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Armourdale: a city within a city the report of a social survey of Armourdale, a community of 12, 000 people living in the industrial district of Kansas City, Kansas

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Armourdale: a city within a city the report of a social survey of Armourdale, a community of 12, 000 people living in the industrial district of Kansas City, Kansas

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    Available in PDF Format | Armourdale: a city within a city the report of a social survey of Armourdale, a community of 12, 000 people living in the industrial district of Kansas City, Kansas.pdf | English
    Manuel Conrad Elmer (Author)
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 Excerpt: ...Regarding woman labor in Armourdale information was exceedingly difficult to obtain. Altogether, approximately 8,000 women were employed in three packing plants of Armourdale--Swift, Cudahy, and Wilson--during the war, but since, this has undoubtedly been considerably reduced. According to the best data obtainable approximately 85 percent of the women belong to labor unions: this compares very favorably with the number of men in labor unions. However, no doubt can be entertained but that the large number of women employed in these plants is a result more directly of war conditions than any other, and no doubt is an abnormal circumstance not found under ordinary conditions. SUMMARY. Armourdale is primarily an industrial community. The industries there not only provide work for most of the inhabitants, but also to thousands of persons outside of the community. The majority of heads of families are unskilled laborers: in fact, the combined number of skilled and unskilled laborers constitute nearly 80 percent of the heads of families. The working people are strongly organized, both the men and women belonging quite generally to some union. This insures them a better wage, and more dependable working conditions, as is evidenced by the higher wage scale than among unorganized labor. While the employers do not uniformly agree to the benefits of organized labor, many admit that better results are obtained from intelligent, organized groups than from ignorant and unorganized laborers. LEGAL RESTRICTIONS AND REGULATIONS. CHILD LABOR LAWS. welfare of a community or an individual is directly affected by its industry or wealth. The laws that govern the individuals and control the industries also have an important bearing. Kansas has a number of laws all tending to prote...
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