The Independent Volume 106-107

The Independent Volume 106-107

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921 edition. Excerpt: ...$192; assistant conductors, $156; baggagemen, $147 and $136; flagmen and brakemen, $132. W. G. Lee, head of the Brotherhood of Trainmen, has lately called attention to the salary of passenger brakemen (which he gave as $134 a month, as it is on some roads) as being quite insufficient under present conditions. This brakeman's salary is at the rate of $4.40 a day for 30 days in the month. Under the increase given by the Labor Board in July, 1920, the brakeman's monthly salary was $150. As partial compensation for these monthly salaries below the earnings of regular men in road service outside of the short-turn local (or commuting) field, it is pointed out that they have an assured income: and that, unlike men in road service, they are always within reach of their own homes, and avoid the expense of meals and lodging that falls on the men making long runs away from their home towns. Yard men, the engineers, firemen, conductors, and brakemen who do switching and the making up of freight trains, have been paid on an hourly basis, with generally eight hours as an actual day's work, since the provisions of the Adamson Law went into effect. Overtime is accidental. The service in large terminals is a 24-hour service, and since the Adamson Law the railroads generally have put switching work in large yards on a two-shift or three-shift basis. In yard service, as in the local train service under a guaranteed monthly salary, the men are able to go to their own homes every night. It is difficult for the outsider to realize that there are frequent and sometimes great fluctuations in the amount of work that is available to the men of the train service branches, especially in the freight service, which stands for the bulk of railroad business. A more

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  • Paperback | 590 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 30mm | 1,039g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236946731
  • 9781236946737