Excerpt from Labor Bulletin of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: June, 1905
There has been a great deal said about the opposition of the weavers to the introduction of improved machinery. Such an attitude would, Of course, be injurious to both the mill owner and the weaver by making the manufacture Of cloth unprofitable, resulting in the withdrawal of capital from the industry and the consequent throwing of the operatives out Of employment.
In answer to such charges it is maintained by the weavers that they are not opposed to improved machinery, but that they do object to devices which make the work harder without a proportionate compensating increase in wages.
Before the great textile strike of 1904 - 5, the weavers received cents a cut on standard goods, 64 X 64 and 28 inches wide. When the reduction of per cent in wages went into effect, the price a cut was reduced to cents. Subsequently the price per cut for weavers operating 10 looms was further reduced 15 per cent, making the price 2 cents a out, while those who operated eight looms received 17 32 cents a cut. There arose great dissatisfaction over this-reduction, and a committee from the Weavers Union at a conference with the Cotton Manufacturers Association declared that the sentiment of the Union was in favor of less looms and a greater price per cut, and submitted figures to prove their con tention that the weavers did not earn enough more money operating 10 looms at a reduced price than they did operating eight looms at an in creased price to pay for the necessary extra exertion.
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