New York State Board of Mediation and Arbitration Yonkers Railroad Company Records

Collection Number: 5099

Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
New York State Board of Mediation and Arbitration Yonkers Railroad Company Records, 1913
Collection Number:
5099
Creator:
New York State Board of Mediation and Arbitration;
Yonkers Railroad Company
Quantity:
0.3 linear ft.
Forms of Material:
Records (documents).
Repository:
Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Records relating to an investigation of the strike of the employees of the the Yonkers Railroad.
Language:
Collection material in English


ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

Mr. William C. Rogers was appointed by the Commissioner of Labor to investigate the strike on the Yonkers Railroad Company, the street car system for the city of Yonkers. Serving with him were Mr. M. J. Reagan and Mr. James McManus. The Board held hearings in Yonkers on January 10, 11, 1913.
The Yonkers Railroad Company had been in the hands of a receiver for five years, and during the time of the receivership the employees had been unable to secure a written contract since the court had said that the receiver did not have the power to sign such a contract. During this period, however, the receiver had agreed to abide by the contract verbally and had done so. One feature of the agreement was that only Yonkers men would be hired, and this was perpetuated in a city ordinance which required a new man to have 15 hours of instruction before he could take a car out alone.
In January of 1913 the president of the reorganized company sent a man to the Yonkers Railroad with instructions to the superintendent that he be hired. The superintendent asked that certain men instruct the new man, and when they refused he fired them. The union upheld the men and workers walked off the job saying that management had repudiated the contract. However, no written contract had been signed since the president refused when it had been presented to him earlier in 1912.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

This collection consists of the transcript of proceedings before the State of New York Board of Mediation and Arbitration's Investigation of Strike of Employees of Yonkers Railroad Company, January 10 and 11, 1913, along with related photographs. Witnesses included Frederick Whitridge, William Fitzgerald, Charles Lange, Edward Maher, and Leslie Sutherland.
SUBJECTS

Names:
New York State Board of Mediation and Arbitration.
Yonkers Railroad Co.

Subjects:
Strikes and lockouts - Railroads - New York (State) - Yonkers.
Railroads - Employees - New York (State) - Yonkers.
Railroads - Employees - Labor unions - New York (State) - Yonkers.
Collective labor agreements - Railroads - New York (State) - Yonkers.
Unfair labor practices - New York (State) - Yonkers.

Form and Genre Terms:
Records (documents)


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Cite As:
New York State Board of Mediation and Arbitration Yonkers Railroad Company Records #5099. Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives, Cornell University Library.

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CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Box 1 Folder 1 1913
Includes photographs; transcript, January 10 and 11, 1913, 232 pages.