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For Miss X is dependent on her own
earnings and she had to get work
She went to The Fair. first. The
manager of a department there form
erly worked at Siegel, Cooper & Co.
When he left to go to The Fair he
told Miss X. that if ever she left
Siegel, Cooper & Co.'s to come to
him and he would give her a job.
The girl went to this man and
asked for the promised job.
'Tm sorry," he said, "but I can't
give you a job here."
"Why not?" asked the girl.
"I can't explain," said the depart
ment manager, "but it's quite impos
sible." The girl went to every store on
State street, and although most of
them were advertising for sales
women she was refused a job in each
and. every one.
If that is not circumstantial proof
of the' determination of the depart
ment store owners' union to break
up the employes' union, and of the
existence of a blacklist to that end,
To return to Siegel, Copper & Co.
and its curious ways.
Siegel, Cooper & Co. enjoy the ser
vices of 500 girls whom the store
management is pleased to designate
as "not regular" employes.
These girls work three or four days
every week and. are paid by the day
instead of the week. They are not
paid much by the day, of course, but
that is merely by the way.
The Interesting point about these
girls who are "not regular" employes
is that they all are forced to join the
store's benefit association.
Siegel, Cooper & Co. call this as
sociation "the employes' benefit as
sociation." This is a joke on the em
ployes. The only thing the employes
have to do with it is to .keep it up,
and if they benefit by it it is merely
The 500 girls whoare ".not regular
employes" are not only forced to join
this benefikassoqatipn, but Jfteya50
are forced to pay the same dues as
the "regular employes"."
But if they become sick and actual
ly contrive to get the benefit associa
tion working at benefitting they oply
get one-half or three days' pay for
every week they are sick.
Anotherinteresting department of
Siegel, Cooper & Co.'s is the coun
ter where they sell pen points. These
pen points sell two for a cent. And
the saleswomen have to sell $19.49
worth of pen points at two pen points
for a cent every day to get $7 aweek.
For the sake of the pen point
counter girls at Siegel, Cooper & Co.
we hope there are many people in.
Chicago patronizing Siegel, Cooper &
Co.'s store, who have a regular pas
sion for pen points.
Before the O'Hara commission be
gan digging into conditions in the
stores of our "merchant princes" the
Siegel, Cooper & Co. lunch and rest
rooms for employes were unclean.
The day the O'Hara commission
began trying to find out what makes
a millionaire employer of slave girls
tick the way he does, a man, who said
he was an inspector and showed a
badge, visited the Siegel-Cooper
lunch room and demanded to see
Mrs. Puffy, who is in charge of the
The next ,day marble tops were
put on thel wooden tables; the legs
of the tables were painted white;
dishes were provided for girls who
brought their luncheon with them;
hot water was provided for girls who
wanted to make tea, and a man was
stationed in the place to see that no
one threw so much as a thread on.
Also, new books were provided, the;
walls were cleaned up and several
new and inspiring pictures were hung
on the walls.
The Siegel, Cooper & Co. regula
tions are interesting, too. No girl is
allowed to wear clothes with patches
on them. If a girtis not paid enough,
by Siegel, Cooper & Co. to buy
clothes without patches then, she can