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SATURDAY, DEC. 18, 1920.
My Own Shop
Exploitation of Negro Women Workers.
By George W. Gentile.
Exploitation of the severest sort is prevalent in Ignorance Enslaves,
the shop where I work. When I think of the I attempt to show these workers how they
amount of personal injuries the workers here sus- are exploited, but 1 have learned that the workers
tain, it makes my blood boil. For, aside from that are their own worst enemies. To attempt to teach
of exploitation thru the payment of but a small them how they are enslaved is to run the risk of
part of our product, there is a heavy penalty we getting the reputation of being a Bolshevik,
workers pay in the shape of maimed and severed which means in an unorganized shop, the loss of
fingers, due to the dangerous machinery. your job, or at elast becoming a marked worker
Whatever we workers may think about .the for the boss to discriminate against. Ot course I
color line, the boss is perfectly oblivious to it. He take this chance many times tho I am' often
hires and fires indiscriminately the whites and silenced by the sneers and contempt of these
the negroes alike. Likewise does he exploit them same slaves who chop off their fingers for the
with equal impartiality. Here, at least, the Negro bosses' profits.
workers are on the same "social" plane as the These workers are underpaid to such an extent,
whites both of us are equally victimized by the that they cannot afford to buy literature with
wages system. which to enlighten themeslves. But T am doing
The Negro workers in my shop number about as I believe many others are doing, furnishing
a dozen, ail girls and women. They receive the the literature out of my own pocket. The Toiler
stupendous wage of $12.00 per week. How they k doing its work here as elsewhere and if we
exist on this sum we must leave to the "welfare" had more Toiler distributors the vanguard of the
committees and "social betterment" clubs to revolutionary workers would not long be neld back
figure out. These girls work with machinery and by the loadstone of ignorant workers as now. I
scarcely a day passes without an injury to one or consider it the duty of every radical worker to
more of them. Especially are they liable to the suPP!y his associate workers with revolutionary
loss of their fingers thru contact with the swift, literature, whether these workers are white,
automatic knives. Sometimes it is but one finger, black, yellow or any other color. We are all
many times two, and when we realize that severed slaves under capitalism and as long as the bos.
fingers never "grow out", we begin to know the can't tell us apart when he exploits us, there is no
cruelties these workers suffer thru out their lives reason why we should draw the color line.
with mangled hands.
Of course we have a workers' compensation law ;
that is we have a mockery of one. It is mostly
sham and pretense, as all industrial insurance is
under capitalism. In New 'York state we are sup
posed, under this beneficent law to receive two
thirds of our wages when laid up by accident. But
this is only true of those workers receiving a
wage, two-thirds of which is equal to not more
than $20.00 weeklv. Workers receiving a bit more
than $30.00 weekly, which is far below a living
wage, when laid off with a crushed limb or other
accident would liave to exist upon even less than
this unlivable wage. One can imagine how much
misery is heaped upon a family of a worker whose
wage is say, $12.00 weekly.
His Life and Work
By G. Zinovieff.
"Every institution is the lengthened
j! shadow of a man", wrote Emerson. We don't.
: exactly agree with him. But we do know that
j the character of Lenin has helped to shape
the course of the Revolution in Russia and
the World: that his personality has colored j
; at every turn the greatest event in history j
; the establishment of the first Communist
Republic. 25c a copy.
Adress THE TOILER