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1903 - LATEST 6:30 O'Clock - Half a Force - Optical Plants Crippled at Southbridge - Employers Grapple With Union - Membership Bars From Work

Despite the Dictum the Shops Open.

Police Guard Factory Where Windows Were Broken.

One Concern Retains 700 Men Who Wo't Quit.

First Disturbance Created in Fiskdale by a Lockout.

SOUTHBRIDGE. Nov 10 - Notwithstanding the threat of the optical manufacturers of this town to clos their factories if their employes held to their detremination to remain in a union, the shops were open today, but less than half of the regular force of 1900 men reported for work, and several factories were not running in full.

The contest is really one between a number of manufacturers in Worcester county who are resisting the introduction of union methods in their respective trades.

The first disturbance occured las week in Fiskdale, where the employes of the Snell Mfg Co were locked out because of the formation of a union among them. This week, however, the works are in operation, although Supt John F Hebard states that the polishers have not reported at the works and will not be hired again.

During the night several of the police force were called to guard the large plant of the American optical company. Several windows in the establishment were smashed by some persons unknonw, and until the difficulty here is settled the police will give especial attention to the factories during the night time.

Some of the men who consider themselves locked out from the eyeglass works paraded the streets this forenoon, but beyond this there was no demonstration.

At the American optical company's factory 700 of the 1700 employes went in, this minority having determined to have nothing to do with the union. At the Hyde manufacturing company's works 10 out of 25 were at work, and at T. Harrington and sons 11 of their 12 workmen remained away.

Twenty out of a total of 50 reported at the Harrington Cutlery Co's plant, and at the Dupal-Young Optical Co's factory, 60 out of 90 men were at work.

It is claimed that the polishers, who were recently organized in to the metal polishers, buffers, brass molders and brass workers' independent union of North America, by William Shea, a district organizer of Lowell, are causing the greatest trouble of any branch of the employes. Of 400 members in the union it was stated today that only a scattered dozen polishers were at work.

Mr Dupaul of the Dupaul-Young company states that unles the men accede to the request of the manufacturers that they conduct their relations with their employers as heretofore and without union influence the factory owners will attemp to get operatives from elsewhere.

The polishers held an informal meeting today and decided not to return to work until they are allowed to do so as union members.

The present trouble is the most serious that has taken place in Worcester county for many years, and is of much importance in the optical manufacturing trade, of which Southbridge is the headquarters in the United States.

The Boston Globe
Boston, Massachusetts
Tues, November 10, 1903

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