To the Public
The undersigned, proprietors of the ship and boat yards of the city of Oswego, desire to lay before you the true state of facts as at present existing between the workmen heretofore employed by us and ourselves. Last week the Ship Carpenters' and Caulkers' Protective Union appointed a committee to wait upon us and ascertain if we were willing to run our yards upon the eight hour system, at the rate of $2.50 per day.
We told this committee that we should probably act in harmony. They then, through a card of their President, notified the public that all the bosses, with the exception of one, had agreed to their terms. These Union men have, in several cases, refused to work with men not members of the Union, notwithstanding they were first class mechanics, and have thereby forced men to join the Union against their wishes.
This Union has, for the last two years, virtually managed (mismanaged) our yards. We now propose to conduct our own business. It has gone so far that business cannot be safely carried on, or contracts made without contractors being entirely at the mercy of the Union men. In duty to ourselves and patrons, we think the time has arrived when we should take a firm stand; and to that end we hereby resolve, that hereafter we will only employ men by the hour. And further, that we will not employ a person a member of, or in co-operation with the Ship Carpenters' and Caulkers' Protective Union.
Resolved, further, that any person, dissolving his connection with the Union, and desiring work, can have immediate employment, at the rate of thirty cents per hour, and shall be protected in his work.
Resolved, That we, the undersigned, hereby agree with each other to faithfully comply with and carry out the above preamble and resolution.
Chandler, Alvord & Co.,
Goble & McFarlane,
Scott & Nesbitt,
Monroe & Judson,
S. Miller & Co.
Oswego, May 27th, 1867.