomes a mere Interest is the only thing that can work continually without and Capital keeps it stead ily at This is what Professor John of Columbia says about the or ganizing of labors forces It is no longer a question as to whether labor ought not to be It is inevit Trades unions date from the time when 35 of them were chartered under Emperor The organiza tion into trades unions and the political power of such provides a sort of diplomacy more effective because of the thing threatened and not thrust into the face of the The union of forces with a strike in the background and not in the foreground might accom plish what employes would fail to ac complish if making individual
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