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"Mr Hays Offers Grand Trunk Operators Arbitrator"
Announced 27 December 1898
Mr Hays, General Manager of the Grand Trunk Railway of Canada, has offered to refer to three arbitrators the demands of the telegraph operators of the road for increased pay and decreased hours, after several weeks of negotiations. It is also said that Mr Powell, the chief representative of the operators, has agreed to Mr Hays' proposal. The officers of the brotherhood refusing to show their authority to act for the operators, Mr Hays, two or three weeks ago, sent a letter to all operators asking them to state whether they had authorized the brotherhood officers to represent them. The result of this circular has not been given out, but the offer of the Company to arbitrate would seem to indicate that a majority of the operators acknowledge the authority of the brotherhood.