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every 20 minutes every hour that I am on duty. While I am on duty during those hours I have to do the same as the man who is in charge of the tool room, and I believe he gets $1,200 or $1,400 a year. I have got to do his work when he is not there and when I am in charge; but I do not get anything like that pay. I am also in charge of the macerator, where the condemned money is sent. I have got to attend to all of that machinery and attend to a lot of other duties which I can not think of.
Mr. BYRNs. It is not so much a question of the duties you have to perform as it is a question of the inadequacy of the salaries.
Mr. Hause. Yes, sir; that is right.
hard for our money, and it seems that under present conditions we should be paid more.
Mr. Byrns. Is there anyone else desiring to make a statement ?
STATEMENT OF MR. L. A. REESE.
Mr. REESE. I just want to make a short statement. I am a watchman at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. We feel that our salaries are inadequate and that we are not being paid a living wage, owing to the high cost of living. The commodities of life have increased very much, especially in the last three years. Even since 1906 there has been a great increase among the commodities, especially foodstuffs, clothing, and so on. A great many of our watchmen are married men, some having three, some five, and some even more in the family which they are compellel to support. We feel that in order to properly feed, clothe, and educate our children that we should have more money. Unless we are paid more money we are compelled to do something else or take our children out of school before they reach the eighth grade.
The city of Washington has splendid schools, but, owing to the inadequacy of our salaries, we are forced to take our children, very often, out of school before they get through the eighth grade. I have a number of children and I have only been able to graduate one daughter in high school; the others I have had to take out even before they reached the eighth grade, and I was compelled to do that in order that they might help us live. I feel that this great Government, one of the richest Governments in the world, should pay its employees an adequate salary, so as to enable its employees to feed their children and prepare them for the important duties of life. We want to be able to feed our young men and to sustain them so that they will be strong and powerful. We feel that the Government of the United States should be the one to especially give its employees a living wage, so that the employees may be able to feed their young men and make them strong and powerful, and to feed, clothe, and educate our daughters so that they will make strong and healthy wives for the future generation. So we appeal to you for an increase in wages for this reason: We are on the statutory roll and only Congress can give us an increase. We feel that our superior officers would be glad to recommend and probably have recommended an increase in wages, but the increase can not be granted unless a law is passed by the United States Congress.
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