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ka, 1011 W. 20tli, appealed to him
Halsted St. lift bridge to be shut to
traffic from 6 tonight till 6 tomorrow
Womens' clubs to ask council to
"direct department of streets to "keep
sidewalks clear of ice.
, City council health committee
voted in favor of $500,0Q0 bond issue
to construct comfort stations.
Dr. M. L. Pearlstein, 1440 Milwau
kee av., arrested Named by Eleanor
Dillon, 2944 N. Seeley av., before she
died of abortion.
WORKING GIRLS PLAN MEETING
TO DEMAND LIVING WAGE
The first step in the greatest or
ganization 'campaign ever entered
into by the garment workers of Chi
cago will be launched with a mass
meeting at the West Side Audito
rium, Taylor st. and Racine av., Mon
Prominent labor leaders will ad
dress lady garment workers of Chi
cago. The people in the industry are
the worst paid of any of the big cit
ies' workers. Sol Friedman, general
organizer of the International Ladies'
' Garment Workers' union, who is
r handling the campaign, has sent out
.the following appeal:
"A special organizer was sent to
start a campaign in these industries
here in Chicago. Now, we come to
. you, men and women, especially
Women employed in these industries.
. Don't you think that the women of
Chicago are entitled to the same con
ditions as the women working in the
eastern cities, such as New York,
Philadelphia, Boston and Bridgeport.
In the eastern cities the women in
these industries are working 49
" hours per week. Here in Chicago
theyjare working 52 to 55 hours.
Minimum scales were established in,
these cities where the trades are or
ganized for piece workers and week
"workers, whereby the workers have
made a good living. Here in Chica
go the workera can hardly make a
j living and are working 52 and '55
hours per week, because they are not
"In a union shop in height of the
season, when the workers are.
obliged to work overtime, they re
ceive double pay, while here they are
! not gettingtit. In a union shop they
' have a price committee and a shop
chairman who settles the prices, and
if the price committee cannot agree
with the firm a representative of the
union comes up to adjust the matter
satisfactorily to the workers. Here
the boss is the chairman, the fore
man the price committee, and you
must accept the prices that are of
fered you by the firm or the foreman.
"In a union shop a worker cannot
be discharged without sufficient
cause. If a worker is discharged he
files a Complaint with the union. The
complaint is investigated and if the
repreesntative of the union finds out
that he or she was unjustly dis
charged, the worker is reinstated
with back pay. Here, you can be dis
charged, at any time without any
cause at all, and as an individual you
haven't anybody to take your part.
;"We believe that manufacturers
will come to you now, while the
movement is being made and prom
ise ybu many things, and even in
some cases the workers will be
raised. This will be only for a short
time," and then they will establish
the same or still worse conditions'
than before." I
Better wages and healthier condi
tions will be demanded of the bosses.
If they are not granted, concerted
action b ythe workers will result
Following speakers will address
the. meeting: Clarence Darrow, John
Fitzpatrick, pres. Chi. Fed. of Labor;
Agnes Nestor, pres. Women's Trade
Union league; Josephine Casie, Benj.
Schlessinger, pres. L"L G. W. U.; P.
Sissman, Abraham Bisno, Chicago
Cloakmakers' union; Morris Siskind,
Editor Jewish Labor World; R. Ma
zurkiewicz, editor Dziennik Ludowy;
H. Scb.oolmam and. Sol Seidman