Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - June 6, 1907, Lethbridge, Alberta
mm ir ;mcE for two years A. II I^Co: and Miners Si^nAgrecment'--Both Sides Make Concessions-Fall Text of Agreement. r "Peace for two years" is the incB-:'jiiigBi tfl the Xethbridgo public given ill the agreement between the Alberta lUilJHray and Irrigatioo, Company and the officials of the United Mine ITorkers of Americn. Never before "bM there been, a signed agreement between the operators and the .cni-jloyees of the Oalt Mine and as a �result there hns always l>cen . nioro or less uncertainty regarding the CDfttinuancc of work there. An agree nmit has been drawn up and signed by nil parties concernwl. The ngron-mant sl:gned io-dny (Wedncstlny) (Itttea from June 1st, 190". Fop-Vtwenty-two nvon and the West can rc�t as-durcd of a continued output cf coal from the Oalt mines without any Interference because of any labor dispute. \ By this agreement the Company reeognixe the nnion, grant the full cMeck-off, an eight hour day at the working ' >placc and an iarrangement for the settlement of individual ami local disputes. The wages of day inen :are raised tci the District stanii-nrd. They a^rec also to dofluct chrck-woiglier's wages and turn the inoney over to the local seci-olory. On the other hand the miners waive their demand for an eigiit hour bank lo bank day, which howevtv, will become law at tlio next neasiun of the legislutiiro, their demand fin-n ruQ-of-mine basis, also the dcmniul for increase ot wagus lu limlx^ring. The miners gai-c up their clain> for minimum rates to contrart places, but the company conccde.s to pay 87^ cents an hour to nil contract miners taken from their places to do company work. 'Ifcgotiations have been in operation for several weeks. When the strike ended last December it was only a trnnporary arrangement, both the company ond the miners taking the huinattitarian stand in view of tae intense sulTcring caused by the lack of fuel. The strike Kos declnr-crpof. Section 1. nouns OF woniv. All minors niid nunc laborers ahnll work eight hours per day. It tieing dcflnitely understcod that thi.s menn.M eight hours work nt llieir working place, exclusive oi half hour for noon time, with the exception of miners workintj by contract who ore to work eight hours at their working place. The Company has the right to put inside men on at such hours as they may require and if any man is ro -quired to work overtime it Is agreed thnt he will do so, the Company paying him overtime for the same pro rata on schedule rate. Section 2. FINE. DUES AND ASSESSMENTS The company, will give the United Mine Workers of America fiil,l recognition, and concede the chcck-olT sys- j teni; thnt is to say, upon the re -quest, in writing by any one of the Company's cnnployecs, the company will detUict such monies from thoir wa.scR OBch m,onth as is designated for fines, assessments and initiatlcn fees nnil will give u list of the same and pay over the amount deducteil to the local secretary of the United Aline workers of America; but .the company tlocs not assume any re -PonsiliLiIity or undertake to make any such pn.vmnnts where not indebted to thrt cwployoe. Section .'i. SETTLEMENT OF LOC.VL AND GENEUAL DISPUTES. .Section 7. SPECIAL RULES, ETTC. The right to hire and discharge, the tfionagement of the mine and the dir-ecticn of the working forces are vested exclusively in the company, and the United Mine Workem of Amnrica shall not abridge this right. It is understood and agreed that this Agreement shall not conflict in any way with the Spiftial Rules of Uw Company now in force, provided thai the special rules shall not interfere with the rate of wages or the work to lie porforincd under this agreo -ment. The rule providing that eight men can claim a cage at an.v time is annullod. ^ .Section 8. CHECIv - WEIOHEU. The Company will grant the right of the miners to employ chcck-veigh-CIS and will.grant the said check-weighors every facility to enaiblo them to render a correct account of all coal weighed, and will allow the cars to be tarM from time to time, and the machine to be properly tested from time to time, and will deduct from the mages of all contract miners Huch amcunts as individual orders may be presented for fi^pm time to time and wilt pay over Che same to the secretary of the Local Knion for wages of check-weighers. 