Bartenders Out on a Strike

by Laurel | July 23rd, 2009

Ballantine Plant, New Jersey

Ballantine Plant, New Jersey

July 23, 1900, page 6

Sixteen bartenders in the city will go out on strike this morning from saloons which sell Ballantine ale, a vote to that effect being passed at a meeting of the central labor union yesterday afternoon. There was a full delegation of 200 at the meeting, and the sentiment was unanimous that these bartenders be called out at 9 this morning. Every branch of the central labor union has imposed a fine upon members patronizing saloons where this ale is sold. The fines ranging from $2 to $50. he brewers imposing the latter amount. The Ballantine ale is manufactured in Newark, N.J., by non-union workmen, and the unions object to its being sold in the local saloons. There are only about half a dozen places where it is still on sale, and it is from these saloons that the men go out. They will go to work at 6 this morning as usual, remaining until 9, and if in that time there still remains any of the unfair brand in the saloons the men will leave. The unions have striven against the use of the ale for some time, but never before in such an aggressive manner. The bartenders held a special meeting last evening, and concurred with the central labor union in its action, voting to place the names of those who go out on the list to receive pay from the union at the rate of $15 a week while the strike continues. Several of the saloons now on the unfair list have already signified their intention to discontinue the sale of the ale as soon as their supply is exhausted. The following is the fair list: —

James Herbert, McElligott and Dougherty, Marble Hall hotel; Cunningham and Barrett, Daniel O’Neill, K. J. Yoerg, Herbert and Botvin, J. J. Burke, William Mahoney, N. Martineau, James Jess, Jameson and Hickey, Monat and McCarthy, Bredon and Dowd, Guyot house, Patrick Carmody, Murray hotel; Nugese hotel, John J. O’Connor, Casey and Crotey, James Kenney and son, David Downing, Winkler Subold, James Geraghty, Charles Brueck and James Kelly.

Excerpt from The Springfield Republican.

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