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8,200 Children’s Dressmakers and Raincoat Makers out on Strike

Seven thousand workers in the children’s dressmaking trade and 1,200 raincoat makers went on strike Tuesday morning.

The children’s dressmakers are asking an increase of $2 per week for salaried workers and a ten percent raise for piece workers, with a five-day, 42-hour week. The raincoat makers are seeking a renewal of their agreement with the manufacturers which expired August 1. The manufacturers asked the workers to accept a 20 percent cut in wages. The dressmakers are also demanding the abolition of sweatshop conditions and the establishment of a system of arbitration.