OREGON WELFARE COMMISSION
ESTABLISHES MINIMUM WAGE
Portland, Ore., July 2. The first
decision of the Oregon Welfare
Commission was made in the
settlement of a strike of the girl em
ployes of a fruit cannery near here.
The decision was that hereafter a
minimum wage of one dollar a day,
with as much more as ' could be
earned by piece work, should be paid
all women workers in the cannery.
The girls of the cannery struck
last Friday, demanding better wages.
They returned to work immediately
the decision of the commission was
While the decision is not entirely
satisfactory to the working people,
since it fixes a minimum wage for
women far below a living wage, labta
nevertheless is hopeful, because of
the great improvement which will be
wrought by the commission's mini
mum. Formerly. women employes of the
cannery were paid as little as $2.50
and $3 a week, and Immorality for
profit, that they might eat, was
spreading among them.
RACE TROUBLE FEARED
St. Louis, July 2. A general strike
of all white union waiters and a race
war is likely in this city.
Thirty white waiters at the fash
ionable Washington Hotel were lock
ed out last 'fcight when they refused
to wait on strikebreaking telephone
girls housed at the hotel by the tele
Walkouts and race riots followed
soon after, when the management of
the hotel employed negro waiters in
place of the thirty white men locked
The Hotel and Restaurant Keepers'
Association then decided that it was
strong enough to break and humble
the white waiters of the city, and
issued an announcement that negro
waiters would be employed in every
restaurant in the city if the trouble
, were npl immediately settled v
The waiters refused to work along
side negroes, and the bosses' associa
tion then sent to Hot Springs, Little
Rock, Ark., and Chicago for 500 ne
Race trouble is deemed certain to
day. The striking telephone girls today
appealed to the Missouri Senate Wel
fare Commission to investigate the
difference between the wages form
erly paid them and the wages paid the
State Senator W. V. Cassidy, sec
retary of the Building Trades' Coun
cil, is backing the demands of the
THE ICE SITUATION IN CINCY
' Cincinnati, July 2. The Ice Man
ufacturers' Association, at a secret
meeting last night, decided to defy
the people and not to arbitrate with
their striking employes, as they had
agreed to do earlier in the evening.
The Academy of Medicine today
passed a resolution calling upon the
city to confiscate the ice plants and
take over the distribution of ice. The
Academy pointed out that the death
rate of children has increased 100 per
cent since the strike began.
LOOKS LIKE SMALL CHANCE OF
SETTLEMENT IN K. C.
Kansas City, Mo., July 2. 'Repre
sentatives of the employing builders
of Kansas City and their worxmen
today met with Mayor Jost is an ef
fort to settle their differences.
A settlement is little likely to be
reached so long as the employers re
main in their present frame of mind.
The employing builders locked out
their men to back up the Chicago
builders and said they were doing it
because the men were quarreling
Soon afterward they saw victory
in sight and immediately declared
that in the future they would enforce
the open shop. The Industrial Coun
cil at once called a general strike.
20000 men are, out. ,
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