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3 Cleveland Garment Workers’ Union Officials Fined $250 for Violating Labor Injunction

Abraham Katkowsky, business manager, Charles Kreindler, secretary-treasurer and Anna Epstein, organizer, of the local International Ladies Garment Workers Union, were fined $200 each by Judge Wolf in Common Pleas Court today for violating and injunction against the Union issued about six weeks ago.

The injunction was granted on the demand of Sol Bloomfield Company, manufacturers of dresses, who aligned themselves with the American Plan Association and are fighting the Union. The injunction forbade the Union. The injunction forbade the Union to post more than two pickets before the shop where a strike was called last January.

The Bloomfield Company charged that the injunction order was violated because the Union posted pickets in great numbers who “terrorized” the company’s workers. Twenty-three Union workers and their officials were on trial five days. Eleven of them were freed, nine were fined $50 each but this was later changed to a suspended sentence. Kreindler, Katkowsky and Epstein were ordered to pay their fine or go to jail.

The verdict, which has aroused great excitement in Cleveland Union circles, will be appealed to a higher court and fought to the limit. The American Federation of Labor has promised its support.

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