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Author: Chicago and North Western Railway Company. Labor Relations Department.
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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Includes correspondence concerning grievance claims and work rules; agreements with major railroad unions; statistics on workers' compensation and hours; miscellaneous legal documents concerning disputes brought before federal boards; and miscellaneous circulars, etc., concerning company-labor relations.
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Genre/Form: Agreements
Case files
Statistics
Named Person: O H Braese; B M Jewell; G E Leighty; William Leiserson; E C Thompson
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Chicago and North Western Railway Company. Labor Relations Department.
OCLC Number: 64755425
Description: 20 linear ft.

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Includes correspondence concerning grievance claims and work rules; agreements with major railroad unions; statistics on workers' compensation and hours; miscellaneous legal documents concerning disputes brought before federal boards; and miscellaneous circulars, etc., concerning company-labor relations.

The correspondence (1923-1960) chiefly concerns grievance claims and discussions of the rules surrounding the claims. The major claims regard seniority (1923-1960), including seniority dating, rights, status, and rosters; claims for time-and-a-half (1933, 1956-1959); wage rates (1923-1960), including wage adjustments and wage differential, apprentice rates, wage increases, and rates for various positions; claims for overtime (1925-1957); claims for back pay (1923-1925, 1942); time claims (1923-1960) as a result of position abolishment, sickness, and injury; mileage claims (1955-1957); claims regarding reductions in the work force (1955-1958); displacement claims (1933, 1959); and vacation claims (1925-1957), including considering military leave as compensated service in determining length of vacation upon return to railroad employment (1956).

Other claims regard working conditions (1923-1959), including the issues of inadequate facilities, sanitation, drinking water, lockers, and hazardous conditions; claims regarding women workers (1925-1949), including the issues of dismissal for marrying, wages, and employment due to the labor shortage; and claims regarding the workweek and the workday (1923-1947), including the seven-to-six-day workweek, six-hour workday, and five-day work assignments. Other grievance cases involve sick leave (1948), discipline/suspension (1956, 1958), layoff (1946), transfer (1948-1949), dismissal (1923-1925), reinstatement (1953-1959), resignation (1959), reclassification (1925), and posting of positions (1925). Of interest are letters regarding the efforts of the American Federation of Labor to organize supervisory officials (foremen engaged in mechanics departments of various railroads).

Major correspondents include officers of the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad, of the Great Northern Railway, and of the Chicago Great Western Railway, and officers of the following unions: the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, the Order of Railway Conductors, the Brotherhood of Railway, Airline and Steamship Clerks, Freight Handlers, Express and Station Employees, the Order of Railway Conductors, and the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes and officers of the Association of Western Railroads. Individual correspondents include G.E. Leighty, (president of the Order of Railroad Telegraphers), E.C. Thompson (executive secretary, National Mediation Board), William M. Leiserson (chairman, National Railway Labor Panel), B.M. Jewell (president, Railway Employes' Department, American Federation of Labor) and O.H. Braese (president, American Telegraph Dispatchers Association).

Statistical compilations include the number of authorized employees in the Brotherhood of Railway Clerks; classes of employees and compensation on the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad; statistics with respect to the application of the proposed six-hour day and its effect upon operation, service and expenses of railroads. Also job registers of hours considered in monthly rates for members of railroad Brotherhoods; statistics on changes in the compensation rate on the Chicago and North Western Railway (1937-1962); statistics from the Western Carriers Conference Committee (1944-1947) regarding the use of diesel, electric, and steam locomotives in passenger, freight, and yard service; also statistics of the Minneapolis and St. Louis Railroad on vacation compensation.

Miscellaneous (incomplete or scattered) legal materials (transcripts of proceedings, briefs, opinions, reports, etc.) from court cases and disputes (1924-[1932-1957]-1971) before the U.S. National Mediation Board, U.S. National War Labor Board, U.S. Emergency Boards, 40-Hour Week Committee, U.S. Railroad Labor Board, U.S. National Railroad Adjustment Board, the U.S. Board of Conciliation and Investigation, Board of Arbitration, Interstate Commerce Commission, and District and Circuit Courts. The issues of the court cases and disputes include service on rest days, paid vacation, wage rates, representation, rules and working conditions, dismissal of women workers after marriage, the six-hour day, reduction in force, seniority, starting time, uniforms, position restoration, request for coverage under the Washington Job Protection Agreement, and the five-day workweek.

Also miscellaneous materials (1918-1960), including circulars from the Association of Western Railroads; circulars and general orders from the Washington office of the director general of the U.S. Railroad Administration (1918-1919); schedule of rules governing wage rates and working conditions of foremen (1946); and circulars addressed to employees from the Personnel Department, Chicago and North Western Railway (1950-1954).

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