Collection of union news bulletins, originally used in the trial of the United States vs. William D. Haywood, et al. This exhibit was part of the deposition of John W. Hughes for the Michael Simmons vs. the El Paso and Southwestern Railroad Company.
UA Special Collections AZ 114 Box 1, folder 2, exhibit 117.
Metal Mine Workers Industrial Union No. 800
Card No. 251429, issued to Fred Payne, has been found and turned into this office. Some will be sent to Payne if he writes for it.
All delegates and Secretaries are requested to take up the card of Frank O’Hare, card No. 259991, and delegate credential No. 752, issued to O’Hare, and forward same to this office until O’Hare has communicated with us.
Delegates are requested to be sure and make out all reports in duplicate and send both duplicate and original report in to this office.
Lest all get together and try to make this month the record month for 800. All sorts of schemes are being tried out by the mining companies to dwarf the growth of 800, but so far they have been unavailing. Our answer to oppressive measures should be more determined organization work.
In Morenci, Ariz., the police authorities have arrested members of the I.W.W. held them in jail without charges, and made their release conditional on whether they would join the Western Federation of Miners. In one instance where the member refused to join the Western Federation of Miners, he was taken from the jail, marched down to the W. F. of M headquarters, and the money for initiation was taken from his pockets, by the officer, and paid over. The W. F. of M must be hard pressed for members when they have to use the police for recruiting agents.
The I.W.W. was instrumental in forcing better conditions in the mines in and around Mayer, Arizona.
An organizer of the I.W.W. was forced to leave Superior, Ariz., by armed thugs, but the work of organization goes merrily on.
Goldfield, Nevada, is now represented on the I.W.W. map by a paid organizer, and several job delegates.
The Redding, California, branch of 800 is doing good work, and is lining up miners every week. Chas. MeWhirt is the Secretary on the job there.
Detective Agencies are flooding Arizona with spies, and stool pigeons, but as we have announced in no uncertain terms what we want from the mining corporation’s their work will be no available branch. Things are booming in the twin camps of Globe and Miami despite the repressive measures taken by the authorities, and the mining corporations.
Oweing to decline in the price of Copper, wages have been decreased in most Arizona camps, and at the same time board has been raised $5.00 a month. This playing both ends against the middle convinces the miners that the I.W.W. is their only hope.
Late press reports say that the selective draft will not be put into effect until September 1st, but as far as the I.W.W miners are concerned it isn’t going into effect at all.
Yours For Industrial Freedom
Grover H. Perry
Metal Mine Workers Industrial Union No.800
July 13, 1917
The headquarters of Metal Mine Workers Industrial Union 800 has moved to the address given below. The office has been swamped with work as a result of moving just at a time when the entire organization was engaged in strike. We are now getting in shape to handle the work however and we must get on out toes and show that we mean business more than ever.
Since the last bulletin was issued 800 has engaged in the greatest strike in the history of American mining. Bisbee, Arizona, Globe, Ariz., Miami, Ariz., Jerome, Ariz., Swansea, Ariz., Butte Mont., and other places too numerous to mention have gone on strike for shorter hours, better conditions and more wages. We have held our ground and although we have been opposed by companies soldiers, and W.F. of M. thugs we have succeeded in making history. As this bulletin is being written news of wholesale deportation of members of the I.W.W. from Bisbee, Ariz., and Jerome, Ariz., by armed thugs in the guise of Law and Order. These things will be of no avail as the must deport all I.W.W.’s . The I.W.W. is in the mining industry to stay, and deportation will not help because it is we who are the ones who mine the metals and they cannot do without us.
The W.F. of M of rather the International Mill Mine and Smelter Workers have at last come out in the open and proclaimed themselves for what they are. In Jerome they helped the “citizens deport the I.W.W. and then went back to lick the boots of their masters in the mines. In Globe and Miami they have tried to operate “fair properties” but were unsuccessful because of the splendid spirit of determination shown by the membership there. In Bisbee because the membership of that organization were red blooded men who believed in fighting the boss, their charter was revoked. So goes it. Charlie Moyer has shot his last round and he failed to bring down the rock. The Pinkerton Agency and The Farley Strikebreaking institutions will now go out of business and the Moyer “Union” will take its place. Charlie must want to work for the government as he did back in 86. He didn’t get paid for it then, however.
