(2) Overtime shall be dispensed with so far as possible. Whenever a department or section of a department works overtime the employees shall be paid at the rate of time and half for such overtime. In the case of piece-workers, they shall be paid on the basis of piece rate and a half, for such overtime.
(3) Requests for increases shall be taken up in the first instance, by the shop committee, elected by the employees of Strouse & Bros., Inc., and the properly appointed representatives of Strouse & Bros., Inc. In case of disagreement, the matter in dispute shall be referred to The Wage Board, as hereinafter provided for. The Wage Board shall make inquiry into the cause for such requests, and shall have the power to render a decision. All decisions made by the Wage Board, however, may be appealed to The Board of Arbitration, as hereinafter provided for.
(4) The Wage Board shall be composed of three members appointed by Strouse & Bros., Inc., and three employees of Strouse & Bros., Inc., members of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. The Chairman of the Trade Board shall act as Chairman of the Wage Board, when called upon.
(5) The Trade Board shall be composed of seven (7) representatives elected by the employees of Strouse & Bros., Inc., members of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, and seven representatives appointed by Strouse & Bros., Inc., and an impartial chairman chosen by mutual agreement of both parties. All complaints except those directly dealing with wages, shall be referred to the Trade Board.
(6) The Board of Arbitration shall be composed of three (3) members, one representative of Strouse & Bros., Inc., one representative of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, and the third chosen by mutual agreement, to act as impartial chairman. Appeals may be made through the Trade Board, or the Wage Board, to the Board of Arbitration. The decisions rendered by the Board of Arbitration shall be absolutely final and binding upon both parties to this agreement, throughout the life of the agreement.
(7) It is mutually agreed that complaints affecting wages for "S" work shall be treated separately from the other departments by the Wage Board.
(8) It is mutually agreed that all work will be given to the inside shops, if at any time during the life of this agreement, it is found that the workers are unable to meet the demands of output in any one season, or are unable to assure prompt delivery through an increase of business for that season, the corporation shall have the right to place extra work in outside shops, in order that undue injury through the cancellation of orders may be prevented. It is understood, however, that the representatives or agents of this corporation, having charge of giving out such work, shall give preference to outside shops whose workers are members of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. It is further understood that if, without undue delay, all such work cannot be placed in such shops, the corporation shall have the right to place such work wherever it can be most satisfactorily and speedily handled, but in no case shall this action be taken until the shop-chairman has been notified and if mutual agreement is not reached, it shall be referred to the Trade Board in the usual way.
(9) When employing permanent hands, six (6) working days shall be considered a probationary period, and after this period, if the employee so engaged, is doing satisfactory work he or she shall be known as one of the regular force.
All help so engaged must be members of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America. Should the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America not be able to furnish employees to Strouse & Bros., Inc., within three days the corporation shall have the privilege to secure such employees in the open- market providing that they become members of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America before commencing work.
(10) Changes in methods of production, as well as changes of persons from one operation or department to another, may be made by the corporation so long as the individual worker does not suffer through such changes. In every case, the shop chairman shall be notified before such change is made.
(11) All persons who may be employed directly in the manufacture of clothing, in the cutting, making, trimming and tailoring departments of Strouse & Bros., Inc., shall be members of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, and in good standing, except, that trimmers who are not now members of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America and working for Strouse & Bros., Inc., shall not be compelled to join the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America.
(12) It is understood that the full power of discipline and discharge, lies with the corporation and its agents, but it is agreed that this power shall be exercised with justice and with due regard for the reasonable rights of the employees. If an employee feels that he has been unjustly discharged, he may appeal through his shop chairman to the Trade Board, which shall have the power to review and decide such cases. In every case, the shop chairman shall be notified before actual discharge. By request of the shop chairman the discharge shall be delayed until the Trade Board hears the case.
(13) Whenever an employee shall have absented himself from his accustomed place, without giving an acceptable reason to the Corporation, or their officer in charge of this work, or to the shop representative of the union or the deputy of the firm on his floor, upon the third business day of his absence, the corporation may consider his position forfeited. In case of absence, a reason therefor must be given to the foreman or shop representative and if on account of sickness, the employees shall be reinstated in their former positions within reasonable time, if proper notification is given the foreman or deputy, within three days.
(14) This agreement shall go into effect July 1st, 1919, and shall continue in force until July 1st, 1921.
(15) It is expressly agreed that should at any time, an appeal be made to the Board of Arbitration, that an impartial Chairman shall be first selected by mutual agreement between Mr. Eli Strouse, President of Strouse & Bros., Inc., and Mr. Sidney Hillman, President of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America.
(16) It is expressly agreed that Jacob M. Moses, ex-judge of the Juvenile Court shall preside as Chairman of the Trade Board