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January 2, 1904

Trades Unionism Among Asylum Employes.

JAMA. 1904;XLII(1):44-45. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02490460048015

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Dunning, Ill., Dec. 23, 1903.

To the Editor:  —I presume it is well known, from the notices that have appeared in the daily press of Chicago, that there is established at Dunning a union of attendants and nurses, organized on the same basis as regular labor organizations and affiliated with the Chicago Federation of Labor. It is also a well-known fact that the attendants and nurses, as well as other employes at Dunning, are under the protection of civil service, the protection being so strong as to absolutely prevent me from either hiring or discharging an employe.The attendants have made a demand for a uniform scale of wages, much higher than the present one, and in spite of the fact that the average pay allowed to attendants and nurses at Dunning is now somewhat higher than the average in the state institutions in Illinois, and in fact higher than

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