Industrial Betterment Institutions in New Jersey Manufacturing Establishments...

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MacCrollish & Quigley, 1905 - 162 pages

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Page 112 - The more economical may bring their lunch from home and eat in the restaurant, supplementing from the lunch-counter bill of fare, or not, as they choose. In view of these facts, it is gratifying to be able to report that the club has arrived at a point where, after all expenses, including renewals and repairs, have been met, a little surplus is earned. Of course, the club pays no rent ; this, and the original plant and working capital, being the company.s contribution.
Page 107 - The members who had been in the habit of having beer with their luncheon protested that it would be unfair to impose such a restriction, whereupon the club decided to make this concession, but, it was clearly understood, only as an experiment. Beer is sold whenever the club is open at luncheon and on entertainment evenings. The experiment is now a year old and there has not been a solitary instance of the slightest abuse of the privilege. To the lodge-keeper has been given the right to sell tobacco....
Page 31 - In other words the insurance principle pure and simple was adopted, and every employ^ was thereby at once placed in a position to make such provision for his family in the event of his own sickness or disability, as he felt able or disposed to pay for out of his weekly wages. The officers of the company made a very liberal donation of money to the association at the commencement, which placed it in an independent financial position and fully able to meet all demands. A full set of officers consisting...
Page 90 - ... of heating and ventilating which keeps the buildings in a comfortable and healthful condition at all times. It is the fixed policy of the management to provide the very best conditions possible for its workmen to labor under, because, to quote the firm's own words, "We can get a better grade of men, who are able to do finer work and more of it, by following this course. Our motto is 'Big wages, healthy conditions to work under, and big production.
Page 96 - Convention and Banquet. A convention of salesmen, officers and managers is held for one week each year for the purpose of discussing the company's goods...
Page 31 - ... for help when sick and in need, from a charitable to a business basis. In other words, the insurance principle pure and simple was adopted, and every employe was thereby at once placed in a position to make such provision for his family in the event of his own sickness or disability, as he felt able or disposed to pay for out of his weekly wages. The officers of the company made a very liberal donation of money to the association at the commencement, which placed it in an independent financial...
Page 96 - ... is distributed throughout the departments by automatic jet fountains, thus doing away with cups or glasses. Ventilation. The air space allowed each employe is about seven times that required by the most progressive modern hospital practice ; or to state this fact in a different form, it is estimated that if the work-rooms were to be sealed hermetically the employes could exist without injurious effects seven times as long as under the atmospheric conditions prescribed by the most eminent hospital...
Page 108 - The basic idea of this social experiment, however, was the conviction of the head of the concern that the weightiest question confronting the twentieth century is the relation between capital and labor; that there must be a drawing together, or a still further pulling apart; that harmonious relations, community of interest, must be established; otherwise there must come between employer and employe a conflict more potential of disaster and destruction than any war this world has yet witnessed, and...
Page 95 - ... well-selected bill of fare is served at practically cost prices. The employes bring their own lunches and are served with the free hot dishes, or they may order their entire meal and get a good one for an average of eight or ten cents. Whenever night work is necessary during the busy season, special dinners are served in the rooms for all employes at the expense of the company.
Page 152 - To go into more details, we have always maintained a store in the village in which our works are situated for the sale of goods to our operatives, leaving entirely to their option the question of purchasing goods there. Our store has never been really profitable, owing to the prices being placed on the lowest possible basis consistent with insuring merely that it shall pay the cost of running. We have, however, continued to run it, so that the cost of living in the village should not be influenced...

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