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 13 - 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 33 - The wage increases provided for herein 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. The proper ratable amount shall also be paid to those who have been for any reason since January 1, 1918, dismissed from the service, but shall not be paid to those who have left it voluntarily.
Page 15 - These, it is to be noted, are not pre-war figures; they represent conditions after a year of war, and two years of /SEPOIST OF THE RAILKOAD WAGE COMMISSION 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, but 71 cents as against the 100 cents of January 1, 1916.
Page 33 - ... the railroad service or who have come into such service since and remained therein. The proper ratable amount shall also be paid to those who have been for any reason since January 1, 1918, dismissed from the service, but shall not be paid to those who have left it voluntarily. Men who have left the railroads to enter the Army or Navy shall be entitled to the pro rata increases accruing on their wages up to the time they left, and the same rule shall apply to those who have passed from one branch...
Page 14 - 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 48 - 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 the...
Page 10 - The Government now enjoys this position of distinction - it is not yielding to threats; it is not compelled to a course by fear of any unpatriotic outburst; it is not making concessions to avoid disaster. There has been no hint that such a policy would be pursued by those who have it within their power. The right...
Page 2 - 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 12 - January 1, 1916, now needs 40 per cent additional to his wage to give him the same living that he had then. Below that wage a larger percentage must be allowed, because the opportunity for substitution and other methods of thrift decline almost to the vanishing-point, while above that wage a growing proportion of the increase will go to those things essential to cultured life but not essential to actual living.
Page 2 - ... 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 employes of the railroads are directed to furnish to the Railroad Wage Commission, upon request, all information it may require in the course of its investigations. (Signed) WG McAooo.

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