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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - June 6, 1907, Lethbridge, Alberta TWO YEARS .Soc'tion 1, A. R. 41. Co. and Miners Sign Agreement-Both Sides Make Conces Full Text of Agreement. w "flehce for two yours" is the inch-' sagc to the Lothhridge public given in the agreement between tho Alberta, Railway and Irrigation Company A ltd the officials of tho United Mind WbrVers ot America. Never before Itcuv there been a signed agreement between tho operators and tho .em* lloyees of tho Gait Mine ami ns u result there has always I won mmv or lew uncertainty regarding the continuance ot work there. An agree inrtit has been drawn up and signed by all parlies concerned. The agreement shtned iotlny (Wednesday) dtttes from June. 1st, 1907. For? twenty-two months the people of Ijoehbrldge and the West can rent assured of a continued output tf coal from the Gait mines without noninterference because of nny labor dispute. lly this agreement tho Company recognize the union, grant tho full check-off. an eight hour day at tho s Working *p1ncc and an .arrangement for tho settlement of Individual and local disputes. The wages of day men .are raised to the District standard. They ncrrec also to deduct check-weigher's wttge.s and turn the money over to the local sec rein ry. On the other hand the miners waive their demand for an eight hour bank io bank day, which however. Will become law at the next session of the legislature, their demand 'or a ruij-of-miue hnsH, bNo lite demand for increase of wages in timlKuing. Tho miners gait? up their claim fur minimum rates to contrail places, but the company concede* to pay 374 cent* an hour to all contract miners taken from their places to do company work. Negotiations have been in opera* lion for sc\crnl weeks. When the strike ended last December it was only a temporary arrangement, both tho company and the miners taking tho humanitarian sin ml in view u| tne Intense suffering caused by the lack of fuel. The Kir ike Has declared off and the mining opera! iomawre resinned. When thv fuel, (amine wan over, the union ofllciul* took up (be matter again with a view' to iveur -U>g the demands for which the miner* struck in March of Inst yvur. The district officials nskvd the Impertinent of Lnht>r to appoint a Board of Conciliation as provided for in the Labor pisputcs Act mid suggested that F. II. Sherman, pi cm-dent of District IS of Uio I'M W i,/ A should be appointed us tbe Minor's representative. Thin mpiesi was granted. The Department then n � pointmcnt of F. 11. Sherman to the same and asking tho Company to 1 name its representative cn the Hoard Tho Hern Id ik informed by Inlon officials that thoir^object in applying f.tr the Hoard of ('unci! iut Ion w�s to Ktiard nffainht any trouble should the negotiation* between the Com-pnny und the men lie unsatisfactory. Tho Beard would then l>o already ap-pointed to take the matter up In tho meantime, negotiations uvre opened that promisetl to obviate the necessity of tho Hoard of Ccnciliu -tion and that tho promise has l**en jmlendldly fulfilled is shown in Ut*> agreement. The disputes of ho long standing either ore settled or provision is iitado that any curly settlement can l�e readied. In tho negotiations Iwtween tho A. It. & I. Co. ami the loral union. Mr. J>>wis Stockett, iiinnitger of tbe Hunk head mines und the operators' ru presentntlve on the Provincial (internment Coal Commission uri4�d as tho intermediary purly. 