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Copy of General Orde Creating the Railroad Wage
DIRECTOR GENERAL OF RAILROADS.
January 18, 1918.
GENERAL ORDER NO.5.
Pursuant to the authority vested in me as Director General of Railroads by the President of the United States in his proclamation of December 26, 1917, I hereby create a Railroad Wage Commission and name as the members thereof, Franklin K. Lane, Secretary of the Interior; Charles C. McChord, Member of the Interstate Commerce Commission; J. Harry Covington, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia, and William R. Willcox of New York.
IT IS ORDERED AND DIRECTED THAT:
The Commission shall make a general investigation of the compensation of persons in the railroad service, the relation of railroad wages to wages in other industries, the conditions respecting wages in different parts of the country, the special emergency respecting wages which exists at this time owing to war conditions and high cost of living, as well as the relation between different classes of railroad labor.
The Commission shall begin its labors at once, and make report to the Director General, giving its recommendations in general terms as to changes in existing compensations that should be made.
Officers, agents and employees of the railroads are directed to furnish to the Railroad Wage Commission upon request all information it may require in the course of its investigation.
(Signed) W. G. McAdoo,
Director General of Railroads.
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