Labor and Labor Relations

Measurement of Work in Textile Factories

SECTION 28-13-1

§ 28-13-1. Posting of job rates – Pick clocks.

(a) The occupier or manager of every textile factory shall post in every room where any employees work by the job, in legible writing or printing, and in sufficient numbers to be easily accessible to those employees, specifications of the character of each kind of work to be done by them and the rate of compensation.

(b)(1) The specifications in the case of weaving rooms shall state the intended and maximum length of a cut or piece, the count per inch of thread, and the number of picks per inch, width of loom, width of cloth woven in the loom, and the price per cut or piece, or per pound; or, if payment is made per pick or per yard, the price per pick or per yard.

(2) Each warp shall bear a designating ticket or mark of identification. In mills operating looms on a piece rate basis, pick clocks shall be placed on each loom in operation, and each weaver shall be paid according to the number of picks registered on the clock.

(c) This chapter shall not apply to so called gang looms or to the weaving of carpets or elastic webbing.

(d) Violation of any provision of this chapter shall for the first offense be punished by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars ($100), for the second offense by a fine of not more than two hundred dollars ($200), and for a subsequent offense by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500) or by imprisonment for not more than one month, or both.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1936, ch. 2291, § 1; G.L. 1938, ch. 295, § 1; G.L. 1956, § 28-13-1.)