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FOR FIRST TIME IN AMERICAN HISTORY THE '
HARVEST HANDS GET LIVING WAGES! - 4
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BY HONOR FANNINQ i
Minneapolis, Minn., Sept. 24. It's
"white wheat bread" and $3.50 a day
for the man who works in the harvest
field this summer.
Last summer the harvest hand was
a bc-bo, he worked from sun-up to
sun-down, and his wages were $1
and $1.50 a .day.
This summer he's ' an organized.
"migratory worker" and he's draw
ing union wages $3.50 a day for Ho
nours labor. !
Last summer the harvest hand
"fed" on sajt pork and corn bread and
bunked in a Tiay loft Now he eats
good food and sleeps between blan
kets. Last year and for 50 preceding
years America's "bumper crop" was
"hogged" by the farmer, the elevator
man and the Wall st. financier. They
banked their profits in the fall, while
the harvest hand "hit the "fies" for
town, and often before harvest was
ripe "again he was feeding at some
free soup kitchen.
This year it's different The "mi
gratory" worker has stepped right
up and grabbed some of the "prosper
ity" that's flooding the country. He
has doubled his wages in the last six
months, bettered working-conditions
and raised the standard of agricultur
At the headquarters of Agricultural
Workers' organization here I heard
Jiqw jhe harvest hands had "tumblefl
to' themselves" and answered the call
of "vym. D. Haywood, secretary of the
L' W. W. to" organize "one-big union"
and fight for fair wages for a fair
day's work; why the "bos" had for
saken the "jungles'and -quit 'the
"mulligan" cans and-orga'nizecL a