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STREET. CAR UNION MEMBERS
DEMAND OSSDSRI BE OUSTED
Seven thousand members ol the
street car union have demanded the
removal of Sidney Ossoski, general
claim agent of the Chicago .Railways
Company andT founder of the Chicago
Information Bureau, a corporation
which, has to do with 'personal in
jury" cases. ,
The charges against Ossoski, made
by Division 241 of the Amalgamated
"Association of Street and Electric
Railway Employes, were .presented
to Henry A. Blair, chairman, of the
board of directors of the company, by
William Quinlan, president of the
The difference between the men
and Ossoski is one of long standing
due-to. the .manner with which he
operates hiB investigation , system.
The men declare that he will not take
the report of the motormen and con
ductors, but sendVhis own investiga
"Ossoski has many investigators,"
said President Quinlan, "andas a re
sult contradictory reports are the
usual thing, rather than the excep
tion." Y The men are forced to inves
tigate', and to make their jobs good
they come as near as possible to Os
siski's private reports'
President Quinlan also charges
Ossoski with giving money to certain
employes to appeal .for an injunction
restraining the union from collecting
tiues from motormen and conductors
he had discharged, thereby getting
the union, to suspend them. ,
It is believed, that Blair, will oppose
the action of the men, as Ossqskf is
too good a claim agent to lose." He
saves money for them.
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"Mayoralty booms have been start
ed f6r theJollowing men,: Robert M.
Sweitzer, Judge Wifliani Penimore
Coop'er, William Ti. O'Connell, John
W. RaineyFred A. Busser Charles E.
Merriam, William -Hale Thompson,
W. J.'Healy, Judge Harry, Olson Alex
ander A., McCormick and Judge
Thomas F. Scully.
90 RAILROADS FACE POSSIBLE
- STRIKE OF 40,000 MEN
"Ninety railroads, operating be
tween Chicago and the Pacific coast,
are facing a possible strike of 40,000
locomotiverengineers and firemen un
less their demand, for better wages
are agreed to by the companies. ,
The present agreement expires
Nov. iO. Notification has been given
'to the officials of the roads that the
contract will not be renewed without
a wage increase.
The railroad bosses have in turn
notified 'Warren S. Stone, grand, chief
engineer Brotherhoo'd of Locomotivev
Engineers, and'W, S. Carter, grand x
chief , of Brotherhood, of Locomotive
Firemen, that in their opinion some
of 'the 'wages, paid the men should
be cut, not increased. .
The engineers and firemen, will
'also "demand a joint contract with
the roads. Each organization has
had a separate agreement for years.
"Engineers and "firemen are paid on
the mileage basis. At present, en
gineers on freight trains receive be
tween $4.80 and $6.40 for every run
of 100 miles, according to the type
of engine handled and other working
conditions.. Passenger train en
gineers are paid between $4.15 and
$5.60 per 100 miles, passenger fire
men, between $2.40 and $4, and
freight firemen between $2.'95 and
$4.25. , v
The men want an advance of be
tween 25 cents and $1 per 100 miles.
FOR CHICAGO WANTED
The Cook county board has taken
up the fight for a constitutional
convention, for Chicago, William 'L.
O'Connell, county .treasurer, and
political adviser to Gov. Duiihe, spoke
to board in fayor of such a move.
County Commissioner Maloney will
introduce a resolution urging the
board to get into action next Monday,
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