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THE BEE: OMAHA, SATURDAY, JANUARY 4, 1919. "
U. S. WAR BOARD
Ex-Presidenf Taf t Reads Find
ings; Corporation Held
Too Technical in Atti-
. tude Toward Men.
Kontlnorri From ! OnO
to the end of the service in the
morning. The men complain that
this is a change from the custom that
', obtained tefore the award.
Discusses the Runs.
"The change reduces the lapsed
time, or the spread, as it is called
from about 21 hours to 14 or 15
hours.' Under the award of the
War board, provision was made for
a time bonus in all cases where the
prcad exceeded 14 hours.
"The company replies that before
the award, where there was no
bonus or spread, it made no differ
tnce to the company or the men
i hether the beginning was in the
morning or the evening, but that
as these rum are in effect long runs
v the spread should be calculated from
the evening to the morning in de
termining equitably what the time
bonus should be. The examiners,
after looking into the matter, have
held that these are properly the
tiight runs and should be treated as
Mich unless the interval during the
nigjjt when the men are not at
work' and are not receiving pay
should exceed three and one-half
hours. This interval is, it is true,
an arbitrary interval, but it was in
serted by the" examiners for the pur
pose of insuring that the run shall
be a night run and reasonably con
tinuous in that light.
"We do not think that at this
time we should reverse, the finding
of the examiners. We think those
runs are properly night runs and
that the calculation of spread or
lapsed time is probably made on
that basis. We think, also; that the
method used by the examiners to se
cure good faith in making them long
runs is justified at least until the
first of February, when, if the em
ployes desire it, the whole matter
can be "reopened for a hearing.
"The second objection is to the
ruling of, the examiners as to the
minimum wage. As to this, we are
not sufficiently advised of the actual
ruling of the examiners and its ap
plication to the particular instances
definitely to reverse or affirm the
action of the examiners. We can
lay down as a general practice that
42S cents an hour was intended by
the award to apply to the adult male
serving the company except where
the circumstances of service elimi
nates a pension because of the ina
bility of the person concerned to
render the full service of an adult
- male workman. It will require the
coming of the examiners to look
into each case and interpret this
ruling of ours and to apply it to this
particular instance. . , ,
Company Oversteps Itself.
"We come now to the application
to the complaint against the com
pany that the award has not been
complied with and the application
of the men that we shall direct full
compliance. The first instance
called to our attention is the short
piece runs from six and one-half to
seven and one-half hours, which,
with the rates of wages, do not
make a sufficient compensation by
the day to enableUhe men who re
ceive the runs to live and require
them to apply for tripper runs to
eke out their day's compensation.
"We think that this arrangement
made by the company, as explained
by the assistant manager, was for
the purpose of reducing a spread
beyond 18 hours and ..aving the
penalty imposed by the award of
the board therefor.
"We feel, however, that the short
piece runs with the necessity for
tripper runs are in effect long spread
runs without the penalty, and are
therefore not a fair and full com
plaint that the award of the board
and that in the. interest of economy
the company has neglected the con
sideration of fairness to the men in
dealing reasonably with the changes
vhich the board required.
Amend Short Piece Runs.
"We, therefore, direct that these
short piece runs shall be in some
.vay amended to avoid the injustice
vhich we have pointed out. That
this amendment shall take place
after a full conference witthe full
committee of the employes and if no
agreement can be reached the pro
posed amendment of the company
to which the employes may object
shall be submitted to the examiners
for adjustment and decision.
"Second. Objection is made to
discrimination against the men. The
company then, whatever may have
been the policy of the company in
the past and whatever may have
been the attitude of some of the
subordinates of the company in par
'.icular instances, we feel that the
declaration of the president of the
company and the few instances in
which discrimination is charged are
evidence that the company is, now
.Tying to comply in full with the
orders of the board in this regard.
' Discusses Union.
"With reference to collective bar
gaining which it is objected by the
men the company has not fully ac
cepted, we have this to say: This
company is now conducting an open
shop in which union and non-union
men are employed without discrim
ination. The rules of this board re
quired that no obstacle or interfer
ence should be offered by the com
. pany to the organiiation of the men
n the union or the affilation of the
local union with a national union.
