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New Agreement in Clothing Industry Provides Unemployment Insurance

A new agreement, insuring peace in the New York men’s clothing industry for the next three years, was concluded on Thursday between the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America and the New York Clothing Manufacturers’ Exchange. The agreement will run from June 30, 1928, to June 30, 1931.

A feature of the agreement is the establishment of an unemployment insurace fund in the industry to take care of workers in slack periods. The fund will be created by contributions of 1 1/2 per cent of the total payroll of the employers, and is to be administered by a board of trustees, with Jacob Billikopf, impartial chairman of the industry, having the deciding vote.

The contract will affect 40,000 workers in New York. It follows similar agreements now in force in the clothing industry of Chicago and Rochester. The three agreements together insure unemployment benefits for 70,000 clothing workers.

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