A conference of all the parties involved in the dressmakers’ strike has been called by Governor Roosevelt for Friday in Albany at the Executive Mansion. The “inside manufacturers” and contractors who are involved in the strike have already declared their willingness to confer, while the union was expected to reply favorably today. The reply of the jobbers has not as yet been received.
It is estimated that approximately 25,000 men and women employed in the dressmaking industry in New York City left their work Tuesday, the first day of the strike. Benjamin Schlesinger, president of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union, who is directing the strike, predicted that within the next few days 35,000 workers will be out and that the trade will be paralyzed.
The walkout of employees Tuesday morning was conducted in an orderly fashion. It is estimated that the loss through the strike in the dress industry is two million dollars a day. A large number of Negro women, who have recently entered the dressmaking industry, were among those to respond to the strike call.