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JACOB LOEB GETS BY WITH MOVE THAT HITS
TEACHERS' FEDERATION A HARD BLOW
With three of six members of the
rules committee present, Jacob Loeh,
pal of Julius Rosenwald, jushed
through a rule which has for its in
tention the expulsion of the Teach
ers' Federation from the schools.
Thus was the work of the Baldwin
investigation committee explained.
When the senate committee chok
ed off a legitimate inquiry started by
Alderman Robert Buck and the city
council, to divert attention from
abuses of school property and money,
it decided to turn in the eyes of the
people to the Teachers' Federation.
Aided by the trust papers, two of
which, the News and Tribune, are
cheating the children by their ridicu
lous land leases on school lands, the
committee tore into the federation
and Margaret Haley, its active head.
When the committee had thrown
all of the mud it could and two of its
members neglected to show up at
the hearing to hear the farcial attack
on the teachers' union, the senate
committee dropped its quiz just when
Margaret Haley became insistant for
a chance to be heard to defend her
self. All of the muck thrown by Meyer
Stein, attorney for the body, was
played up by the trust papers. Pub
lic opinion, it was figured, would now
be against the federation. So Loeb
pulled off his stunt
The force of the press, Loeb fig
ures, and the sjigma of charges
which Stein made and left unanswer
ed may enable him to pull through
the anti-labor stunt on Sept 8 when
the school board meets.
So far the action of the commit
tee is not important The rule means
nothing until passed on by the board
of education and then by the courts.
It will never get by the board, de
clared Ida Fursmanv bead of the fed-SKjion,
"Loeb's actions are ridiculous and,
at the same time, very small," de
clared Miss Fursman when told of
the rule committee's action. "I know
the board of education too well to be
afraid of its passing so childish a
"It is illegal. The board has noth
ing to say about what organizations
the teachers may or may not belong
There are many reasons why big
business would like to see Margaret
Haley and the Teachers' Federation
put out of business.
Ten years ago Miss Haley was a
big figure in the fight for municipal
ownership when the Federation of
Labor and the Hearst papers tied up
and made things warm for the money
In 1909, through her efforts, Ed
win Cooley, first aid to big business,
was dumped from his job as super
intendent of schools.
Miss Haley with her federation and
the Federation of Labor caused a 10
per cent valuation of corporation
stocks to be placed on the books of
the assessors. Julius Rosenwald
with his Sears-Roebuck mail order
house was hard hit by this, as also
were the International Harvester
Co. and many others. It was big
dough taken out of their pockets.
More recently the three-year fight
which put the Cooley dual education
al system out of business in the legi!
lature angered the big firms. T
bill was called a deliberate attem
to destroy labor unions.
And the fight for a decent wage for
teachers which dragged along since
the fall of last year and resulted in a
victory for the teachers angered
Loeb, who has taken opposite sides
from the federation in eVery scrap
they have mixed in.
His brother is vice president of
Sears, Roebuck & Co. and very good,
friend of Julius Rosenwald .