The Control of Wages

The Control of Wages

The Control of Wages

The Control of Wages

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"Wan iv th' sthrangest things about life is that th' poor who need th' money th' most ar-re th' very wans that niver have it."

Mr. Dooley on The Pursuit of Riches.

In our "great society" well-being and culture alike rest upon the foundation of "the pay envelope." The overwhelming majority of the American people receive their share of "the national income" in the form of payment for "work." In all the great industries, save agriculture, the bulk of earnings are disbursed into the weekly wages of those who labor. The wage is the bait with which society tempts the laborer to engage in one of the processes of production which together make up our complex and gigantic "industrial system." The purchasing power which the wage possesses fixes the limit of "the standard of living" which its earner can set up for his household. The surplus of that wage over conventional necessities measures the opportunities of his family for development. If our culture is to be democratic, if the common man is to have access to "the fulness of life," it must be by the grace of the plain, ordinary "pay envelope. . . ."

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