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time. And, they've-been tricked and fooled and trapped into a contract
under-which they and their families will be forced to starve.
We can conceiveof only one reason why Orriri N. Carter and Herbert
E. "Fleming dared so to treat the street car men 'of Chicago--they were
sure thetrust newspapers wouW not publish the,truth about their award.
If that was what Carter and Fleming thought, they were perfectly
justified, forthere has scarcely been one line of truth inthe trust newspapers
about the award since it was made public.
They have headed their stories with7 such captions as "Car Men
Granted Big Increase;" "Car Men Get $750,000 Increase in Wages;" "Street
Car Men Get Raise of Two Cents an Hour;" "Bfg Victory for Street. Car
And The Tribune this morning had the nerve to head its story, "Car
Men Suited, Says Urrion Head."
The street car men have not been granted a big increase in pay by the
award. It is doubtful, extremely doubtful, if they havebeen granted any
raise at all.
And the street car men are not suited not by a darned sight. Of
course, The Tribune knew this last when it put that misleading -head over
the story. It knew that what International President Mahoh of the Street
Car Men's union said was, not that the men WERE satisfied with the award,
but that the men WOULD HAVE TO BEisatisfied with the award, which is
another thing. v
To show just how the street car men were thrown down by Carter, and
Fleming and how misleading have been the stories in the trust newspapers,
The Day Book quotes the following extract from the 21,000-word dissent-,
ing opinion of Judge Scanlan, third member of the board of arbitration:
BY KICKHAM SCANLAN, !
Associate Justice of the Circuit Court of Cook County.
In conclusion, I wish-to show how absurd'the claim- is that the train
men of Chicago have been given a substantial advance- in their wagesby
this award. - '
Mr. Fleming, the arbitrator for the company, states in his opinion that
the increase .in the wages of the trainmen on all the street car lines in Chi
cago, by reason of the award, will cost the companies $450,000 a. year.
He gives absolutely no details showing how he arrived at this amount.
It is, therefore, impossible for me to analyze his statement.
I am satisfied if full details were given on the subject it would be very
easy to prove the inaccuracy of the statement, but let us assume, for the
purpose of argument, that Mh Fleming's statement-is correct, and that
by reason ofthe award the street car companies of Chicago will be com
pelled to pay $450,000 additional per annum for the pay of the trainmen in
the city of Chicago.
"There are approximately 10,000 trainmen in the city of .Chicago. It
therefore follows that according to Mr. Fleming's figures there will be a
raise, an average raise in the pay of the trainmen of ,$3.75, a month.
As the average pay for the trainmen during thevyear ending January
31, 1912, was $63.46, the trainmen will in thefuture-, according to Mr.
Fleming, receive $67.21 per month.
- Of the raise of $3.75 a month, the city of Chicago will, have to stand
55 per cent, so that the street car companies will have to stand $1.68 per
month, and. the city, of Chicago $2)6. y