During the Gilded age billionaires like Carnegie, Vanderbilt, and Rockefeller were earning massive profits off of the backs of cheap, underpaid labor. Working conditions in the late nineteenth century were terrible and the pay was even worse.Workers would work for 12 hour days in harsh dangerous conditions with no job security and no safety standards These employees would earn a bare minimum wage of one dollar a day for six days a week. Outraged workers wanted better conditions and better pay, so they formed unions like the Knights of Labor (KoL) and the American Federation of Labor (AFL). These unions fought for eight hour work days, better conditions, and better pay along with other topics. The Knights of Labor included black and female members unlike the American Federation of Labor.
Terri Babbage wrote an article called, “Dignity for the Workers”. She talked about the reality that workers in low earning jobs have to face, how difficult it is for them to meet all there needs. There wages are low and they dont get much time off. Terris’ essay shows sympathy saying, “We cannot allow this ruthless exploitation to continue, especially since the companies know they are doing wrong”. (Babbage 12) The big corporations know that the pay is to low but they are still meeting the minimum wage requirement so nothing will
Carnegie reduced the wages of working employees in his steel company (document D). But as a business man he needed to do the most conventional thing to win more money. The more money he won the more he gave to the poor. If working employees don’t get enough pay they are considered poor so the employees still benefit for pay and donated things from Carnegie. Plus people that were employees to Carnegie’s industry of steel at least had a job so they can survive longer.
Nemko firstly describes how there are millions of people who do what they love yet they barely make it to the middle class living, nor can they pay off their student loans. This is because “too many people crave the same few careers...Employers in these fields get...hundreds of applicants for each job” making it more difficult for a person to obtain their dream job. The author further supports his statement by explaining that the employers in those fields treat their employees very badly; because they can be easily replaced by a new, qualified employee. Contrastingly, in a more mundane job, the employer is more likely to propose better working conditions, improved treatment, and higher pay. Nemko then indicates that most people only want the status from a job, rather than the treatment.
“… capitalists can only make their profits if workers show up to work every day, and if they refuse to play along, the profits dry up overnight.” (Chibber) Like they say money talks and, consequently, when money does talk a lot of people listen especially when it boils down to your survival. Things of this nature, especially in first world countries, this makes factories want to run to third world countries where the labor is cheap, they are not required to create safe working conditions, and these people do not actually have an abundance of job options. In these places, the people are not protected from their employers, unlike first world countries. So, in reality, the first world working class rebelling makes conditions worse for other people all over the globe a noteworthy example is the girls in Malaysia that I talked about in discussion 4. For example, many third world countries do not use clocks to keep track of work.
Without well-paying jobs, they cannot afford a proper life to live. They cannot afford the essential needs of life like food or clean water, or even a house to live in. Many resort to stealing to keep themselves alive and higher authorities wonder why this happens every so often. A good example of poverty comes from the quote from Richard Delgado 's book Critical Race Theory (Third Edition): An Introduction, "They pay more for many products and services, including cars. People of color lead to shorter lives, receive worse medical care, complete fewer years of school, and occupy more menial jobs than do whites".
If you had any sort of money in this era you always had the upper hand and could take a significant amount of work out of the lower class for very little pay, not only that but if the lower class needed food or money from an upper class american in trade for something they didn’t have to give a fair share to compensate for it. For example an under class-family from The Grapes of Wrath sold their truck for 10 dollars to someone with money and the next day they saw it in the lot selling for $75 because that’s how the economy worked (Steinbeck, 293). Even factory owners treated their employees that poorly having them making 30 cents an hour and then getting it lowered to 25 cents even though they have been doing good work, they just feel like lowering the wages, simply because they can and it makes them feel superior (Steinbeck, 294-295). Working in these types of jobs like this the workers would be cotton picking, or harvesting crops or even something more strenuous and sometimes the boss of this work would pay for how much was collected but it would be a very unfair pay, of course. Not to mention after all of that work, workers were expected to buy their own supplies for this, which was hard to afford especially if they haven’t had any work, so most of the times workers would end up not eating and having to starve just to finally start making money so they could afford the
Since laws were published to force factory owners to pay out the minimum wage to the workers, the working class began to make more money. On the other hand, middle class has emerged out of the wealthy upper class, this leads to a better life for everyone. Besides all those positive impacts about the Industrial Revolution, there are also some negative impacts on working conditions. First of all, factories are mostly dirty and dangerous. There were no legal minimum wage or safety issues.
A woman who works full-time and year-round earn less money than men make because they are discriminated against in labor markets. Even though this is just a myth, it does have a claim to it. By adding up the income of men and women and dividing each by the total population of each gender, one will find that men earn an average of twenty percent more than women do. The truth behind the pay gap is how men and women make choices, choices about investing in their knowledge and skills that will lead to their education and overall job experience. However, the job experience of women is lessened by the reality of unequal pay.
That 's hot the employers think , they thought that men are mentally and physically better for any employer to choose , even regardless checking their skills and qualifications. At workplaces , both men and women have different qualifications that should be well used by the employers. Although sometimes women perform better than men at many situations in workplace, they still lack proper support from men. According to the most recent statistics from the U.S. Census, women earn just 77% of what men earn for the same amount of work . Women are always ignored and downsized in the work
Factories were paying far too little for someone to feed their whole family for that little, so many either would die or would turn to crime to survive; these laborers wanted equality. Men, women, and children were working and got employed in factories to work, and the dangerous and strenuous labor that children were put through to help the family expense caused many young children to die. Workers individually could not stop corporations, but collectively they could make an impact on their wages. The corporations eventually had to succumb to the pressure of labor supplies because the National Trade Union convinced the majority of the labor force to work from 12 hours a day to 10 hours. After the labor unions won, workers worked less, and they still had the same salary.
Some people work ten and twelve hours a day making $7.25 just to support a family of 3, that is just for single parents. There is no telling how many hours a man who supports his family works. If jobs paid livable wages instead of minimum wages, middle class citizens would not have to work themselves to death. With more available jobs, it will be guaranteed that the unemployment rate would drop once
Unfortunately, the productivity growth only leaves a bigger pay gap. The factory workers are still low paying jobs. According to Davidson, their paychecks should grow as productivity grows, but of course the companies are going to be greedy with their money and take the extra cash for themselves. These low paying jobs will never change and that is why a higher education is important in order to get a well paying job. This cycle is hard to break and many do not.
Some claim that prison labor is a good way to prepare prisoners for post-release employment. However, more often than not, prisoners are exposed to menial and often dangerous work that rarely proves useful is post-release life. (Khalek) Prison labor also contributes to unemployment, as most jobs are taken from free civilians who, unlike prisoners, have to be paid a minimum wage and be provided with work benefits and days off. (Khalek). With the increasing privatization of prisons, these third-party corporations have a lot invested in the amount of prisoners occupying those prisons.
People 's lives are disasters in Haiti. Disney companies make their fortune on children, amusement parks and theme parks. The services were over charge. People paid twelve dollar for a shirt, while they paid the worker seven cents to make it. They are making a lot of profits from these workers.The workers in Haiti is only asking for a little improvement in their working condition and the wages to be sixty cents an hour, but they still won 't consider that.