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posed subways, outer harbor and
other public improvements, we were
told, 'were up in the air,' and no as
surance could be secured that these
undertakings could be looked to to
relieve the out-of-work situation.
Now, then, these possible avenues of
relief being closed and the number
of unemployed increasing, we must
meet the question squarely, no mat
ter what the cost..
"It being the bounden duty of or
ganized labor, to care for its own
members, we propose to meet the sit
uation as follows::
"1. That a . common fund be
created by voluntary assessment,
subscription and donations from the
employed members of affiliated
unions, to be used to furnish foad,
coal and shelter to the unemployed
union members in our midst.
"2. That every unemployed mar
ried man be given assistance out of
this common fund to sustain his wife,
his children, and his home,, when such
union men have family responsibili
ties. '3. That, a place be provided
where the unemployed can congre
gate during the-day and night and
with such arrangements as can be
provided so as.ta giyeustenance and
sleeping accommodations to unem
ployed single Men, union. jnembers'.
"In order to -create-this fund, the
Chicago Federation of Labor urges
the affiliated unions to'have.the mem
bership agree to a voluntary 25-cent
per month assessment on their em
ployed members and, if it becomes
necessary, that the assessment be
continued for three consecutive
"It being understood that any or
ganization caring for their own out-of-work
members will be exempt
from the assessment, but they are
urged to donate or to subscribe as
liberally as possible to the, fund to
help the members of unions not so
"The more unions that can pro
jyide -for their own unemployed mem
bers the less diflicult-it will be to han
dle the situation.
"President John H. Walker of the
Illinois State Federation of Labor has
promised to present this plan to every
central body throughout the state
and urge action along this line. We
hope, by this kind of co-operation to
prevent an influx of unemployed
unionists from other citiesto Chi
cago, and if this plan is generally
adopted we feel it will accomplish its
purpose and will create a spirit of
confidence in the labor, movement of
Illinois which we have, not had here
tofore. "It is true that we will find trade
unionists in bur midst from other"
cities and states, but the Chicago
Federation of Labor has declared that
no union man will suffer from hunger
or cold as long as he is in possession
of a union card and in good standing
in his local union, no matter where he
"This declaration can be realized if
we do our part and share with our
more unfortunate brothers as we
would expect them to share with us if
the situation was reversed.
"This is not the time to split hairs,
draw fine distinctions or quibble over
the practicability of the undertaking.
"The responsibility of the under
taking will make us. big enough,
broad enough; and practical enough
to put the proposition upon a business-like
basis and make it a supreme
"It will give us a chance to vindi
cate the slogan of the labor move
ment, 'That the injury of one is the
concern of allJ
"Chicago Federation of Labor."
MINERS THREATEN TO FREE
Denver, Jan. 17-If "Mother".
Jones is not released from prison in
24 hours 900 miners threaten to free
her by force pf arms.
This ultimatum was issued to Gov.
Amnions and Gen. Chase at a meet
ing M jfitrikers at Rockdale.