Labor spy report by Agent #106 to Broussais Beck, August 1, 1919
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In this report to Broussais Beck on August 1st, 1919, "Agent #106" describes his conversation with "Bruce of the Printer's Union" about the formation of the News-Writers' Union, and the consequences to the Seattle Star if it openly opposes the organization. That evening, #106 attends the Boilermakers' Local 104 meeting. After passing a motion to look into possibly anti-union hiring practices, the meeting is given over to the President of the Washington District of the United Mine Workers -- "Mr. Harlan" -- and to William Short, the president of the Washington State Federation of Labor. Harlan speaks first, describing the workers' demands that had been presented to President Woodrow Wilson -- the 6 hour day, increased wages, and the nationalization of the coal mining industry -- and then describing at length the conditions for labor in England. He praises the British government's support of organized labor, and notes that American workers need to look to their English counterparts...