Labor Digest Volume 8

Labor Digest Volume 8

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...employers are looking for men--men who know their trades and are willing to work, and no employer cares a whoop how many organizations or associations or societies or churches or clubs their men belong to. provided they will attend to their business when in the shops and factories, and not try to disrupt the working organization he has built up. Nothing can ever be gained by taking such an absurd and irrational position as is taken by every organization which attempts to dictate to the employer who he shall or shall not employ, and which tries to force an employer to discharge a thousand men because a hundred of his employees cannot induce the thousand to join their organization. Such a position has no sense or reason to sustain it, and cannot help but fail--and it should. Stick to your jobs, and build up your unions in a legitimate way, and don't tear them down by such reckless and ill-advised actions. The heart of the demand of the railroad trainmen in the threatened nation-wide strike is not the eight-hour day, but increased wages. Train employees would bitterly resent any move to limit their work to eight hours a day, no more and no less, '.they demand, nrst, to receive Uieir present ten hours' pay tor eight hours or less service (thus increasing tne hourly rate by 5 per cent.j; second, they demand, in place of the existing pro rata pay lor over time, one and a half times tne new higher hourly rate, making altogether an advance 01 8/2 per cent, lor overtime. The railroads claim that transportation service is so different from factory work or building trade that punitive overtime is unjust wiien applied to railroads. The manufacturer works his men overtime in order to secure additional output and profit, and the extra wage cost is passed on to...
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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 188.98 x 246.13 x 1.78mm | 81.65g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236564510
  • 9781236564511