[D8713ABE], Letter from James J Bradley to Francis Robbins Upton, November 18th, 1887


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[D8713ABE], Letter from James J Bradley to Francis Robbins Upton, November 18th, 1887

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Edison Phonograph is hiring away men from my shop by offering better pay; I lost a man yesterday because Edison Phonograph was paying 50 cents a day more; this isn't fair; had the same trouble when the lab was upstairs, when Ott hired Bowers [unindexed] away from me even though he knew Bowers worked for me; once he was hired in the lab, Bowers took two or three days off just when I most needed him and after I had raised his wages; I sent to his house to see what was the matter but he just said to give his money to Lenthauser [unindexed]. Then he became angry because Lenthauser gave the money to his (Bowers') wife. The next day he started work at the lab; Ott told me he hired him for Mr. Batchelor.###The men in charge of the different departments of the Edison factory should not hire men from each other unless the worker has a letter from the head of the dept. in which he is already working. "At all events, the present mode of working is not in keeping with good management."###"The two parties referred to above really learned all they know about the business with me."







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Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University
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