The Question and Answer section for The Jungle is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
It is not good. The work is dirty, bloody, unhygienic, physically demanding and dehumanizing. It takes a toll on their health and spirit.
What chapter are you referring to?
The saloon-keepers were well connected with the big political men. Complaining to saloon-keepers could put you in a lot of trouble.