After this event, labor unions including the knights of labor were torn apart. This was important to big businesses because they had a handle on the actions of citizens once again. With laborers knowing death was a possibility of resistance, they backed down. Conditions of living were just as bad as in the workplace, as Jacob Riis, a muckraker, expressed through his writing. Riis, an immigrant from Denmark, wrote about the filthy slums immigrants were forced to live in because of the unfair wages.
He hired abominable people to manage his steel mills, and he took absolutely no responsibility and didn't care what they did to his employees. For example, he hired Henry Frick as a manager for the Homestead Mill in Virginia. The mill wasn’t making money, so Frick lowered wages and increased hours to attempt to save it. The workers revolted to the managers completely unfair treatment and locked themselves inside the mill. Frick hired the Pinkertons, a private army, to attack the workers.
King Coal was another novel that really shows the inhumane treatment of workers. The protagonist, Hal, is beaten by the company guards near the beginning of the novel under suspicion of being a strike-leader, and the company is shown time and time again to care very little about its workers – when an explosion happens in the mines, the company focuses more on saving the equipment than saving its workers. King Coal, however, did not incite the public outrage that The Jungle did, and again, the unions were primarily responsible for change in the coal mining industry. However, the novel did, perhaps in a more relatable way than The Jungle, expose the public to the evils of “wage slavery”, which Sinclair would surely appreciate. Two years after
I agree with you 100%. Stumpf’s managerial ethics filtrated down into the lower level of management, which caused them to place unreachable and unobtainable sale goals on the employees and its employee reacting unethically because of the pressure of losing their jobs. Poor management effects everyone involved. It is only right for Stumpf, the employees including the manager to be released from their job. The very thing that they feared manifesting.
Andrew Carnegie, the founder of Carnegie Steel Company, serves as one of the most controversial industrial figures. The justification of his actions that lead to his monopoly of the steel industry are highly debated. Despite the theory of social darwinism used to justify his decisions, Carnegie should be considered guilty for breaking the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890 and authorizing the immoral lockout during the Homestead Strike. Carnegie should be accounted for breaking the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890 According to Our Documents, Section Two of the Sherman Antitrust Act states, “Every person who shall monopolize, or attempt to monopolize,… any part of the trade or commerce… shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.” Carnegie violated
Moreover, the cruel and greedy Jon Fredersen, Freder's father, peers over the underprivileged workers below him out of his tall skyscraper, built by the very same people who he oppresses. Instead of raising up those who are under him and helping those in need, Fredersen greedily hoards all his money and power to himself, ignoring those working laborious hours in the depths, keeping the immense city running. Throughout the world, there are a copious number of people who turn a blind eye to the problems hurting our world. There are people like Fredersen who recognize the injustices but reject them and selfishly hoard their riches for themselves. Whether these people are ignorant on purpose like Fredersen or born into wealth and are sheltered from the inequality of the world like Freder, they grow up in money but do not use it to address critical social issues.
Jabin is strictly business, he even says, “We only want company money.” He is just doing his job and only wants to get paid. As the negotiations moved at a dreary pace for the Somalian pirates and Jabin, they began to beat the crew in frustration. The essay mentions that Jabin is slow to anger, “Jabin was slower to anger. One day, he called Aliabadi, the bosun into the recreation room, where several guards were seated around a table.” Aliabadi told Jabin that only the captain and owner knew. Jabin accused him of lying and asked him to open all the containers, but said it required docking.
He suffers from the fact of guilt because he still exists in the world when around in Germany, Jewish people are getting killed day after day due to the Holocaust. Hans Hubbermann, Liesel’s adopted father suffers through the guilt that he had to make Max leave the house. Han’s intentions were to protect him but the guilt of letting a lone Jewish man in a world where if he was spotted he would have been an instant criminal and send to a prison camp or worse killed. A significant turning point in Liesel’s life was when her brother, Werner, died on a train to their adoptive family. As a result, Liesel would consistently have nightmares of her dead brother Werner every night: "Every night, Liesel would nightmare" (7.2).
A labor strike broke out among the workers of the Homestead in 1892, due to production and rigor being increased with wages being cut; they refused to work. Frick wanted to break up the union and being determined to do so, locked the workers out of the plant. He called in 300 Pinkerton armed guards, who were a private security guard agency, and a bloody battle ensued, ending with at least 10 men dead. Carnegie was away on vacation in Scotland, but he had confidence in Frick to handle the situation. Many people held him accountable for Frick’s actions, regardless of him being away.
The fight soon turns and Curley is the one fighting for himself, “Curley was white and shrunken by now, and his struggling had become weak” (Steinbeck 62). Considering the unfairness of Curley’s attack and his cocky attitude, readers feel no remorse when his hand is crushed by Lennie and the feeling of callousness remains the same. Furthermore, after Lennie is killed by George, a farmhand asks Curley, “Now what the hell ya suppose is eatin them two guys” (Steinbeck 105). His question makes readers realize the lack of compassion many workers during the Great Depression had for others. The mood goes from dislike to pity since the farmhand and Curley both fail to understand the definition of love and friendship.
Henry Frick was most to blame for the labor dispute at Homestead turning into a violent battle because he lowered working conditions, locked disagreeing workers out of the factory, and hired the Pinkertons. Frick lowered the pay and lengthened the work hours for the workers, causing the workers to go on strike. Lowering the workers ' conditions shows that Frick clearly did not care about the workers, causing unhappy workers who wanted to change some things about their work. Frick also locked the workers out of the factory. His quick and uncaring ways showed that whoever was working for Frick did not matter to him since he could easily replace them with workers who would not complain.
He was no help to the his poor starving people and ignored their hardships and complaints. He took his already poverty induced and completely unprepared people to war against Japan. After the war Russia suffered a great deal of destruction and the people couldn’t continue to suffer the way they did for any longer. About 1000 protesters peacefully expressed their distress and were fired on when they approached the palace. Afterward the Czar created an elected “Duma” to represent the people but it had virtually no power and made almost no difference in the situations of the citizens.
He is a notable and prominent figure in Poland which should be recognized for his accomplishments. Walesa created the first trade union in Poland, he was president, and he won a Nobel Prize. In a communist system trade unions aren’t allowed which is unfortunate because the workers are treated horribly with bad work conditions. Lech Walesa protested early on against the government for their treatment of the working class. Walesa partook in illegal unions which caused him to constantly lose his jobs and he was watched closely by the Polish government.
The Battle of Blair Mountain was “the largest armed rebellion in America since the Civil War” (Grayson, “The Second Civil War...”). Miners in West Virginia rose up against the mine bosses, who were cutting wages and attacking the miners’ unions. Capitalism worked against the interests of the miners. The conditions of the miners were caused by the need of the capitalist mine owners to make profits. The mine owners hired detectives to attack the workers, who were trying to improve their conditions and fight for their rights.
A very telling sign that hung for years at the entrance to Lakeside read “Proudly Union Free” (Foster, 2006, p. 29). Management at Lakeside operated as if they were above reproach in how they treated workers, in their heavy-handed anti-union tactics, and in their unwillingness to collectively bargain, because, historically, they always had been. They were very adversarial and spent millions to keep the union out (Inkster, 2007). They controlled workers through avoidance, intimidation, coercion, and sometimes violence. There were many examples of such treatment.