"The rules of the board permit an
employer to insist that in the neg
ligence between him and his em
ployes he may deal only with his
employes and only with representa
tives of his employes who are his
employes, but it does not prevent
his employes through the agency of
another union to which they may
belong to adopt any method pre
scribed by the union for the selec
tion of a committee of employes to
represent the. union men in his em
.. ploy. ; v-
Too Technical Over Union.
"The employes have, in this case,
chosen a committee who belong to
the union, and 90 per cent of
all the employes set in tendering
a contract to the president of the
company to induce him to change
the shop from an open shop toy a
closed shop. He declined to accept
this contract and was within his
right under the rules of the board
in doing so. He is not by the rules
of the board required to deal by
contract with the union as a union,
and in that sense he is not required
to recognize the union, but the
word recognition of the union has
had an artificial and an improper
meaning given to it by employers.
They have been too technical .in
their treatment of committees of
their employes, who have come to
them to represent their union em
ployes, when they have said to such
a committee, "Do you represent the
union, and if you do, we decline to
deal with you. The question is not
whether they represent the union.
The question is whether they, being
employes, represent other employes,
and if that is the fact, their mere
refusal to say that they do not rep
resent the union or their association
did not involve a contract dealing
with the union or any organization
in the sense in which the War La
bor board understands the terms.
Too Much Pride Apparent.
"We think that due to the pride
of the men in their union and or
ganization and the technical sensi
tiveness of the employer, many
troubles have arisen that may have
been completely avoided by a clear
understanding of the view of the
National War Labor board in this
"In the matter of the application
for the modification of the award to
increase wages and to make a funda
mental change in the schedule we
overrule the present application fon
the reason that under the award a
full board hearing is given for open
ing the award and the revision
thereof on the 1st of February, next,
and the testimony taken at this time
may be considered; that such' sup
plemental evidence as the parties
may desire may be filed with the
examiners before whom an applica
tion for such a revision would prop
erly be taken."
Refuses to Meet Union.
J. F. McMillan, member of the
executive committee of the union,
testified that the company officials
efused to meet the men on any
question they desired to submit for
arbitration or settlement when it
was known that they came for such
a purpose as representatives of the
Ben Short, president of the union,
stated that one specific instance in
which the company refused to meet
a grievance committee was in the
case of Conductor Hastings, who
had been discharged from a run
on the Twenty-fourth and Vinton
streets line for having trouble with
a soldier. The committee tried to
get him reinstated, but failed.
Mr. Hudson, superintendent of
transportation, stated to them, he
said: "Now understand, we are not
having a thing to do with the union
If you come from the union I have
not a word to say."
; "Did they know you were em
ployes?" asked Mr. Taft.
"Yes," was Short's- reply.
Short also testified that the com
mittee had several communications
from the company stating the com
pany would not treat with the
The question was asked: "How
many members of the union are
employes of the street car com
pany?" Short replied, "about 95 per cent.
Hundreds have been ask
ing for them. Don't de
lay. Hear them.
"I'm Always Chas
"Carry Me Back
to Old Virginia"
15th & Harney D. 1973
Only a small per cent are not mem
bers. About 800 or 900 men are in
the union, only between 50 and 100
are not members. The company em
ploys about 1,000 men in all
branches of its service."
Asked in regard to a satisfactory
settlement of the swing run griev
ance, Short said if the runs were
arranged so that 60 per cent would
be straight runs, and 40 per cent
swing runs, this would be satisfac
tory to the men and would take care
of the heavy traffic night and morn
ing. He also stated that the com
pany had evaded the award of the
war labor board in bringing about
the piece runs, and that runs under
this provision on Farnam street had
been reduced from 10 hours to six
hours and 36 minutes. Men in the
Council Bluffs barn, he said, had
their hours reduced from 10 to eight
hours and were getting only $3.60
Short Tells of Run.
