Employer and Employee, August 25, 1902


Interesting Convention to be Held at Minneapolis, Minn.

The first national convention of employer and [employee] will be held in Minneapolis, Minn., Sept. 22-26. President Roosevelt will be present one day. Every labor and trade organization of any importance will be represented. Presidents and managers of important employment concerns have listed as delegates with Secretary Rockwell.

The national employer and [employee] convention idea is the enlargement of a plan to call together those interested in the eight hour movement. It is a gathering designed for free exchange of thought on the labor problem of today. The one aim is to give opportunity for opposing sides in labor disputes to get together on neutral ground.

The speakers are each thoroughly conversant with their subjects. The discussion will be taken part in by men who have at heart the interest of labor and a desire for commercial peace.

A short list of some leading addresses is given herewith: Prof. J. B. Clark of Columbia University, "Is Compulsory Arbitration Inevitable?" Carrol D. Wright, "Is there a Solution to the Labor Question?" James Kilbourne, "The Relations Between Employer and [Employee]." Prof. Charles [Zueblin] of Chicago University, "Relation of the Public to Capital and Labor." William H. Tolman, "League for Social Service." Herman Justi, commissioner of the Illinois Coal Operators' union, "Arbitration—it's uses and Abuses." Jane Addams, "Social Waste of Child Labor." Prof. Frank L. McVey, "Economic Effects of the Eight Hour Day."

Minneapolis in September is ideal for a convention. The breezes are soft and balmy. The surrounding lakes afford means of recreation. After the long summer of relaxation, the wheels of commerce are beginning to revolve and the great manufacturing center of the northwest is seen at its best.

Such rates will be given by the railways that all can afford to attend the great conference. Side trips following the convention can be taken at reduced rates. Minneapolis is the gateway to the far west. From it a as center radiate railways to the south also and to the Canadian northwest, rich in its prospects for new settlers.