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C. F. OF t. JOINS p'HAA IN
FjIGHT FOR WOMANHOOD
The Chicago Federation of Labor
yesterday joined hands with Lieut.
Gov. O'Hara in his fight for the wo
manhood of Illinois.
O'Hara addressed the regular
meeting of the Federation, and told
of the work of the Illinois Welfare
Commission, of which he is head,
and also of some of the obstacles
that had been placed in their way by
After O'Hara finished speaking,
Margaret Haley moved that a reso
lution be passed offering the Federa
tion's aid in O'Hara's war against
employers who pay starvation wages,
and also calling upon the state legis
lature to make further appropriation
for the commission.
O'Hara in his speech said that the
commission would continue for two
years and they would hold meetings
at least once a month, and that at
these meetings men, women and
children could come and make com
plaint "I'know, in spite of what the 'sci
entific' reformers might say, that low
wages has a direct influence on
vice," said O'Hara, and the members,
as a unit, leaned forward in their
seats and applauded.
When Miss Haley made the mo
tion for the resolution it was passed
After the meeting Miss .Haley was
asked to draw up a resolution even
stronger than the one. passed, one
that will show clearly the attitude of
the big labor body on the minimum
wage question and also their appre
ciation of the uphill fight made by
O'Hara for this important bill.
Led by Margaret Haley the Fed
eration also fired a shot at the Cooley
vocational bill now up -before the
committee on rules on the state legis
lature. A resolution to be sent to
that committee was drawn up asking
that they recommend defeat for the
bill, If the bill should be passed, how-
everr organized labor will ask that
Gov. Dunne veto it.
The prime purpose of this bill Is
to convert, the public schools of Illi
nois into training shops for working
men. It makes no provision for the
finer education of the child, nothing
except to make him merely a faster
Delegate A. A. Myrup of the Bak
ers' Union asked that the bill now in
the House permitting cellar bake
shops be condemned as harmful to
bakers" forced to work in them.
The Building Trades Council ask
ed the Federation to adopt a reso
lution favoring the West Side depot
site. This was done. The West Side
depot will mean immediate work to
thousands of Chicago laboring men.
A resolution condemning Rep.
James F. Morris for not voting for
the women's suffrage bill was defeated.
HOME RULE FOR CHICAGO
No matter who favors or opposes
it, Chicago should have home rule.
The people of Illinois outside of
Chicago are not affected one way or
another by the conduct of Chicago's
public utilities, while the people of
And there is no good reason why
people outside of Chicago should at
tempt to regulate Chicago's public
If one administration does not
regulate public utilities to suit the
people, then the people have the
power to change administrations;
and the people don't have to stand
for misrepresentation longer than
one term if they make up their mind
to be represented.
Chicago should be permitted to
work out its own destiny so long as
it does not interfere with the rights
of the rest of the state.
Pennsylvania has adopted the
violet as the state flower. Penrose,
Stotesbury and Wanamaker remind
her so much of that modest flower, '