Union Pacific Shop Bulletin p3
THE BULLETIN 3The Shop Employes' Association Union Pacific SystemBULLETINPublished Monthly by System General Secretary 805 Deseret Bank Building, Salt Lake City, UtahAll correspondence for publication to be addressed to the office as above.News Items and Manuscript Articles respectfully solicited from all members. R. J. PUTNAM, System General SecretarySubscription Free to All Members of AssociationSYSTEM OFFICERSC. E. Anderson..........................................PresidentW. J. Taylor...................................Vice-PresidentR. J. Putnam............System General SecretaryMEETING OF THE SYSTEM GENERAL COMMITTEEA meeting of the System General Committee composed of the members of the Unit General Committees has been called to meet in Salt Lake City, Utah, on July 5th, 1923.Owing to the general state of unrest found in general over our System due to the apparent increase in rates of some of our Western roads the demand for decrease in transportation rates by the public and the practical working out of the rules in our agreement made it seem advisable to call a meeting of the System General Committee with the object in view of revising some of the items so there might be a clearer understanding and a more equitable division of the rewards of effort taking into account the factors of skill responsibility, hazard and physical effort.This being an experiment in railroad work bringing into prominence the basic thought of co-operation we feel that it is only fair to the management and to ourselves to ask them at this time to get together with us to discuss openly everything and anything that pertains to our mutual welfare to the end that restlessness may be quieted and mutual confidence can be established through another year that is before us.C. E. ANDERSON, President.A certain well known Union Pacific brakeman breezed into the Union Pacific eating house a few nights ago and, moving up to one of the waitresses attempted to place his arm about her waist, at the same time saying with a look of tenderness in his right eye:"Little dear—""Down brakes, Kiddo," she put in, "Your're going around a dangerous curve."He's more careful now.There is a certain girl in Las Vegas who swears she has never been kissed. Maybe that is why she swears.SPORTSMANSHIPFebruary 20th, 1923. My Dear Mr. C-:I wish to refer to the conversation I had a few days ago with one of the members of our Shop Employes' Association. You will recall you were present and heard all that I had to say to the gentleman to whom I refer.It was nice of him to not only admit but realize that he made a mistake in appearing at a meeting of the Association and denouncing certain members of the Association as well as one of our Supervising Officers. I am not defending the Supervising Officer in question, but referring directly to the impropriety of the specific mistake of our friend. No matter how an individual may feel, he should hesitate to express his views when he is in a disturbed state of mind because nine hundred and ninety-nine times out of a thousand, he will say things for which he will not only afterwards be sorry but will inflict an injury which cannot be repaired by expressions of sorrow and regret. Some other employe might follow the lead which the instigator himself might not feel justified in following up. No one should be so selfish as to pursue his own individual case to the detriment of others and every effort should be made to discourage employes from airing their personal complaints and making vitrolic attacks in Association meetings. It is the duty of Committees to handle differences of opinion and the man who does not give the Committee a chance is not fair to himself or his fellow workmen. Every employe owes it to himself and to his fellow-men to proceed carefully and cautiously in all that he says or does to the end that inexcusable mistakes will not creep in, and if all will follow this method of proceedure they will experience a happy, harmonious relationship, but on the other hand, should they fail to do so, then strife, suspicion and unhappiness will prevail.I do not mean to infer that an employe should be suppressed when he has an honest opinion to express, on the contrary I feel all employes should be encouraged to express honest opinions and submit constructive suggestions, but I do hope all will restrict their remarks to honest opinions and constructive suggestions; religiously adhering to the principle of true "sportsmanship." Life is only a game which we are all playing, so let each of us strive to have the honor of being properly placed in the class of "good sports."I sincerely hope the talk I had with our friend will be of lasting benefit to him and I further hope it will be the means of smoothing out the little unpleasant incident in which he was involved.Speaking again of the spirit of "Sportsmanship" I feel this should be injected in our every walk of life; let us apply it in our homes and at our work and see how much happier all will be. Every employe should bemade to feel that the Supervisor is the umpire and in order to play the game successfully his decisions will have to be respected; and if the Supervisor has not the qualification of a fair umpire, then woe unto him for his troubles are many and shall be multiplied; an umpire who does not decide justly and impartially soon finds himself against a stone wall with all his bridges burned.I hope you will not feel it out of place in bringing this matter to the attention of your constituents at your next lodge meeting; impressing upon one and all the compelling necessity of all refraining to permit personalities to enter into Association matters.Yours very truly,BOB. Editor's Note—The above is a copy of a letter which was written to one of our Committeemen and expresses a thought which will apply to many of us in our Shop Association and other work.THE LODGE CLIQUEWhat is the clique? Is it a body of menWho attend every meeting, not just now and then?Who don't miss a meeting unless they are sick—These are the men that the grouchcalls "the clique." Who don't make a farce of that sacredword "brother;"Who believe in the motto, "Help oneanother." Who never resort to a dishonesttrick— These are the men that some call"the clique." The men who are seldom behind intheir dues, And who from the meetings do notcarry news; Who attend to their duties and visitthe sick— These are the men the crank calls"the clique." We should all be proud of memberslike these— They can call them "the clique" orwhatever they please; They never attempt any duties tododge— These are "the clique" that run mostevery lodge. But there are some people who always find fault, And most of this kind are not worththeir salt; They like to start trouble, but seldomwill stick— They like to put all the work on to"the clique."SOME SHOWBill—I heard you went to a show the other night in Kansas City. Was it a good show?Jack—I'll say it was. Why, they even had to have shock absorbers on the seats!
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