Trades Council; LU 23 reports an improvement


Publication: The Morning News

Muncie, IN, United States


An Interesting Session – Condition of Trade – A Boycott.

The Trades’ council held a very interesting meeting in Labor hall last evening at which two delegates, Messrs. Bird and Elliott of the Flint Glass Workers union No. 23, were installed. The various standing committees reported progress. These committees were appointed but last meeting night and are not yet used to their work, but the members are rapidly becoming adapted to their new duties.

The condition of trade, as reported by the various delegates, was as follows: Green Glassworkers – greatly improved. Carpenters – much better and shows signs of improvement. Bakers – first class. Cigarmakers – much better and show signs of improvement. Flint glassworkers – reported a very decided improvement.

But one delegate from the amalgamated Association of Iron and Steel Workers, and he an employe of the Indiana mill, was present. Speaking personally he reported that business was booming at the big mill in Congerville and they have all the work they can do.

The various trades were asked to begin to take steps for the appropriate observance of Labor day. This is the first Monday in September but the Trades’ council decided it wise to begin early to arrange for the celebration and in that end the trades are each requested to prepare a program, these to be submitted to the council for final adoption.

The gloomy outlook in the cigarmakers’ trade aroused the sympathy of the Trades’ council and as a means of affording them some relief the following preamble and resolutions were unanimously adopted:

WHEREAS, Certain cigar manufacturers non-resident of either Muncie or this State, have made our fair city a dumping ground for the reception and distribution of their wares to the detriment of manufacturers now engaged in business here who deserve our earnest support and patronage and whose sympathy for organized labor has never been question; therefore, be it Resolved, That we, as delegates from the various trades represented in the Trades’ council, do everything that lays in our power to boycott from the city all cigars not bearing the blue label. And be it further Resolved, That it be the sense of this meeting that the delegates here . . . [illegible text] . . . be and hereby requested to report this condition of affairs to their respective locals for such action as they may deem necessary to assist the cigarmakers in their effort to make an honest living through the sale of strictly union cigars.


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Researcher:Roger Lucas / Bob Stahr
Date completed:March 9, 2014 by: Deb Reed Fowler;