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
His business practices also reflected this level of lack of concern for other people that later transformed into regret and attempts at redressing his wrongs. First-hand observers of his factories, specifically Hamlin Garland, said the noises produced by the machines were as loud and frightening as a lion’s roar and that the entire factory was filled with an awful stench, furthermore, the workers were likened to men going to war for the sake of their wives and children while only receiving a mere 14 cents an hour. Originally when the union rejected Carnegie’s attempt at lowering of wages, Carnegie greeted them sympathetically and amacibly receiving exactly what he wanted, the unions were silenced and he was viewed as a benevolent employer. Making attempts to be remembered as this person, he saw it necessary to use his money for the public good which would later be outlined in his book, the Gospel of Wealth. The preservation of this public image was successful, but behind the scenes, Carnegie was less sympathetic towards his employees and their
On a regular basis California farmers would face mistreatment and abuse mainly by the growers taking advantage of them all. Some would die due to the horrible working conditions such as no water, no breaks, and harsh labor.For these struggles to end farmers needed a new leader to fight for them and that 's when Cesar Chavez came along. When Cesar Chavez came along and took control he became an effective leader because he was willing to create a union, expose the working conditions, and his methods of boycotting. One of the reasons why Cesar Chavez was an effective leader was because he created a union. If Cesar would not have created the union then there would be no support for farm workers to have rights.
Since this terrible bombing happened many people viewed them as martyrs. The people who supported these men believed that they were treated unfairly. They believed that stood up for what they believed in. the process of these labor laws were put on back hold and the decision was even slower. Even though everyone should have rights in the work place through this dumb decision everyone suffered.
For example, in document ten there is a picture showing a factory owner whipping the child workers to move the chariot faster. Also the children look exhausted and cannot go any further. At first glance of the picture people will notice that the children are being treated unfairly. Unfortunately the children cannot do anything about it because if the children still want to get paid then they have to do what the factory owner
Here the workers work even though their body hurts, they have pain they have to work because they are powerless “the powerful tend to believe they deserve the success they have had and that the powerless have bought their problems on themselves” (Holmes 44). Holmes here explains that the authorities believe they deserve this to control the workers and the problems these workers are facing with the labor is their own fault. Another article that deals with this topic is Economy and Exchange with article “The Original Affluent Society” by Marshall Sahlins, a quote from there relates to the workers in the book "must work much harder in order to live than tillers and breeders" (Sahlins 13). Here you can see in the book that the migrant workers have to work in order to live but they work harder than those who have citizenship and make less money. “We have to migrate to survive.
If the case is where the raw materials are from that native area and would benefit the natives from the creation of jobs, then yes this may be ethical. However, corruption is still a factor that must be taken into consideration. The employees working to create these products must be treated fairly with the appropriate wages they deserve. Sweatshops are a good example of how outsourcing can go wrong. The workers are placed into cruel work conditions and expected to work for next to nothing.
The business owners would simply fire the workers and replace them if they did not want to work in these conditions. Firing them would leave them jobless and with no money. Packingtown was making profits while its workers suffered in harsh
The rich and the poor were well separated and the government was extremely corrupt. Political machine was being used for votes and workers had no rights. Despite all the negative effects that the Gilded Age brought to the United States, several positive things came out of it, such as, the growth of unions and developed fair railroads. The development of unions was important because of the terrible conditions workers had to work in. Both men and women had to work in order to be able to survive.
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.
This would damage business which would therefore damage the economy. The government would have to step in, whether directly or indirectly to maintain the stability of the system. Many workers created unions to protect workers and bully companies. “With the miners resisting, refusing to give in, the mines not able to operate, the Colorado governor (referred to by a Rockefeller mine manager as 'our little cowboy governor ') called out the National Guard, with the Rockefellers supplying the Guard 's wages” (Zinn Online). The government was willing to defend the capitalist businesses from socialist workers demanding more rights.
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.
Finally, the cruel punishment of the workers in the workplace is seen in the previously mentioned, “Concentration of Industry, and Machinery in the United States,” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. “They [the labor class] reproach the machine with exhausting the physical powers of the laborer; . . . [t]hey reproach it with demanding such continued attention that it enervates, and of leaving no respite to the laborer, through the continuity of its movement .
The growing of large businesses in size, number, and influenced changed the United States severely. The economy was greatly relieved but the politicians were corrupted and the people very unhappy. The businesses were smart in using the reduction and increasing of prices to link all the businesses but taking advantage of the people by silencing them and increasing their labor hours really hurt them. It also did not help that the politicians that were corrupted made bad decisions for money and no the