Biennial Report of the Bureau of Labor Statistics of California for the Years Volume 7

Biennial Report of the Bureau of Labor Statistics of California for the Years Volume 7

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...the State have expressed themselves as favorable to this law in the adoption of the Constitution, and in pursuance of this action the Legislature has enacted the foregoing section of the Political Code. I have no comment to make upon it as a law, further than to say I am unalterably in favor of the provision, as I am of the opinion that the best results are gained by a reasonable length of the working time daily, and a limit such as the "eight-hour law" distributes the work equitably to a greater number of persons than though no definite limit were fixed and labor could be required to serve at the pleasure of the employer. The present status of the law, however, is not' conducive to strict enforcement, nor does it carry with it the benefit or accomplish the relief for which it was intended. Being capable of various construction, its intent may be twisted into various shapes to suit the employer, at the expense of the laborer. "Eight hours shall constitute a day's work." The literal meaning of this clause signifies that one person should not be required to perform more than the stated amount of labor in one day. This provision is disregarded in many instances, and upon the investigation of a complaint the employer justifies his violation of the same by saying that he works his men eight hours, does not require more than eight hours, and leaves the extra time to the option of his labor; that they are permitted to quit at the expiration bf this term of service or continue in same, at their pleasure; the further excuse that, as his men are hired and paid by the hour, the matter of eight hours actual work does not cut any special figure in the those employed prefer to work the extra time in order to take advantage of more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236981073
  • 9781236981073