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LAKE PASSENGER FLEET WAS
TIED UP SETTLED NOW Chicago's lake passenger fleet was completely tied up in a strike of the marine firemen and lake seamen all last Saturday, when Victor Olander, head of the Lake Seamen's- union, ordered-a walkout to enforce the de mands of the union that extra sea men carried by the new seamen's law be paid full union wages. Today agreements were signed by the com panies. The Goodrich, South Haven, Gra ham & Morton and North Michigan Transportation lines were affected. The strike lasted from 7 o'clock in the morning until 10:30 at night, when the South Haven line signed. "The strike was really called to make the companies live up to the new seamen's act," Victor Olander torn me juay .book. n tney couia have had succeeded in their intention to pay these extra men less money this would have been used as an ar gument in Washington to kill the bill. Our men will receive wage increases amounting to from $10 to $15 month. The companies have agreed to hire all union-men and to meet commit tees from the union. One of the first guestions we will discuss is that of safety. We say that if a boat isn't reasonably safe we don't-care to sail on it ourselves." The Seamen's union is holding the same sort of a strike in Milwaukee against the Crosby and Pere Mar quette Transportation 'companies. o o Miss Mabel Vernon will address Single Tax club, Fri., 8 p. m., Schiller hall, 64 W. Randolph, on "The Fed eral Suffrage Amendment" Lawyers' Ass'n of III. will meet at luncheon Sat, 1 p. m., Morrison ho tel, to hear discussion on qualifica tions of judicial candidates. Chicago lodges of North American Switchman's union will hold memo rial services May 28, Sunday, Cora thean hall, State and Randolph, 2 to 6. SCHOOL BOARD FINALLY GETS IN SLAP AT TEACHERS Jacob Loeb's pet millionaire school board finally took a fall out of the school teachers of the city. A two year effort to cut the workers' sal aries pulled through Wednesday. " It wasn't a regular out-and-out cut of salaries. That would be too raw even for the highbrow crowd that hasn't hesitated to kick union labor , ever so often. But the cut stunt was pulled this way: Summer schools are in their sec and year. Last season tney ran three hours a day and four days a week. There was little study and the children were allowed to play most of the fame; they were .taken to a city park once a week. The work was so easy last year that the teachers too poor to enjoy vacations were glad to take the jobs at less than their regular salary.. This year thines are different The summer schools are running full force in 12 schools. They are in op eration five hours a day and five days a week, the regular time. The course of study is a stiff one. Children are in some cases'allowed to take five months' work in the two ' months' summer school term. And of course the teachers must work that much, harder. j So Wednesday, instead of giving these toiling teachers their regular salaries for the work which is hard er than their regular work, even if the days didn't seem so long and hot, the school board refused to pay them more than last year, when summer schools were playhouses. These millionaire trustees com plained that . they didn't have the money to give the teachers a' regular wage. Yet they pay $10,000 to a secretary of the board and $20,000 to maintain the office of a statistician. This figure juggler was put to work at a written request from Mayor Thompson; he is one of Big Bill's hardest workers in the 7th ward.