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gan probing Siegel, Cooper & Co.
wages, Siegel, Cooper & Co. quit giv
ing "profit-sharing coupons" save in
a few departments.
The order td do'this came from
Siegel, Cooper & Co headquarters in
Before the order was put into ef
fect Joe liasch, general manager of
the store, called all the employes to
gether. He told them the "profit-sharing
coupons" would not be given any
longer, and said that the reason was
that the management was afraid the
minimum-wage law would be passed
and that if it were the store would
have to make it up somehow.
The "profit-Bharing coupons" no
longer are given, no minimum-wage
law has yet been passed.
Siegel, Cooper & Co. ought to be
right happy. They are taking the
cost of an Increase in wages to their
underpaid employes out of the pub
lic and shoving the coin into their
Here Is an actual instance of how
Siegel, Cooper & Co. is fighting the
organization of its employes. The
name'of the girl in. the case is sup
pressed because the publication of it
would do no good. But the naine Is
in the possession of The Day Book,
and if the O'Hara commission wants
to verify the facts it is welcome.
This" girl, whom we shall call Miss
X, has been with Siegel, Cooper &
Co. for years. She Is a good Sales
woman. At Siegel, Cooper & Co. her
sales usually were higher than those
of other clerks in the same depart
But this girl attended a union
meeting of The State Btreet store em
ployes. Another girl employed In the store
went with her to the meeting and
drew her out as to how she felt about
organization and unionism.
Two or three days after the union
meeting this other girl came to Miss
"You'd"hetter not attend any more
of these unioa meetings, Miss X;"
she said. "Mr. Basch is going to fire"
all the girls wno go to them."
"Oh," said' Miss X scornfully, !so
you're a spotter, are you?"
"No, I'm not a spotter," said the'
other girl. "I'm just telling you this
for your own good."
"Well", never mind my own good,"
said Miss X.
A day or two later Miss X was call
ed before one Roberts, her depart
"Superintendent Bridges wants to
see you," said Roberts. ,
"What am Ingoing to be fired, for?"
asked Miss X.
Roberts merely shrugged his
shoulders. Miss X went to Bridges'
"We are going to discharge .you,
Miss X," said Bridges. "Your sales
have been very poor lately."
"You know that that Is not true,
Mr. 'Bridges," said the glrL "You
know that my sales have been big,
and that they have been bigger than
those of any other girl in my depart
ment What is the real reason I am
"It's because your sales have been
poor," said Bridges stubbornly.
"Are you sure It isn't because I
attended a union meeting?" asked
"We don't give a damn for the
union, nor for the people belonging
to it,sald Bridges politely.
"Thehday will come vfaen you will
give 3- damn for the union, Mr.
Bridges? remarked Miss X pleas
antly. "You are being discharged because
your sales have been small," said
"Did you ever see-'-a dirty chair
coated over with paint?" inquired
"Yes," said Bridges, ""what about
'Tour veneer Is about as thin, as
the'palnt on a dirty chair," said Miss
X, and departed In triumph.
But the triumph did not last long.