79. The cutting and trimming departments shall be subject to the general provisions of this agreement, and to the bases and provisions of the old agreement, except as they may be modified by, or found to be in conflict with, the special provisions agreed on for these departments. It is understood that these special provisions are intended to change certain features of the old agreement, and if they are found to be in conflict, the new provisions are to be considered as the guide of practice, and as representing the latest and, therefore, the most authoritative expression of the wills of the parties hereto. The new special provisions are as follows:
1. The principle of preference as applied in the cutting and trimming rooms shall be as before, except that the clause relating to cutters who are exempted from union obligations is expressly defined as being strictly limited to the individuals now on the exemption list. Should the number on that list be for any reason reduced, it is understood that no other cutters and trimmers can be added.
2. The company shall not reduce the wages of any cutter. The company shall report to the commission all failures of cutters to produce their quota of work when in its judgment the delinquency is not caused by the conditions of the work. The commission shall investigate the matter and advise with the cutter concerning it. At the end of a period sufficiently long to determine the merits of the case, the cutters' commission shall, if it deem necessary, find measures to discipline cutters to conform to their production. In judging the merits in such instance s,the commission shall use the principle of comparative efficiency.
3. All cutters whose present wages are less than $26.00 per week shall receive an increase of $1.00 per week. This increase shall not be taken into account by the commission in calculating the quota of work required by such cutter.
4. The company shall prefer men now in the trimming room when increasing the number of apprentice cutters.
5. The salaries of experienced cutters who are employed temporarily shall for the first two weeks be at a rate not less than the salaries they received in their last position. After two weeks, the temporary cutters shall be paid on the same basis as the regular men, their salary to be fixed by the cutters' commission on the basis of their production, and their comparative efficiency.
6. The company shall continue the practice of paying cutters for Christmas, New Years, Decoration Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and Thanksgiving Day.
80. Paper Cutting Department. All men who cut paper patterns shall be members of the union; except that, by special agreement, one man, Mr. Lindsay, may be exempted from such requirement, and shall be added to the existing exempted group.
81. The three apprentices now in the paper cutting department shall have the status, privileges and protection of the regular cutting room apprentices, including the right to learn all branches of the trade, and be subject to the same requirements and provisions. The ratio of apprentices to cutters in the paper cutting department shall not exceed that which obtains now, namely, three apprentices to seven permanent cutters.
82. The company may employ such other boy help in this department as is needed, and such boys, may at its option, be promoted to positions as apprentices when vacancies arise, but not in excess of the total number of apprentices provided for in the agreement.
83. Permanent graders employed in the grading department may work at paper cutting temporarily when there is not sufficient work in their own department. Boys, who are not apprentices, shall not take the places of blockers in any permanent manner, but they may for short times, to fill odd unemployed hours, be permitted to try to do blocking in the slack seasons.
84. Damage Department. All employes in the damage department who recut parts of garments shall be members of the union or exempted men. The manager of the department and helpers who do not cut parts shall not be members of the union.
86. Trimming Department. 1. All men now on the trimmers pay roll who are receiving not to exceed $15.00 are to be increased $2.00 per week. All men receiving a weekly wage of over $15.00 and not exceeding $20.00 shall receive an increase of $1.00 per week. Except that apprentice trimmers having been employed less than 6 months are to receive an increase of $1.00 per week.
2. The following periodical increases shall be granted during the term of this agreement: Men receiving under $12.00 shall receive an increase of $1.00 per week every three months until their wages shall be $12,000 per week. Men receiving over $12.00 and less than $18.00 shall receive an increase of $1.00 every six months until their wages shall be $18.00 per week. Men receiving over $18.00 per week and less than $20.00 shall receive an increase of $1.00 per week every year until their wages shall be $20.00 per week.
3. All men starting to work on the band-saw machines shall receive not less than $18.00 per week and shall receive an increase of $1.00 per week every six months until their wages are $20.00. Thereafter, they shall receive an increase of $1.00 per week every year until they reach the rate of $24.00. No man shall be assigned to the band-saw machine permanentily until they have been employed in the trimming room two years.
4. So far as practicable, the apprentices in the trimming room shall begin on their work on the lower grades of the trade and shall be advanced gradually to the more difficult ones.
5. Apprentices shall not be permanently transferred to work requiring the use of any electric machines until they have been employed for one year or more.
6. The wages of experienced men employed shall be determined in the same manner as in the cutting room.
7. The jack boys and canvas pickers are to be under the jurisdiction of the union, with this express provision: that these two sections are not to be under the agreed scale for trimmers, but are to be subject to a special scale of wages, which scale is to be subject to the decision of the board of arbitration.