Short made a comparison of his
wage in May, 1918, before the war
labor board award had been made.
He worked nine hours and 35
minutes per day and lost one day
during the month. He received
, In September, after the award
had been made he worked nine
hours and 59 minutes every day, lost
four days and earned $120.84. He
stated the run in May was better
than the one in September, for he
started at 7 o'clock in the morning
and quit at 7:15 in the evening,
while in September he went to work
earlier in the morning and quit later
in the evening.
"Have you been able at any time
to do collective bargaining with the
company?" asked Mr. Manly.
"Never," answered Short.
Shop Man on Stand.
Jojin Slavin, a shop man, testified
that the street car company failed
to comply with the provisions of
the war labor board's award as it
related to the shop men.
He stated that he had been a shop
employe of the company for five
years and was well acquainted with
conditions. He said he had the
names of 14 or 15 men who had no)
been awarded the wages agreed.
Slavin cited the case of Patrick
Tierney. watchman and janitor, who
had worked for the qompany 18
years. He worked 12 hours per day,
seven days' in the week, receiving
$95 per. month, or at the rate of 26
cents per hour. He should be re
ceiving the A2li cents per hour
awarded by the War Labor board.
He also cited the case of a colored
fireman named Beatty who had
worked for the , company for 22
years. Beatty worked Wt hours'
per day for $75 per month. He ap
pealed to the master mechanic for
the rate of pay awarded by the
labor board and was told he could
not get it as he was a monthly man.
Hours had been reduced from 10
to 9 in the shops, testified Slavin,
and the men were getting $3.82 for
nine hours. He understood the War
Labor board had fixed the minimum
pay at $4.25 per day regardless of
the hours worked.
"That was modified," said John L.
Webster, for the street car com
pany. An assistant of Mr. Webster
stated that the pay would be made
at the rate of 42J4 cents per hour
for time under 10 hours, but at the
basis of $4.25 per day if the men
worked over 10 hours, even if they ,
worked 12 hours per day.
The following Nebraska men are
named in the casualty list given out
by the government for Saturday
morning, January 4:
KILLED IN ACTION.
Lieut. Junius I. Boyle, Kearney,
Corp. Edmund G. Scanlan, Irving
MISSING IN ACTION.
Harry C. Huntling, Beatrice, Neb.
The following Iowa, Sonth Dakota and
Wyoming; men are named In the caaualtjr
Ha riven ont by the government (or Sat
urday morning, January 4:
DIED 05 DISEASE.
riaranre J. Borrherdlng, Gutenburg, la.
Ralph B. Downs, Montour, la.
Michael A. Frederick, Sioux City, la.
Andrew J. Johnson, Karon, la.
Fred Vanderpol, Sheldon, la.
Murdle W. Woodward, Bellrfourche,
MI8SIXO IN ACTIOS.
John H. Rone, Bancroft, la.
The following Nebraska men are
named in the casualty list given out
by the government for Friday after
noon, January 3:
: WOUNDED SEVERELY
Sergt. Roy C. Mead, Winside, Neb.
Priv. Wm. M. Reid, 4523 Brown
street, Omaha, Neb.
The following Nebraska men are
named in the casualty list sent out
by the government for Friday .morn
ing, January , "
Priv. Wm. A. Smith, Purdun, Neb.
WOUNDED, DEGREE UNDE
TERMINED. Corp. Herbert Qctens, Dunbar,
The following Iowa, South Dakota and
Wyoming men are named In the casualty
list sent out by the government for Friday
afternoon, January Si
WOODED, DEGREE UNDETERMINED
Oscar Anderson, Brandt, 8. D.
Albert J. Gretsmeyer, Waverly, la.
Richard L. Fowler Danbury, la.
Walter E. Stark, Muscatine, la.
Uoatav Linus, Columbia, 8. D.
The following Iowa, South Dakota and
Nebraska men are named to the casualty
list given out by the government fer Vr
day afternoon, January 8; 1
DIED OF ACCIDENT.
William G. O'Brien, Boone, la.
