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Garment Union Wins Montreal Strike Victory

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Union officials saw a complete victory today in the settlement reached between representatives of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union and Manufacturers Council. The settlement brought to a conclusion a two-week strike for better working conditions. Four thousand tailors, members of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union, and 125 firms were affected.

Terms of the agreement, as announced, call for a ten per cent increase in wages for some workers, a promise to give the union recognition and assurances of a forty-four hour working week.

Meanwhile the effect that this settlement will have on two other imminent strikes in the clothing industry is not known. The women garment workers had threatened to go out on strike. The International Fur Workers Union is also taking a strike vote, which will affect some seventy-five local furriers.

Representatives of the union and the manufacturers’ group met in the office of Mayor Camilien Houde for the purpose of achieving a settlement. Both sides to the dispute promised to meet shortly to iron out the points at issue.

Mayor Houde recommended an impartial arbitrator be called in should difficulties arise. During the conference the Mayor let it be known that the city is alarmed at the exodus of factories to rural districts and announced that steps will be taken to stop the movement from Montreal.

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