The I.W.W. has a membership running into the thousands in Butte. The A. F. of L. tried to swing the Metal Mine Workers into the A. F. of L. but failed miserably.
Keep your ear to the ground and listen for results from the Mother Lode district in California and the Load and Zinc belt in Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Arkansas.
All delegates are requested to get in touch with this office at once. Send in a complete statement of what supplies you have on hand and send in your old credentials so that we may issue new ones to you. If you have any funds to remit send them in.
Boost the sale of six hour stamps.
They mean something.
Start funds coming into this office for strike relief.
Let us all get together and show the powers that be that the Bisbee and Jerome deportation make us more determined to control the mining industry and prepare for the day when we the diggers will not only work in the mines but own the mines as well.
Yours for Industrial Freedom
Grover H. Perry
Minutes of first Convention
Metal Mine Workers Industrial Union 800
Bisbee, Arizona June 15 – June 17 1917
First Session July 15, 1917 10 A.M.
Convention was called to order by Grover H. Perry. All cards were examined and found O.K.
O’Hair and Kimball were nominated for Chairman of the Convention. Kimbell was elected.
O’Hair and Perry were nominated for recording secretary of convention. Perry was elected.
Fellow Worker Little suggested that committees on organization, resolutions and auditing committee be elected and that all other business of the convention be taken up by the convention acting as a committee of the whole. The above was incorporated into a motion and was carried.
Webb, Sullivan, Maxwell, O’Hair, Oates, Koenig, and Davis were elected as an organization committee.
Embree, Brookes, Blackburn, Payne, and Kimbell were elected as a resolution committee.
Webb, Maddox, and Lithgoe were elected as an auditing committee.
Motion made that a committee be elected to draw up telegrams of good cheer and support to all prisoners of the class war. Carried. Davis. Lewis, and Crawford were elected.
Report of Secretary Treas was read and referred to New Business. G. E. B. Member Little made verbal report and was requested to meet with organization committee and give recommendations.
Rodriguez reported that conditions in Tombstone were ripe. Referred to organization committee.
Communications were read from Butte. Referred to Org. Comm.
Communications relative to moving El Rebelde were referred to new business. Motion made to close floor of convention for resolutions at 7 p. m. Saturday night. Carried.
Report of secretary taken up and dealt with seriatim.
Motion made that Headquarters of 800 be moved to Salt Lake City by July 1st . Carried.
Motion to refer opening of branches in Lead and Zinc belt to incoming Executive Committee. Carried.
Motion to take same course as above with opening of other branches mentioned in Secretaries report. Carried.
Motion to refer raising of organizers wages to organization committee. Carried.
Motion that El Rebelde be made an official organ of 800 and be moved to Salt Lake. Carried.
Motion that we publish pamphlet with instruction to delegates showing how to make reports out properly etc. Carried.
By laws were then taken up. (See complete bylaws as adopted.)
Second Session June 15, 1917 7 p.m.
Called to order by Kimball. Cards examined and found O.K. Minutes of previous session read and approved.
Communication from Miami Branch referred to Org. Comm.
By laws were taken up. (See complete by-laws as adopted.)
Report of auditing committee was received and ordered spread on the minutes.
Report of auditing committee.
“We the duly elected auditing committee have gone over the accounts of Fellow Worker Perry Secy Treas of 800 and found same to be correct 3/4 We highly recommend Fellow Worker Perry’s system of keeping accounts, being accurate and simplicity itself. Signed.
Ben K. Webb. Geo P. Maddox, Wm. Lithgoe
Under the head of good and welfare O’Hair and Tenbrooke spoke.
