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THE PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD AND MR. ROGERS'S ARTICLE
N Sherman Rogers's article on "Employee Representation." which is published in this issue, there is an account of the methods employed for co-operation between employer and employee in the Pennsylvania Railroad. It seemed to us desirable, if any criticism or comment were to be made on this article by the authorities of the railroad, our readers should have it at the same time with the article. As the article was about to go to press, therefore, we sent a galley proof to General W. W. Atterbury, Vice-President of the Pennsylvania in Charge of Operation, with a letter, and received a reply. Both letters are subjoined:
THE OUTLOOK COMPANY Three-Eighty-One Fourth Avenue New York
E. H. A.-0. Enclosure
August 15, 1921.
We enclose you a galley proof of an article on "Employee Representation" written by our Industrial Correspondent, Sherman Rogers. There are some pointed remarks in this article regarding the adoption of employee representation by the Pennsylvania Railroad.
While neither The Outlook nor Sherman Rogers would change the article in the slightest degree as set up in the enclosed proof, unless of course to correct any possible errors in grammar or typography, we would gladly print any criticism within reasonable limits which you may make of his remarks in the issue in which his article appears, which will be under date of August 31st. Yours very truly,
The Editors of The Outlook. (Signed) ERNEST HAMLIN ABBOTT. Gen. W. W. Atterbury, Vice President, Pennsylvania Railroad,
Executive Offices, Philadelphia, Pa.
In my judgment, this article is a very fair statement of the underlying principles and success of employe representation and covers in a general way what we are trying to accomplish on the Pennsylvania Railroad in our efforts to get together with our employes on a mutually satisfactory basis.
It may interest you to know, however, that we feel that the recent decision of the United States Railroad Labor Board in the case of the Shop Crafts Union if applied to any of the industries mentioned in this article would completely destroy real employe representation.
Employe representation on the Pennsylvania Railroad is now in effect.
A majority of our employes want to deal with the management through employe representatives.
About 175,000 employes on this railroad are interested in rules covering working conditions. About 117,000 of these employes have expressed a desire to negotiate rules through employe representatives.
8. It would not be fair to the employes or to the railroad, to say nothing about the public.
Briefly, the facts of this case are as follows:
The management is doing its utmost to carry out the provisions of the Transportation Act in getting together with its employes on a mutually satisfactory basis. At the same time we have consistently and earnestly tried to comply with previous decisions of the Labor Board.
Announcement was made by the Company on May 20, 1921, that all employes would be given an opportunity to have a voice in the management in matters affecting their welfare.
All were given an opportunity to vote for employe representatives, of their own selection, whether union or nonunion men. All were urged to exercise their right of franchise without interference on the part of officers or subordinate officials.
A fair, impartial and secret ballot was distributed to all employes. No candidates were mentioned and no names were printed on the ballot either of in
The union officers, employed by the railroad, could have nominated themselves and instructed their membership to vote for them, if they so desired, and the management would have recognized them as representatives if they had been elected.
As a matter of fact, some classes of employes have already elected union men to represent them. The management has recognized these representatives and is now dealing with them.
It is contrary to custom in any city, state or national election to require a new election simply because some men refuse or fail to exercise their right to vote. Our Presidents are invariably elected by a minority of the eligible voters.
One of the most objectionable features of this decision is the requirement that men who are not now employes should be furnished a ballot and should be permitted to vote on equal terms with employes. The Labor Board says men "who have been laid off or furloughed and are entitled to return to the service under seniority rules if accessible shall be furnished a ballot and be permitted to vote." There is no sanction in law or otherwise for such a ruling. Many of these furloughed men are now working in outside industries. Under this ruling, employes of other industries
would be negotiating working conditions 1
for our employes.
Furthermore, the Labor Board in an Addendum to Decision No. 218, copy of which is enclosed, indicates very plainly that it is not infallible, and that its decisions are subject to change in vital particulars. In this Addendum the Labor Board changes its original decision to the extent of providing for a secret instead of an open ballot (the Pennsylvania Railroad ballot was a real, secret ballot). And the Labor Board says frankly that the open ballot originally proposed was "the established method of taking a ballot among railway labor organizations." It is evident that this form of ballot would be subversive of real democratic representation and would be in the interest of autocratic union domination.
I am very grateful for the opportunity presented in your letter of offering these suggestions in connection with Mr. Rogers' article, for we feel that the whole principle of employe representation is at stake in this issue. Very truly yours, W. W. ATTERBURY, Vice President.
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