The Boot and Shoe Industry in Massachusetts as a Vocation for Women. October, 1915

The Boot and Shoe Industry in Massachusetts as a Vocation for Women. October, 1915

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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. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...valuable. A generally alleged reason for leaving is that they are " discontented." More definite explanation discloses various causes: Frequently they can not learn the process they wish; often the girl claims a high wage when she has mastered an operation, without realizing that she has not gained the speed which makes her production valuable; sometimes, too, the learner is put on piecework almost at the beginning, and as her output is very small she becomes disheartened and leaves. 3881--Bull. 180--15 4 The time necessary to learn processes in the factory is difficult to estimate, varying as it does with every operation and with every learner. To quote the skilled worker: "It all depends upon how smart you are." Table work, buttoning, and trimming threads take no time to learn; blacking and cementing can be mastered in from 5 to 15 minutes. The stitching processes naturally take longer, but each is a help toward the next. Were one to learn vamping at the start, it would take at least three months, whereas when it is taken up after several other stitching processes it is said that it can be mastered in one week. The following table is based on information given by 214 women working in shoe factories: Table 13--TIME REQUIRED BY 214 WOMEN TO LEARN VARIOUS KINDS OF WORK IN THE SHOE TRADE. Based on personal statements of the women. When one considers the rapidity with which these operations are learned a trade school seems superfluous. Its main advantage would be to give the mastery of several processes, especially the skilled ones, so that the worker would be equipped to fill different positions. This equipment would double or treble the chances of getting a "paying job." It has been estimated that a more

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  • United States
  • English
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