'J'he company will endeavor to see I that an equal turn of cars be oRi^d each miner and that he be given .;a fair chance to obtain the same. Section 9. UNDERGKOUND DAY WAOEst 37 to 314c 37}c 37 ic 34 |c 87ie matter again with a view' to securing the demands for which the iniii.' ers struck in March ot Inst >-cnr. The district oflicials asked the l�e-partment of Labor to oppoint a Board of Conciliation as provided for in the Labor Disputes Act and suggested that F. H. Sherman, president of District 18 of the U.M.W. of A. should be appointed as the Miner's representative. This request was granted. The Department then ncli -fied the Alberta Railway and Irriga^ tipn Co. of the application fcr a Conciliation Board and of tlic ap -pointincnt of F. H. Sherman to the same and asking the Company to name its representative on the Board The Herald is infomied by Union oflflcials that tlieir^object in applying for the Board of Conciliation was lo guard against any trouble should the negotiations between the Company and the men bo unsatisfactory. The Beard would then be already appointed to take the matter up. In the meantime, negotiations were opened that promised to obviate the necessity of the Board of Concilia -tion and that the promise has been splendidly fulfilled is shown in the � agrucracQt. The disputes of so long standing either ^are settled or provision is made that any early settlement can lie reached. In the negotiations between.tha A. R. & I. Co. and the local union, Mr. Lewis Stockett, manager of the Bank head mines and the operators' representative on the Provincial Government Coal Commission aclel Agi-cement made in con -ncction therewith, whether the dispute or gncvnnco is clninitMl to have HM.s'pn by the company or any pcr-Hon or iiersons einploicti, or by the man as a whole, then the parties sha'l imtleavf.r to settle the matter IIS hureinalter provided. But before any ifncvancc or dispute slinll, bo subniilted to the Pit Committee the person or persons aftectod shall endeavor by personal opplicatlon to the I'lt Boss to settle the matter and in the event of them agreeing, their decision shall Ije final.- (b) In case of any local- or other dispute arising in the mine and failure to agreo between the Pit Boss and any employee,' the Pit Committee and Mine Superintendent shall nnde^ivor to settle the matter and if they agree, their decision shall l>o final. (c) In the event of the failure of the Pit Coininittoc and the Mine .SiTperintendent to settle any dispute so referred to them, as well as any other dispute arising, the matter in dispute shall be referred to the Gcn-ern.l Supenntemlcnt or General Man-ixgor ol the company and the Officers ol District No. IS U.M.W., of A. fcr settlement and if they agree their decision shall be final. (d) In the event of the General Manager and District Officers cf District No. 18 failing to agree the matter shall be referred to a Board of Arbitration for settlement. The Board to consist of two rcpresentn-H:ve.�i appointee final. .Should the Arbitrators fail to agreo on a chairman Oil Chief .Justice of the Su -prcmc .Court of Alberta shall he ask-eer hour -do helpers pee hour Driveis per hour do w�t places do boys 18}c to Slic Track layers per hour 37ic do helpers per hour . 311c Miners per hour S^Jc Couplers per hour 3ii�! do boys per hour 18|c Switch boys per hour 15|c to 81i Urippcrs per hour 811o do boys -ISfc to Slie Pipe fitter helpers per hour, Sljc Pumpm^ per hour Cager, per hour Pusher lier hour Pick carrier boys per hour Ifijr-Sljc Clutchmcn per hour 37.ic Trappers per hour 15Jc to81i Whore,'water in falling from the roof is aufllcient to wot a drivers clothing it shall be considered a . wot place, other places shall be considered dry. Section 10. ~- i .'