H. C. Nutt letter to San Pedro, Los Angeles, & Salt Lake Railroad employees, August 4, 1916
SALT LAKE ROUTE. SAN PEDRO, LOS ANGELES AND SALT LAKE RAILROAD. LOS ANGELES, CAL. August 4, 1916. ALL EMPLOYEES:- The engine-and trainmen of all the large railways of the United States, having authorized the Grand Officers of their organizations to order a strike in support of their demands for increased pay, the Committee of General Managers and the Grand Officers will resume their conference August eighth. Whether this conference will result in an agreement or a strike, no one knows, but you know and I know that the men who have made this demand are the best paid men in the railway service and that if the railways were able to increase their payrolls to the extent demanded, a large portion of the increase should, in all fairness, be granted to those in other than train and engine service.
Should their Grand Officers order a strike of engine- and trainmen, many of then will leave our service permanently and in filling their places preference will be given to competent men now in our employ. I would rather have you retain or obtain these well paid positions than to give them to others.
Should the strike come, it will cause serious loss to the men in our service, to the public we serve and to the company itself, and I hope it will be averted. Should it come, however, this company owes a duty to the public which, whatever the cost, it must and will fulfill to the extent of its ability, and to do this it must of necessity fill the places of those who leave its service.
Many of you are qualified to fill these places where you will receive substantially more pay than you do now and I ask any of you who feel capable and desirous of taking any of these positions to advise me under personal cover of the position you can fill, with the assurance that such service will be treated in absolute confidence until and unless a strike is ordered. H.C. Nutt, General Manager.
- H. C. Nutt letter to San Pedro, Los Angeles, & Salt Lake Railroad employees, August 4, 1916
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- Letter advises that if a strike occurs positions held by strikers will be filled by other employees.
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