George Ernest Barnett report
- 1916 August 31
- Barnett, George Ernest, 1873-1938 (Person)
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Occasionally, Barnett undertook tasks outside his ordinary academic activities. In 1909, he was in charge of a study for the National Monetary Commission, and in 1913, he directed an investigation for the United States Commission on Industrial Relations. He served on the Advisory Committee of the United States Census, and in 1932, Barnett became president of the American Economic Association. In 1937, he was selected by the Carnegie Corporation to investigate labor arbitration courts in Australia. George Ernest Barnett died in 1938.
Scope and Contents
The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad was the first company in the United State to establish an organized relief fund, the purpose of which was to relieve the company and the workers from contributing to the maintenance of employees in need. Barnett's report gives an objective analysis of the organization of this railroad employees' relief fund devised to deal with sickness, accidental injury, old age, and death. A detailed comparison is given of an original plan of 1882 with a revised plan of 1888. The plan was known as the "Relief Feature" and was formed by three separate components: relief, savings, and pension. Barnett included statistics and charts, 1883-1915, to substantiate the operating expenses and deficiencies within the relief fund. Statistical information of this kind could have served as a model for other company plans since this was an original scheme.
Barnett concluded the report with a thorough summary of the social and industrial influences of the "Relief Feature." His understanding of Federal labor legislation was useful in discussions of employers' liability and the overall fairness to employees. He cites specific laws to clarify points within the design of the relief plan. Barnett noted in his summary that the administration of the "Relief Feature" was controlled by a company-appointed operating committee thereby denying active participation to the workers. His final observation was that the Company could not expect total satisfaction with the plan until the question of employee participation was resolved.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Hollander, Jacob Harry and George Ernest Barnett. Studies in American Trade Unionism. New York: H. Holt and Co., 1906.
- Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company
- Barnett, George Ernest, 1873-1938
- Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
- College teachers
- International relations
- Johns Hopkins University. Department of Political Economy
- Johns Hopkins University. Economic Seminary
- United States
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