Freights vs Wages - Prospects For the Coming Season.
To The Editor of the British Whig;
Sir, I observed in the News of last night, an answer to my remarks in Tuesday's Whig. "Subscriber" states that I point to the likelihood of heavy wages being asked this spring. Now I do not pretend to say that we will ask what is unjust. I stated that we would rate our wages according to freights, etc. "Subscriber" need not think for one moment that I have been misled or misinformed about the charter of which I spoke. I am well aware of the three cents storage. The vessel might as well have the grain in her hold as she will have to load it in the spring so it amounts to the same thing, a seven cent freight. That was only one instance I gave. There are our timber vessels. They are offered $100 per m. from Toledo to Kingston, and they carry on an average 16,000 feet, making the freight $1600. And there are offers of $140 and even higher from Bay City to Kingston; thus a vessel's freight would be $2,240, and she will make the round trip in 30 days. This is not for the first trip as "Subscriber" states. There are prospects of higher freights. I wish "Subscriber" would state what he thinks is a fair day's pay, ever his name, for such freights - I mean night and day as he is aware that poor Jack has to throw in his nights. He hopes that I will consider that Canadian vessels keep their men for the round trip. For a good reason - they cannot better themselves, and none but timber vessels do it. Other Canadian craft have Jack's time made up before the vessel is made fast to the dock. As for "Subscriber" saying that the Union compels its members to work for one rate of wages he has made a big mistake. We do not compel men to join the organization. The sailors do this themselves. They see the benefit the Union is to them and their families. "Subscriber" states that when he sailed a vessel he was always pleased to pay his men a rate of wages in proportion to his freight. "Subscriber" is, I must say, an exception. As for steambarges, they don't hurt us. Cleveland is full of them, and the tows all pay the wages. Hoping I have not taken too much space in your columns.
I remain, yours, etc.,
C.W. Crowley, President S. U. March 3rd, 1881
p.3 Seamens' Union - At a meeting of the Seamens' Union the following nominations were made:
For President - Messrs. C.W. Crowley, M. Ryan, and J. McCutcheon.
For Vice-President - Messrs. John Querts, and J. McCutcheon.
For Secretary - Messrs. John Crowley, Lawrence Ryan, and Jeremiah Hurley.
For Treasurer - Messrs. C. Chambers, A. Parker, H. Nicholson, W. Christmas and Jos. Hackett.
Wind Wafts - str. Empress of India for sale.
Personal Mention - But two changes have taken place in the personnel of the Royal Mail Line. Mr. B. McCoy, late purser on the Passport, has been transferred to the Algerian, and the vacancy on the Passport will be filled by Mr. Somerville, of Montreal. Mr. Nichols, who was on the Algerian, is now an official on the Midland R.R.