1 Of course she stopped paying her dues to the union.
2 In other words, in the union Jurgis learned to talk politics.
3 Marija insisted that it was because of her activity in the union.
4 Their one chance for life was in union, and so the struggle became a kind of crusade.
5 Jurgis too had an adventure the first time he attended a union meeting, but it was not of his own seeking.
6 She lost all interest in the union, and cursed herself for a fool that she had ever been dragged into one.
7 One of the first consequences of the discovery of the union was that Jurgis became desirous of learning English.
8 For fully a week they were quite blissfully happy, thinking that belonging to a union meant an end to all their troubles.
9 So every week they received reports as to what was going on, and often they knew things before the members of the union knew them.
10 It was a little state, the union, a miniature republic; its affairs were every man's affairs, and every man had a real say about them.
11 In the end Jurgis got into a fine rage, and made it sufficiently plain that it would take more than one Irishman to scare him into a union.
12 Before another month was by, all the working members of his family had union cards, and wore their union buttons conspicuously and with pride.
13 They could not understand why the union had not prevented it, and the very first time she attended a meeting Marija got up and made a speech about it.
14 He felt like fighting now himself; and when the Irish delegate of the butcher-helpers' union came to him a second time, he received him in a far different spirit.
15 The packers, of course, had spies in all the unions, and in addition they made a practice of buying up a certain number of the union officials, as many as they thought they needed.
16 And now in the union Jurgis met men who explained all this mystery to him; and he learned that America differed from Russia in that its government existed under the form of a democracy.
17 There was a delegate of the butcher-helpers' union who came to see Jurgis to enroll him; and when Jurgis found that this meant that he would have to part with some of his money, he froze up directly, and the delegate, who was an Irishman and only knew a few words of Lithuanian, lost his temper and began to threaten him.
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