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This means tiit ail the mission
ary work of the organizers and the
girls who already have joined the
union must be done in a haphazard
sort of way at lunch hours or when
girls are running to catchy trains.
Meetings are called by the store
heads on such nights as they think
there are to be Onion meetings-, and
the plain intimation made that such
employes as do not attend the store
meeting need not attend work the
And of course they are using the
The newspapers are carryjng ,on
the deadliest sort of campaign
against the work of organization by
refusing to print the news of it.
And at the same time, they are
playing up, under big heads, long
stories about how the employers are
going to meet with the O'Hara com
mission next Monday and'voluntarily
raise the pay of all their employes and
probably establish a minimum wage
of their own accord.
The big State street stores have
not yet said they are going to raise
the pay of their employes, and estab
lish a minimum wage at that meeting
When the trust newspapers inti
mate that this is so they'are deliber
ately hiding the truth.
The meeting-for next Monday was
called, not by the stores, but by Lieut.
He invited the State street million
aires .to attend the meeting and tell
the commission what they intended
to do about raising the pay of their
girls and, through their State street
Department Stores' union, fix a min
The plain truth is O'Hara called
the State street millionaires' hand.
Ever since the senate commission
began digging into the lovwages
paid, in department stores, the store
heads, through the trust newspapers,
have been telling the people how anx
ious the store heads are to co-operate
with the commission. ' ,
So O'Hara. jusfsaid tcthemr '"All
right if you are so'doggone anxious. '
t6-co-bperate, meet the commission
next Monday, and tell how you. are
going to co-operate in dollars and
cents and hard facts." '
Only the, millionaire store heads?
themselves can tell what they, are
going to do next Monday.
And probably they don't knowf and
won't know, until' their closed-shop
union of millionaires tells 'em what
The union girls in the stores are
very bitter over the way in which the
trust newspapers are playing up the
"voluntary raise next Monday"
They say that it is" making their
work of organization doubly difficult'
because many of the girls feel that if
the employees are going to raise their
pay voluntarily arid establish a mini
mum wage voluntarily, there is abso
lutely no use in antagonizing them by
forming a union.
The situation has led-the officers'of
believe that the trust newspaper
inspired by the employers just to
choke off organization. '
vhere also' is too much agitation
for an $8 a week minimum just now
to suit me," said Mary 'Anderson, or
ganizer for theTVomen's Trade Union
League, .today. ' .
"It's suspicious. The senate commission-began
by basing all its argu
ments on the Progressive bill fixing
a twelve dollar a week minimum,
which will come before this session
.of the legislature. '
"But-have you noticed bow, lately,
there has beenA mighty little news
paper talk of a twelve dollar a week
minimum, and' a whole lot about- an
eight dollar a week breailine?''
"I don't like-it. That alone is. the
best reason in the world why the girls- '
should organize. They're going .to.
need to he able to Drotect themselves
before .this thing is through. ...
"Eight dollars a week is not.