A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 145
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THE CITr OF HOUSTON, TEXAS 145
facts are taken from a statement published by Mr.
Max Andrew, editor of the Labor Journal:
The total number of industrial workers in Hous4
ton is 25,000, graded as follows: Men, 15,000;
women, 6,000; children fifteen years and under,
4,000. Organized: Men, 55 per cent; women, 2
Of the skilled trades, 85 per cent are organized
and 15 per cent unorganized.
During the last ten years the hours of labor have
been decreased, all along the line, from ten hours to
During the last ten years there has been an average
increase in wages of 25 per cent. However,
against that increase is placed the increased cost of
living which amounts to 40 per cent.
The total number of organized men and womenin
Houston is 8,250. The plumbers, printers, brickmasons,
plasterers, stone-cutters and marble cutters
are the best organized of any of the crafts All
trades limit the number of apprentices. This has
done much towards maintaining a living wage for
Public sentiment and feeling towards union labor
in this city and community is very favorable and all
important work is done by union labor.
Since the general public has only a vague idea of
labor matters and of the conditions that prevail in
labor circles, the following tracts e taken from
Mr. Andrew's article, as matters of useful infor-
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