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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, November 25, 1912, Image 11

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A SQUARE DEAL FOR STREET RAILWAY EMPLOYES
In errantme an increase of
wages and fixing a minimum
wage for locomotive engineers,
the board of arbitration became
so alarmed at the possibility of a
strike of 32,000 engineers on 52
it railroads, that it said.
"The interests of the public so
far exceed those of the parties to
such a controversy- as to make
the former paramount To this
paramount interest both the rail
road operators and the employes
should submit"
, That sounds very well, but
there is no law that could com
pel engineers to work for a living
-wage, no matter how rtiuch ajl the
rest of us might suffer in' case 0f
strike.
And no law will ever.be en
acted that will make intelligent
workmen work if they refuse.
The street railway arbijtratipn
board m Chicago will have to
consider the interests of the pub
lic, too. For a strike of street
railway employes in Chicagb
would demoralize business, and
affect the entire community dis
astrously. Hence the importance of seeing
that the employes get justice.
For if the men feel that the
finding of the board is unjust to
j them, the trouble will start all
over again as soon as the time
fixed by the board expires. Arid
the board n't fix that time, so
it wilUast forever.
Every man, -woman and child
in Chicago is interested in hav
ing the men get a square deal.
For if they don't, a strike i sure
to come some time and every
body knows what that means.
Of course it means suffering
for the men and their families,
but it also means suffering by
everybody else. The issue is be
tween humanity and dollars. It
is either fnore money for the em
ployes and their families, vor more
dividends for capitalists so they
can live indecently.
The, people of Chicago are
more interested in the employes
and their families than they are
in the few greedy bond and stock
owners.
ORGANIZED ENGINEERS
GET AN INCREASE
Washington, Nov. 25. A min
imum wage has just been estab
lished for 32,000 locomotive en-'
gineers on 52 railroads east of
Chicago and north of Cincinnati
and Norfolk, Va.
The minimum wage for passen
ger engineers is $4.25 per 10Q
miles or less; pvertime 50 cents
an hour, with average speed of 20
miles per' hour.
Through freight service, $4.75
per day of 100 miles or less, withl
overtime pro rata after 10 hours.
Local freight service 25 cents
additional to through freight i
rates.
Switching service, minimum
wage of $4.10 per day of 10 hours
or legs. ;
All existing rates higher than
the minimum rate are maintained
This award dates back to May
1 and lasts a yean It staves off a ,
big strike.

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