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"PEOPLE'S ATTORNEY!'. SAYS U. S. STEEL .TRUSTS
TREATMENT OF EMPLOYES IS A SERIOUS CRIME
slaves any more than he would
his animals They were valuable
Washington, Jan. 29. "The
United States Stel Corporation's
treatment of its employes is one
of the most serious crimes ever
perpetrated in the United States."
i Thus bitterly arraigning the
- Steel Trust, Louis D. Brandeis,
'the people's attorney," flatly
, contradicted the statement re
cently.made by E. M. Gary that
the treatment accorded its em
ployes by the Steel Corporation
compared favorably with any
corporation at any time ifr the
history of the world.
"We have heard for a long
time," said Brandeis, "that the
effort of the Steel Corporation
has been to advance the condition
of its employes.
"I contradict that statement
with the report of the commis
sioner of corporations. It is
shown that during May, 1910,
50,000 men or 20 per cent of all
the employes, workeid 84 hours or
more a week, a 12-Hour working
day, including Sunday."
D. A. Reed, counsel for the
Steel Trust, objected to Brandeis'
testimony. He said the commit
tee was not vested with any au
thority to investigate labor condi
tions. Chairman Stanley overrul
"Compare the attitude of the
Steel Corporation with that of
slave owner to slave," cried Bran
deis. "Why, every slave was re
garded as valuable property.
From pure selfishness the slave
owner would not mistreat his
"But the Steel Corporation
12-hours a day every day in the
week. I can show that out of 25
000 men who run blast furnaces;
12 26 per cent earn between 12
and 14 cents an hour. Of 96 per
cent of the employes, none earns
over 20 cents an hour.''
When Judge Gary recently,
made his statement as to how
well the Steel Trust treated its
employes, he explained the 12
hour day, and 7-day week by say
ing that most of the employes
preferred to work long hours,
and every day of the week, "j
Brandeis' figures as to the
wages paid the men, seem to show;
how true that contention may bd
li a man be earning only 12 cents
an hour, he is likely to wish t6
work just as long as he can. Everi.
working- twelve hours, seven
days in ,the week, he can make
and t h r e a tening
this afternoon and
tonight; for Chi-(
cago and vicinity :.
Tuesday fair; colder
tonight with lowest
10 degrees above zero; moderate
northwest winds becoming varia