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Pattern Makers' Journal Official Organ
of the Pattern Maker's League of North America, Cincinnati, O.

November, 1914 Issue:

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.

It again becomes my sad duty to call on you to print in our monthly journal, so that each member in our organization can read and be on the lookout for the traitors we have encountered in Bay City.

Sam Brown, a young man who hails from Glasgow, about 26 years of age and who refused to leave at the time our members were locked out at the Industrial Works of Bay City, is still there and scabbing; he has been expelled and fined $100. This young man believes in the union all right, but when it suits the boss to find fault with our organization, he agrees with the boss. In my conversation with him he told me that he did not thing it right for the organization to dictate to the firm as to conditions of employment. I wonder why this man ever joined unless he thought this was a mutual admiration society; well, he has found out since that it is not, at least I hope he has.

Next, we have a city father, a member of the common council of Bay City, who was always with the boys but never paid in anything, but was always ready to receive and ride on the backs of others; he too, is still there and scabbing; and right here I want to say to the members that the man who does not belong to our organization and pay his money in the same as the rest of us, is against us, and we will leave it to organized labor of Bay City next spring and see if he is to continue on as a city father.

Now we come to a man named John Swartz, who is supposed to be the foreman, and I don't want any member to mis-construe my meaning, for foreman we must have; but a man who knows his business doesn't have to stand around outside the factory after quitting time and watch the movements of others, then run into the office and tell the superintendent and every one else he chances to meet that the organization is around, thus making of himself an errand boy and belittling himself in the eyes of those who have made it possible for him to hold his job.

Now we come to the lowest of men, one Willard J. Carroll. This fellow came here under an assumed name and after confessing to me his identity, said he did not know of any trouble existing in this shop, and pleased poverty and agreed to leave the shop, was received by the loyal members whose place he had taken, with open arms, and they shared with him good fellowship, which should exist among union men; this party returned to the shop and told all he could find out and refused to leave on the day he agreed to. I was again sent for, and talked to this man and he again agreed to pay up his arrearage and quit. Well, he failed to pay this arrearage, but quit and sneaked out of town and went to Detroit; but in a week's time he was again back scabbing at the old stand. Again I went to see him and receive more promises, but when I went to the shop to see him he sneaked like a snake in the grass. This man was also expelled and fined $100 for scabbing. After a thorough investigation we found that he did not know there was trouble at the Industrial Works, being told so by a member in Duluth. This fellow from his own statements, will soon be taken back to Marquette, Michigan, by the sheriff if he doesn't make good to some one that is waiting there for him. This man is about 24 years of age, sandy complexion, and about 5 feet 5 inches in height,weighs about 135 to 140 pounds and is very talkative.

Now, I hope the members will keep this photo as all others, particularly the members of Duluth and Minneapolis, where he has made his stamping grounds in the past. I suppose the members have see the picture in the last issue of the Journal of the loyal members of Bay City and Saginaw, and from it you can see the determination with which these members have set themselves.

Fraternally yours,

J. B.

JANUARY, 1917:

BAY CITY, MICH. -- Meets 1st and 3d Tuesdays at Central Trades Council Hall, W. Mueller, Pres., 1900 S.. Warner st.; Otto Post. Rec. and Fin. Sec., 306 Howard st.

Page 31:

On May 25, 1914, Bay City Association requested benefits for eleven members discharged by the Industrial Works. Benefits were granted. This firm has been unfair to our organization from that time to this and no settlement of the trouble has ever been reached. We paid in benefits a total of $199.38.

Page 38:

Bay City Association appealed against the action of the General President in refusing to pay death benefit to the heirs of Brother (William) Sarrine. The President's decision was base upon the fact, that the member was not in good standing at the time of his death. We sustained the decision of the President.

Page 98:

Saginaw Branch Meets 3d and 4th Fridays at Federation of Labor Hall, 109 N. Jefferson st. Members going to Saginaw communicate with L. E. Keys, Sec., 105 S. Sherman st., Bay City, Mich.

Related Note & Pages

Heritage/Businesses/
Industrial Works
People Referenced
Brown, Sam
Carroll, Willard J.
Keys, L.E.
Mueller, W.
Sarrine, William
Swartz, John
Places Referenced
Bay City, MI
- Central Trades Council Hall
- Common Council
- Industrial Works
Detroit, MI
Duluth, MN
Marquette, MI
Minneapolis, MN
Glasgow
Saginaw, MI
- Federation Labor Hall
Sheriff
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