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385 BAKERIES SIGN UP BIG
FELLOWS STILL HOLD OUT
s NO BREAD FAMINE
385 bakeries in Chicago have
signed better working and wage'
agreements with their employes;
1,700 workers are back on the job.
Only 15 bakeries are holding out.
They comprise the big fellows like
Heissler & Junge, Carl Sulzer,- Grant
Bakjng CO., Schultz, Livingston and
others who were responsible for the
jump in bread prices.
Today's "peace conference" in
Mayor Thompson's office between
union agents and the employers was
a fizzle. Bosses refused to listen to
men's demands. They walked out
without making an effort to, forestall
"horrible bread famine" they have
been shouting about.
Rudolph Kearn, Henry Schaeffer,
Geo. Eckhart and Leo Haffner rep
resented the Bakers and Confection
ers' union at the conference. The
bosses were represented by Edw.
Heissler, Heissler & Junge; Merrill
Hutchinson, Carl Sulzer Co.; H. P.
Grant, Grant Co. ; L. Livingston, G. E.
Davis, Schultz Bakery.
Rudolph Kearn attacked the
"bread famine" stories published in
the trust press as "newspaper bunk"
put over by the big advertising bak
ers. He said there was no need for
a shortage of bread. He, also said the
union would take care of all hospitals
that did not bake their own bread.
The bakery drivers are expected to
walk out tonight after a conference
with officials of the Teamsters' Joint
Although they have been sliding up
the price of the loaf and cutting
down its size, when asked for an in
crease in wages to meet the cost
of living which they helped to make
higher the bakers have steadfastly
refused. Bakers went out Saturday
Stories of the suffering in hospit
als, most of which, by the way, man
ufacture their own bread, some be
cause they are not satisfied with the
standard product of Chicago's bak
eries, were spread about by the press
agents of the labor-fighting employ
ers today to curry public opinion
against the men seeking a union
This is the second attempt of the
bosses to force the men into drop
ping their request for an increase.
Saturday, just before the strike was
called, publicity agents for the bak
ers managed to get a story into print
to the effect that the government
would take over and operate the
bakeries if the men struck as plan
ned. Offers of mediation came from sev
eral sources. Chief in prominence
was Mayor Thompson, who asked
representatives of the employers and
men to come to his office at 10:30 to
day for a conference. Judge William
Chambers of the federal bound of
mediation and Leo J. Winniecke of
the state board of arbitration arrived
in the city yesterday to give their
services toward settlement of the
Meanwhile the bread-baking habit
is growing back on the people of the
city and there is no doubt that the
bakeries will suffer when business is
again resumed. Because of the high
cost of the little loaf, thousands of
housewives will continue to use the
home-made article long after peace
has been effected.
15-CENT BREAD IN CLEVELAND
Cleveland, April 30. Cleveland gets
its first 15-cent bread tomorrow. Star
Baking Co. will drop 6-cent loaf and
put out 26-ounce loaf for 15 cents
and 17-ounce loaf for 10 cents. Other
bakers are expected to follow.
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