James Peter Warbasse, a founder of the Cooperative League of the United States and a close friend of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union
of America, one of the sponsors of the project.
A secessionist group of the United Garment Workers chose him as president of their new Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union
. As one of eight union presidents to break ranks with their AFL leadership for its reluctance to organize the mass industries, Hillman aided in the creation of a "committee for industrial organization," which became the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO).
So from 1910 through the 1920s, with varying degrees of success, both the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (I.L.G.W.U.) and the Amalgamated Clothing Workers union
(A.C.W.)-along with manufacturing firms willing to cooperate-experimented with "impartial" grievance and arbitration boards, wage-scale and price boards.
She was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel-Saint Ann Church, the Women's Biscegliese Society, and the Amalgamated Clothing Workers Union