Adjourned at 10:30 P.M.
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Third Session June 16, 1917 11:30 P.M.
Called to order by Kimbell. Cards examined and found O.K.
Minutes of previous meeting read and approved.
Communication from John Holloran referred to Org. Comm.
Report of Organization referred to new business.
Report of Resolution Committee referred to New Business.
Report of Telegram Committee read and accepted.
Organization committee report taken up. (See complete report as accepted.)
Report of resolution committee taken up and several resolutions were accepted and indorsed by the convention, Adjourned.
Four Session June 16, 1917 7 P.M.
Called to order by O’ Hair. Cards Examined and found O.K.
Minutes of previous meetings read and approved.
Communications were referred to different committees.
Secy reports that Fran O’Hare card No. 259991 was short in his accounts with 800. Motion was made that secretary send out his name, number and description to all secretaries and ask them to take up his card and credentials until he has communicated with headquarters of 800. Carried.
New Business. Several propositions were taken up on the organization committees report and were adopted See complete report of Org. Comm.
Fifth Session June 17, 1917 10A.M.
Called to order by Perry. O’Hair elected Chairman. Cards found O.K.
Minutes of all previous sessions were read and approved.
Final report of resolution committee was read and accepted.
Final action was taken on by-laws and organization committees (repc.)
Motion made that secretary be instructed to publish demands made by convention in leaflet from as soon as possible. Carried.
Motion made that we advocate strike to embrace whole industry instead of one locality wherever possible. Carried.
Motion that Mrs. Lena Perry, S. J. Maxwell, and A. Kimbell be given a vote to thanks for the work they have done in helping to build up 800. Carried.
Election of Officers
There being no other nominee for Secretary Treasurer Grover H. Perry was elected by acclamation.
Motion was made that the six nominees receiving the highest vote be elected as Executive Committee and the six receiving the next highest vote be considered an alternate executive committee who could act when the regular executive committee could not for any reason function. Carried.
Nominations for Executive Committee and Votes received.
|V. V. O'Hair||52||W. H. Davis||19||E. J. MacCosham||45|
|Billy Malone||11||Chas H. MacKinnon||50||J. R. Baskitt||6|
|Peter Kirkinen||27||Fred Onstot||52||J. B. Sullivan||10|
|Chas McWhirt||41||S. J. Maxwell||6||T. R. Wilson||9|
|J. Blanco||3||Jos Sannon||29||Nack Payne||7|
|S. E. Brookes||4|
The following were elected on Executive Committee. V. V. O’Hair, E.J. MacCosham, Fred Onstot, Chas McWhirt, Jos Shannon, C. H. McKinnon.
The following were elected as alternated executive committeemen.
Peter Kirkinen, W.H. Davis, Bilie Malone, J.B. Sullivan, A. S. Embree, T. R. Wilson.
Nominations for Delegates to the General Convention.
Two to be elected.
S. J. Maxwell, 33 Jos Oates, 28 Grover H. Perry, 51
Perry and Maxwell were elected.
After remarks on good and welfare the convention adjourned by singing Hold the Fort.
Grover H. Perry
Secy Treas 800
By Laws of Metal Mine Workers Industrial Union 800
1. This organization, Metal Mine Workers Industrial Union 800, is a part of the I.W.W., and is subject to all its rules and regulations.
2. All wage workers employed in the mining milling and smelting of metal, are eligible for membership.
3. The officers shall be an executive committee consisting of a Secretary-Treasurer and at least six members representing as far as possible the various sub-divisions of the Industry. These officers shall be nominated and elected at the annual convention.
4. The Executive Committee shall have general supervision over affairs of the organization between conventions. They shall appoint organizers, delegates, and branch secretaries whenever necessary.
5. They shall devise ways and means to carry on successfully any strike, lockout, or struggle that the membership may be engaged in.
6. They shall meet at least twice during the fiscal year to audit the books of the Secretary Treasurer, They shall make provisions that all taxes due to the General Organization shall be promptly paid, and communication maintained with the General Office of the I.W.W. They shall meet on the call of the Secretary Treasurer of on demand of a majority of the executive committee.
