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COMMENT ON HENRICI'S, HEARST AND MEXICO
BY N. D. COCHRAN
I wonder if the people generally see how the supposedly smart mem
bers of the Hotel and Restaurant Keepers' Association are giving their case
away by their own admissions?
Aside from the mere difference between Collins of Henrici's restaurant
and the waitresses, the trouble at Henrici's is merely a skirmish in a general
war; and it is interesting to watch.for that reason, now that it has got into
the courts. i
Enough has been brought out in court to show that the hotel and "res
taurant keepers have a union although they call it an association. "Each
member must submit to the association any demand made by employes, and
then must take such action on that demand as the association determines.
Here is a union of employers for collective bargaining. They want each
waitress to deal for herself as an individual, while the whole bunch of big
employers get their heads together.
But that isn't all. When it came to appealing to Mayor Harrison to
prevent the waitresses from picketing Henrici's restaurant, the Hotel and
Restaurant Keepers' Union had help. Jimmie Simpson of Marshall Field's
and one of the- influential members of the State street store owners' union
went along;, and he, witn John T. Pirie of-Carson, Pirie, Scott's big depart
ment store threw all the. weight of
that union of big advertisers against
the waitresses. -t .
Then Bobby Thorne of the Mont
gomery Ward mail order establish
ment wedt along to throw his
strength and pull on the side of the
union of big employers.
But they weren't even satisfied
with that. Oscar Mayer, one of
Mayor Harrison's closest personal
friends, who sells meat to the hotels
and restaurants, trotted along, too.
Now Oscar is a good fellow personal
ly a very likeable fellow and men
who like him like to oblige film.
Of course, he was asked to go
along because it was kno-yn he was
Presumably the union of big brew
ers were lined up with the hotels and
restaurants that sell their beer.
And very likely the big boozeries
-hat sell wine and booze. .
That's a pretty strong bunch of
men for a handful of poorly paid
waitresses to have to fight.
But what I wanted to call atten
tion to is that these business men or
ganized for mutual protection in a
union of their! own are fighting to
prevent the -waitresses, from organiz
ing a union for THEIR protection.
In a fight like that wouldn't YOU
think the waitresses had fully as.
much need of a union as their em
ployers? Take Collins who owns Henrici's.
I met him not long ago, and we talk
ed about the strike. He's a charm
ing fellow to meet socially, and I
found the human streak in him. To
begin with, right after we were in
troduced I told him I was going to
do everything I could with The Day
Book to help the girls win in their 1
fight with him.
, "You have all of the big news
papers on your side," I said. "You
can put your side of the story up to
the public through paid advertise
ments. The girls can't afford to do
that. Now, honestly, don't you think
the girls ought to have at least one
newspaper on their side?"
That's when the human side of
Collins showed up. "Yes, I do," was
his reply. And we parted in a. friend
ly manner, with a clear understand- ,
ing that I was going to fight on the '
side of the girls to the finish, what
ever Jhat finish might be. ,
And that's the way I fepl about the