Quote – The manager of a felt shoe factory

In Utica no one ever bothers the factories about these things. Why are we bothered this way? No, we do not keep the names and addresses of our homeworkers. Women wanting such work come in and get it and that’s all there is about it.

The employees in the factory were overworked, the conditions were unsanitary, and the wages low. The commissioners noted that the factory was “full of vermin”. Second Report of the Factory Investigating Commission, Appendix IV. P. 717. 1913.

Wednesday, January 1, 1913