Report of the Railroad Wage Commission to the Director General of Railroads, April 30, 1918

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Railroad wage commission, 1918 - Cost and standard of living - 156 pages
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Page 17 - There is high authority for saying that " to him that hath shall be given, but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
Page 18 - These, it is to be noted, are not pre-war figures; they represent conditions after a year of war, and two years of rising prices. And each dollar now represents in its power to purchase a place in which to live, food to eat and clothing to wear, by but 71 cents as against tjje 100 cents of January 1, 1916.
Page 52 - There shall be paid to any person or body of persons whose railroad or plant may be taken possession of in pursuance of this section, out of moneys to be provided by Parliament, such full compensation for any loss or injury they may have sustained by the exercise of the powers of the Secretary of State under this section as may be agreed upon between the said Secretary of State and the said person or body of persons, or, in case of difference, may be settled by arbitration in manner provided by "...
Page 4 - 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 relation between different classes of railroad labor.
Page 18 - Even among the locomotive engineers commonly spoken of as highly paid, a preponderating number received less than $170 per month, and this compensation they have attained by the most compact and complete organization, handled with a full appreciation of all strategic values.
Page 4 - Railroads: Pursuant to the authority vested in me by the President of the United States in his proclamation of December 26, 1917, wherein it was stated that for purposes of accounting, possession, and control of the railroads shall date from 12 o'clock midnight on December 31, 1917, you are notified that, until otherwise directed, no changes in the present methods of accounting as prescribed by the Interstate Commerce Commission...
Page 17 - It has been a somewhat popular impression that railroad employees were among the most highly paid workers, but figures gathered from the railroads dispose of this belief.
Page 34 - ... of the war. But with this we earnestly urge that a most exhaustive study be made of this matter of hours of service, not with a view to the adoption of some arbitrary and universal policy which shall have no regard to "the kind of work done, or to the effect upon the railroad service, but with these very considerations in mind. And we have gone into this matter far enough to justify to ourselves the belief that by the steady application of such sympathetic consideration the railroad service may...
Page 37 - ... shall be effective as of January 1, 1918, and are to be paid according to the time served to all who were then in the railroad service, or who have come into such service since and remained therein. A proper ratable amount shall also be paid to those who, for any reason since January 1, 1918, have been dismissed from the service, but shall not be paid to those who left it voluntarily.
Page 34 - Manifestly, therefore, at this time, wiien men must be constantly taken from the railroads, as from all other industries, to fill the growing needs of the nation's army, hours of labor cannot be shortened and thereby a greater number of men be required for railroad work. The nation cannot, in good faith, call upon the farmers and the miners to work as never before and press themselves to unusual tasks, and at the same time so shorten the hours of railroad men as to call from farm and mine additional...

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