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FLORSHEIM CO. LAUGHING AT THE LAW NOW,
BUT HE WHO LAUGHS LAST, ETC. PROBE ON
The Florsheini Shoe Company,
which has a factory that stands on
nearly a whole city block of land at
Adanis and Clinton streets, "fired"
Gus Schneider and crossed him off
the payroll the last week in January.
Since that time and today
Schneider is a member of the march
ing army of 100,000 and more job
less men in Chicago. Only, Schneider
is different from most of them be
cause he has a wife and six children
and a home at 1405 Fifth street and
is hustling for eight people's bread.
This week the Industrial Board of
Illinois is taking up Schneider's case
and looking into a peculiar angle of
it where the Florsheim Co. seems to
be laughing at the state law as a
joke. W. V. Conley, secretary of the
board, stated today that Louis Flor
sheim, president of the company, and
other officers would have their dis
regard of the workmen's compensa
tion law called to their attention.
"Either the Florsheim Co. man
agers don't know the law or they are
wilfully evading it," said Conley.
The story goes back to Oct. 21,
when Schneider was going to climb a
ladder and rig , a pulley. The ladder
was, shaky and he was suspicious of
it. He knew that "safety first" is a
good thing. And Coroner Hoffman
and the newspapers and many good
men are saying, "Don't climb up a
ladder if you're not sure it's safe
take no chances!"' But Superin
tendent White had just "balled out"
Schneider for not working fast
enough and It was certainly no time
to stop and monkey around fixing a
So, up he went.
Half way up the ladder went to
smash with him. Eight. feet he fell,
jamming his left hip and shoulder
against a hard maple floor.
He was taken home and put to. bed.
His family doctor, I. Allbright,
propped him up and ordered liniihent
and showed Mrs. Schneider how to
slowly and carefully rub the stuff on
the bruised muscles four times a day.
.Two weeks and two days and he
went back to Florsheim's, lame and '
sore, afraid of his job. He was put
at work again and he was paid full
wages of $16 a week for the time off.
But Supt. White didn't like Schnei
der's work. For two years and eight
months Schneider had been working
on this same job. And he was a. good
enough man so that he wasn't
"fired." But less than three months
after Schneider had a straight eight
foot fall from a ramshackle Flor
sheim ladder, White tells him, "Go
and get your money you're through
here. You're not fast enough and
you don't do what you're told."
. On one point after another, the In
dustrial Board was surprised at the
ignorance of the Florsheim Co. as
shown in Schneider's case. The com
pany has 1,200 men and would be
supposed to know what the law is in
cases where men are crippled up
while at work.
The law Is that the employer shall
pay all doctor's bills and all expense
for medicine. Schneider paid his own
doctor bill of $4 and bought $3 worth
The law is that the employer shall
pay the workman half wages while
he is disabled. The Florsheim Co.
paid him full wages.
The law is that the disabled work
man shall not go back to work until
his doctor says he can- do an able
man's work. Schneider did not know
this and so Schneider went back to
work before he was in right shape.
He did not know that the Industrial
Board will give him the best kind of
service and stands readjr to help a
man in his fix.
"We want this point understood by
workmen everywhere," said Secre
tary Conley, "that the office of the
industrial. Board in the City HaH