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"Grand Trunk Telegraph Operators' Wages"
Announced 01 February 1899
Press despatches from Toronto state that the arbitrators to whom was referred the questions of hours and wages between the Grand Trunk Railway of Canada and the telegraph operators employed on the road have decided in favour of the operators on nearly every point. A further report from Montreal states that the decision was unanimous. General Superintendent McGuigan states that the company will do its utmost to promote amity between the company and its employees. It is said that the award does not quite fulfill the desire of the men to be placed on an equality with similar employees of the Canadian Pacific Telegraph Company, but that the operators are highly pleased with the general results. It was stated in the Toronto despatch, and not denied by the Grand Trunk, that certain employees who were dismissed because of their acting on the union committee, were to be reinstated this instance. On all main lines the hours are to be 10 per day, with extra pay for overtime; on branch lines 12 hours per day with extra for overtime. Altogether, about 500 men will receive an increase of salary amounting, it is reported, to about 12 1/2 per cent. The arbitrators were: FP Sargent of the Locomotive Firemen for the telegraph operators; BB Osler, Queen's Counsel for the Grand Trunk, and, Sir WR Meredith, Chief Justice of Ontario, as referee.