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ihat New York manufacturers
have turned over their contracts
to Chicago manufacturers, a
strike is almost certain.
Over 160,000 New York gar
ment workers are walking the
streets today. They are penni
less and starving, but they have
completely tied up the New York
Yet, in some mysterious way,
the New York manufacturers
have found a way to fill many of
There is a growing suspicion
that that way is by turning their
contracts over to Chicago factor
ies. This would mean that union
garment workers of Chicago are
being used as scabs to defeat the
strike of their brothers and sis
ters of the New York union.
A delegation from the local
union went to the manufacturers
immediately after the receipt of a
telegram requesting an investi
gation from T. A. Rickert, presi
dent of the New York union.
They got no satisfaction.
But it is easy for the union to
find out if New York contracts
are being turned over here. The
members can tell by the style and
make of the goods they are work
The situation is serious. The
local garment workers never have
been satisfied since they lost the
great strike of two years ago.
There is only one big factory in
the city where conditions are de
cent. That is Hart, Schaffrer &
Marx. Hart, Schaffner & Mar
voluntarily recognized the union.
In the other factories condi
tions are insanitary, lighting bad
and wages pitifully small.
The majority of the local work
ers probably would welcome a
chance to strike again, and try
and win a decent wage and de
cent working conditions.
Two men, giving the names of
Harry Smith and Charles Clark,
today advertised in the Chicago.
Examiner for 750 men to act as
"guards" for the clothing factory
bosses in the New York garment
The ad sdid that such guards
would be paid $4 a day with room
and board for thirty days, and di
rected applicants to apply at 1140'
South Wabash avenue.
When. Smith and Clark open
ed their office at 1147 South Wa
bash this morning, 800 men were
in line to ask for jobs as strike-'
Meantime, the police had heard,
of opening of the "agency," and
before the two men could book
any of the applicants, raided the.
place. Smith and Clark were ar
rested for operating an employ-,
ment agency without a city li-'
Smith said that he and his pal
had been employed to get the
strikebreakers by two men named
Westfield and Johnson, at the
Great Northern hotel.
He said that Westfield and
Johnson had told them to have
the men report at Levy Bloom &
Co., woolen manufacturers, New
York, and to make each applicant,
for a job put up $2.