Sweat Shop Girls
Hathaway Shirt Factory
Waterville, Maine

Dedicated to Laurie Veilleux, 32 years, Hathaway Shirt Co.

Sweat Shop Girls

 batch tickets
 in their purses.

Averages of 
 one-hundred twenty dozen
 button holes
A day
 make for poor
 piece work

Boss Timer
 wants borderline production
 Sweat Shop Girls
he need not pay
Above Averages Work.

Sweat Shop Girls
batch tickets home
 in their purses
for tomorrow's

Sweat Shop Girls
 hard, above averages
building up
collecting for
to another job
building more averages.

Rhea Côté Robbins

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many thanks to Sue Côté in telling me of this book:

Author Congdon-Martin, Douglas 
Title: Hathaway shirts : their history, design, and advertising / Douglas Congdon-Martin. 
Publisher: Atglen, PA : Schiffer Publishing Ltd., c1998.
Phys descr: 159 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm.
Series: Schiffer book for collectors and designers 
Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Subject: C.F. Hathaway and Company -- History. 
Hathaway Shirt Company. 
Men's shirt industry -- Unitd States -- History 

Title: The one hundred fiftieth anniversary of the C.F. Hathaway Company 
Publisher: NY C.F. Hathaway
Phys descr: 16 p. : ill.
Subject: C.F. Hathaway Company -- Waterville (ME) 
Alt title: Celebrating a legacy of quality