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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 26, 1916, NOON EDITION, Image 12

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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.
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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.
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.

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