Clipped From Chicago Tribune
Expect a Strike Today. Notwithstanding the efforts of the employers to head off trouble, there Is every probability that a large number of the special order" people will refuse to go to work today. A meeting of local unions 2 and 6 will be held in Phoenix hall, Division and Sedgwick streets, this evening, when plans for a strike will be considered and the leaders believe that a walkout will be ordered. Ellen Lind-strom, business agent for the two locals, which are entirely composed of women, made a canvass of the members and reported that the sentiment was strongly against going into the Garment Workers' union. " We feel as if we had been unjustly treated and we do not propose to yield," said Miss Lindstrom. " If we go into the Garment Workers' union we are up against the sweatshop problem and we can see nothing but lower wages and poorer conditions ahead. The garment workers control only 500 people In Chicago, and the cutters, with 450 members, are allied with them. We have 6,000 members." V. T. Brownridge, president of the employers' association, declared that the manufacturers were prepared to fight out the issue at once, although It Is their busy season. "If the special order people strike we shall fill their places with garment workers " he said, " "We took no stand for any union at New Orleans; we simply stated our position and left the settlement to the Federation of Labor. Their action shows what they thought of It." .