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the brotherhoods, adopted the Plumb Plan in 1919, and it was presented to Congress in their name in the. Sims bill. In the statement that was handed iii kit this time, signed by Stone for the locomotive engineers, by Lee for the trainmen, by Shea for the firemen and enginemen, by Sheppard for the conductors, and by Jewel for the railway employees, department of the A. F. of L., we find the following:

"Labor faces a persistently serious situation, due to the cost of living and the impossibility of wages keeping pace with the depreciation of money. No fundamental changes are being advanced to save workers from continued defeat in the economic struggle of life. The railroad employees are in no mood to brook the return of the lines to their former control, since all the plans suggested for this settlement of the problems leave labor essentially where it has stood and where it is determined not to stand.

"We realize that in the strife for wage increases we cannot win any permanent victory. It is not money, but value, which counts. The vicious circle is infinite; increased wages are over-capitalized, for inflated profits and the cost of goods mount faster than the wage level. A few grow wealthy and the multitude is impoverished.

"Any basic change must begin with the railroads. . . . Our proposal is to operate the railroads democratically, applying the principles to industry for which in international affairs the nation has participated in the World War. . . . What we ask is to share the savings from economies we ourselves introduce and to share the profits from new business our efficiency makes possible. . . . In our bill the rights of the public are protected. The rate-fixing power, which is the final check upon railroad management, remains with the Interstate Commerce Commission." . . .

As we know, the Plumb Plan was not adopted, and the railroads were returned to private ownership. But the Plumb Plan still remains an ideal in the minds of the brotherhoods. In this connection, therefore, it is interesting to quote the opinion expressed at the meeting of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States, held in August, in Seattle, which characterizes the Plumb Plan as follows:

"Demands of the railroad workers constitute a definite program for government ownership. The overwhelming

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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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