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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 18, 1913, Image 2

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by "a minimum -wage law. ,
And, of course, if Illinois should
not happen to pass the minimum
vwage bill, why then Siegel, Cooper
& Co. will be that much ahead of the
game.
That -was what the New York
. headquarters of Siegel, Cooper & Co.
did about the O'Hara commission's
exposure of the miserable, wages paid
in the Chicago store.
But meantime, the local store man
agement, headed by the small and
Weazened Joseph Basch, had been
busy oi its own, hook.
Girls have been laid off by the
local store lately-almost every day,
as never was the case before.
A new system of checking up on
each giro'ssales for the day has been
introduced. The girls are given slipss,
on which they must tell not only how
many customers they actually sold
to, but how many customers so much
nR nnnrnnohprl thf5r rftitntAr
1 ' An order lias gone out that everj?
girl in the store must make certain
sales in order to receive her salary
! no matter how pitiful that salary may
be.'
Recently, also, the local store re
placed their white elevator boys with
negroes at a smaller wage.
What happened in one of these
negro-manned elevators, a short time
ago is a thing- never mentioned in
Siegel, Cooper & Co.'s. A white girl
clerk was the only passenger in the
elevator. And the elevator was stop
ped between floors.
And, in the meantime, Siegel,
Cooper & Co. are giving out to the
newspapers they control through ad
vertising nice little stories about how
.they hate improved their; restrooms
since the 0!Hara commission showed.
them up, and how, in their exceeding
generosity, they now actually permit
girl employes ta buy candy at the
store's own candy counter.
The Boston Store is little better.
The management of that store, which'
boasts so loudly of the" wonderful
carVit takeB of its girl workers and
ciiiilly. -wonderful welfare
worker, Miss Von'Kettler, -is scared
stiff that these same employes will
organize, and thus be able to protect
themselves and careior themselves.
t Unlike Siegel, -Cooper & 6.', the
Boston Store does not appear to be
afraid of. the enactment of any min
imum wage law. Possibly th Boston
Store N has some inside' information
as to that end-Of it.
But the Boston Store Is afraid,
mortally afraid, -of .org&niiatjofi'.
New and stringent orders Mve
been issued by the management for
bidding employes to talk to each
other.
Two or three employes cannot
even be together for two "minutes
before a floorwalker is down on 'them
with an:
"Aw hire a hall if you want to
hold a meeting."
The store has instituted a system
of Blave; drivers, who always are at
the girls' backs, crying; ""Forward,
forward, forward you!" .
The girls never are given a chance
to rest. They never get an oppor
tunity to- use. the. much-advertised
restroom. Their nerves are kept for
ever on the ragged, edge. And they
are coWed, and afraid to talk, because
they might lose their jobs.
Man'del Bros., whose head, Edwin
Mandel, recently became so indig
nant in talking to-a Day-Book reporter,-
because, he said, the girls
would not keep their mouths shut
about the wages they were getting,
and so made trouble for the store,
are just as bad. v ' ,
.Recently .a number of - girls em
ployed by Mandel-Bros. were raised
to ?9 a week. The management gave
these girls the impression that the
firm 'voluntarily -hail established a
minimum wake Of $9. .Yet again the
girls were cautioned oiofto talk about
the wages they received.
It 'isn't true, that the store has es
tablished a minimum.wage of-$9. And
for every girrwho was raised to that
princely sum,Mandel Broi laid, off

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