The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Mar 1900

Full Text

p.2 Won't Be Taken Back - The strikers at Davis' shipyard will not be taken back to work again even if the carpenters' union does declare that their rules do not apply to shipbuilding. Mr. Davis stated this morning that his work was well under way and there was no dearth of good men available.

Incidents of the Day - The new steamer Rideau Queen will be floated out of Davis' dry dock about the first of April if the ice is out of the way.



The trustees of the local carpenters' union give the following version of the strike at Davis' shipyard:

The carpenters employed last week at Davis' shipyard at the joiner work on the new steamer, numbered ten men, nine of whom belonged to the union. On Thursday they sent a requisition to Mr. Davis, requesting that on and after Monday, March 12th, they be allowed the privilege of working nine hours per day and their wages be twenty cents per hour. This was signed by eight of the union men. Nothing was spoken of the matter again until Saturday afternoon, March 10th, when three of the men received a note in their envelope with their money stating that their services were no longer required. The other five men got a note stating their services were no longer required unless they would work for $1.75 for a ten hour day. They went back pending a meeting of the union on Monday night, and at the meeting decided to quit the next day if a settlement was not arranged between the head men of the company and a committee appointed by the union. The committee visited one of the company and he stated he could do nothing until he saw another of the company, who was out of the city at the time. The men then visited Mr. Davis, who stated that he would not grant the men the privilege of working nine hours a day, or twenty cents per hour either.

As regards the statement made by Mr. Davis that the men received $10.50 per week, they claim that $10.32 per week was all they ever received, as they were only allowed nine hours for Saturday. The class of workmen that were on the job was A1, and Mr. Davis could not be expected to recommend men who, he claims, annoyed him.

The financial standing of the united brotherhood of carpenters and joiners of America has a surplus of about $300,000, and a membership in good standing of about 66,000, divided into 786 local unions, and in any strike or lockout sanctioned by the executive body, the men concerned receive $6 per week benefit, being nearly as much as Mr. Davis' low-paid men receive for their labor.

A visit to the yard yesterday showed only two joiners at work, and an inferior class of mechanics, except one man who worked all along with the union men without having any trouble. This statement is certified to by every man concerned in the trouble, and the majority of them are already employed by contractors who are satisfied the men are worth what was asked of Mr. Davis."


Improving The Dock.

New rates went into effect at the local government graving dock today. Hereafter the charges for use of the dock on Sunday will be half-rate. For the second day, if under five hours, one half day will be charged, instead of a full day as heretofore.

James Johnston, electrician, public works department, is in the city for the purpose of arranging electric lights at the graving dock. These will include six arc lights outside and twenty-five incandescent lights inside the buildings. Hereafter it will be possible for work to be carried on all night.

Material is on the ground for a new shed for carpenters. The buildings will be thirty by one hundred and twenty feet. Work will begin just as soon as the frost is out of the ground.

Media Type:
Item Type:
Date of Publication:
15 Mar 1900
Local identifier:
Language of Item:
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 44.22976 Longitude: -76.48098
Rick Neilson
Creative Commons licence:
pd [more details]
Copyright Statement:
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to the applicable Canadian or American laws. No restrictions on use.
Maritime History of the Great Lakes
WWW address
Powered by / Alimenté par VITA Toolkit

My favourites lets you save items you like, tag them and group them into collections for your own personal use. Viewing "My favourites" will open in a new tab. Login here or start a My favourites account.

British Whig (Kingston, ON), 15 Mar 1900