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ing clothes made for starvation
Trade unionism, I now see
more clearly than ever, is an in
surance of society for the safety
of the rest of the community.
Trade unionists pay from their
slender wage the salary of men
who do the collective bargaining
that protects the rest of the com
munity. This social service is the united
effort of girl workers, Jewish and
Italian, feeling themselves
strangers in a strange land, for
eign born, pitifully young, thou
sands of them here without rela
tives; girls whom pitiless bosses
have driven to realize that after
all, the workhouse is not so bad.
"Who wants to work for bread
and butter? We can get bread
and butter doing nothing on
Blackwell island!" cried one girl
at today's strike meeting.
Picket duty is recognized as
the first duty, the girl workers'
way of teaching their sisters that
intolerable conditions have pre
cipitated this industrial revolt
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Mary Boyle O'Reilly, from her last photograph.