1 In found both parties willing to discus* a-greomcnt. peter Patterson �f Fertile B.C., tho International J Juan I nu-tn-l*ors for this district, who lias iwu looking after tho union inti'ivxtshwo in conjunction with the local officials wont to Frank and brought down VJco-PmiiJenL Uulvln. Tho local mm mittcv got together on Monday nunii-mg and met the olllidals of the A. It. and I. Co. iiy night tho a^iiv -inont was nearly completed, waitin the approval of the m�*mliers of the )ocai union and of A. M. Nantun of Winnliieg, the managing diivcuu* tho A.H. & I. Co. On Monday night a mass meeting of tlio minora was helti but uh iu> word had boon received from Mr. Nanton, tho vote was not taken. On Tuesday night, the approval of fho proposed agreement having been received frcm tho managing director, tho vote was taken and was over -whelmingly jn favor of its acceptance. Tho dispute of yours wuk all ovor except the forimiitty of signing tho agroement. This morning (Weil -nesday) this last step was lakcunnd tlio agroomcnt botwoftn th� AHkmIu 1 tali way aad Irrigation Co. and the rutted Mine Workers of America been mo. an accomplished fact, AGREEMENT Lethbrldgo, June fith. rules shall ta!:e effoct .Tune 1st, IU07 nnd shall terminate March SUst 100V) it being nnderstooil ami agreed that the parties hereto will I meet tn con-fcrenco sixty days prior to the expiration of this agreement, to discuss a revival thereof. Section 1. iiocns or work. 1 All minors nnd trine laborers shall work eight hours per day, it being definitely understood that this means eight hours work nt their working , place, exclusive of half hour for noon time, with the exception of miners I working by contract who are to work elsrht hours at their working place. SPECIAL RULES, KTC. Tho right to hire and discharge, the management of tho mino and tho rtlr-ecttcn of the working forces are vested exclusively In tho company, and tho United Mlno Worker* of America shall not flbrldgo this right. It is undorMood and agreed that this Agreement ahull ��t conflict In any way wllh tho Special Utiles of tho Company now in force, provided thai the opecial rules shall not Interfere with tho rste of wagos or tho work to l�o performed under this ngroo-l-mont. The rule providing that eight men can claim a cago at any tlmo is annulled. Section 8. UIIKCK  WKIOHKII. The Company has the right to put' inside men on nt such hours as they may require and if any man Is ro  quired to work overtime it is agreed that he will do so, the Company paying him .overtime for the same pro rata on schedule rate. Section 2. KINR. nt'ttS AND ASSK9SMKNTS The Company will grant tho right of the miners to employ check-volgh* crs and will grant tho said check* ! weighers every facility to enable ! them to render a correct account of all coal weighed, and will allow tho cars to bo tared from time to time, and the machine to bo properly tested from time to tlmo, ami will do -duct from the wngoa of all contract ) miners orders amounts aa individual from vuch may be presented for Phy the Poor tast. Toronto, ilnne 1.-"This has boon the coldest May on record.1* was the statement nutdc from tho mcteoro  logical observatory fo-doy. For n continuance of cold weather and delay In the arrival of summer thorn has tiecii nothing on record to equal it since tho observatory was estab  Itshetl sixty-five years ago. Monday the climax was reached when tho wind blow like a hurricane F rate all day, and ended with a display of snow flurries late in tho at tornoon. Three indies of snow fell on Lake Huron and at ten Tuesday night thu observatory report oil: **tt in snow  ing." Around the dcorglan liny two Inches, of snow fell. The backward wo At her In having a deterrent effect on tho crops, flowers and other nat-cal I'nion for wnges of chock-weighers. The company will endeavor to see that nn canal turn of cars ho offered each miner nnd that he bo given a fair chance to obtain the same. I Section c. VNDKHOnOUXD