7. The duties of the Secretary Treasurer shall be to take charge of all books, papers and effects of the office. He shall furnish copies of the minutes of conventions and meetings of the executive committee to all branches and to the general office of the I.W.W. He shall render a complete report of the financial and other affairs of his office.
8. He shall with the approval of the executive committee employ such assistance as is necessary to conduct the affairs of his office. He shall at all times be under the supervision of the executive committee. He shall receive wages of $25.00 per week and legitimate expenses while traveling.
9. Members of the Executive Committee shall be paid at the rate of $25.00 per week and legitimate expenses of the time necessary to fulfill their duties.
10. Traveling organizers shall receive $30.00 per week and room rent when on the road.
11. Branch secretaries shall receive $25.00 per week.
12. The Annual Conventions of Metal Mine Workers Industrial Union 800 shall convene on the Friday preceding the First Monday in September in the city which headquarters of 800 is located.
13. The Executive Committee shall draw up a list of delegates against whom no contest has been filed. The Secretary Treasurer shall call the convention to order and read the list. The non-contested delegates shall proceed to elect a temporary chairman and a committee on credentials.
14. The members of the Executive Committee shall be delegates at large with one vote each but shall not carry the vote of any branch.
15. Branches with less than 200 members shall have (1) one delegate; with more than 200 members and less than 500 members (2) two delegates; 500 to 100 members, (3) three delegates; 1000 to 2000, four (4) delegates and one additional delegate for each additional 1000 members.
16. Representation in the convention shall be based on the dues paid for the last six months of each fiscal year.
17. Delegates to the Annual Convention of Industrial Union 800 must be members in continuos good standing for the period of one year.
18. Delegates representing branches organized less than one year must be members of Industrial Union 800 not less than 90 days.
19. On or before July the 1st the Secretary Treasurer shall send to each branch credentials in duplicate for the number of the delegates they are entitled to . A copy for the credential furnished to the delegate shall be forwarded to the Secretary Treasurer not later than August 15.
20. Delegates to the convention shall be paid at the rate of $25.00 per week and mileage form the general fund.
21. The convention shall elect delegates to the General Convention of the I.W.W.
22. The convention is the legislative body of this organization subject to referendum vote.
By Laws of the Metal Mine Workers Industrial Union 800 (Continued)
23. The revenue of the organization shall be derived from initiation fees, dues, sales of supplies and assessments.
24. A commission of 50 cents on each initiation fee shall be allowed to delegates no receiving wages.
25. The initiation fee entitles the new member to his due book, and constitution. One months dues must be paid when a member is initiated.
26. Branches should maintain a propaganda and defense fund from proceeds of entertainment’s, donations, etc.
27. Branches shall have regular business meetings at least once a month. They shall elect a Central Committee of at least 5 members that shall meet at least twice monthly.
Demands made by the First Convention of Metal Mine Workers Industrial Union 800.
We demand the six hour day from collar to collar.
We demand the six day work week.
We demand a minimum scale of $6.00 a day for all men working underground and a minimum scale of $5.50 a day for all men employed on the surface.
We demand the instant abolition of all physical examinations in all mines.
We demand that two men shall work on all piston and water liner machines.
We demand the abolition of the sliding scale of wages.
We demand that two men shall work in all raises.
We demand change rooms with shower baths, hot and cold water for all shifts in all mines.
We demand that no armed guards shall be employed in or around the mines.
We demand the abolition of Carbide lamps.
We demand that all men shall be hired from the Union Headquarters.
We demand a semi monthly payday.
We demand the discontinuance of all blasting during the shift.
We demand that no union men shall be discriminated against on account of participation in any strike.
We pledge ourselves to stand ready to answer the call for a universal six hour day at any time.
Metal Mine Worker Industrial Union 800
Industrial Workers of the World
Grover H. Perry