May Day Archive

From: Report of the Second Annual Session of the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions of the United States and Canada, Held in Cleveland Ohio. November 21, 22, 23, 24, 1882

Third Day – Morning Session

Eight-Hour Law

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Mr. Murch asked unanimous consent for the immediate consideration of and action upon following:

RESOLVED By this Convention of Trade and Labor Unions, assembled in the city of Cleveland, Ohio, representing 300,000 workingmen, that we believe that the provisions of National Eight-hour Law are so plain and equivocal that no further legislation is necessary to interpretation of this law.

RESOLVED. That the enforcement of the National Eight-hour Law will secure the adoption of similar provisions in nearly all the states of the Union.

RESOLVED, That we, in the name of our constituents, demand the immediate and impartial enforcement of the National Eight-Hour Law by the president of the United States.


Mr. Mackenzie moved that a Committee of Five on Organization be appointed to devise some plan for the selection of organizers sanctioned by the Federation.

The chair (Mr. Gompers) suggested that he make his motion to empower the Legislative Committee to appoint propagandists.

After some discussion a motion prevailed to refer the matter to a special Committee on Organization, to report at 3 o'clock. Committee appointed: Messrs. Mackenzie, Grenell, Edmonston, Howard, Klokke, Clasby and Cannon.

On motion of Messrs. Murch and Grenell the Secretary was instructed to write to President Arthur, enclosing a copy of the eight-hour resolution as soon as possible.

Noon recess.