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Set of 11 Magic Lantern Slides "Brotherhood Of Railroad Trainmen" c.1883:
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Unusual Set of 11 Magic Lantern Slides "Brotherhood Of Railroad Trainmen", c.1883. 3/8 x 4 1/8 x 7 inches. They show the benefits of joining their Union in case a loved one should die while on the job. "The Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen (BRT) was a labor organization for railroad employees founded in 1883.The BRT grew to become the largest brotherhood of operating railroad employees. The Brotherhood was founded on 23 September 1883 in Oneonta, New York by eight brakemen in Delaware and Hudson Railway Caboose No. 10. At the time, wages were just over $1 a day. The work was dangerous, with 33% of brakemen being injured in the year of foundation. The Brotherhood offered death coverage of up to $300, and was the only way members could obtain insurance. The Brotherhood's insurance department was established in 1885 and maximum death benefits raised to $600. Brotherhoods organized by craft represented Locomotive Engineers, Conductors, Firemen, Trackmen, Switchmen, Carmen and Telegraphers. The brotherhoods provided social and educational benefits, insurance and relief, and helped resolve disputes between members and employees. Generally, they were very cautious about resorting to strikes."
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