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50,000 GARMENT WORKERS TO
The Garment Workers' Union is
making extensive plans to bring into
the union the 50,000 unorganized
garment workers in Chicago.
This agitation is the result of the
recent strikes in New York City
where nearly 200,000 garment work
ers have forced employers to- recog
nize the union, have gotten shorter
hours, and in some cases an almost
unbelievable increase in wages.
In Chicago leaflets in different lan
guages will be distributed, mass
meetings will be held and interpreters
will convey the message of the speak
ers to the workers of every national
ity. District information ofiices will
. be established so that investigators
can get information from individual
Business Agent Levin, of the Gar
ment Workers' Union, told a Day
Book, reporter, that the workers em
ployed by Rosenwald & Weil work 54
hours a week and receive as low a
wage as $10.
Rosenwald & Weil were called be
fore the Vice Commission in an effort
to get at wages paid their, employes.
Both members of the firm were out
of the city, and the testimony intro
duced through the bookkeeper vand
one of the "factory managers showed
that girls are paid as low as S3. Levin
states they get as little as $2.50 in
the busy season.
Kuppenheimer & Co. has tried to
prevent employes organizing -by pro
viding them with recrea'tion in the
serving of ice cream, which they ex
plain is the best organization for the
Kuppenheimer pays girls as low as
$3 a.weeli in the rush season, and
when work is slack these girls are
laid off three and four days of the
week. Last season there were eigh
teen slack weeks.
One man working for this firm is
paid $8 a week. He has a wife and
five, children. When he asked for an
increase of pay he was told he "had
no business getting married."
Business Agent Levin is confident
that they will have, quick success in
this organization movement. He
states that there are 20,000 organized
at the present time.
It is highly probable that when the
union is. completed a strike will be
called in Chicago, in which event the
garment trade will be tied up, with
the exception of the shop of Hart,
S chaff ner & Marx, which recently
signed an agreement with the union.
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WOMAN'S CLAIM ON ESTATE OF
The tfinal page of the tragic story
involving the late Charles W. Rigdon
and Mrs. Amy Young was written
yesterday when Judge Cutting of the
Probate Court ignored the claims of
Mrs. Young and ordered that the
Rigdon estate be turned over to Mrs.
Annie Rigdon, the widow, and her
'Rigdon, a prosperous business
man, shot and killed himself in the
office of John C. Fetzer in,ihe Bed
ford building, July, 1910, after shoot
ing and seriously wounding Mrs.
Young and attempting to shoot her
sister. Love for Mrs. Young, who was
employed by him, and jealousy of
Fetzerwas given as the cause.
After the shooting Mrs. Young put
in a claim for a share in the estate.
It was said that one time she had
purchased considerable mining stock
and turned it over to Rigdon to save
him from financiaVruin. The case has
dragged along since the death of
Bv Judee Cutting's order the Fort
Dearborn Bank, custodian of the es
tate, must turn over one-third of the
estate, valued at $10,000, to the
widow and the residue to the son.
Time is an estate that will produce
nothing without culture, but will al
ways abundantly repay the labors of