During the time of the Progressive Era, workers had almost no rights when it came to their job. They couldn’t easily negotiate their working hours, the conditions the worked in were awful, they made very little money and, at times, had to make their children work just to be able to pay for food. The reason factory working conditions were so bad, is that the government refused to step in because they believed that they shouldn’t regulate business. The politicians that did want government regulation of business were usually paid off by large corporations to vote against any laws and bills that could cost the businesses money. I believe that the government should be intervening in business for many reasons, and here are just a couple.
In the time that the government wasn’t regulating businesses, the businesses were having their workers work anywhere from ten to fourteen or more hours. The workers couldn’t complain about it or they would be fired on the spot. There was virtually no way for employees to negotiate with their boss or manager because the workers knew that they could be replaced if the employer didn’t like their offer. The workers needed the amount of money they earned from working to be able to eat, so they were incredibly unlikely to complain or try to negotiate.
Workers didn’t complain because if they did they would be fired, and then they wouldn’t have money to eat. Even though they would work many hours per day, they barely made enough to live on, and in some cases, they didn’t make enough to live on. The government hadn’t set any minimum wage laws, so the employers were able to pay them as little as they wanted to. Many factory workers lived below the poverty line and couldn’t do anything about it because they needed what little money they had to eat. In many cases, workers had sent their children to factories to work because they needed the money for daily living expenses.
The experiences of these factory workers was terrible. With many throughout years of working sustaining injuries and others even dying from the unsafe conditions of the factories, and the governments job being to protect and serve the people, it’s absolutely ridiculous that the government didn’t do anything about it sooner. I believe that the government should be interfering with businesses because of these reasons. It’s because of government intervention that we no longer have such bad poverty in this country.