Baer Forsees 8-Hour Day
Fred W. Baer, President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, prophesied that firemen will soon be enjoying an eight-hour day. He said:
“The eight-hour day is coming. At Vancouver where we held the convention, we unanimously passed a resolution favoring it. That was a start. It may be adopted either by action of city councils, referendum votes or action of state legislatures. That the public is in accord with the program is indicated by the fact that out of seventy-two referendums in eight years for changing conditions, either in salaries or hours for the firemen’s benefit, only three have lost.
“Learned men have agreed that there should be eight hours of work, eight hours of play and eight hours of sleep for a person. The fireman should be no exception. In addition to providing civilized working conditions for the firemen, it would mean the employment of approximately 25,000 more men. That would help the unemployment problem.” At present only two cities have the eight-hour day for firemen. They are Hibbing, Minn., and Carteret, N. J.