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SONSTEBY STICKS HIS NOSE IN LONG ENOUGH
TO BALL ARBITRATION PROCEEDINGS UP
With not one of their men concern
ed m the strike, the Chicago Federa
tion of Labor this morning was drag
ged into the controversy by John J.
Sonsteby, attorney for the United
Sonsteby tried to throw a monkey
wrench into the arbitration commit
tee by dragging out the fact that the
Amalgamated Garment Workers
were not a union officially endorsed
by the American Federation of Labor.
Sydney Hillman, president of the
Amalgamated body, called Sonsteby's
act in dragging this issue before the
aldermen as uncourte'ous and said
that the alderman could go ahead to
see the employers without going into
the history of the quarrel between
tho'se two organizations.
But no, the aldermen must call in
the officials of the Chicago Federa
tion of Labor and ask their expert ad
vice on the matter. Once before the
committee Alderman Utpatel wiggled"
around until he obtained from Hill
man his consent to allow the federa
tion to treat with the employers if
the latter so wished.
"I have my own opinion of anyone
who would bring up an issue of this
kind at this crisis in the negotia
tions," Hillman told the committee.
"There was no other motive than
except that we want to get our minds
clear on this subject' Alderman
Richert returned. "We want to fully
understand the situation before we
meet the bosses."
Walter Nylen, business agent for
the Journeymen Tailors' union, step
ped up to the committee just before
they adjourned and asked if they had
the power to prevent the Amalgamat
ed workers from interfering with the
members of his organization who had
not been called out on strike.
Alderman Utpatel said thejcommit
tee did not have the jurisdiction to go
that far. Nylen later admitted to a
Pay Book reporter that none of the
members of his union had been com
pelled to go out on strike, but that
attempts had been made to coerce
"The proper thing to do would have
turned these complaints over to me,"
said Hillman. "This is the first I have
heard about it and I assure you that
I will attend to this matter. You are
very out of place in coming here to
make this complaint."
From time to time mention was
made at the meeting of the difficulty
expected when the committee begins
to treat with the employers.
"This committee has the power to
force them to arbitrate," Sec'y Nock
les told the aldermen. "Just take
away from them their most efficient
allies your police force and they
will quickly come to termns. What
law gives this city the right to loan
their police force to a group of cor
porations, anyway. So far the con
duct of the police has been shameful.
Call in this Isaacs, this attorney who
can't make enough money practic
ing law and who has to take charge
of a badk-breaking, stnke-breaking
agency for this clothing trust. He
will no doubt tell you some interest
CUNNEA, MRS. M'CORMICK AND
HEALY CALLED AS WITNESSES
Chairman Lynch of council police
committee calls meeting for 11' a. m.,
Monday. Aid. Buck was in strike dis
trick today getting evidence on top
of what Aldermen Kennedy and Rod
riguez have. Att'y Wm. Cunnea for
the strikers, Mrs. Medill McCormick
for a woman's committee, and Chief
Healey have been called as witnesses.
"I would like to see Cap't Steve
Healey of the W. Chicago av. station
called to testify," said Cunnea. "I am
reliably informed Cap't Healey told
Judge Denis Sullivan that for the
court to appiove bond wiuld defeat
the police, inasmuch, a's the strikers