� CONTRACT PRICES. All prices and conditions to re -main as they are at pi-esent. Section 11. OUTSIDE WAGES. , All outside w'agcs and conditions to remain as at present. Signed, Sealed and Delli-ered on behalf of the Company. P. L. WAISMITH. Genoral-Manngor. E. H. WILSON. . Witness. On behalf of the Men: JOHN R. GALVIN. VIce-Pres. District No. 18 H. WILSON. Witness. PETER PATTERSON, International Board Meosbcc H. WILSON. Witness. DONALD McNAB. President Union No 674 U.M.W. of A. H. WILSON. Witness. S. A. B. CRADB. Secretary I>.cal Union No, 574. U.M.W.'of A. H. WILSON. Witness. STEVE BEGALLA, JOHN BERTE. i%y thePoor liast Toronto, June 1.-"This has been the coldest May on record," was the statement made from the meteoro -logical oliservatory to-day. For a continuance of cold weather and delay in the^ arrival of summer there has ticeii nothing on record to equal it since the observatory was established sixt.yrfivc years ago. Monday the climax was reached when the wind blew like a hurricane rate all day, and enn -sible for the coM weather. e. e. e. E. Sqvibt Worth BtadiAf General Manager Lindaey of the Crow's Nest Coal Co. says a rise in the price of coal is. inevitable, since the wages have been increased, under the new agreeineat with the miners. The (Mople must pay the piper. Hon. Clifford. W. Robinson is new premier of New Brunswick, the John Mitchell, president of the Miner's International Union, is recovering from his prolonged iUness. T. H. Preston, M.P.P,.. Brontford, Willi rctjrc from jplibUc lifQ., , Work on the new C.P.R. station at Frank has been cbmmefDood.-'.' The Grant Ranching Company, with a capital of tlOO,000, . with headquarters ait Walsh, Alia., has been incorporated. The incorpora-t~ors iEtre B. A. Orant, M. J: Broth-ertoh, Charles Stewart iUBM, Charles Bails and Alexander ]CackenEi�., LEMIEUX ACT COaOfENDED. AGREEMENT r^l^^ June 5th, IMPROVEMENTS AND EXPEN-IVE l^EPAlUS. It is agreed that all men working on improvements and extensive re. pairs ai-c not included in the Juris -diction of the United Mina Workers of America. Section 5. PENALTY or FOn STOPPAGE wowc. If any employi'o or employees shall cause a stoppafio of work in violat**-of this Agicement ho or they IT IS ilGREBY-Agreed bet^vocn subject to discharge by the : THE ALBERTA RAILWAY and ir ^f^'^MTOAilbiriSKcJ herolnaftee %' caUsdtha company and the eniploy-v'- "aea ot tbo Coal Department of the ' e. Comp^uiy, OS ^represented by the un-)fil�IVl|l�rB WORKJ^ amer -J> ICAi DlitWa No. v; JL8, hereinafter ^,Mltod|:;|t|i^::i!i�li;:~lth^^ A'^.'r'^W^ile:: of prlow and the following Company without recourse.. r �,� Section 0. 'contract miner doing days work. Aiiiy contract minor taken from the face to ]>orforra days work shall be pnid 37i cents per hour while employed at the saaia WILL DO THE WORK. Board ot Trade Coiiunittocs Appointed. The execurivc committee of the Board of Trade mot on Thursday last and named the various conunit-toes for the ensuing year, as follows: Industrial-W. Oliver (chairman), E. A. Cunningham, M. Froemnn. Iipn>igrotion:-M- Young (chairman C. J. Eckstoi-m, A. E. Humphries. Finance:-H. MacBoth (chairman), C. O. K. Noursc, C- B. Bowman. Publicity and Advertising:- W., C. Simmons (chairman), W. C. Ives, T. M. Evans, F. Ford, W. W. Irwin. Rates ami Railways:-M. Barford (chairman), E. U. Ryl^nds, J. F. Simpson, W. .Ii Nelson, W. A. Blcn-Iner-Hassett. Reception and Entertainnnent:- Hon. L. G. DoVobor (chairinan) T. D. Kevin, L. M. Johnstone, E. II. Wilson, O. W. UoWnson, H T. Cherry. , Minurd's I.lniment Co., Limited. . Gents,-I have used your MIN-ARB'S LINIMENT in my family and also in my stables for yoarsand consider It the best medicine olHain- nlilo. Yours truly, alfred rocmav, Propri(.�tor Roxtoa I'ond Hotel and Livcrj' Stables. . v � ^- -�rC'W-'-'' ask mn mi�Ard'8 :\lsfD.TAK.B NO OTHER. The letter of Professor Shortt to Mr. Lcmieux concerning the effective, ncss of the Indiistrial Disputes Investigation Act (popularly known as the Linwux Act) is very pleasant reading. Prof. Shortt ncceptod the cimirmanship of the Conciliation Board in the dispute between the Grand Trunk Railway Company and some of'fts -omplojnees, and he reports that, not only was every mat ter amicably decided, but decided on its own merifts. This was an important and complex labor dlspute.whlch had been in progress for two years, and, as Professor Short* says. It has been settled to the satisfaction of both parties, without the loss