Report of the Joint Special Committee of the Legislature of Pennsylvania on Contract Convict Labor; With Accompanying Testimony, January 16, 1878

Report of the Joint Special Committee of the Legislature of Pennsylvania on Contract Convict Labor; With Accompanying Testimony, January 16, 1878

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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. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...Q. In case a boy failed or neglected to perform the task allotted to him, what remedy had you under the contract? A. I don't think there was anything specified, in regard to that, in the contract; I think the practice is, if the boys don't do their task, to charge us for a half a day for them; if they do less than half a task, they charge us nothing for the time. Q. What remedies were resorted to to compel the boys to do their tasks? A. I don't know anything about that. Q. Had you occasion to report any of the boys to the superintendent or prefect for neglect of their duties? A. Yes; they frequently failed to do their full tasks. Q. Then what would be done 1 A. They would be reported to the superintendent. Q. By the contractor? A. Yes; to the shop boss, and by him to the superintendent. Q. About how much work was done by these boys that you employed, for any three months, in the aggregate? A. That is rather a difficult question for me to answer. Q. Accounts were kept, were they not? A. Yes, sir. Q. But you can't say 1 A. I can't say how much was done. Q. Was the work that was done by these boys, at the rate of twenty cents a day, cheaper than you could get the same work done for by outside parlies? A. I don't think it was much cheaper, in the actual money paid; the principal advantage I see in it is the room rent--in having the rent free; I think that in the actual money paid, we can employ boys outside, for about the same rate. Q. Then what is the advantage to the contractor?, A. Principally, I regard it as being in the rent of the room; we pay no rent for the room; we employ a certain number of boys, and get the room free; if we employed the boys outside we would have to rent a place to work in. Q. The machinery you provide? A. We...show more

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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 268g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236776186
  • 9781236776181