DAY WAGES. The company will give the United .Mine Workers of America fulj recognition, and concede the check-off system; that Is to say. upon the rc  iiuc*t. In writing by nny one of tho Company** employee*, the company will deduct such monies from their wnees each month ns is designated liattlcemcn, per hour for fines, assessments and initial if n j ,|D helpers per hour f.H'S nnd will give a list of the same Timticttoen, i�cr hour ami pay over the nmount deducted j ,14, helpers poo hour to the local secretary ot tbe United jlVivots per hour Mine workers of America; but .the > (j0 W{ places company dues not assume any re - j ,|n I toys ponsibllily or undertake to make any ! Track Isycrs per hour such payments where not indebted lo lh-� employee. l&fc to 31 {c 371 c Montreal, Juno 1.-Up to the present the month of May, 11K)7, has been the coldest In many ^oars. Statistics shew that Montreal has not had such a visitation of colflnnd wot, cloudy weather since the meteorological condition begun to 1m a matter of public interest. So far ovcii tho proverbial oldest Inhabitants whose memory cannot often bo taken at Its par value, falls to ro-rnentber tho merry month of May when Montreal was visited by ahrlsk 37ic I i,n.ow storm on tho 27th. and when viator, overcoats, not excepting those of the fur brand, were in ovl -donee on the streets. 37|c 314c 37ic 341c1 37*c \ N D Section 3 SETTLEMENT OF LOCAL In case . then tho parties ^o'l erifleavr r to settle the matter us hereinafter provided. Ilttt before un> Kth'Vnncc or tli^puie nluill, In- . 311 c 37 Jc 51)0 1ftJc 151c to 31| 3140 181c to 811c do helpers per hour Miners |wr hour Couplers per hour. do hoys por hour Switch boys per hour OHppcrs por hour do hoys Pipe fitter helpers per hour, l*u�minrn per hour (tagrr. per hour Pusher per hour Pick carrier boys per hour Uif Clutchmcn i>cr hour Troppcrs fs?r hour Where water In falling from tho roof Is sufficient to wot a drivers clothing It shall bo considered a wot OTTAWA'S "OLDEST TAKT." 1NI1ADI Ottawa, June 1.-Hon. It. W. Scott secretary tt Kioto, who has been In Ottawa considerably over half a century, when asked his opinion of tho 3i}c! prevail Ing cold weather, said that ho tOc^'ould not cull to mimt a month of 374c iMay with so much prevailing cold. 37ic 31H Ho had noticed that for tho past while the winds had been pcrslstent- 374c j ly Mowing from the north, north 15tc to 814 submitted to tho i�it Commit too the i place, other places shall I* conslder- pcrscn or persons affected shall en-ed dry. deavor by pcrso^nal application to'^ectloo 10. the Pit llosa to settle the mailer : and In the event of them agreeing, their decision shall U� final. 1 CONTRACT PIUCKS. east, or north-wost, Mr. Scott concedes that there is nothing In the memory of tho present generation to compare with this conditUm of tempera lure. Professor Wiggins stays ihnt sec-end moon in tlio heavens Is respon -slide for tho cvhl weather. In case of nnv local or other dispute arising in the mine nnd failure to agree between tho 1*11 JIokm and nny employee, tho Pit, Comma-too and Mino ^tipc^rintendent shall endeavor to nettle the matter and if Ih.'V nffri.', their decision shall lio fi na I. Alt prices and conditions to main as they are at present. ro - SqriU Worth Reading i Sot tion It* OUTSIDE WAGES. All outside wages and conditions to remain as at present. Signed, Scaled and Delivered on U�half of tho Company. IV (V) In the event of the fullure of the Pit Commit too ami tho Mine SujK?ri�temleiit to settle any dispute so rrfvrivd to thorn, us well as nny ether dispute arising, tho matter in > dtspnto shall bo rolerred to tho Oen. \ oral SitT�erintcndeui or Ouneral Man-> E. II. nger ui company and tho Officer* of