of a day's work, or any disturbance of the public service., W'hat is by far the mdst pleasing note in Professor Shortt's latter Is' his insistence that this happy effect was not accom -pllshcd on the easy but doiwrallcing principle of splitting the difference, which is* the great vico of arbitration, v*lch nttturaliy tends to the line of least resistance. It was, he declares, a.genuine wHtleimsnt founded on the facts and on equity. Wo shall soon, wo suppoae, have an op portunlty of seeing the act again in operation, this tin* in coimectlon with the Montreal 'longrimrenwn's demand for an Increase In wages. It is a pity that this counw was not adopted at Ant/ but better late than never. The strike, or aimuHanoous resignation, has ^ at least been edu catlvc, for the 'Longshoremen's Union of Montreal urgad their brathren in Halifax not to strike, but to accept arbitration. Unfortunately, they woiiM not do'this and ,have ^ttsed to (llscharga cargo, it Is titese hold-ups wbicli are so ejusper-'ri'ting and ao inmoral, and whieh the Lemioux Act waa posMd to preren^ PR MEN i CALL AT FOR CHEAP HOUSES 9-room house on Bartlett st. for $600 cash land $20 a month. 5-room house on Crabb st. for $300 cash and $10 a month. 4-room cottage close to railway for $300 cash and $15 a month. Call and see our list of residential lots, all at the right price and on easy terms. Improved Farms - Hudson Bay Landsy^ Office, over new Post Office Phone 54 : We are now unloading seven cars of Implements, Buggies, Carriages and three kinds of Wagons. We will be pleased to have you see our rigs and advise you to do so before purchasing anything in the above line. We handle the very best lines, guarantee quality and price. Do you want a cream separator ? If so, buy a^Sharples, for simplicity in operating, ease of turning and close skimming, it stands unequalled. Call and leave your orders for a mower, rake, binder, plow, seed drill, disc or harrow, gasoline Engines and threshing machines several kinds. Don't fail [to see our $25 toad cart. You will buy. V ini^ienent c�. OPPOSJTE THE ELEVATOR in the, case of public utilities, in -eluding transportation. The ' unions have too often in the past sought to enforce their demands on the high wayman's principle of mpnoy- or your livelihood, If not your hut-that is a remnant of barbarism which can not be a.lowed to persist, and which the I^Nnieux Act, if necessary, must lie amended to put an end to.-Ex. ANGLICANS OROWINO. , (Calgary News.) In view of the great dovolopmont of the church's work in the diocese,, as well as to mark his sense of the' value of the undermentioned clergymen, the bishop haserccted the north em part of the diccese into a new archdeaeoncy, to be known as the ArehdeacoBcy of Bdmontno; and he has also added -two to the �umber of honorary canoncic^.^'already In existence, viz.,the honcrary oanoncles of St. Augustine and of St. Aldan: the first for the.promotion of Indian education in the idioccsoi and the sccotid for the prbniotioh of diocesan mission work. The following are the cicrigymon receiving'these honors: Archdeacon of Kdmdnto;i: Rev. Henry Allan Gray, M.A., rector of ISdmonton, and doiiwstic chaplain, to tha bishop. Honorary Canon of St, Augustine*. Rev. George Henry Hogbin, principal of the Indian Industrial school, Calgary, incumljonl of. St. Paul's church, Fish Creek, and secretaryand treasurer of the dio^iosc. Honorary Calfon of St. Aidan: Rev. George Henry Wobb, diocesan gviiornl missionary.. . Coleman Will celebrate on July 1. TABER AVGLICANS. (Tabcr Free Press.) a business meeting of those, interested in the "English church work jof this town was heid in Mr. J. frus well's'store Sunday evanlng at^.SO o'clock, Rev. 1*. Joms in tha chair Mr.- R. S. Standerwick waa appointed secretary for the nwoting. Mr.' F-It. Davis was. etectml -People's Church Warden and Mr. J. Truswell, Clergj-inan's Warden. The vestrymen elect od were ns follows:-Messra. P. ^ Ml. Powell, W. B. Grubb, A. P. Vealo J. R. Hill, It. S. Standerwick and ,T. Bullock. Mr. J, Truswell wns^ elected Lay Delegate and Mr. Bui |oc)f as Deputy Lay Delegate. AlW^ other matters of imporUnce discussvd the mevtlng was to a close at 0,15 o'clock.