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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR.
CARROLL D. WRIGHT,
OREN W. WEAVER,
CONTENTS OF VOLUME II.
LIST OF PLANS.
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CONCILIATION AND ARBITRATION IN THE BOOT AND SHOE
BY T. A. CARROLL.
The subject of conciliation and arbitration is one that has attracted the attention of the industrial world, periodically, for many years past. Whenever there have been labor troubles of serious moment, the great need of some available method whereby the contending parties might come together and settle their differences in a peaceable manner has always come prominently to the front. During such trying times the public mind becomes agitated, sympathy and advice are gratuitous, and on all sides there is a general feeling of hopefulness that the questions at issue may be brought to a speedy and peaceful termination.
If there is one fact more than another which the history of labor troubles has brought into prominence, it is, without doubt, that both employers and employees have given altogether too little attention to the consideration of the mutuality of their interests and the urgent need of having some kind of an established method for arranging whatever details may be necessary to promote the same. In the majority of cases their minds seem to drift in this direction only after they have become involved in some serious difficulty which threatens to disrupt the business of the employer and throw the employees into a state of enforced idleness. They wait until the conditions are such that it is almost impossible for them to come together in a friendly way and discuss the merits of the case in a calm and dispassionate manner. It is then that the wisdom of resorting to conciliation and arbitration dawns upon them, and when some kindly disposed persou steps in and