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Fl w670e Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis  odow6  Astor  October 22, 19111. Memorandum  From:  Wry Anderson, Assistant Director.  To:  Miss Van Kleeck, Director of Woman in Industry Service.  Subject:  Visit to Ft. Wayne, Indiana, October 7th and 8th.  Nemsons:  Urgent ea11 from Mrs. Cox, member L.: the In-Lustrial Commission of Ireilena and Mr. Bell,Orgartze,r for the Central Labor Union, Ft. Wayne, saying that there was great unrest among the women workers and that there was ianger of a strike. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis  Talked with Mr. Bell* about the general situation and agreel to attend the meeting of the telephone girls that evening.  They fad a very well attended meeting  and I spoke to them of Lhe Government standards as affecting the telephone service.  Told them about Mr.  Burleson's appointment of a wage cF,almission of which Miss Julia 01 Conn,r is a member.  She is the President  of the Boston Telepnone Operators' Union. Telephone girls in Ft. Wayne receive wages ranging from thirty five to forty dollars ($35440) a month. They work eight Uours. Visited Miss Madden of the U. S. Nhployment Service. She informed we thet some of the firms started the girls as low as 43.13 an no. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis  Visited General Electric Coal)any, employees between 400 and 5C0,1/Working hours from seven in the morning to five-thirty in the evening, with one hour for lunch. Wor  over time three nights a week, Monday, Wednesday,  and_Fri.iay nights.  They work straight from one o'clock  to eight o'clock without time for lunch.  The work is  mostly piece work-, is said to make from ten a week up. Hour work ni(Leteen ($.19) cents per hour.  Testers,  lifting 22 pounds continuously. 1:10111 women taking men's places.  The women sweeping get $.27 an hour.  Men formerly got $.36 an hour.  Building 1Lotcrs,  women starting at $.19 an hour, men getting $.45 an hour. Attended the Union meeting of the girls in the e.-ening and spoke to them. this to say: imp,.rtant roll  Ft. Wayne Journal and Gazette  as  "In her talk Miss Anderson explained the that the women are playing in the  world war, and urged all tiose present to do their utmost toward the supnort of the Govern ment during these strenuous times of war, and also explained to those present just what the Govern ment requires of the women of the country.  The women present were much  aroused by the talk and all were enthused in their desire to be of service to the country." Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis  Edison Lamm Company: Company.  Branch of the General Electric  This plant does rostly piece work, women  starting at $.15 an hour.  Did not visit this plant, was  told the working conditions were very poor, one of the worst in the city and the foreman very abusive.  Boss Glove Company: nine.  2Cr girls employed,working hours  Piece work system.  up to $15.00.  Can aake from $8.00 a week  Hour work, $.16 an hour.  Perfection Biscuit Company: ILAIrii  week-  55 a week.  From 100 to 150 girls.  Paid for 60 hours if working full  Paid $.13 an hour but while I was there the  firm raised the hour work to $.15.  Miss Madden of the  Employees Service told me the plant conditio7is were good.  •  The Wayne Knitting Mills employing about 300 girls. Working conditions said to be very good. place of the city.  Is the show  Could not visit the factory because  the Italian soldiers were being entert ained there that afternoon.