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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 06, 1916, NOON EDITION, Image 5

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Haughty State street felt the first
touch of the power of the union
clothing workers of the city this
week. And one of the big units in
the world's greatest string of retail
shops was whipped into line under
union labor conditions yesterday.
Maurice- L. Rothschild's, ranking
"with the Hub as the largest clothing
store west of New York, when
threatened with a strike, granted the
Amalgamated Garment Workers'
conditions and pay on a par with the
Hart, Schaffner & Marx agreement.
Two hundred members of the
union got a 10 per cent increase, a
raise of $1 a year for every worker
and a reduction in working time
from 55 12 hours to 50. This places
the store alongside of Hart, Schaff
ner & Marx as giving the best work
ing conditions of any large shop in
the world.
With the renewal of the H., S. &
M. agreement last week, the Amal
gamated union turned its attentlen'j
to State street, following complaints
from two workers in the shops "of
Marshall Field & Co.
The investigation which started in
Field's ran along the-street and or
ganizers were sent to work in the
In Rothschilds they got the best
results. Practically every one of
the 200 there signed up with the
union to strike unless the store
would give them good working con
ditions and a raise.
Once they had their names on the
union list of the Amalgamated the
workers had the power of the mil
lions of one of the world's largest
strike funds behind them. Roths
child's knew this and knew what the
same union had done to the whole
sale clothiers last fall.
Whether it was fear of the power
of the Amalgamated union or a real
intention to do some good is a ques
tion, but when the union wrote a
personal letter to Maurice L. Roths
child he answered cousteously with
an invitation to treat
The union men asked for a num
ber of things and got the raise, a
preferential shop and a decrease in
working hours from 55 y2 to 54 a
week. ft'J
All of these terms were good ex
cept in the matter of hours, and a
committee of five was sent to see
the clothiers on this question. They
were victorious.
Their success marks the first im
portant battle won by union labor
from State street. Other stores will
have the same proposition put up to
Washington, May 6. With official
text of the German reply before him
today Pres. Wilson is formulating his
decision on whether pr not Germany
has met America squarely on the
submarine issue.
Unless the official document, dis
patched by Ambassador Gerard, dif
fers in essential points, it is practical
ly a foregone conclusion that all dan
ger of immediate break with Ger
many has passed.
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Dublin, May 6. John McBride, a
Sinn Fein leader and the eighth rebel
to be executed, was shot to death to
day, it was afficially announced. Two
others sentenced to die obtained
commutation of their sentences to
life imprisonment
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Sedgwick is the kind of a town
where a young fellow brags about
kissing his girl. Peabody, Kan., Ga
zette. o o
Twelve thousand persons die of
measles in the U. S. annually; 10,000
of whooping cough.
Peter Capper, 2124 N. Clark, rob
bed by group of men sitting in auto,

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