Thursday, January 29, 2015
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Years of experience have taught me that there are three highly important factors entering into the success of any large manufacturing organization, and these factors are machinery, methods, and men. And the last is, perhaps, the most important of all.
Charles Williams Nash (January 28, 1864 — June 6, 1948)
Charles Williams Nash was a United States automobile entrepreneur and served as an executive in the automotive industry.
(Flint Lodge 23, Flint, Michigan)
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
What does labor want? We want more schoolhouses and less jails; more books and less arsenals; more learning and less vice; more leisure and less greed; more justice and less revenge; in fact, more of the opportunities to cultivate our better natures.
Samuel Gompers (January 27, 1850 – December 13, 1924)
Samuel Gompers was an English-born American cigar maker who became a Georgist labor union leader and a key figure in American labor history. Gompers founded the American Federation of Labor (AFL), and served as the organization's president from 1886 to 1894 and from 1895 until his death in 1924. He promoted harmony among the different craft unions that comprised the AFL, trying to minimize jurisdictional battles. He promoted thorough organization and collective bargaining to secure shorter hours and higher wages, the first essential steps, he believed, to emancipating labor. He also encouraged the AFL to take political action to "elect their friends" and "defeat their enemies". During World War I, Gompers and the AFL openly supported the war effort, attempting to avoid strikes and boost morale while raising wage rates and expanding membership.
(Dawson Lodge 16, Washington, DC)