FULL WIJRE REPORTS OF THE UN1TEB PRESS
THE DAY BOOK
500 S. PEORIA ST.
TEL. MONROE 353
Vol. 2, No. 30 Chicago, Friday, Nov. 1, 1912
THE CHICAGO TELEPHONE- CO ROBBER OF
PEOPLE PAYER OF STARVATION WAGES
f Consider The Chicago Tele
phone Co. in the light of Prof.
Edward W. Bernis report.
, I It takes from the peopleh un
reasonable rates $700,000 every
It underpays its girl employes
so miserably that heaven alope
nows how much sorrow, how
gmuch suffering it has caused.
I It has not even given the peo
ple decent service. And it has
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" "It is a part of the great rust,
- The American Telephone & Tele
graph Co., and as such a part Tof
one of the richest and mos
grasping monopolies in the land.
i It pays to the trust every year
a percentage of thegrosa-yeceipts,
pilfered? from the people of Chi
Icago and its own employes, that
f is beyond all reason.
i aiiu ui an tiicsc unugb, uic
iJ- Tnsf imnnrtnnf. since it is the
most cruel, is the starvation
wages the company pays to its
employes? Look at the figures : .
In the first six months of 8
kours a day labor,' a girl operator
is paid onj. $23.84 a. month.
A the end of three years, if
she has managed to hold out so
long, she can get only $39 ia
At the end of ten yea"rs of fb"
ful service, 'if, in the merPof
God, she has not meantime died
of starvation, she may be paid
the great sumtof $49 86 a month.
Beyond that amount she may
not go, even although she work
for the company SO years as Edj
ward Nevers did for Marshall
Field & Co.
B. E. Sunny, presiti&nt of the
tcompany, has made apitlful plea
for two weeks in which to con
sider the report to the gas; oil and
"electric light committee df the
council, which must act on the
It ought not to take the people
of Chicago two wseks to decide
what actionshould be' takenefa
the figures shown. r-
Bemisjas' .an expert., Heftas
takeawone year in which to4 go
into every phase of the company's
"business, and so he knows where
of he speaks.
1 - It is intolerable that this arm of'
the octopus trust should be per-t
.mitted to go through the pockets?
of the-people at the rate of $700,-
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