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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 02, 1912, Image 2

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companies say that if the strike
is not settled shortly they will be
compelled to move their head
quarters to some other city.
The statements in the Item afe
significant as showing the revul
sion of public opinion, which is
now turning to the strikers.
When the strike was first called
the Item printed an editorial criti
cizing the strikers, and demand
ing that they return to work.
Vice-President Park of the I. C.
thought so much of it that he had
it incorporated in the little book
let explaining the road's position
in the strike, which was sent over
the country.
The following letter, printed in
i he papers at Ogden, Utah, shows
.he conditions that obtain among
the strikebreakers on the Harri
man lines:
To Our Fellow Strike-breakers
and All Concerned:
We, the undersigned strike
breakers, wish to let the public
'to. of the conditions at the
bhops of the Oregon Short Line
R. R. located at Ogden, Utah, and
all shops throughout the Harri
man System. We wish to state
that we have been treated as pris
oners, and not as working men
trying to make a living. Every
strike-breaker coming or going
on the grounds of the company
is searched and everything he has
in his possession, that the guards
want, is taken from him.
We also wish to state that we
were locked up in "bunk houses
which are filthy and not fit for
human habitation. There are
from forty to fifty men sleeping
in each bunk house, which has no
ventilation. There is only one
cup for all these men to drink
from. The linen on the beds dur
ing our three weeks employment
was not changed.
The officials of this company
are so cheap that if a man wishes
to go to another town to do his
shopping he is charged for his
fare the same as any other person
not an employe. They do not
want the men to go in the city of
Ogden to do their shopping as
they fear the union will persuade
them to leave the employ of the
company. We have a contract
calling for a period of ninety days
and the company does not live up
to its contract. .The company of
ficials let the men work when
they see fit and lay them off when
they see fit without pay. The
men are compelled to stay in
filthy bunk houses while laying
off. If a man wishes to quit they
refer him to this fake contract
and absolutely refuse to give him
his time or transportation to
where he came from. If a man
speaks for his rights he is dis
charged and taken from the prem
ises and if caught on the premises
again is arrested and fined. In
regard to the eating, well it is rot
ten: the meat is without a doubt
not fit for a dog to eat.
We the undersigned strike
breakers employed by the Oregon
Short Line at Ogden beg all men
looking for employment not to
accept a position on the Harri
man System for their own good,
for this company will give every
man the worst of it

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