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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 24, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 22',
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THE PUBLIC FORUM
CONCERNING TAILORS. Geo. C.
Slater, general organizer of the Unit
ed Garment Workers of America,
pleads with the workers of the tailor-
' ing industry to go with the U. G. W.
of A. rather than with the Amalga
mated. For instance, Mr. Slater says
that the U. G. W. of A. is affiliated
with the American Federation of La
bor and therefore in case of a strike
they will get its full support.
One thing which Mr. Slater does
' not state, but which can be under
stood, is that, in case the tailors go
on strike under the Amalgamated,
they will not get the support of the
A. F. of L. and organized labor in gen
eral Further, Mr. Slater goes on to
tell that the Amalgamated Clothing
Workers are a seceding and repudi
ated element of the United Garment
Whether the Amalgamated are a
seceding element of the U. G W. I do
not know, but that they are repudi
ated I do know. The question before
us is why the Amalgamated is repu
diated by the U. G. W.- of A.?
As far as I can remember, there
was no Amalgamated when at the
last convention of the U. G. W. the
split came. The U. G. W. proved that
it was not an organization for the
workers, but for its officials. The
progressive delegates, who were a
menace to Mr. Richert's job as pres
ident of the United Garment Workers,
" were repudiated. Let us not forget
that the workers are not organizing
to give a fat job to Mr. Richert or any
others of his kind. The workers are
organizing to improve their own con
ditions in the shops, which the work
ers who organized the Amalgamated
Clothing Workers' union understood.
Having been brought up in the
spirit of democracy they do not want
to be bossed1 by any one, and when
they elected their delegates to the
convention and those delegates' were
not admitted they understood that
this union was not for them, but for ,
fthe officials of the United Garment
Workers of America
How much the officials of the U. G.
W. did to organize the tailors can- be
proven by the fact that when the
Amalgamated started a campaign to
organize the tailors they found thou
sands of them unorganized. Does
not this show that the U. G. W. of A.
like all other crafts under the A. F.
of L., is an organization for the-officials
and not for the workers ? Now
let the workers ponsider whether they
shall go with an organization for
themselves or an organization for of
ficials. As for myself, I am not in the tai
loring industry and therefore am not
interested with whom the tailors shall
go. But let us be fair and tell-the
truth, no matter whom it hurts. Abe
Mayer Hoorevitz, 1758 Hastings St.
FANATICISM. In The Day Book
appeared an article written by Mr.
Cochran with the claim thatome let
ters sent for publication on the relig
ious issues in The Public Forum are
abusive and intemperate, and also
that some of the contributors are
writing with the intention of hiding
behind The Day Book.
Regarding myself, will state that I
never did and never will hide behind
anything, especially where the truth
Any man who comes out in the
open with what he knows is just is
positively not hiding.
It is fanaticism that for centuries
has been hiding, and what some of
the writers, I am sure, are trying to
do is to pull superstition out of its
Prejudice, ignorance and supersti
tion are three of the .greatest obsta
cles in the pathway of human ad
vance. We are living in an age of
transition. , Old ideas and old beliefs
are fast crumbling and new ones are
taking their place. This is a very
critical age. Practically speaking,
we are at the parting of the ways.
Extreme fanaticism and ignorance og
'-n JA j.