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LABOR BATTLERS IN MAY DAY MARCH
Chicago May Day saw 10,000 clothing workers
march, the Loeb rule smashed by appellate court, the
5,000 International Harvester Co. strikers increased,
and the prediction b Pres. John Fitzpatrick of Chicago
Federation of Labor that "rebellion has a foothold in K-
the ranks of labor in Chicago and the rebellion will
Over 1.0,000 men and women cloth
ing workers, singing songs in sixteen
different languages, marched under
American flags Monday from central
headquarters at Halsted and Van
Buren sts. through the downtown
They were glad. They yelled hur
rahs for Sidney Hillman, president of
the Amalgamated clothing workers
of America, hurrah for Hart, Schaff
ner & Marx arid hurrah for America.
Yesterday Hart, Schaffner &
Marx started working under 10 per
cent wage raise. It will give $1,500,
000 more wages the next three years
and establishes the most sensational
wage scale every put in force by a
big Chicago factory.
Every woman over 18 years of age
on machine work will get at least $9
a week and those on hand work at
least $8 a week. In women's wages
this completely overshadows the $5
and $6 a week rates of State st
stores, Sears-Roebuck & Co., B. Kup
penheimer & Co., Rosenwald & Weil,
All men over 18 on machine work
will get $12 a week and all others at
least $10 a week.
Of the workers on parade, 7,000
Avere from Hart. Schaffner & Marx
and the other 3,000 from 14 smaller
manufacturers who began Monday
paying the new wage scale.
"The 400 Stetson hat workers in
Philadelphia, the 60,000 cloak mak
ers of New York and the Harvester!
trust slaves of Chicago are all after
the same thing," said Pres. Fitzpat
rick, Chi. Fed. of Labor. "They are
trying to get from under long hours
and small wages. They want more
rights as human beings.
"Newspapers have been full of
stories about voluntary wage raises.
Some of these are true. Many of
them are only on paper. Where
wages have been raised, as in some
steel plants and war order shops, it
was merely the restoration of a wage
formerly prevailing. The restoration
was made to quiet unrest"
Speakers at the Auditorium mass
meeting of union clothing workers
were Clarence Darrow, Wm. O.
Thompson, Aid. Wm. E. Rodriguez;
Grace Abbott, Ellen Gates Starr, J. E.
Williams, Jas. Mullenbach.
JVm. O. Thompson, former law
partner John P. Altgeld and attorney
for the U. S. commission industrial
"One girl in a tailor shop in Chi
cago on Sept 19, 1910, rebelled
against a starvation wage. She cried
her protest and walked out Her ac
tion spread like wildfire and 40,000
"Out of that strike grew a simple
one-page agreement- with Hart,
Schaffner & Marx. It has since grown
to a long, complex agreement pro
viding for a most highly organized
machinery for arriving at industrial