Two Platoon Troubles at Tacoma
GENERAL NEWS ARTICLE
No action has yet been taken by the Commissioner of Public Safety, of Spokane, Wash., on the charges filed by Chief A. L. Weeks against eight members of the department who circulated two-platoon petitions in alleged violation of the rules against participation in political questions. Chief Weeks did not recommend any specific punishment for the men, leaving this matter entirely to the commissioner of safety, who can suspend the men or assess a nominal fine. It is claimed that members who helped to frame the two-platoon petition did not consult the chief or his assistants as to how this proposed change would be carried out, but instead sought the counsel of political aides in ,the Central Labor Council. The two-platoon plan was arranged solely from the standpoint of the firemen in the ranks and leaves the operation of the plan, should it be adopted, to the chief and his assistants, who were not consulted. Chief Weeks has a large following, in which the fire underwriters are included, and it is thought that this will forestall any hostile action in his direction, at least until after the campaign.