Chicopee Firemen.

Chicopee Firemen.

Chicopee, Mass, by the firemen in general throughout the city over the order which has been introduced, before the aldermen recently asking that the city ordinance relative to the pay of firemen be changed so that the new men may receive a raise in sooner than by the present ordinance. The present ordinance provides that the men shall be paid as follows: First year, $660; second year, $720; third year, $780; fourth year, $840, and the fifth year, $900. The new schedule asked for is $700 for the first year, $800 for the second year, and $900 thereafter. It is maintained that the new schedule would affect onbthree men. The change does not affect the older firemen, many of whom have given years of service to the department, and it means only that the new men will be put on the same basis as the older and more experienced firemen in a little over half the time that their rise has taken in the past few years. A brief survev of the much-improved conditions under which the new firemen are now working over the conditions that were in force when many of the older members of the department served their apprenticeships will show the force of the change. When the older men started in they had to serve five years at $600 a year before any raise was given at all, and then the men had no days off. Under the present ordinance, the men get a substantial raise each year, and besides have three days off in every month in addition to their 2weeks’ vacation. The three new men who were appointed in the soring are having their 2weeks’ vacations this summer, although they have been in the department but half a year It is said that the change asked for by one of the aldeymen is not wanted by the majority of the men of the department, because it is an unjust benefit to a small number of firemen, and it is argued that, if any change is to be made, it ought to effect the men trained in the service, who have served long years of apprenticeship in fir fighting, and especially the chief, who gets but $1000. with no days off. and who, for the good of the department, takes no vacation.

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