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Union Pacific Shop Bulletin p3

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THE BULLETINShop Employes' Association Union Pacific SystemBULLETINPublished Monthly by System General Secretary, 805 Deseret Bank Building, Salt Lake City, Utah. All correspondence for publication to be addressed to the office as above.News Items and Manuscript Articles respectfully solicited from all members.R. J. PUTNUM, System General SecretarySubscription Free To All Members of AssociationSYSTEM OFFICERSC. E. Anderson ......................................PresidentW. J. Taylor....................................Vice-PresidentR. J. Putnam ..............System General SecretaryINTRODUCTORYYour System Officers herewith offer for your approval The Shop Empoyes' Association — Union Pacific System Bulletin.We ask your hearty co-operation in furnishing the necessary "fillin'" to make it a success.Sincerely Yours,R. J. PUTNAM,System General Secretary.We have felt the need in our organization work of some way to reach each individual member and lay before him our activities of the present and our plans for the future. We feel that this can best be done by the publication of a monthly or semi-monthly paper of this character which can be placed in the hands of each and every member, and which will not be a burden to read, and may be read while eating lunch at your shop some noon hour, or better, take home and read more completely after your dinner some evening.It is published with the one purpose in view, to let our members know what the "other fellow" is doing in this great "get together" movement.We trust that this little publication will serve its purpose and we earnestly request that each and every member feel at liberty to send articles to the office of the System General Secretary on any subject near and dear to his heart bearing on the welfare of the Association.It may not be possible to publish each article sent in but it may be the means of giving the Editor an inspiration and be used in a way that will have a beneficial effect whether it appears in print or not.We want each member to feel that this is his Bulletin, and we have instructed each Lodge Secretary to have the lodge take the necessary action to elect or appoint a local correspondent for "News Items" which will be published as far as our space will permit.PAY ROLL DEDUCTIONS AND ENROLLMENT FEEA great many questions have been asked relative to the deduction made on the pay roll for the Membership Dues also in regard to the collection and use of the $1.00 Enrollment Fee.When the Association was being formed much discussion was had relative to the financial affairs of the Association.No business can be run without adequate finances and for this reason your representatives decided to place the dues at the smallest amount consistent with good business judgment.The Enrollment Fee of $1.00 is to be collected from each member at the time his application is accepted for employment and has been approved by the Committee of the Craft in which he is employed. This fee is for the benefit of the Local Lodge, and the entire amount goes into the local lodge treasury to be used exclusively for the benefit of the local lodge membership. The payment of same is an obligation taken by the member at the time he signs his application for employment and entitles him to full membership in the [Association] and the placing of his name on the Roll of Honor as having complied with his contract which he signed on entering the service.The member who will not pay his fee after signing an agreement to do so has violated the agreement and will be so considered by both the members of this Association and the management of the Company.The reason for collecting the quarterly dues through pay roll deduction is that the employes of the Union Pacific System Lines have benefited in the past and expect to benefit more in the future by collective bargaining with the management of the Company and in as much as all have received the benefits accruing by reason of such collective bargaining; it is only fair that each employee should bear his equal burden of the expense of the organization which deals with the management and secures such benefits for all alike.As a further reason for such deduction to be made; the cost of collection is reduced to a minimum whereas under the old order of things the cost of collection was very great thus adding to the burden of those who did pay willingly as against those who sat idly by and took the benefits which were derived and would not and did not share their equal burden with the majority.In as much as our Association is yet undergoing organization, it is costing a great deal more than it will later on to accomplish this work.This is a new departure in the labor organization field and we are anxious to give it a fair trial in order that the man who pays the dues may also have a hand in the spending of a greater part of it. —Editor.DIFFERENCE OF OPINIONJust "a difference of opinion," a common remark often heard, but possibly little thought of in connection with some of the greatest events in history. "Just a difference of opinion," was the direct cause of the populating of our shores, the Boston Tea Party, the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, and last, if not least, the Great World War."Difference of Opinion" has made it possible for a great hoard of lawyers to worry themselves into early graves because of endless bickerings. It has filled our court dockets with divorce cases, the race track with horse races, blackened eyes about election time and ten million other unpleasant things found in prose and rhyme, and the end is not yet.Not so long ago a great labor organization called a suspension of work, and right there they met up with this little thing called "Difference of Opinion" and fret and fume as it might it could not overcome the condition. Why? Because the fundamentals of our government would not support it, in its contention, that it could impose its will upon all whom it pleased.A great number prompted either by fear or hopes of favor ceased work at their respective jobs while others having this little thing called "Difference of Opinion" somewhere about their person stayed "on the job." This brought on a rather unpleasant situation, for, as is usually the case, the stronger of two parties always tries to



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