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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 30, 1915, LAST EDITION, Image 4

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James Powers, repair foreman in
one of the barns of the street car
companies, told some salary facts to
the board of arbitration in the car
dispute today.
"Men are working for the street
car companies for 22 to 28 cents an
hour that get as high as 80 cents out
side," declared Powers. "There are
excellent electricians, men who work
on car motors, that get the same
money as ordinary car repairers."
Powers own salary came in for dis
cussion. He gets $105 a month and
has charge of 96 men and care of
300 cars.
Street car employes are lower paid
than any other Chicago workers of
similar ability. -Evidence so far pro
duced in the carmen's arbitration
hearings in the City Hall have clearly
shown this.
A hodcarrier gets 40 cents an hour
for lugging brick and mortar. A
motorman who takes the lives on a
crowded car in his hands and ven
tures through the loop gets 32 cents
an hour if he has been in service
over five years.
Union carpenters are now getting
70 cents an hour. Woodworkers in
the shops of the Chicago Surface
Lines get 33 cents an hour, if they
have worked there long enough after
attaining the height of proficiency.
The testimony of John Ernst be
fore the arbitration board was illus
trative of the inequality of wages
paid in the Surface Line service.
Ernst, 58, is a mechanic. He is
considered by his fellow workmen as
one of the most competent wood
workers in the Surface Lines shops.
Ernst does the fine cabinet work
for the offices. He makes filing de
vices, office desks and the highest
class of woodwork. He has been em
ployed in this company's shops for
21 years and now gets 33 cents an
hour. That is the highest pay for
any Surface Lines shop mechanics.
Only two others in his shop are paid
as much as Ernst. His last raise
came five years ago. It was one cent
an hour.
Ernst told the board that union
millmen carpenters in other shops
doing rough woodwork got 50 cents
an hour.
Michael C. Boyle, 54, told the board
how he went to work for the car
company as a motorman 27 years
ago. When he took his job he had
$1,000 in bank. He increased this
year by year until he wedded. Then
he found he could not keep abreast
of the financial tide. Each year the
ebb took him back a bit Now his
bank account is less than $400. He
has three children, oldest 12. He
lives in a $15-a-month flat and doss
not have to buy all of his meat and
groceries, as his folks who live in
the country give him much of these.
Boyle told how the conductors
were penalized fir the least misdeeds.
If one loses a fare register used
when the regular register gets out
of order he is fined $7. The card
is worth 3 cents. For losing his num
ber badge one must pay $5. He must
also pay exorbitant prices for change
carrier, ticket punch, etc. Boyle
mentioned a list of things costing $16
which he figured were actually
worth $1.03.
"In 27 years my wages have ad
vanced 50 per cent, living expenses
have advanced 200 to 300 per cent,"
said Boyle.
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Springfield,june 30. John P. De
vine of Dixon, sent to Joliet as Gov.
Dunne's personal representative in
investigation of death of Mrs. Odette
Allen, returned to Springfield and de
clared he was convinced Mrs. Allen
had been murdered.
He admitted, however, that there
had been considerable doubt ex
pressed on this score. He said he be
lieved "her skull was fractured.

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