The Forum Volume 56

The Forum Volume 56

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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. 1916-07 edition. Excerpt: ...wage. And even while at work, the employers reported, the men have been lazy and independent. The latter is one of the alarming conditions. Artisans, mechanics and laboring men have lost what small respect they had for their employers. Remonstrance has failed to curb the spread of insolence, instead an effort to stir up the men has led to strikes or the men quitting without notice. "Labor as a whole, certainly north of the Mason and Dixon line and east of the Mississippi, is suffering from a species of insanity," wrote one large manufacturer. "It does not know what it wants, but it wants more." A shipbuilder sent in a poster used in England, which he declared represented a condition now prevailing here: "Don't scab upon the unemployed by working hard," read the poster. "Slow work means more jobs. More jobs means less unemployment. Less competition means high wages, less work, more pay. Slow down. Slow down. Don't be slaves." A large steel company wrote: "It is not so much that the men are expecting and demanding high wages, as that they are not inclin'ed to give a reasonable return for wage. They will not take orders from their superiors, and they take many holidays. Laboring men do not seem to take advantage of the situation to improve their conditions. Instead of realizing that the present harvest is likely to be short, working steadily and saving money, they are in-. clined to be extravagant and wasteful of time." Another declares: "Not only have rates gone up, but the efficiency of labor has gone down." A coal mining concern asserted that "in the bituminous field the labor situation is unsettled, and the miners are dissatisfied and seem glad...
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  • Paperback | 282 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 508g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236894251
  • 9781236894250