Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
THE TEACHERS AND THE MEN IN OVERALLS
All over the country, the action
of the Chicago teachers in boy
cotting the trust newspapers and
cancelling their accounts at such
department stores as continue to
advertise in the trust papers, is
being hailed as the greatest vic
tory of organized labor in years.
And it is a great victory for or-
The Woman Whom Oragnized
Labor Has Most to Thank for
the Teachers' Boycott.
ganized labor, and a still greater
victory for the teachers them
selves. For organized, labor it means
the "recognition of the most intel
lectual people in the country,
those to whom the people have
entrusted the education of their
For the teachers, it means that
at last they have come out of
bondage, that they at last, after
years of suppression, are so
strongly organized, that they
dare defy the newspapers and the
politicians, who in the past used
them so badly.
Organized labor and the Chi;
cagd Teachers' Federation have
one woman above all others to
thank for that victory Miss
Margaret Haley, business repre
sentative of the Teachers' Feder
ation, and former grade teacher
in the Chicago schools.
Miss Haley has given her time"
and her whole thoughts to the
Federation for years, and because
she has made the Federation
strong, she has been crucified by
the trust newspapers at the order
of the politicians.
The teachers sympathized with'
the locked out and striking news
paper unions from the "beginning
At the May meeting of the.
Federation, Miss Mary O'Reilly,
one of the delegates to the Fed
eration of Labor from the teach
ers, made a formal report on the
circumstances surrounding the
lock out of the pressmen, which
started the war of the news
papers on organized labor.
The report opened the eyes of
many'of the teachers, and from
then,on, Mrs. Ida L. Fursman,
president of the Federation, Miss
Haley and Miss O'Reilly worked
quieHy toward the end they
reached Saturday. -There
wasn't a dissentine
voice Saturday. Dr. W. C Cot