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Vol. XL NOVEMBER 1948 No. 11
MEMBERSHIP MEETING THURSDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER 18
630 South Ashland Boulevard
BUSINESS MEETING: 7:30 PROGRAM: 8 O'CLOCK
SPEAKER: Miss Lillian Herstein,
Delegate from the Chicago Teachers Union to the
Chicago Federation of Labor.
SUBJECT: The 81st Congress, Whither Bound?
THERE WILL BE NO MEMBERSHIP MEETING IN DECEMBER.
REMINDER OF OUR CHRISTMAS SALE TO BE HELD SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, at
our Club House, 630 South Ashland Boulevard. We will have our two
usual main attractions the HAT BOOTH and the good TURKEY DINNER
at the lowest price possible, served at noon and in the evening.
Be sure to visit the Sale and make up a dinner party.
The BOOTHS will include:
Millinery latest new hats Jewelry New and old
Fancy Goods Groceries and foods
Aprons Toys Jams and Jellies
White Elephant Miscellaneous Candy
These booths may suggest something for members to give. We would
like a well stocked apron booth if any members are in doubt about
what to give and we want all our booths well filled.
Emma Steghagen, pioneer member of the Boot and Shoe Workers Union
and for many years Secretary of the Women's Trade Union League of
Chicago and of the National Women's Trade Union League of America,
died October 31, at the age of 93, at South Haven, Michigan. She
was a charter member of the Women's Trade Union League of Ch cago
and in the early days held an office in the Chicago Local of the
Boot and Shoe Workers Union and was a member of the Executive Board
of the National organization. After retiring she went to live on a
farm in South Haven, Michigan, but always kept up her interest in
3,13s9 our work. We mourn her loss.
The Annual Interstate Conference called by the Women's Trade Union
Leagues and Committees of Illinois and Wisconsin was held October
30 and 31, at the Wisconsin Hotel in Milwaukee. There were 136
delegates in attendance representing 38 unions, 16 auxiliaries, 7
city central bodies, 1 state federation of labor, 1 state board and
4 Women's Trade Union Leagues and Committees. Among the speakers
were Miss Frieda Miller, Director, U. S. Women's Bureau and Mr.
Nelson H. Cruikshank, Director, Social Insurance, of the American
Federation of Labor, Washington, D. C., and Mr. J. F. Friedrick,
Regional Director of the American Federation of Labor in Milwaukee.
Saturday evening there was a dinner meeting. This was the gala
meeting of the Conference with entertainment and dancing. Sunday
afternoon was given over to panel discussions for trade union
members on the "Organization of Women Workers" and for auxiliary
members on "A Good Working Program for Auxiliaries."
The fall term of the Labor School, under the auspices of the Chicago
Federation of Labor, and held in our building, got off to a good
start October 4. The class for beginners in Parliamentary Law and
Public Speaking is held on Monday evenings and the advanced class
on Wednesday evenings. The University of Illinois, Division of
University Extension, Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations,
is co-operating to give the course in "Elements in Collective Bar-
gaining." Herman Erickson, Assistant Professor of Labor and In-
dustrial Relations and Extension, is giving this course on Monday
evenings, which will consider the development of collective bargain-
ing and its role in union-management relations in American industry
and will deal with the practical questions of various provisions in
the agreements and the legal limitations on collective bargaining
as defined in current federal law and will also deal with that part
of labor relations as a means of stabilizing industrial relations
and the problems of bargaining by local unions with management in
single plants and by an international union with management of
several plants and with employers associations.
PRICES RISE MORE THAN WAGES
As shown by comparing Labor Department figures on prices and wages
in all manufacturing industries, price rises have been considerably
more than enough to offset the cost of wage increases according to
Labor's Monthly Survey. In 1947, average hourly wages were 12.6%
above 1946, but prices were up 23.5% for the same period. In the
first half of 1948 compared with the same period in 1947, wages were
up 9.1%, prices 13.4%. Although wages and salaries increased sub-
stantially in 1947, income from sales increased much more. Income
from sales per dollar of wages rose from $3.63 to $4.06 an increase