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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 20, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 7

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The Hub, owned by Henry C.
Lytton & Sons, one of the largest
retail clothing firms in the country,
has just signed one of the most hu
mane union agreements ever grant
ed employes by a large corporation.
Without a fieht beine made on
: their store, the Lyttons yesterday
signed with the Amalgamated Cloth
ing Workers of America. Under its
terms the male workers are granted
a minimum wage of $16 and the
women a minimum wage of $9. A
week's vacation with full pay will be
given, working time is shortened 4y2
hours a week and overtime pay is in
creased. In addition, the store will
increase wages from year to year.
Sidney Hillman, international
president of the union, characterized
The Hub's step as one of the great
est advances made by union labor.
"This means a great deal to .our
union," he said. "When a big store
like The Hub realizes the value of,
employing union labor it will probab
ly wake up a lot of the employers
who refuse to deal with the union.
The friendly attitude of the Lyttons
in the negotiations with our organ
ization has been one of my most
pleasant experiences in Chicago.
There was no quibblmgs over details.
The Lyttons asked us to present our
agreement, there were a few confer
ences .and they signed."
The Hub sent out a statement on
the agrement to all the Chicago pa
pers yesterday. The Examiner was
the only one in which it appeared
this morning. The Tribune and Her
ald, probably fearing the wrath of
Marshall Field & Co. and the other
State street stores who are fighting
the union, suppressed it Here is
The Hub statement:
"The Hiib, Henry C. Lytton &
Sons, have just signed an agreement
with the .Amalgamated Clothing
Workers of America granting its tail
ors shorter hours and a liberal in
crease in wages, which will be further
increased from year to year, totaling
many thousand?' of dollars, while
maintaining- vacations with pay and
many other benefits of great value
to the workers characteristic of this
"The Hub makes the statement
that Mr. Samuel Levin, who repre
sented the clothing workers during
negotiations, acted for the union in
a very fair manner, meeting the re
quirements of the retail business.
"The Hub, Henry C. Lytton &
Sons, being the largest men's retail
clothing store in the world, has al
ways made it a point to employ the
best tailoring talent, and is glad that
the agreement with the Union will as
sure them of a continuous supply of
this grade of labor. The mutual good
will at all times prevailing between
The Hub and its many employes is
thus further strengthened and bound
to result in higher efficiency and im
proved service for its many patrons."
George Lytton, vice pres. of The
Hub, gave out further details of the
agreement last night He said:
"We learned about two weeks ago
that the employes in our shop were
organizing. We called a few of them
in and they explained their plans.
We then got in touch with the union
and the agreement resulted.
"We feel that the added expense
it will cost us in meeting the pay
roll will be equalized by the increas
ed good will of our employes. We
have always found that when you
keep your employes satisfied by
treating them fairly they will co-operate
with you and more efficient
work results.
''The Hub has always taken pride
in the loyalty of its employes. By
granting them the union wage with
out a fight we have simply followed
our own policy."
Lytton was asked for an opinion
on the chances of the union to in
duce some of the other big State
street stores to sign agreements.
"I wouldn't like to say much about
that," he said. "However, I imagine

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