Council Meeting held Wednesday, July 14 1909 at 3.00 pm
Present Miss Emily Cox (chair), Mrs. Whittaker, Mr. H.V. Herford, Mr. H.V. Roe, Mrs. Aldridge (Secretary).
Apologies. Apologies for absence submitted from Lady Schwann, Councillor Margaret Ashton and Mrs. Spence.
Minutes. Minutes of the last meeting were read and passed.
Women’s Trade Union League. A letter was read from Miss MacArthur of the Women’s Trade Union League regretting inability to attend the Federation proposals and asked permission to attend another Council meeting. Mr. Herford moved and Mrs. Whittaker seconded that Miss MacArthur be invited to attend the October meeting of the Council.
Garden Party. Mrs. Findlay reported that in place of the proposed garden party she was trying to arrange a Drawing Room Meeting at Fallowfield early in October.
Mrs. John Dendy. A letter was read from Mrs. John Dendy regretting being obliged, through ill health, to discontinue her membership.
Finance. The monthly financial statement was presented by the Treasurer.
Combined Trades Council Committee. It was reported that the Joint Committee met on July 6th at the Caxton Hall at 6.30 to consider replies to circular sent to the trades organisations. The Committee agreed to receive deputations from the Scientific Instrument Makers, National Union of Shop Assistants and Electrical Workers at their next meeting on August 24th.
Council meeting not held. It was decided that no Council meeting be held in September.
Secretary’s Holiday. Agreed that the Secretary should take her holiday in September.
Minutes. The Minutes of the Organisation Sub-Committee were read.
Manchester Anti Sweating League and Homeworkers. The report showed that Miss Cox and Mrs. Aldridge had given considerable assistance to the Manchester Branch of the Anti-Sweating League in the formation of a “Home Workers” Association for Manchester and District on similar lines to the one already formed at Liverpool.
Corset Makers. A meeting of Corset Makers and Sewing Machinists at the Assembly Rooms Downing Street on June 24th resulted in an increased membership for the Union.
Fancy Leather Workers. There was a general revival of interest amongst leather workers. The Society had been very active during the month and also reported increased membership.
Bakers and Confectioners. Rubber Workers. Mrs. Aldridge was to address the quarterly meeting of the Men’s Society of Bakers and Confectioners on Saturday July 17th and the quarterly executive meeting of the Annual Society of India Rubber Workers on Saturday July 24th for the purpose arousing more interest in the women’s unions and if possible to secure joint action in extending organisation in the trades.
Shorthand Writers and Typists. Miss Milne a member of the London Association of Typists and Shorthand Writers resident in Manchester had called to consult Mrs. Aldridge as to the possibility of forming a Manchester branch of the Association. A meeting was arranged for July 14th at which Mrs. Aldridge would preside.
Cigarette makers C.W.S Factory. Efforts were being made to induce the C. W. S. cigarette makers to join the Union.
11th August 1909 H.V. Roe