Report of the Proceedings of the Annual Convention of the American Federation of Labor

Report of the Proceedings of the Annual Convention of the American Federation of Labor

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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. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...that our contemporary countries are confronted with problems and evils that grow out of the hopeless and grinding poverty of the ill-paid and illfed masses of their population, whil_e the problems with which we are confronted grow out of the boundless and ever-increasing industrial wealth of our people. Our country still holds for the poor man a. horizon not bounded by a. vista of inevitable dependence on charity. Here any man can speak to another man without a lurking feeling of condescension, and a civil word from a. poor man is not always a, covert hint for a. gratuity. This Commonwealth has enacted laws pursuant to an enlightened public opinion giving to the toiler at the shuttle and spindle, at forge and loom better conditions and hours, and a 'better place of abode. is a. well-worn phrase. Yet capital and labor are, if not synonymous, at least interblending terms, for the capitalist is a. toiler, even if only with his brain, and the laborer is a. capitalist, even if his sole capital is that of brawn. Employer and employed are coming to a better understanding. Industrial peace through arbitration is coming to be the rule, whereas a few years ago it was the exception. Neither employer nor employed can t0--day say we have nothing to arbitrate. Public sentiment will not tolerate it, and public sentiment is, in such matters, common sense codified. Peaceful arbitration of industrial disputes is the demand of our day. Human conditions are rarely ideal; but we are making conditions better, and we must make them still 'better. For the wise solution of our economic and industrial problems depends upon the well-being and contentment of society; and we can look forward to the future with confidence; We can look the World in the....show more

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  • Paperback | 580 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 30mm | 1,021g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236817958
  • 9781236817952