N. Y. Firemen Win 8-Hour Day

Issue 11 and Volume 89.

N. Y. Firemen Win 8-Hour Day Overwhelming Approval Given to Measure by New York City at General Election—3,200 Officers and Men Will Be Added Eventually VOTERS of the City of New York, in the general election on Tuesday, November 3, gave fire fighters of the metropolis the legal right to an eight-hour working day, more popularly referred to as a Three-Platoon System. They voted on a referendum question which was one of five questions on the voting machine. It read: “Shall the three platoon system for Officers and Members of the Fire Department of the City of New York be adopted?” There were 1,407,674 affirmative votes and 442,616 votes in the negative—a ratio of three and a half to one in favor of the question. The law requires the Fire Commissioner to institute the three platoon system on January 1, 1937, but it also gives him the latitude of three…

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