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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 16, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 8

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There's another big strike in Chi
cago, but the trust papers are not
printing a word about it. State street
department -stores have struck their
employes hard By-a general lay-off in
numbers never before heard of.
From two to three-fifths of the de
partment store laborers men, wom
en, girls and boys have been told
not to come to work until the trouble
is over and the crowds come to the
loop to shop.
Thousands of the "five-dollar-a-weekers,"
who have nothing saved
for the emergency, have been curtly
told by loop store managers not to
appear for work.
In several stores, as one means of
laying off the employes, orders have
been issued that the girls need not
come to work unless they are there
on time. This means a wasted trip
to the loop at auto rates and a day
without work if they are late.
Marshall Field & Co., on the first
day of the strike, according to an em
ploye, dropped hundreds of the un
' derpaid tollers.
AD along the street, from Carson-
Pirie-Scott's, Handel's, Billman's, the
-Boston Store, Stevens, The Fair,
Rothschild's and Siegel, Cooper &
' Co , -complaints have poured in that
immense numbers of employes have
" been told to remain home.
Transportation at from 25 to 60
'cents a trip and hardships at that
; rate have driven most of the shoppers
from the loop stores to the small
neighborhood concerns and the
J stranglehold which the transporta-
j tion companies have given the loop
stores for years is broken,
c But business is dull and jcustomers
j are few. The stockholders of the
1 department stores, of course, Bhould
not suffer for this. Wage earners
lare laid off.
3 At Rothschild's one of the super
, nnrlnnc 4nnnunced today that "the
i store was glad to take back every one I
of the employes THAT THE STORE
Marshall Field & Co., through one
of its superintendents, would not de
ny th'at hundreds of petty wage earn
ers had been told not to come to work
while the strike lasted.
"Have'you laid off 500 of your em
ployes ta cut expenses during the
strike?" was the question put to
Att'y Kolm, assistant to C. M. Wood
cock, manager of the store.
"I do not want to be quoted on
this," said Kolm.
"Are your laid-off employes telling
the truth when they say that they
have been put out because they were
late?" a Day Book reporter asked.
"Marshall Field & Co. do not want
to be quoted in The Day Book," was
the answer. '
A young fellow representing him
self as an employe of Marshall Field
& Co., who would lose his position if
his name were published, said at least
500 employes had been turned away
without notice.

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