NATION-WIDE STRIKE MAY BE
USED TO GET 8-HOUR DAY
A secret circular sent out by Pres.
"W. G. Lee to the Brotherhood of
Bailroad Trainmen tells the mem
bers of that organization not to be
lieve the stuff they read in newspa
pers on arbitration.
Press agents of the railroads are
humming around newspaper offices,
and, with their railroad pull, are get
ting in all kinds of wild stories, un
fair and untrue, according to Lee's
circular, which states:
"Our members should disregard all
public statements to the effect that
arbitration is being considered by
either of the organizations parties to
"It is evident from press reports
that have ben published that some
interest is endeavoring to cause the
public and our membership to believe
that arbitration will be acceptable.
Nothing of the kind is contem
plated." This is the first clear-cut official
statement from a brotherhood head'
that something else than arbitration
maybe a nation-wide strike will
be used to win the eight-hour day
and time and a half for overtime de
mands of the rail men.
Warren Stone, grand chief of the
engineers, was quoted by the United
Press when the brotherhood de
mands were sent to the railroad
managers March 29, as saying:
"Should the railroads refuse to
grant the demands, arbitration
would be the next logical step."
Railroad managers are expected
to give their reply to the demand of
the workers on April 29. Nobody
has any hopes that the managers will
do anything but reject the demands.
Three brotherhoods hold conven
tions in May and June. After those
conventions, the whole matter will be
rushed to an issue of whether the
United States is to be tied up from
coast to coast with rail transporta
tion. JThe-date.of -the-expiration qfj
present contracts is May 11, but con
ventions, conferences and balloting
will take probably three months.
It's the first time in this country
that all four of the big brotherhoods
have joined hands for a concerted
movement. The Ass'n of Commerce
and of Chicago and the Chamber of
Commerce of the United States and
other organizations, making a pre
tense of public welfare but known
to have railroad alliances, are active
ly out for arbitration. The trickery
of the western wage arbitration in
Chicago last year, as well as the bun
co games worked in nearly all rail ar
bitrations of recent years, are the di
rect causes of the strike-rather-than-arbitration
strong in all the brotherhoods.
START SUFFRAGE BOOM
Congressional Union for Woman
Suffrage has opened headquarters,
1002-1004 Stevens bldg., which will
be occupied until the Woman's Party
convention, which will be held in
Chicago June 5, 6 and 7, coincident
with the Republican national con
vention. Workers believe national suffrage
will be a reality if within a year the
women of the nation will unite in
Mrs. A. W. Morrow, 1920 Welling
ton st, desires to extend her thanks
through The Day Book to the com
rades of the 24th Ward Socialist club
and others for their kindness and as
sistance to her in her sorrow over
the death of her husband, A. W. Mor
row, April 15. She also wants in
this Way to express gratitude to her
unknown friends, Mr. and Mrs. L.
The Buck Creek K. of J. lodge will
give an oyster and ice cream supper
Saturday evening at their hall. Also
a free lecture on "Diseases of Swine","
by P. V. Hawkins of Indianapolis..
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