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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 02, 1912, Image 1

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'A GAME OF HEARTS" TODAY'S LOVE STORY
THE DAY
BOOK
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500 S. PEORIA ST.
TEL. MONROE 353
Vol. 1, No. 265 Chicago, Friday, Aug. 2, 1912
One Cent
CARMEN'S STRIKE MAY COME VITHIN 48 HOURS
An order posted in all the barns
of the County Traction Co., re
fusing to recognize the jurisdic
tion of the armen's union, made
made a lockout of employes of
that company imminent this af
ternoon, with a strike of all car
men in the city a possibility with
in 48 hours.
Officials of the carmen's union
were uncertain what effect the or
der would have on the present
negotiations between the em
ployes of the "L" and surface
roads in the city. The County
Traction Co. operates cars in
Evanston, Oak Park, Riverside,
Berwyn, Maywood and surround
ing towns.
Unless the Chicago Railway
Co. and the Chicago City Rail
ways Co. grant the car men a de
cent living-wage, every city trans
portation line, surface and elevat
ed, may be tied up within ten
days.
All day long today Jhe men
crowded to the polling places to
cast their ballots for or against
a strike.
Late this afternoon almost 7,
000 ballots more than half of the
voting strength had been cast.
It is said that at least 80 per cent
of those ballots are for a strike
unless the wage increase be' grant
ed. The polling places will close at
4 a. m. tomorrow. The ballots
will' be counted immediately, and
the international officials of the
union will then decide on their
next step.
The strike, if the men vote for
it, will not be called until August
10. The companies will be given
that much time to grant the wage
increase.
If, by August 10, the companies
have not agreed either to pay the
increase or to arbitrate the ques
tion, the strike will be called.
Chicago will then find itself in
the grip of the greatest street car
strike of modern times.
Not only the men on the sur
face cars will walk out. The ele
vated employes will join them,
and there will not be a single
transportation line running in the
city.
The men are not asking much.
The figures given out by the com
panies themselves to their own
stockholders show that the aver
age wage of employes of the Chi-r
cago City Railways Co. is $617.69
and of the employes of the Chi
cago Railways Co. $621.00.

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