Every piece of work in the shop moves!
on hooks, on overhead chains, conveyors,
moving platform or gravity slide
Move in the exact order at the exact time
no lifting, no trucking, no piling
power accuracy speed and continuity
standardization and interchangability of parts moving manufacturing and assembly lines in carefully timed correlation
The wall's damaged. Clear everybody out.
You're making this thing too fast. You put as much money
as you need to in this line and make it good and safe.
Ford's been going in his office.
He never goes into his office.
I suspected something. Ford is
dictating notes on birds!
The man's a damn bird watcher!
Be as rough with him
as he was with Wills.
No, I'm a pusher, a prodder
but I never hurt anybody
not even when they stand in my way.
I lower the price of the car
every year. I do more
to help humanity than all
the Socialist preachers.
But I can't stomach Ford.
I want you to see this.
I work for you now, don't I?
This magneto line goes
44 inches a minute.
We had this line too fast,
then too slow.
Now, it's just right.
How fast do you make
the whole car?
93 minutes of one man's time!
Electricity does that.
When you're 21, we'll make
a million cars, a million and that's just a few years away!
This is the part I get a big kick out of
parts rolling into the final assembly line!
I took my son into the factory
and two men had a fight!
You tell me why!
Why my men act like animals!
We should have higher production.
I think it's deliberate sabotage.
IWW talk, that's it, Mr. Ford.
Find out who they are
and get rid of them.
My men should be proud
to see me and my son.
Instead they fight,
they're like animals.
Give them more money.
A bigger bonus for Christmas.
Maybe that will
I.W.W. is anarchists! Bombers!
This is terrible.
What do you especially fear,
the safety of Mr. Ford, the plant,
The safety of our men!
Agitators will poison them
and get them in trouble.
I'm only Mr. Ford's secretary.
I keep his appointments.
What can I do?
Get Ford to read a newspaper
so he knows what's going on!
He can read, can't he?
Everyone talks about depression,
unemployment's up, and the big talk
is about anarchist labor organizers!
But our position is secure,
market-wise and financially.
What about supplies? We can't
have any shortages, not the way
Avery has things going.
Yes, that could be a problem.
Tell that to Couzens. I think Old Jim
is going to quit soon. That means
we'll run things. Talk to him about
bottlenecks, paint things very black.
Well, they could be black! Really.
Stock pile now. Prices are low now,
and shortages are on the way.
HEY, THAT'S CROOKED
I don't like it!
That's too bad!
It's just plain wrong.
Plain wrong, dammit.
We have to do something.
Half the economy is in depression.
You giving this wage to women too!
You're just against me.
A 25% wage increase and 8 hours a day
would make these men the best paid
and least worked workers in the world!
The 8 hour shift is good. We can have
three shifts around the clock.
We'll have to hire 6,000 new men.
That'll stop the depression.
These men are just off the boat
Four dollars a day is high
for uneducated men.
This is the best shop in the world.
The men help that.
They make the cars.
They should get a share.
And clerks! Give the clerks a raise!
Clerks don't do nothing!
You're just doing this to play your power,
to undermine my position. If you thought
about this whole place as an institution,
clerks, workers, everybody. I'm against
this raise because it's a cheap mis-
exercise of your power!
Stay out, Charlie!
Shut up! Let the boy talk.
You made this company Couzens
Mr. Couzens to you!
You have nothing to do with cars!
You're a business man. We did all
the building. All you can do
is sit back and count your money!
Our money! I made you all rich men.
You guys give a four dollar day
and you'll be heroes.
I dare you to make it five dollars a day.
That's the new wage
FIVE DOLLARS A DAY.
Don't call it a wage.
Every business man will be on your neck.
Call it profit sharing. Everybody
gets a share of the profits, but
it will cost you $10 million!
I don't care.
The Ford Motor Company, the greatest and most successful
automobile manufacturing company in the world, will, on January 12,
inaugurate the greatest revolution in the matter of rewards for its workers
ever know to the industrial world. At one stroke it will reduce the hours of labor
from nine to eight hours, and add to every man's pay a share
of the profits of the house. The smallest amount to be received by any man
22 years old and upwards will be five dollars a day. All but 10% of the employees
will share. Of course, we can't give women and young boys such a high wage.
Our Sociological Department under John Lee will aid workers in spending
their justly earned wealth and decide who shall deserve the wage to be sure
they become good citizens, and not rich wasters.
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