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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 12, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 2',
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the public. But it is noticeable that
the general sentiment of the public
seems to favor the men.
When the arbitration board re
ported its decision in- the car trouble
three years ago, Judge Kickham
Scanlan, one of the arbiters, filed a
dissenting opinion in which he said
among other things:
"The award fails to give the train
men a reasonable wage for the serv
ices rendered by them. The award
denies to the trainmen a living wage.
The award in effect fails to recognize
the right of the trainmen to an Amer
ican standard of living.
k "I submit that under the present
high cost of living that it is absolutely
impossible for a trainman of Chicago
to provide a decent American living
for himself and his family on such a
wage. Considering the nature of
' their work, the trainmen are the
poorest paid men of labor in Chicago.
"The award in my judgment will
prove a great blow to the splendid
cause of arbitration."
Three years ago this superior court
judge, who lead all judges in num
ber of votes at the June 7 election,
said the street car men were not get
ting a wage sufficient upon which to
live decently. Today Pres. Busby
and Pres. Budd, representing the
Rockefeller interests which control
the local city transportation lines,
are trying to make the men go back
for the same wages that Judge Scan
lan years ago said were too low.
The companies, which yearly have
profits of millions of dollars, have
said in effect they are too poor to pay
the men enough to live upon. The
"raise" they offiered affected only
men just breaking into the service.
These were offered only a small frac
tion of what was asked for them. The
older men were offered nothing.
Wm. D. Mahon, president of the in
ternational carmen's union, entered
the conference with Mayor Thomp-
son today armed with knowledge of
the fact that most of the public and
all of the car men. would support
whatever action he took, whether it
be for peace or strike.
There may be many other meetings
than today's. The union men are
anxious t& give the companies every
opportunity to come through with a
square deal. Mr". Mahon said today
that he would not refuse to meet
Pres. Busby of the surface lines or
Pres. Budd of the elevated lines after
he had conferred with the mayor.
There will be no strike while Pres.
Mahon and the mayor are negotiat
ing. In case one is ordered ample
notice will be given so the public will
not be taken unaware.
KENNEDY'S ACT MAY HIT HIGH
PAY OF BUSBY AND BLAIR
Aid. Kennedy is going to make a
strong effort to have the princely sal
aries of Pres. Busby of the Chicago
City Railways Co. and Pres. Henry
C. Blair of the Chicago Railways Co
Busby drew $65,000 for his serv
ices last year and Blair $50,000.
Kennedy's action will come in the
introduction of an order before coun
cil Monday night. He will base his
action on an ordinance of 1907 which
gives the council right to probe into
and regulate the salaries of any offi
cial of the street railways companies.
"The theory of this ordinance,"
said Kennedy today, "is that if the
council did not have this power the
heads of the railway companies could
pay themselves such high salaries
that the city would not get a fair 55
per cent of the company's net
In order to make a startling com
parison Kennedy will pdint ou that
Col. Goethals, builder of the Panama
canal, draws $15,000 from the gov- '
ernment, against the $6.5,000 and
$50,000 pocketed by the railway com
Both Busby and Blair are also di
rectors of the Chicago Surface Iinea