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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 11, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 12

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WOMEN PUT MEN TO SHAME IN come and explain the principles and
WAGING BATTLES FOR LABOR
By Max Hayes
Never in the history of the world
have women played so conspicuous
a part in the labor movement as they
do right now. " -
During the past year there has been
unusual activity displayed by the
gentler sex in organization matters,
and the result is that many thou
sands have joined the trade union
standard.
This has been particularly true in
the clothing industry and embraces
every branch from weaving to laun
dering. In the paper trades and
metal industry and even in the to
bacco business the pressure of or
ganization has been felt The larg
est influx naturally comes from the
clothing manufacturing lines, in
some of which women predominate.
They have become so thoroughly
grounded in the principles, of union
ism that they really put their male
comrades to shame when it comes to
demonstrating their militancy and
pluck in waging strikes for improved
working conditions.
Recently several hundred girls in
New Jersey won the first strike that
ever has been gained against the to
bacco trust In the big strike against
the General Electric Co. at Schenec
tady, N. Y., some 2,500 girls walked
out "to a man" and were the most
vigilant pickets and outspoken
against compromise. In Connecti
cut, during the past few months,
thousands upon thousands of women
and girls struck for eight hours and
higher wages, and got the bacon or
large slices of it in nearly every in
stance. "It is most inspiring to see how the
women workers became curious of
their rights to decent treatment and
asserted them," said a machinist's
official who was in the thick of the
fight in New England. "In many re
spects our experiences were amusing,
too. We simply could not respond to Aid. Kennedy and Bergen asked to
all the calls from women workers to attend meeting tomorrow.
policies of organization to them.
More than once I met a flock of girls
on the street who thought it simply
grand to walk out on the old man'
and refuse to return until he said
eight hours. The women's unions
are not only permanent, but their in
fluence is radiating in every direction
and adding strength to the move
ment" In New York city is where you get
the strong, disciplined -organizations
of women toilers. They are mostly
affiliated with the International La
dies' Garment Workers' union and
comprise all nationalities racial and
religious prejudices have been
thrown upon the scrapheap of bigot
ry and ignorance long ago.
The great strike that threatened
to tie up the New York garment in
dustry several months ago did not
occur because the manufacturers
really did not want it, and the reason
was that the weaker sex had become
as a rod of iron the bosses knew
that the women's locals were un
breakable and they would spend mil
lions of dollars for nothing. So they
signed an agreement
The fight of the Chicago Teachers'
Federation, which is also affiliated
with the A. P. of L., is another fine
example of the spartan-like courage
of the women in battling for the right
to organize. Nearly all the politicians
and newspapers of Chicago are open
ly or secretly attacking the teachers,
but the word "surrender"' has been
cut out of their dictionaries.
The influence of the splendid stand
that has been made by the Chicago
teachers is being felt everywhere.
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CIVIL SERVICE COMISH BUSY
The city civil service commission
has decided to try and beat the alder
men to it in investigating the charge
that Aid. Bergen's brother was fired
from boiler inspector's office because
aldermen wouldn't support mayor.
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