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Working Conditions in The Gilded Age

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Jennifer Calderon

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Working Conditions in the Gilded Age By: Lesly Nunez & Jennifer Calderon How long was the average
workday
at this time? People worked
10-18 hours a day, about 6 days a week.
The Gilded Age was a period of horrific labor violence, as industralists and workers literaly fought over control of the work place. What were working
conditions like? Factory work was very
difficult, and many injuries and
deaths occurred.
It was hard to blame or hold
factory owners responsible because
there were no safety rules or regulations.
Saw dust and toxic fumes were
in the air and breathed in by the workers.
Some factories had fatalities daily
due to poor working conditions. Who was
Frederick Winslow Taylor? Fredrick Winslow Taylor (1856- 1916) was an inventor and engineer who became famous as the father of scientific management, also known as Taylorism. He analyzed work processes and created wage-incentive plans that encouraged workers to meet production goals.

"In the past the man has been first; in the future the system must be first... The first objective of any good system must be that of developing fist class men."
-Fedrick Winslow Taylor Were there laws regulating wages or working ages? Child labor was very common and
nearly 1/3 of school age children
worked full time jobs.
In the gilded age, workers worked 60 hours a week for a salary of 10 cents an hour.
Courts were not sympathetic to work claims, so hardly any injured people or deaths recovered on claims.
Also, many workers did not speak english well, so they could not read instructions on operating machinery, causing more injuries/deaths. What happened when someone was injured at work? Nothing was done when people were injured at work. The worker was mostly held responsible for being "negligent."
Most times, the worker was not compensated in any way. This factory employed primarily women,
On March 25, 1911 a fire broke out on the top 9th and 10th floors.
Doors on the ninth floor were locked; owners said workers stole matierals.
Many workers were forced to jump out of the windows because ladders and hoses couldn't reach those floors. How have things changed in the workplace since the Gilded Age? Now, there are safety regulations in workplaces.
People work 8-10 hours a day, and minimum wage is $7.25, overtime is payed at a higher wage.
Workplaces have working ages, generally 16. “The Gilded Age” 12 March 1997. Online. Internet. 25 August 2005. Available http://gildedage.net

“The Gilded Age” 8 October 1999. Online. Internet. 12 July 2007. Available http://gildedage.org

"The Gilded Age" 17 August 2001
academicamerica.com Works Cited: What happened at the
Triangle Shirtwaist Factory?
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