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14648, A. F. of L., on Saturday, Aug.
Chicago, Aug. 29, 1914.
The members of the firms compos
ing the Chicago Embroidery Manu
facturers' Association in establishing
the open shop in their respective fac-
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action through the necessity of per
sonally conducting their individual
businesses in such a manner as would
tend to perpetuate their business.
The purpose of the stitchers' union
to establish a minimum daily wage
that would be prohibitive in the com
peting for orders with eastern manu
facturers, together with the proposal
that foremen and employers operat
ing machines be brought under the
jurisdiction of the stitchers' union,
and with the expressed intention for
the organizing into a union of the
female help in these factories, togeth
er with the right to employ or dis
charge any individual at will, for the
good of the business, are reasons all
of which combined have brought
about a condition making it impera
tive for each factory to run its own
business without incoming dictations
from any outside osurse. Signed,
Chicago Embroidery Manufacturers'
Chicago Embroidery Co., 1715 W.
Garden City Embroidery Works,
1850 Otto St.
Walter H. Hildebrandt, 934 W.
J. J. Naef, 3748 N. Lincoln St
Swiss Embroidery Works, 1741-43
The Embroiderers' Union has been
in existence since May 1, 1903, the
wage scale referred to was made two
years ago and, though it constituted
a reduction of scale formerly paid,
every assurance had been given the
employer that the union contemplates
no immediate changes and the 90-day
notice clause in the 1912 wage sched
ule was arrogantly ignored.
The union's desire to extend juris
diction to all workers actively en
gaged in the embroidery industry is
neither an innovation or a crime.
The organization of the girls was
prompted by humanitarian consid
eration for a class of embroidery
workers who, because they lacked the
protective powers of a union, had
been systematically exploited by the
rapacious employer during the 11
years the Embroiderers' Union had
given the employer to demonstrate
his boasted fairness and justice. At
last, convinced that the employer
would never voluntarily be either gen
erous or just to the. women workers
in the embroidery industry, the un
ion decided to extend the long-delayed
The union was told bluntly and
plainly that if they would sidestep
this chivalrous impulse they could ob
tain anything within reasonable
bounds for themselves. This un
American proposal was treated with
the contempt it deserved and now
the men are locked-out; but the ma
jority of the women and girls are out
also and organized.
A letter of protest might force
these petty commercial rulers to rea- '
lize that the American public has no
sympathy with either the policy of
RULE or RUIN or those who prac
ice it. United Embroiderers of Chi-
cago, Local No. 14648, Per Kuno Han-gartnerj,
Editor Day Book: The Chicagd
United Charities spent part of the '
money given them to help the poor
sending lobbyists to the last legis
lature and had the mothers' pension
law emasculated on their statement
that they would take care of father- t
less dependent children.
Now they send out appeals stating t
that they have not funds to help the I
very children whose mothers would
be getting pensions and would not
need charity but for fact that the
United Charities prevented them t
from getting the pension. The United