Revolutionary Radicalism: Its History, Purpose and Tactics with an Exposition and Discussion of the Steps Being Taken and Required to Curb It, Being the Report of the Joint Legislative Committee Investigating Seditious Activities - Vol. 3

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CHAPTER VI
The Four Railroad Brotherhoods and the "Outlaw" Strike
The four brotherhoods, of railroad employees, with about a half million members, have thus far not affiliated themselves with the American Federation of Labor, although various proposals have been made to effect an amalgamation, and it has been recently stated that two of the brotherhoods have arranged to affiliate in May and the other two perhaps later. Meanwhile, a strong attempt lo undermine the brotherhoods' organization, has been made during the recent unauthorized so-called "outlaw" strike of railway employees, a strike which the brotherhoods have recognized as a direct attack on their organization.These four brotherhoods are:
1. The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, headed by W. S. Stone;
2. The Order of Railroad Conductors, headed by A. B. Garretson;
3. The Brotherhood of Firemen and Enginemen, headed by Timothy Shea; and
4. The Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, headed by W. G. Lee.

The locomotive engineers organized in May, 1863; the conductors, in 1868; the firemen and enginemen, in 1873, and the trainmen, in 1883. These powerful brotherhoods have been recognized as conservative in character and as working harmoniously with the more conservative leaders of the American Federation of Labor. In fact, it is precisely this character of the organization that has encouraged the present disturbance. The members have felt that the organizations have not exercised strong enough pressure to secure increased wages and better hours, after a consideration of the claims of the men had been referred to the railroad commission that was to be appointed by President Wilson.

In this conservatism of the brotherhoods they have differed very strongly from the corresponding organization in Great Britain which belongs to the famous Triple Alliance, and which is a leader in the radical labor movement.

We are publishing elsewhere the description of the Plumb Plan for running the railroads of the United States, a plan which is considered to be the most radical move taken by the brotherhoods. Mr. Plumb is the attorney for the brotherhoods, and all four of

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Table of Contents iii
  • Volume IV viii
  • Addendum xviii
  • List of Illustrations xxi
  • General Introduction 2011
  • Section I - Protective Governmental Measures 2015
  • Chapter I 2017
  • Chapter II 2024
  • Chapter III 2075
  • Section II - Organized Labor and Capital and Industrial Problems 2095
  • Introduction 2097
  • Chapter I 2106
  • Chapter II 2133
  • Chapter III 2148
  • Chapter IV 2151
  • Chapter V 2154
  • Chapter VI 2160
  • Chapter VII 2166
  • Chapter VIII 2174
  • Chapter IX 2180
  • Chapter X 2193
  • Chapter XI 2204
  • Chapter XII 2216
  • Chapter XIII 2226
  • Chapter XIV 2238
  • Chapter XV 2244
  • Chapter XVI 2251
  • Section III subsection I - Educational Training for Citizenship 2275
  • Introduction 2279
  • Chapter I 2293
  • Chapter II 2328
  • Chapter III - Teacher Requirements and Teacher Training 2335
  • Chapter IV - Curricula Recommended for Courses of Citizenship Training 2346
  • Chapter V - Regulated Attendance 2350
  • Chapter VI - Appropriations 2356
  • Section III subsection II 2359
  • Chapter I 2361
  • Chapter II 2366
  • Section III subsection III 2411
  • Chapter I 2417
  • Chapter II 2439
  • Chapter III 2564
  • Chapter IV 2569
  • Chapter V 2623
  • Chapter VI 2701
  • Chapter VII 2949
  • Chapter VIII 3018
  • Chapter IX 3052
  • Chapter X 3060
  • Chapter XI 3079
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