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.UNION ORGANIZERS WORKING AMONG LOCAt'
'PHONE GIRLS BIG STRIKE THREATENED
' To prevent the Bell Telephone
Trust taking such .action as it took
in the Boston strike' of telephone
girls, union organizers today are at
work among the hello girls of Chi
cago. The telephone girls of St. Louis at
present are on strike for higher
wages and better working conditions.
Their hopes are high because of
the recent investigation of low wages
conducted by the Missouri Senate
Commission modelled on the lines of
the O'Hara Commission of this state.
The revelations of that commis
sion roused public feeling against
corporations which pay starvation
wages to a high pitch in Missouri.
The telephone girls decided that
the best time for them to assert
themselves was while public feeling
still ran hot.
So they presented their demands
for a hvmg wage and decent work
, ing conditions, and when these were
..refused they walked out
' Under all the conditions, their vic
tory seemed certain, but the St LouiB
5 girls remembered what happened in
- The Boston hello girls struck in the
early part of April. The Bell tele
phone trust refused absolutely to
jtreat with them.
J Then the Bell people began ex-6-portlng
young telephone girls to Bos
ton from all over the country,
r They lured girls still in their teens
vwith promises of fine, cross-country
itrips, and luxurious living in the
Hotels of Boston, with wages as high
sas four times what they refused to
spay the Boston girls.
t Three hundred young girls thus
swere sent from Chicago to Boston in
eone night, and one hundred were
tready to start the next morning,
vwhen the news of the shipping of
jgirls became public, and the Bell
-trust, 1n fear of federal Interference,
putfttfnd-talL. . - t
In Boston, the imported strike
breakers were put up at the finest
hotels, and allowed the greatest free
dom. They were given the best of
food, and compelled to work only
very short shifts.
Remembering this, vthe St. Louis
girls took steps in advance and their
organisers were at work in Chicago
and in every other big city from
which girls were drafted the last time
before the walkout took place.
These organizers are busy among
the telephone girls of the North Side
exchanges now, preaching the doc
trine off' unionism, and begging the
girls not to help the company fight
From all reports, the Chicago tele
phone exchanges are likely to be
closed union shops before the work
is at an end.
The wages of telephone girls Tiere
are poor inasmuch as they are, in the
average, below the breadline.
Even so, they are much higher
than the wages paid by the majority
of the big department stores. ,
Chicago telephone girls, however,
are subjected to a great number of
humiliating rules and regulations.
PHONE STRIKE THREATENED
St. Louis, June 17. What prom
ises to be the first big telephone
strike in the United States had its
beginning this morning when nine
girls walked out of .the Sydney Ex
change of the Bell Telephone Com
pany fifteen minutes ahead of sched
At the telephone girls' headquar
ters it is stated that all the girls of
the Sydney Exchange will go out.
The Bell Company has sent a rush'
order for its night operators' in an
ticipation of a general walk-out.
The South African government
employs a -veterinary surgeon to
study the diseases 6f ostriches. zvz,
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