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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 20, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 2',
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doesn't care to have the, electric
power that is such an important fac
tor in the industries and homes of
the city snatched away, it must
arouse public opinionto such an ex
tent that Sam Instill liiwkhis crowd
will be forced to pay living wages to
Sam Insull's crew has a monopoly
on the electric light ajid power busi
ness in Chicago. The sanitary dis
trict board is supposed to furnish
some sort of opposition, but they do
not interfere much with Sam's busi
ness. The street car system, office build
ings, newspapers and others are de
pendent on1 the Commonwealth Edi
son Co. for "juice" to operate. But
Sam Insull's stubbornness in persist
ing in treating his employes in the
' middle-age manner threatens to cut
of the current
A list of the abuses said to have
been practiced on the employes show
possibly worse conditions in the Edi
son plants than any other corpora
tion in the city imposes.
The most surprising exposure is
.that concerning the drawing of
money between paydays. The em
ployes claim that if they wish to draw
they are assessed 12y cents on $5.
This amount is subtracted from their
pay check. In addition, the men
from all parts of the city must go to
the branch at Peoria and Van Buren
for their money and are docked for
the lime it takes them.
Sam Insull has been called one of
labor's bitterest enemies. His wage
scale bears this out His first grade
.linemen average $90 to $100 a
month. Those who work by the hour
x are paid from 41 to 46 cents. The
helpers get from 22 to 28 cents.
These wages s are 30 per cent lees
than the union scale.
The linemen, who are called out
any hour in the morning, often in the
most violent storms, are paid 50
cents for four hours' overtime. The
men claim that they must work the
lull four hours to get. the 50 cents.
If the job only takes three hours they
get nothing. "
They also say that If they report
15 minutes late they are sent home,
but most of the time they are forced
to work an hour or so overtime with
The company claims that they
raise wages only under their "effi
ciency" plan. To be efficient you
must go along for six months, go Out
on jobs at any time the boss wants
you, and you must never take a day
off, even'if you're sick or injured. If
you do you must wait another six
In ads the Edison Co. boasts of
the "safety first" medal some one
pinned on their chest not long ago."
The men say that if a pole Is con
deninedr the men must climb it 'and"
do any repairing necessary.
Another thing the men are kicking
about is the company's savings fund.
Among the complaints of the men
against this are that the men must
give 30 days' notice of withdrawal,
no matter what the emergency, and
if they withdraw their account be
fore six months are up they get no
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WRIT ISSUED FOR BABYIN THE
Fed Judge Landis today issued a
writ of habeas corpus directing Mrs.
Dollie L. Matters, defendant in the
Matters' baby case, to return to Mar
garet Ryan, Canadian backwoods
girl, the baby which the girl contends
was stolen from her in Misercordia
hospital, Ottawa, Can., that Mrs.
Matters might appear to have the
necessary heir with which to inherit
a large estate. The writ is return
able next Friday.
"I cannot give it the fine clothes,
the sort it wears ndw, but F will give
it my love," said Miss Ryan.
Ottawa, III. Clarence Quaife, a
fanner, committed suicide by jumb
mg. into. abandoned. jKelL . t