District No 1H f.M.W.. of A. ftr settlement and if they agree their derision shall l�e fluul. L. N"AISMITH, tleneral-Manager. E H. WILSON. Witness. On bshsH of tho Men: JOHN U. GALV1S. Vlco-Pres. District No. IS WILSON, Witness. General Manager Llmlsey of the Crow'a Nest Coal Co. says a rise in the price of coal is inevitable since tho wages have boon increased, under | the now agreement with the miners. Tho Iioople must pay thw pirs^r. , Hon. CllffonK. W. Robinson Is th In the event of the General Manager and District Officers cf District No. 18 fulling to agree tho! matter shall be referred to a Board of Arbitration for settlement. Tho Hoard to consist of two reprascnta* *vos appointed by tho company and tun appointed by tho men who are not parties to th�? dispute. U ihe ArbUrnlors appointed agree their de-eisltm hball final. In case of their finluro to ngree tbey shall cndi*a\'ttr to elect an iiHK'pondent cliairumn uiu) a majority \ole i>( the Hoard so n t\ ktiuiltd fihuit U- limit Shouhi the I Arbitrators fail to agree on n chair. ! man lb.* Chief .fustin.* of the Su -! jireinc .('o\irt of Allwiia hhall Ins ask PET Kit PATTEItSON". Intornntlonnl Hoard Meir.ber K H. WILSON. WitnosH. DONALD McNAH, Ikreaident Union No 674 U.M.W. of A. WILSON, Wit noes. S. A. 11. CRADD. Secretary Lr.cal Union No, 571, U.M.W. of A. WILSON. Witneas. E H. T. II. Preston. M.P.P., liramford. \tJll n-tlre from public life. Work on the new C.P.IL station 1 at Frank has I wen commenced, v Tiie Grant Ranching Company, with a capital of $100,000, with headquarters at Walsh, Alia., has boon incorporated. The Incorpo** -tors are 11. A. Grant, M, J: liroth-ierton, Charles Stewart Lees, Charles 4 Hairs and Aloxondor Mackenxlo. K. II. LEMIECX ACT COMMENDED. STEVE DEO ALL A, JOHN HEHTE. WILL Do THE WOIIK. g .mI to act or appoint *omeono L�� Ibmrd of Trade Committees Appoinl-nct on ins behalf and the award uf ed. the majority of tho Arbitration - Hoard thus consiituled shall lie finai ' Tint execurivo committee of mn\ binding ,,ti Jmth parties. i Hoard of Trado cost of the arbitration to bo Tho letter of Professor Shortt to Mr. Lomlctix concerning tho effect ice-noHM of the Industrial Disputes In-veNtigaiion Act (popularly known as tbe LJmeux Act) la very pleasant | reading. Prof. Short! accepted tho clmirmnnNhfp of tho Conciliation Hoard in tho dispute liotween tho firnnd Trunk Ualtwny Company and tho - fcomo of fls -employoos, and ho ro - as the Honrd of direct. rVrbitrators Jliuf Hoard of Trade mot on Thursday {ports that not only was every mat-borne IftHt "H,iwstl tho various commit- tor amicably docidod, but decided on may ; tov tho ensuing ttH follows: ] its own merits. This was an import- Jndiislrlal-W. Oliver (chainnan), immnUme and in nil ' K' A' (,,mninfch8*"". M. Freeman. immlgroiion:-m. Young (chairman I ami. na � J- I^kstorm, A. E. Humphries. (o) In the cases, iho mines, miners ami mine laborerb and all other persons in - volved must continue at work pend* an adjustment in thu nutnner above set forth. Ing Section 4. IMI'IIOVICMENTS ASH 1VE IIEPAIUR. EX PEN C. Flnttnco:-I-L Maclloih (chaimuiu) C. U. K. Xourso, c. It. flawman. Publicity and Advertising:- \\ ^ Simmons (chairman), W. C. Ives T M. Kvan�, F. por. Jones in the chair Mr. R. S, Stamiorwick was appointed bocretnry for tho meeting. Mr, F, R. Davis was electod Poop Jo's Church Warden and Mr. .1. Trus well, Clorg>- inon's Warden. Tho vestrymen elect od wore as follows:-Messrs. F, W. Powell, W. B. Grubh, A. V, Vonlo .1. R. Hill, R. 8. Htanderwick and ,T. Bullock. Mr. .1. Truswoll was elected Lay Oologatc and Mr, Bui -l�c|f as Uoputy Lay Belogato. After other mat tors of Importance were discussed the mooting was brough to a close at 0.15 o'clock. ;