Sergt. John L. Swanson, Ireton, la. '
Corp. Harry F. Annas, Columbus June4
tlon, la. 1 1
WOUNDED, DEGREE UNDE
Wm. R. Ollinger, Craig, Neb.
L. J. Sheppard Celebrates
101st Birthday Yesterday
Norfolk, Neb., Jan. 3. (Speciar
Telegram.) L. J. Sheppard reached
his 101st birthday Friday. Hi!
granddaughter, Mrs. Ed Tatge, with
whom he lives, attended the funeral
of four relatives, Effie, Carl and
Lloyd Tatge, and J. Manser, who
were buried Friday during jne fu
neral service at Randolph. They
all died from influenza within 24
hours. Mr. Sheppard celebrated his
birthday quietly with his daughter,
Mrs. Clara Norton, who came here
from Oakdale to be with him.
Bee Want Ads are the Best Busi
J stablished7S86 j
There are no misstatements made
concerning either the former
or the reduced prices.
You can purchase in confidence.
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The TksJuon Qenter.faWomai
Here Are Good Things a Plenty That Are Selling Much Less Than Usual
The Store for Blouses has always en
joyed a reputation for exclusiveness.
The Blouse fashions in this shop are
above ordinary in every respect and
have won constant admiration from the
best dressed women of Omaha and vi
cinity. This sale offers only
blouses from our regular stock,
blouses of a style and quality you
Georgettes, Crepe de Chines and Satim
$6.50 Blouses, $4.70.
$7.50 Blouses, $5.65.
$9.50 Blouses, $7.25
$11.50 Blouses, $8.60
$16.50 Blouses, $12.40.
$19.50 Blouses, $14.65.
$25 Blouses, $18.80.
$26.25. v i ' JSE
I lLSales Final.l j j
It's Possible to Purchase Fine Linens For
Much Less Than Usual During This Sale
The Thompson-Belden January Linen Sale is one of the
Great Events of the Year, for it offers Qualities and Prices
that are not equalled in all the middle west See for yourself.
Choice Furs Repriced
At Pleasing New Figures
After a season of exceptional selling there
are only a few furs7 remaining. These are very
choice pieces, however, and will soon be gone
at these low prices:
A Sable Throw is $296.25
A Mink Cape is $243.75
A Throw of Mink, $187.50
Another Mink Throw, $63.75
Nutria Muffs, $13.90, $18.80, $22.10
There are other equally desirable
fur bargains not mentioned here.
$ 7.50 Table Cloths,
$10.00 Table Cloths,
$12.00 Table Cloths,
$15.00 Table Cloths,
$17.50 Table Cloths,
$20.00 Table Cloths,
$25.00 Table Cloths,
$30.00 Table Cloths,
$ 5.00 Napkins, $ 4,
$10.00 Napkins, $ 6,
$10.75 Napkins, $ 7,
$15.00 Napkins, $10
$17.50 Napkins, $13,
$20.00 Napkins, $15
$25.00 Napkins, $18
$30.00 Napkins, $25,
25c Huck Towels for 20c
39c Huck Towels for 25c
50c Huck Towels for 35c
65c Huck Towels for 50c
$1.50 Huck Towels, $1.00
$1.75 Huck Towels, $1.25
$2.00 Huck Towels, $1.50
$2.50 Huck Towels, $1.75
39c Turkish Towels, 25c
50c Turkish Towels, 35c
75c Turkish Towels, 59c
$1.00 Turkish Towels, 75c
$1.25 Turkish Towels, $1.00
$8.00 Table Cloths
$10.00 Table Cloths
(extra heavy), $6.75.
$7.50 Napkins (extra
heavy), for $5.38 doz.
$10.00 Napkins (extra
heavy) for $7.50 doz.
Blue and Red Checked
35c 1 All-Linen Checked
Glass Toweling, 25c yard.
75c All-Linen Checked
Glass Toweling, 60c yard.
Extra Heavy All-Linen Un
bleached Crash Toweling.
50c Unbleached Linen
Crash for 39c a yard.
