Consumers and Social Reform

Consumers and Social Reform

by John Elliot Ross

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ISBN-13: 9780353974807
Publisher: Creative Media Partners, LLC
Publication date: 02/20/2019
Pages: 146
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.31(d)

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CHAPTER THREE WHAT IS A JUST EMPLOYEE? terms "fair wages," "reasonable com- JL fort," "living wage" have often been used in the previous discussion. No attempt was made to make them more definite because it was not necessary at the time. Employers were simply assumed to violate the standard represented by these expressions. But if we are going to decide de facto that employers are actually neglecting their duties, we must manifestly have some norm by which to judge them. What is this standard? At first sight, this may seem easy to define. But its apparent ease is an illusion. Even the simplest and least questionable standard, that of bare subsistence (and to simplify it still further, restrict the consideration entirely to the question of food), is extremely elusive. Of course a man needs some clothing, a certain amount of fresh air, and a shelter from the weather. But we shall have a sufficiently complicated problem without introducing these factors. How much food, then, does a man need to repair the daily waste and keep him in good physical condition? This depends to some extent upon the character of the work he does. A stevedore needs more food than a clerk. It will depend, too, upon the climate. Those in northern latitudes require more food, and usually of a more expensive kind, than those living in the tropics, and they ought to have more in winter than in summer. Again, racial characteristics must be taken into account. A Chinese coolie may get fat on fish and rice, or an Italian may do well on cheese and macaroni, while an Anglo-Saxon would starve on such a diet. In addition to all these points, there is an individuality about the digestive organs that must be weighed. Withour exact chemical science it looks simple enough to calculate how much muscle and ...

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