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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 01, 1915, NOON EDITION, Image 12

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A general strike of lady's garment
workers may be called in this city
next week.
The Cloak Makers' Union at a joint
board meetingHast week sanctioned
the proposal to call a general, strike
to organize the garment workers .of
the city.
Monday morning a Genearl Execu
tive Board meeting of the Interna
tional Union of Lady's Garment
Workers will convene at the New
Hotel Morrison to discuss the propos
ed strike. Whether or not it will be
called is expected to be decided be
fore the nlonster mass meeting which
will be held in the Coliseum Tuesday
The tsrike, if called, will only apply
to the makers' of women's garments
and will hot conflict in any way with
the organization campaign which is
being made in this-city by the Amal
gamated Clothing Worker's Union.
For years' the horrible working
renditions and the lioor wages paid
to workers in this cityy the cloth
ing manufacturers' have troubled the
powerful eastern unions. The firms
wit whom they have working agree
'ments are obliged ta compete with
Chicago firms who can undermine
their prices by cheap labor. Now the
eastern unions have sent representa
tives here to organize the workers
that the working; conditions and
wages may be improved in all the
great clothing manufacturing cen
ters. Rose Schneiderman, general or
ganizer of the international, is in Chi
cago to assist in the work.
"We will discuss calling the gen
eral strike because it seems to be the
only way we can organize Chicago,"
Miss Schneiderman said. "I have
found the working, conditions here
terrible. One of the most vicious
practices is the piecework system.
' Manufacturers have such a control
over their enrolovers that thev do not
allow them to know what ate they j
areworking at until they get their
pay envelopes. Few men earn mora
than $16 a week. Th"e wages of the
girisaverage $4 and $5 a week. And
this is their l)usy season.
One day last week, Alvis Yiesor, a
grocer at 1149 W. 16th St., missed
nine 16aves of bread from the box
where it was left by a baking com
pany in "front of the store. So 'he
got his gun readyjand waited for the
Early last Monday morning two
young fellows stopped before the
store, one of them very near the
bread box.
Yiesor rushed out, pointed a gun
at the suspected robbers and told
them to hold up their hands."" Then
he called a policeman. He had lost
45 cents' worth of bread and was
The two boys, Joseph Redo and
Joseph Bmocki of 2313 W. Division
st, were taken, to the 22d street po
lice station and locked up. They said
that they were beaten by the police
in an attempt to wring a confession
that they had stolen nine loaves of
bread, worth 46 cents.
The menon a jury in Judge Ma
honeys court spent just two minutes
In signing their names on a verdict
of ndt guilty. "
The boys have been out of work
since the Deering Harvester Works
laid off a great number of men last
Harry Gohrke, 5, 3030 S. Kildare
av., played with bonfire near home.
Stockholm. King Gustav, operat
ed on in 1914 for stomach, trouble
has recurrence of malady. Condition,
somewhat serious.
Newark, N. J. Hiram E. Craig
found guilty of murder in -second de
gree in connection, with deaths of
Hetty. Reeve and Mrs. Mamie Clark.

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