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CURRAN COMMISSION FINDS ONE MATERNITY
HOME WHERE LOVE REALLY RULES
THE DAY BOOK
N. 13. Cochran,
Editor dnd Publisher.
500 South Peoria St
TeL Monroe 353.
VOL. 2, NO, 183
Chicago, Friday, May 2, 1913
O'HARA COMMISSION SHOULD PROTECT GIRLS
FROM STORE OWNERS' ASSOCIATION
Girls Who Attend Union Meetings Persecuted and
Blacklisted A Few of the Carious Traits Displayed
by the Management of Siegel, Cooper '& Co,
The first duty- of the O'Hara low
wages commission in Chicago now is
to protect ihe.department store-girls
whor are s struggling 'to better them
selves. The millionaire department store
owners of Stale street have started
a regular system of persecution to
prevent the organization of their em
They have instituted a system of
spies,, who watch an the girl 'em
ployes, who report on what girls at
tend union "meetings, and,. who go
with, these girls to union meetings in
order to draw them oni,:.
If a girl expresses herself to a hired
spy as being itrtavor of organization
she is promptly warned that she had
better quit attending union meetings.
If she does not take the warning
she is fired on some excuse neyer
openly because she attended a union
If, after being fired from one (store
for attending a union meeting, she
tries to get work in, another store,
she finds that there is a blacklist in
operation and that 'she cannot get
These are things that are, easily
proven. It is the duty of, "the O'Hara
commission to prove them openly1, so
all the people may know their truth.
The millionaire store owners, un
der oath, each and all swore that they
would not object to their employes
They should be called before the
O'Hara commission again and asked
why they perjured themselves and
why they are jiounding girls who dare
attend a meeting of their fellow
workers. The department store owners al
ways were afraid of organization.
They were more 'afraid of organiza
tion than they ever were of legisla
tion. They are doubly afraid now, for
their eyes are on Buffalo, and thet
see how powerful a united strike of
department store clerks can be.
Every one In Chicago knows what
a philanthropic store Siegel, Coope.
& Co. runs.
"Siegel, Cooper & Co. used to give
the buying public what they wen;
pleased to term "profit-sharing cou
pons." "Vtfhen the O'Hara commission be-
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