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Quotes From The Other Side #2: George Pullman

“You give workers only as much as they basically need to survive. Thriving is something that management should do and that workers don’t have a right to do.”
–George Pullman

By JunkChuck

Native, Militant Westsylvanian (the first last best place), laborer, gardener, and literary hobbyist (if by literary you mean "hack"). I've had a bunch of different blogs, probably four, due to a recurring compulsion to start over. This incarnation owes to a desire to dredge up the best entries of the worst little book of hand-scrawled poems I could ever dream of writing, salvageable excerpts from fiction both in progress and long-abandoned. and a smattering of whatever the hell seems to fit at any particular moment. At first blush, I was here just to focus on old, terrible verse, but I reserve the right to include...anything. Maybe everything, certainly my love of pulp novels, growing garlic, the Pittsburgh Steelers and howling at the moon--both figuratively and, on rare occasions, literally.

2 replies on “Quotes From The Other Side #2: George Pullman”

I’ll do my best to find it. This post is a few years old and I was sitting on that quote for a long time. I know it was an article focused on the period of the 1897 depression when Pullman slashed workers’ pay while maintaining rents in quasi-mandatory company housing and simultaneously increasing dividend payments to investors and maintaining manager compensation levels. It was in a book, not on the internet, and I think from a letter. Interestingly, I did find it paraphrased in another article on Pullman porters, with the quote erroneously attributed to the interviewee rather than a quote.

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