Extra Heavy Scotch and
Irish Linen Crash Towel
ing. 40c Crash, 30c a yard.
50c Crash, 40c a yard.
55c Crash, 45c a yard.
60c Crash, 50c a yard.
75c Crash, 60c a yard.
500 dozen 10c Heavy
Turkish Wash n
200 dozen 20c Heavy
Turkish Wash 1C
Double Satin Damask
$5 quality, 72 inches
wide, $3.50 yard.
Hemstitched Cloths and Napkins
$ 7.50 H. S. Cloths, size 54x54, for $5.00. .
$10.00 H. S. Cloths, size 70x70, for $7.50 1
$12.00 H. S. Cloths, size 70x88, for $9.00.
$12.00 H. S. Cloths, size 72x72, for $8.50
$10.75 H. S. Napkins, 15-in., $8.50 doz.
$13.50 H. S. Napkins, 20-in., $10.00 doz.
Clearance of Corsets
A Great Opportunity to Save
Odd lines that include most every make we have in
stock. All accumulations from the past season.
Offering double values to the purchaser. Also many
models have been greatly advanced in price since
we purchased them. Some beautiful Corsets in flesh
and white brocaded batiste, coutille, elastic, Treco
and numerous other materials.
Sold formerly $1.25 to $13.50,
Saturday 63c to $7.50 a pair
Seldom such an opportunity to secure
bargains in really good Corsets.
Hand Tailored Suits
Are Decidedly Reduced
During January, suit prices reach their lowest
level. They are Thompson-Belden suits of super
ior style and known quality of fabric and work
manship. Worth every bit they are marked at
regular prices, and now in this sale more desir
able than ever.
A Few Prices Are Mentioned
$59.50 Suits, $34.50
$75.00 Suits, $46.50
$100 - $125 Suits, $64.50
A Charge for Alteration All Salei Final.
Coats, Very Special
A group of smart winter fashions that
will appeal to the most discriminating.
Values to $125
We ask you to see these coats as they are an ex
Broken lines of wash
able leather gloves for
only $1.69 a pair.
Glace Ki4 gloves x fn
black and tan only
$1.29 a pair.
A clearance of women's
of fine quality. A com
plete line of letters. Sat
urday 15c each.
A disposal of round collars
of organdie, pique and net.
Also vests and chemisettes
that have become a trifle
soiled from showing dur
ing the holiday season.
You'll find them very de
sirable and a wonderful
bargain at just half their
In the Basement
These Fine Specials
Bungalow Aprons, 69c
Styles you'll like; good
materials, well made ; val
ues up to $1.75.
Embroidered Sateen Pet
ticoats for $2.95. Very
fashionable styles, sold
regularly for $3.50 and $4.
Highest Quality Silks and Woolens
ANOTHER DAY OF SPECIAL VALUES
Haskell's black silks are substantially reduced to
a point where it's wisdom to purchase liberally.
We have had the exclusive sale of these silks
for more than thirty years and can say con
fidently, no better black silks are to be had any
where. The entire line has been decidedly reduced.
Woolens for Less
Satin Duchess, soft and
lustrous and excellent for
wear (36-inch.) Our reg
ular $3 quality, $2.39 yd.,
$3 Satin Messaline (36
inch), $2.39 a yard.
Chiffon Satin, a beautiful
dress material (40-inch),
$4 quality, $3.25 a yard.
Pine Dye Chiffon Taffeta.
Nothing better for wear
(36-inch), $2.25 quality
for $1.79 a yard.
Chiffon Taffeta, one of the
best qualities obtainable
(36-inch), reduced from
$2.50 to $1.95 a yard.
All-Wool Jersey in brown,
wine, khaki, rose and pur
ple. A 54-inch material of
the best quality selling for
$5. Saturday, $2.95 yard.
All-Wool French Serge in
every good color. $2.25
regularly, Saturday, $1.69
The Best Costume Velvet
(Velvetina), in navy,
brown, Burgundy, taupe,
walnut and other desirable
shades; $3.50 quality
$2.29 a yard.
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