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Excerpt from Railway Conductors: A Study in Organized LaborThe railroad industry of the United States has been from its inception an object of peculiar interest to the public. Nearly every phase of its activities has now come to be a subject forMoreExcerpt from Railway Conductors: A Study in Organized LaborThe railroad industry of the United States has been from its inception an object of peculiar interest to the public. Nearly every phase of its activities has now come to be a subject for state or federal legislation. One of the latest developments of this policy of supervision has to do with the relations between the railway and its employees.In the early days of railroading questions arising been master and man were of little public concern. The men were hired individually and differences of opinion between them and the company were settled individually. Concerted movement among the men in such cases was unknown. With the growth of powerful trade unions among railroad employees, however, the situation has materially changed. By means of their power to strike, reinforced by well-planned systems of federation between the various unions, the organized employees have come to occupy a position of great strategic strength. Thus a threatened strike in the summer of 1913 would have tied up, had it occurred, roads comprising 25 per cent of the total track-age, and representing nearly 40 per cent of the aggregate revenues of all the railroads in the United States. Nearly 40,000,000 people would have been deprived of the means of transportation for themselves, their goods and the very necessities of life.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.