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FULL WIRE REPORTS OF THE UNITED PRESS
THE DAY BOOK
500 S. PEORIA ST.
TEL. MONROE 353
Vol. 1, No. 311 Chicago, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1912 One Cent
SENATOR BLAMES RANK WORKING CONDITIONS FOR
COUNTRY'S NUMEROUS LABOR DISPUTES
New York, Sept. 24. The con
ditions under which men and
vomen are forced to work in
.New York state are so inhuman
as to be almost beyond belief.
This will be the substance of
$he report of the state factory in
vestigation commission, which
"has been at work for two years.
' The Chicago Harvester trust
.will come in for special attention:
in mc report, wnicn win aemana
tthat the legislature reform fac
The commission was appointed
after the Triangle shirt waist fac
tory fire, in which ' ipany girls
were burned to death. Senator
Robert'F. Wagner is chairman of
the commission. Here is what he
had to say today.
o "We found conditions almost
unbelievably inhuman. We found
men and women working in ill
ventilated, poorly lighted, con
gested quarters, and always con
ditions were worst for the women
Tn Buffalo, wefqund hundreds
of women, young and old, doing
, men's wolv in the slaughter
houses The floors of these places
always were wet and insanitary.
"In Utica we found women, in
core foundries beside ovens of
molten metal, lifting heavy bur-f
dens, breathing the poisonous
fumes of the metal.
"In Auburn, in the Harvester
twine plant, we found women
standing at mig machines, spool
ing twine. They had no place to
sit down, They had to stand all
day, breathing the dust from the
twine. Tt was so thick that' the
girls brushed it from each other's
clothes with heavy brooms every
hour or so. There was no pro
vis idn for carrying tne dust away.
"We are going to demand that
the legislature pass laws enforc
ing adequate fire protection, ven
tilation, proper hours, chairs with
backs for all women workers, and
restriction as to the kind of work
women may do.
"I believe this commission, the
first of its kind, is only the first
olmany. Working men and wom
en of this country are waking up.
"I am no radical, yet I believe
the present working conditions
are the cause ofvmany of the labor
disputes that are rending the
Factory owners appeared be
fore the commission today and
kicked against the commission
recommending any reforms.
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