Hemingray Glass Company - Muncie, Indiana

Striking Boys Return to Work


Publication: The Muncie Daily Times

Muncie, IN, United States
vol. 24, no. 5, p. 1, col. 4


Over a Hundred Walk Out at Ball

Brothers' Glass Factory.

The Color Line is Drawn — Statements of

Firm and the Strikers — Factory

Running Again To day.

At 9:30 o'clock last night, about 185 carrying-in boys at Ball Brothers' factory No. 8, walked out because they were required to work with fifteen or twenty colored boys. The whole factory was shut down by the movement, and about 600 men and boys were out of employment last night. The boys state that the pressers encouraged them to strike, but the pressers deny this. A member of the firm spoke to the boys and told them that it not only would be wrong morally for the colored lads to be discharged, but that it would be against the law of the land, as well. The boys do not think so however, and any they propose to remain out until the objectionable boys are removed from the fac­tory. "This thing has been going on for a good while," said one of the boys this morning, "but 1 did not know that we were going to strike until I went to work last evening." Several of the boys are merely out because their companions are, but all appear to be in favor of the movement. About fifty or seventy-five of the strikers were on the up-town streets this morning, all ap­parently inspired by their own notions.

A conversation was held with a member of the firm, this morning, in which he stated that the whole factory is running again to-day, the places of the strikers have been filled by men and boys from the outside and by employes of the factory. "We cannot discharge our employes because they are colored, said Mr. Ball. "We have a number of colored men who have been with as for years. They are honest and industrious fellows and we would have no right to discharge them. When the boys made their request, we of course refused it. We are employing other boys and men to fill the places of the strikers as fast as they come along. We have secured enough to run the factory to-night and anticipate no serious difficulty for the future. If the strikers want to return, they will have to make application the same as those who never worked here. The striking boys will be taken back — as many of them as we have places to fill — but those that come late probably will be out of a position. The men that we have hired to take the boys' posi­tions, later on we may put at work in other departments of the factory. A strike on account of color is an unjust one. The boys have no complaint to make on the ground of wages."

The strike among the carrying in boys at Hemingray's glass factory has been settled and the lads returned to work last night. They enjoyed a brief vacation from labor and now are working at the same wages they did before the strike was inaugurated. The management, however, agreed to pay them as much as the boys in similar positions are being paid in the other glass factories of the city. They were satisfied with this offer, apparently, and went back to their labor without complaint.


Keywords:Hemingray : Labor Relations
Researcher notes: 
Supplemental information:Articles: 273, 1346, 1348, 1349, 3925, 5644, 5645
Researcher:Bob Stahr
Date completed:May 4, 2004 by: Glenn Drummond;