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GARBAGE QUESTION, SEAMEN'S BILL AND CAR
MEN'S COMPLAINT DISCUSSED
The alderman who rushed the
street car unification ordinance
might possibly have acted a little
slower had they heard the sentiment
of the union men of Chicago against
the passage of the ordinance, as ex
pressed by the Chicago Federation of
Labor yesterday afternoon.
President R. P. Shelton, president
of Division 260, of the Street Car
Men's Union, said that interests of
the workingmen were entirely ignor
ed by the city council when the bill
was jammed through.
"The interests of the companies,
of the city, of the patrons, and every
body has been considered except the
interest of the men who run the
cars," said Shelton. "The minimum
wage of the street car conductor is
23 cents an hour. When you consider
that he must work two weeks for
nothing and then serve extra and re
main on the waiting list for perhaps
two years, this is certainly mighty
"General conditions right nqw are
at the worst. "The split runs system
compel a man to give 16 hours of his
time to work a 10-hour day. The
street car men are entitled to the
same conditions as other union men.
If the building trades can have an 8
hour day the street car man should
have It also.
"The motorman has to bear a
great responsibility. If he" isn't wide
awake in time of danger a great ac
cident might result. He must work
long hours under the terrible strain
of caring for the crowds during the
rush hours. If the hours of work
were reduced the list of accidents
might be diminished.
"And yet when we came before the
city council to present our demands
we were shooed away with the curt
excuse that we came at the eleventh
hour. They forget! that we came be
fore them in 1908, during the first
hour, and presented puf demands.
"The vaults of the city of Chicago
contain $14,000,000 that were wrung
from the sweat and blood of the
street car men."
When Shelton finished he was
given mighty applause.
Victor A. Olander, president of the
Lake Seamen's Union, talked of the
LaFollette seamen's bill and the op
position of the shipowners' trust.
On his motion the federation voted
to republish the report of the griev
ance committee concerning condi
tions on the lake boats which they
made two years ago.
"The seamen's bill is now in a
House committee," said Mr. Olander,
"and the whole fight is being waged
on the lifeboat section. The boat
owners are fighting this section be
cause they don't want the added ex
pense of providing for the safety of
"They've been given quite a great
deal of space in some papers with
their views on this section and they
have become quite satisfied that their
arguments will win.
"But last week a little breeze blew
over the lakes and when it had passed
they found that 12 to 16 of their
boats and about 285 people had gone
"They loudly proclaim that it can't
happen again; that it was an acci
dent; an act of God. But down in
their hearts they know it can happen
Miss Mary McDowell, head resi
dent of the University of Chicago,
told of the city's mismanagement of
the garbage question.
"The garbage, question is an im
portant human question," said Miss
McDowell, "because it involves the
question of health. Mayor-Harrison
has said time and time again that the
question of health is not -a pleasant
one. I'll show you how 'pleasant' it
is in some places."
.And then to ghow up. Mayor Har-,