We have tried you good people of the public and we have found you wanting.
I would be a traitor to these poor burned bodies if I came here to talk good fellowship.
Surely these women won’t lose any more of their beauty and charm by putting a ballot in a ballot box once a year than they are likely to lose standing in foundries or laundries all year round. There is no harder contest than the contest for bread, let me tell you that.
I read upon the subject and grew more and more interested, and after a time I became a member of the National Board, and had duties and responsibilities that kept me busy after my day’s work was done.
Our people were very restive, saying that they could not sit under that notice, and that if the National Board did not call them out soon they would go out of themselves.
So we must stand together to resist, for we will get what we can take – just that and no more.
By working hard we could make an average of about $5 a week. We would have made more but had to provide our own machines, which cost us $45, we paying for them on the installment plan. We paid $5 down and $1 a month after that.
But every time the workers come out in the only way they know to protest against conditions which are unbearable the strong hand of the law is allowed to press down heavily upon us.
You have nothing that the humblest worker has not a right to have also.
All the time our union was progressing very nicely. There were lectures to make us understand what trades unionism is and our real position in the labor movement.