1907 - WOMEN CAUSE STRIKE - Cotton Mills in Plainfield, Conn. Practically Close Down - WOULDN'T JOIN UNION
Union Workers Demanded Girl's Discharge and the Company Promptly Refused
Plainfield, Conn., Nov. 11 - The employment of three daughters of Simon Coffee who it is said, will not join the weavers union was the cause of a strike at the Lawton Cotton mills today, about 30 hands walking out when it became known that the girls would not become affiliated with the organization to which all the other weavers belong. Nearly every department of the company's mills is affected by the strike. The girls belong to a well known and respected family here and it is stated that they have been opposed to joining unions wherever they have been employed.
It was learned to-night that the discharge of three operatives had been demanded because of their non membership in the union and that when the company officials refused to acceded to the wishes of the union operatives, the strike was called. Shortly after the union operatives went out, the three girls followed. According to the strikers out of 650 looms only 18 were running today.
At the mills the superintendent refused to talk, saying that it was the strikers affair and that nay information in regard to it must come from them. He did not consider that there was any grievance and the operation of the mill would not be suspended. President Charles O. Matthewson of the local union sent a telegram to President Golden of the national body to-day informing him of the strike.
National Officers Thomas O'Donnell of Fall River, Mass. and Samuel Rose of New Bedford, Mass. passed through here to-night on their way to Taftville, Conn. They expect to meet the strikers in the morning here. The officers stated that the strike was unauthorized by the national body and that the only information in regard to it which had been received by that body was the telegram sent from Plainfield by President Matthewson to-day. It was expected that the two secretaries would have been able to meet the strikers here to-night.
Meriden Morning Record
November 12, 1907
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