But they cannot get anybody to do the job at three times what they are paying him, and he is still there. They cannot get rid of him as long as he is fulfilling his end of the contract. He goes to work at eight o'clock in the morning, he has no meal hours, no time off, no rest period and he works until eight o'clock at night. A short time ago the department, out of sympathy or something, granted him the privilege of taking half an hour off, and he can go home at half past seven. That was a wonderful thing, Mr. Chairman.
That is not the sad part of it. He was making a fairly good living under his contract, but he is just getting by now. What did the department do? They put in metering machines. That is all right. It is a great thing for the merchants and others who are putting out a lot of mail. But what did the department do? They refused to give this man his commission on the stamps the metering machine was using.
Subtopic: POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT