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Re: 1942 Poster Advertising: ''Conductors Wanted… Salary: 65˘ to 78˘ per hour'

Posted by randyo on Tue Dec 5 14:46:52 2017, in response to Re: 1942 Poster Advertising: ''Conductors Wanted… Salary: 65˘ to 78˘ per hour', posted by Olog-hai on Tue Dec 5 01:54:16 2017.

From what I have been told by some old timers, as low as those wages seem to be based on today’s inflation, at the time those wages were pretty good for the day. Other factors about NYCTS jobs in those days were that many of the runs were not limited to 8 hours but many were 10 and 12 hours long some of which were swing (split) runs. Also the basic work week on the iRT and BMT was 7 days ( I believe the IND was 6 days) and while these days, seniority is needed to get Sunday off, back then you needed seniority to work on a Sunday in order to get a full weeks pay since even then there were fewer trips operated on Sunday and consequentially fewer runs. Also in the days of multiple C/Rs on trains with gates or manual doors, shorter trains being operated on Sundays meant fewer "second position” C/Rs were needed for service (all C/Rs who were not "C/Rs in charge” were considered “second position” or “second carmen” on the BMT even if they were 4 or 5 cars back). Up until at least the end of WWII the normal work week for many industries was still 6 days with only Sunday being the day off primarily for religious observances I suppose so Saturday schedules were similar if not identical to M - F schedules. One of the IRT old timers told me that some of the transit employees were upset when they went to the 5 day work week because that meant they now had to buy additional non work clothes to wear on their days off.


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