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Conditions are about the same in
the department stores and mail order
houses as they are in many of the
West Side sweatshops, union heads
claim, and in none of the institutions
are the rights of union woricgrs re
cognized. Meanwhile the trouble already
started seems on a fair way toward
spreading among 4,000 cloakmakers
who are affiliated with the workers
now out in protest against bad condi
Use of sluggers and private detec
tives by the bosses threatens to bring
out the members of the Cloak and
Suit Makers' union of Chicago.
Workers in this branch of the bus
iness did not go out with the white
goods, kimona, dress, skirt and waist
makers. Their demands were met
by the employers.
But they are complaining that the
bosses today installed hundreds of
xough-looking gangsters, who hang
around the plants and workrooms
of the manufacturers.
These private sluggers insult their
iriends who are on strike and seem
to want to pick a quarrel with them
is the claim of the cloakmakers'
tmion members. Besides, they ob
ject to working under police protec
tion while another branch of their
union is striking for better condi
tions. So at a meeting scheduled for
Monday morning the executive board
of the cloakmakers will meet and de
cide on getting a strike vote from
union members. The attitude of this
union toward the one now on strike
was shown by the action of the ex
ecutive board in assessing every
member $1 to be donated to the aid
of the strikers.
From twenty arrests yesterday the
number dropped to three this morn
ing. Ida Shapiro, Rose Grenfield and
Isadore Gutman were taken for pass
ling out handbills in viouation of the
No tales of police brutayity were
sorted and only a few complaints
were made today at the union head
quarters. The police were still being
used in a few places to intimidate
workers who intended to go on
strike, they claimed, and picketing
was hampered by their interference.
One story now being investigated
by Sol Seidman, vice president of the
union, is told by a girl worker who
didn't go out with the rest, but who
quit work today. She says she saw
the owner of her shop pass a $5 bill
to a city policeman, explaining that
it was for services done the day be
fore. Today was spent in organizing the
strikers at various headquarters ana
providing for the defense of those ar
rested. The union is supplied with
money to bail the girls out as fast as
they are arrested.
From now on the strike will be a
matter of watchful waiting. The
manufacturers are losing the tens of
thousands of dollars a day and the
only question is how long they can
stand this loss. Ladies' garment mak
ers from Milwaukee, Cleveland, St.
Louis and New York City are grab
bing the business of those soaked by
The outlook was framed as very
optimistic by Sol Seidman today.
"We areoing nicely," he declared.
"We have about 80 per cent of the
workers of our trade out of the shops
and there is hardly a wheel turning
where ourjnembers have walked out.
"We have money andare confident
that we can beat the manufacturers
at any game.
"So far the treatment we have re
ceived from the police has been good,
though not satisfactory in all cases.
We are getting a better deal than the
men's garment workers did, I believe.
v "The papers were wrong when
they stated that we didn't want to
arbitrate things before the strike. was
called. We wrote letters to every
manufacturer weeks before the
strike was called asking them to ar
bitrate. The papers also said we
wanted a closed shop This is wrong,