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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, September 26, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 12

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Representatives of 15 women's
trade unions met at the hall of the
Women's Trade Union League, 1579
Milwaukee av.,Jast night to discuss
the best ways of reaching the work
ing girls and to help them to organ
ize. This was the first meeting of its
kind held in Chicago -and 60 women
were present.
The following committees were ap
pointed and today will meet at the
hall: A health committee that will
assist the girls when they are ill, an
education committee that will decide
on the best plan to educate the for
eign workers, a legislative commit
tee that will prepare labor bills to be
introduced at the next sessionbf the
state legislature, and a peace com
mittee that will co-operate with other
societies for the ending of the Euro
pean wars and for perpetual peace.
"We have urgent need of labor leg
islation in this state," said Miss Agnes
Nestor, president of the league. "The
10-hour day law was passed in 1837
in New Hampshire, and Illinois pass
ed the same law three years ago. The
'8-hour day for women law,' the 'one
day's rest in seven' law and the 'mini
mum wage' law were all defeated in
the last session and it s up to us to
put them through this coming ses
sion." Miss Nestor said that they intended
to play as well as work in the com
ing winter. Dances will be held and
musical programs will be given. A
national night will be held once a
week. This will bring the girls that
have not learned to speak English in
to the hall, where folk dances will be
held and speakers will talk to them
in their own language. A night a
week will be given over to the dif
ferent nationalities.
Mrs. Raymond Robins opened the
meeting with a talk upon the attitude
of organized labor to unorganized
labor in Europe.
"The unorganized and the organ-
T ized labor are combating each other
j in this country," she said. "And we
J must find a way to bring them to
1 gether. In Europe the trade unions
I aave established labor temples in all
the c;1cs and to these the unorgan
ized laborer is attracted by extra
ordinary cheap meals which are
served. A good dinner may be ob
tained for 13 cents. The union men
meet them there and try to induce
them to join the union. Ninety-nine
times out of a hundred they succeed.
They have immense libraries for their
members, some of them consisting of
40,000 to 50,000 volumes. These are
well patronized."
The convention will end tonight.
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"Grandpa, I want you to meet my
lady friend, Miss Spitzenberger."
"I'm sorry, but didn't quite catch
th' name, by cracky."
"Miss Spitzenberger!"
"Spitzenberger! Spitzenberger!"
"Doggone it, I'll have ter give it
up. I'm so deaf it sounds to me just
like 'Spitzenberger.' "
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