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THE STRIKING BUFFALO DEPARTMENT STORE
GIRLS WIN FIRST GREAT VICTORYj
Chicago RetaiLGlerks' Association to Secure Charte'irtoJ
Clerks' Association of America Hold Big Meeting i
" Buffalo, N. Y., May 7. The striking department store girls of 'Buffalo
won their first great victory today. '
The Sweeney Co. .store, which employs 800 men, women and children,
announced that it will comply with the eight-hour demand of ihe union.
Through President Chauncey J. Hamlin, the "company also promised
to pay a minimum wage of $5 a week to boys; $6 a weelc.tcgirl clerks; $12, '
a "week to men clerks, and $15 a week to drivers. Saturday half holidays
dlso will be granted during July and August.
At the other stores no attempt is being made to treat with the unjon
Art attempt to import department store girls from other cities is possible, .
"Meantime the work of organizing the clerks still at work is going steady
ily ahead, and daily the force the stores can depend on is diminishing- ,
Theexpress companies are importing strikebreakers to break ther ,.
stnke of trie express drivers. This is almost certain to cause" trouble. Last
night a truck belonging to the American Express Company was attackea
by a crowd of strike sympathizers, who cut loose the horses and-scattered;
the' freight over the street. r
The police department Is rushingto the aid of the bosses. Three hun- '
dred special policemen were sworn in this forenoon and 200 more this
' The" Retail Clerks' Association met
last night at Schffler Hall with a
larger attendance than at any pre
vious clerks' meeting, notwithstand
ing' the-fact that a number of girls
"have been discharged by State street
- employers for attending meetings.
'JKMary Anderson suggested that
r it they should form themselves into a
at VT- permanent organization at this meet-
. irig and secure a charter from the
Clerks' Association of America, and,
upon' motion, seconded and unani
mously carried, this was done, y
Miss Agnes Nestor gave an account
of the clerks in Waukegan, halt of
whom had organized? on Monday
night in an effort to protect them
selves against night work. She
stated that the union expected to
Save at least ninety-five per cent of
the clerks in the union at the next
meeting in Waukegan.
' Miss Mary O'Reilly, of the Chicaga
Teachers' organization, stated that
the two things tHatwill go dowirinj
history when ftis generation isiip,.
more, will he thestruggle of laboit &
organize and the woman movement "
of our day.
"You must not dwell on what you
have to suffer to organize,1' she said.
Pioneers in any movement -have to.
suffer, but there is a joy in beingva
pioneer that overbalances thve suffer,
ing. And if we knew when wewere
born all we would have to suffesln
life, we wouldn't want to come here,
but we don't know, so we play the
game. ' ,
"The thing you fear most is some
times the least to be feared if you
only realized what it was and what
little strength it has, '
"Take Marshall lileld, as an. in
stance. A few years ago Marshall,
Field was a very importantama in.
Chicago. He owned-State- street and
most of Adams street,and he owned
us. But Tie died. And he left two.
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