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' WHAT THE LABOR UNION MEANS TO THE WOMAN
" WORKER '
4 Raymond Robins is a sociolo
gist of more than national repu
tation. He'graduated as a law
yer from "Columbian university,
Washington, but soon turned
from thejaw and became super
intendent of the municipal lodg
ing house in Chicago, where he
saw the hardest side of human
life. Later he became a settle
ment worker and he has given
. . ' Rj-RoBins.'
much study of recent years to the
labor problem. Editor.
By Raymond Robins.
In a ..certain town on the At
lantic seaboard were two hat fac
tories. One was la non-union
factory, th?e other was-organized.
In the unorganized factory about
three years ago, the foreman in
sulted one oi the working girls.
This little girl protested vig'or-ously-i1
and there was a. scene -and
she was dismissed for insubordin
ation. The man did it to orotect
himself. She was a little foreign
girl. The woman who owned ,the
lodging house in which she lived
wrote a letter to the owner of the
factory. She registered if and
saw the receipt signature of the
owner, but the girl was out of
work for three weeks befqre she
jjot a jod in a 'shirtwaist factory.
inow now win sne ieei tne next
time she is approached by some
one in authority over her. Will
she be ready to defend her honor
at the danger of losing her job
and perhaps going hungry and
In the union factory in that
same town about six months after
this a similar incident occurrecL
This girl almost a child in
stead bf being violent, went back
to her machine and cried When
the shop steward or union leader
came along, she sat dQwn estee
the insulted girl arid listened to
"Now, Bill, you, cut that out
We will'take orders from you, but
vthat don't go herd!"
i The foreman blustered and
"You go over td the little girl
and'apologize," was theisteward's
He said he would see the girl
in fhenfernal regions first
At that the steward, walked
down the aisle of'jthe shop and
cjapped her hands, and 172 girls
laid down their tools, formed in
line and marched "out.
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