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title: 'The Day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 17, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 11',
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LOCAL LABOR BODY PROPOSES WAY TO TREAT
There's real brotherhood in the way the Chicago Federation of Labor
proposes to treat the problem of. the unemployed. And it's a real practical
Recently the federation appointed a committee to investigate theun
employed problem. And that committee did not advance any long-haired
theories concerning the problem.
But after the first two weeks of investigation they reported back to
the labor body that the question was tot) important to jump at any con
clusion in two weeks' time.
And the labor body instructed them to go out again and try to find
some metfhs towards helping the down-and-outs. And they did.
And they went among the high officials of the city and the county. But
they found a shameful lack of interest in the unemployed among these men.
The. city authorities would refer them to the county, and the county au
thorities would refer them to the city. And so on.
But the committee found many things that would lighten the problem.
They found that the city and county waa allowing a great deal of possible
work to stand.
So the committee went back to the federation and told what they had
found. And the federation decided that, if the high men of the city would
do nothing they would at least take care of their own.
So, accordingly, they drew up the following resolution, a copy of which
has been sent to every organization affiliated with the Chicago Federation
"The very serious question of unemployment has been under consider
ation by the Chicago Federation of Labor for the past month.
"The Executive Board in conjunction with a special committee has the
matter in charge, and recognizing that unemployment is not a local ques
tion, it must be dealt with in a practical way, if we intend to conserve our
interests as organized workers, it will be necessary to define the xeal causes
of unemployment and the remedy.
"The causes include: Unrestricted immigration, the 10-hour-day and
7-day week, improved machinery,
convict labor, underpaid women and
child labor, gambling in foodstuffs,
"The remedy will mean organiza
tion and legislation, both! of which
are slow processes. It will take some
time to get at the facts and present
the matter so that it will be qf ser
vice to organized labor, but the work
will be pushed so that we may have
action at the earliest possible mo
ment. "In the meantime, it is undisputed,
that 100,000 workmen are out of
work in Chicago, a large number of
which are members of labor unions.
But accurate information as to the
exact number is. not available at
"The Federation of Labor has de
cided that the immediate needs of the
out-of-work members of organized
labor must- and shall secure first and
"Following this decision, confer
ences were arranged with the coun
ty and city officials, to ascertain if
public work could not be undertaken
in order to relieYe the situation.
"The result of these conferences
show that the addition anil extension
of county institutions under the law
must be let by contract and such
work cannot be undertaken by the
"In the city railway terminals, pro-.