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Trades Council Organized

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Day
31
Month
August
Year
1888
Copyright
Public Domain
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Nearly a hundred of the workingmen f this city met at Firemen's Hall on klonday evening for the purpose of lisening to an explanation of the workngs of the trades councils and to organize a council in thia city if deemed xpedient. Simon Goldwater, presient of the Detreit council, and Repreentative Ogg. vice-president of the ame organization, were present and xpounded upon the objects of the conederation of trades. The meeting was called to order, and f ter VV. E. Ho we had been eleoted hairmanMr. (oldwater addressed the meeting. He stated the object of the ouncil, such as it was proposed to organize to-night, to be to improve the onditions of its members both √ľnanially and morally; to secure a better ivelihood for themselves and families; o secure a better standard of intellectual morality and better education for he workingman and nis family. He deprecated the importation of Chinese and other cheap labor to compete with American labor and thought the only method to prevent this was to prohibit tand enforce the laws as the adminis;ration was now endeavoring to do. He olved the much talked of free trade and protection effect upon the wages of tbe workingmen of this country problem, stating that free trade and protection had no effect whatever upon tnern. Free trade would not bring the American workingman down to the level of pauper labor, and protection would not protect them from it. One will not tramp them down or the other raise them up. If protection claims the benefit of raising the workingman's wages, why is it that in onepart of the country wages are high and in another part low, for the same work? That a man gets $3.75 a dav for his labor in some parts and only $1.00 a day in others? It is not protection that makes high wages. It is where the workingmen are organized that they receive high {wages, and where they are unorganized that they are low. Protection and f ree trade have nothing to do with it, as it is organization and supply and demand which govern these. The only method of overcommg the wage question was for the workingmen to unite for protection of their own interests and in opposition to the importation and competition of this pauper labor. He showed how few were the beneflta to the workingmen of different trades uniting and keeping separate their own unions, and how great these benefits were when these unions were centralizad and all working for the good of each other. Mr. Ogg then addressed the meeting, following in the same vein as Mr. Goldwater had done. During his remarks he paid a high tribute to Hon. C. II. Manly, of this city, for the manner in which he endeavored to protect the workingmen'8 interest in the last legislature, as his voice and influence were always used in their behalf . In concluding, he urged the members there present to unite in organizins; a trades council at once, and his cali was followed by a temporary organization being effected, the following officers being elected: Henry liliton, president; HughJenkins, vice-president; W. A. Groom, secretary; Chas. Houghtby, fiuancial secretary; W. E . Howe, treasurer.

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Ann Arbor Argus
Old News