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The day book., November 06, 1915, GARMENT WORKERS' SPECIAL EDITION, Image 30
The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
AFTER SIX WEEKS OF STRIKE
By Sidney Hillman, International
Pres. Amal. Clothing Workers.
The clothing strike in Chicago is
in its sixth week now.
When it started tfie-manufacturers
said there was no strike. Then they
immediately hired sluggers and
armed guards to protect themselves
and their property against the girls
who were on strike. The police de
partment found it necessary to dou
ble details in the strike district
Still the manufacturers denied the
existence of a strike.
Then we had two parades. The
workers who marched numbered 20,
000 or more. They were all strikers.
Since the strike began there have
been nearly a thousand arrests made.
John R. Glenn, sec'y of the Illinois
Manufacturers' ass'n, sent out a let
ter in which he denounced the "New
York agitator who was undermining
one of the greatest of Chicago's in
dustries." He spoke in vituperative
strain of the thousands of misguided
workers who marched under his (the
N. Y. A.) disloyal headquarters.
Still the manufacturers persisted
there was no strike.
Column upon column of material
in reference to the strike has been
printed in the newspapers; the best
social workers and clubwomen of the
city became interested in our fight
for collective bargaining investigat
ed and joined in the universal chorus
of protest against the policies of the
employers in refusing to deal with us.
They came, they saw and they
were horrified. The conditions,
wages and sanitary conditions in the
clothing industry they saw to be in
need of immediate and drastic re
form. They joined their voices with
"The city recognized the true merits
of the situation by appointing two
council committees; the organiza
tions of Chicago recognized the con
dition and expressed themselves; the
people showed their interest in many
ways; society women went on the
picket lines and saw; the clergy
preached the gospel for which we are
But the manufacturers say there is
There is a strike.
And it is a winning strike.
Already we have won big victories.
And we are going to win a final and
complete victory in the end.
There is no need to draw the at
tention of the public upon the low
wages and unbearable conditions un
der which the workers have existed.
Everybody knows them now. They
have been demonstrated and proven.
The strike of the clothing workers
is a fight for labor, a fight for collec
tive bargaining, a fight for the prin
ciple of arbitration, a fight for the
principle of decency in the shops.
The manufacturers have refused
to arbitrate with 20,000 workers who,
they claim, were perfectly satisfied
with the ideal conditions under which
they were working.
Prince John of England refused to
sign the Magna Charta; King George
refused the right of representation to
the American colonists.
The manufacturers refuse to arbi
trate. o o
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