1. William A. Platt was a Tampa cigarmaker.
2. The Cigar Makers' International Union of America.
3. A series of vigilante abductions and deportations of the leaders of Tampa's cigarmakers culminated in the forcible removal of West Tampa's mayor, the cigarmaker Francisco Milian, to Key West. Milian had resigned as a reader in the Bustillo Bros. and Diaz cigar factory because his employer would not allow him to make collections at the door of the factory, the customary method by which readers received their compensation from other cigarmakers. On Oct. 31, 1902, the cigarmakers, most of whom were unorganized, struck the firm; the following day Milian was expelled to Key West. On Nov. 7 W. A. Platt and C. A. Wimsett presented a petition, circulated by the Tampa Central Trades and Labor Assembly (CTLA), demanding Milian's return, and on Nov. 12 a committee of CMIU members escorted him back to Tampa under the protection of Hillsborough County deputy sheriff John Garrett. The CMIU's role in Milian's return helped convince an independent union of cigarmakers known as the Torcedores to disband and join the CMIU. On Nov. 13 the company settled, rescinding its restrictions on readers, agreeing to provide drinking water for workers, allowing the union to collect dues inside the factory, and agreeing to post its bill of prices.
4. The AFL chartered the Tampa Central Trades and Labor Assembly in 1900.
5. SG was attending the 1902 AFL convention, which met at New Orleans, Nov. 13-22. There is no indication that he visited Tampa after the convention.
6. The AFL
convention referred the matter to the Executive Council for further investigation and action.