News: Abbotsford (Soo Line Employees Protest - 1925)
Transcriber: Robert Lipprandt
----Source: The Tribune-Phonograph (Abbotsford, WI) 4/04/2018
Originally published in the Abbotsford Tribune, Thursday, April 2, 1925.
Soo Line employees at Chippewa Falls have adopted resolutions protecting against the proposed law which would deprive the employees of railroads and their families from their annual passes.
The resolution, in the form of a petition to the legislature asking members to use their influence and to vote against the bill, were drawn up by the Soo Line Shop Employee’s Association of Chippewa, which has a membership of 48, and represents 46 families.
“We believe that the custom which has been in use by the Soo Line railroad for many years is based upon sound business principles, and recognized principles of economy,” the petition sets forth. “Further, we believe that this custom promotes harmony, good fellowship and cooperation between the employees and the company. It is sort of bonus for good service, and is looked upon by the railroad man as part of his compensation.
“There has been presented no good argument of disturbing this time honored relationship. If there be business men who are so short sighted and selfish that they think that depriving us of our passes will in any way help them in their business, they may wake up to discover they made a mistake.
“We consider this wholly a matter between the employer and the employees of the railroad, and we will look with suspicion upon any party who attempts to interfere with our just cause.”
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