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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, April 19, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 5

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COMMITTEE REPORT SHOWS UP
. BOSSES' BLACKLIST
While workers in the tailoring in
dustry are organizing to get free of
the blacklist system conducted by
the bosses' employment agency in
the Medinah Temple, a report of a
senate committee which investigated
the clothing workers' strike in 1910
1911 is interesting reading in refer
ence to this agency.
"One of the main features of the
association was the establishment of
what is .known as a labor bureau,"
the report states, "which is under the
control and direction of a secretary
whose duty it is to keep a record of
all the men employed in the various
houses belonging to the association.
"This record is kept by a system
of card indexes which are filed in the
office of the association in the Medi
nah Temple. On these cards is kept
the name of the individual, where he
last worked, and if discharged, the
cause of his discharge, it being un
derstood that if any employe is dis
charged for any cause which a mem
ber of the association deems a good
cause it is noted on the card and if
he seeks employment in any other
association house he must go to the
Medinah Temple and obtain a permit
before he can obtain employment in
any other house belonging to the as
sociation, this being in accordance
with the constitution and by-laws of
the association.
"Your committee from the evi
dence must necessarily find that a
person discharged from. one house in
the association practically means a
bar to his obtaining employment in
any other house in the association.
"Foi: instance, 'John Doe' is an agi
tator, that is, a man who would talk
unionism during his employment, and
on that notation being placed on his
card by the secretary it would abso
lutely bar the man from obtaining
employment in any of these houses.
"Your committee wish to report
that in view of the testimony and the
wording of the statutes, we are eon-
strained to Believe that the mainte
nance and operation of said labor bu
reau in the Medinah Temple, insofaij
as it prevents persons from securing
employment, is in violation of the
statutes of the state of Illinois and is
derogatory to tne rights and inter
ests of the workers and should be
immediately dissolved."
The committee further reported
that it found wages in the tailoring
industry no better than they were ten
years ago.
Organization among the cutters
and tailors is growing rapidly. Shop
meetings held Saturday were very
successfuL Further shop meetings
will be held Tuesday after work by
the tailors of the International Tail
oring Co. at 818 W. Harrison sL, and
the workers at the-Royal Tailors will
meet at the same place after work
on the same day.
" A big mass meeting will be held to
night by the Amalgamated Clothing
Workers of America at the West Side
auditorium, Racine av. and Taylor
st, at 8 o'clock, for tailors and cut
ters. Mr. Jos. Schlossberg of New
'York, vice pres. A. C. W. of A., will
be the principal speaker.
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"Why did you sue for divorce?"
"Cruelty. My husband declared I
would have to get along this yearv
with a 1914 model car."
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