American Machinist

Worker worries.(Retrospective)

WORKER RIGHTS WERE ALWAYS A TOPIC FOR DISCUSSION in 1903, and AMERICAN MACHINIST mentioned two newsworthy developments in worker hiring in the August 27 issue.

The first news item reported on a ruling by a judge in St. Louis that held that "blacklisting" employees was legal. A worker brought suit against his employer for firing and then "blacklisting" him for union activities. The judge ruled in favor of the employer, "to discharge whomever he may have in his employ for any reason whatever, and also to place the name of such employee upon a 'blacklist,' which may be handed to other employers if he so chooses."

Another bit of hiring news came from Hammond, Ind. The mayor there had taken a stance and recommended that manufacturers in his area favor hiring married men to single ones, since married men are less likely to be "labor troubles. …

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