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OVER ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND
JOBLESS IN JANUARY
The city government of Chicago
has got to quit guessing and making
blind staggers when it comes to hand
ling the unanfiployed workingmen
every winter in this city. Sosays the
report of the municipal markets com
mittee going to the city council to
want work, but can't get jobs, will be
on the streets in January. In Febru
ary they will number 122,254. And
the total wages lost to these men for
the first three months of the year
will be $17,973,700.
These are the things to be done as
a policy, not only for this winter, but
looking ahead to more winters:
Let the city set aside money during
normal times and when an industrial
breakdown comes then use this
money for carrying out big public
works, -giving jobs to the unemployed.
Let employers put all their work
ers on short time days instead of lay
ing off men. If a factory has 1,000
men working ten hours a day, instead
of laying off 500 let the factory work
the whole 1,000 five hours a day.
In some trades is overcrowding
while in others a shortage of work
ers. Let the city start vocational
training and trade schools and, in
this connection, find out what trades
are overcrowdetand which are short,
so that young men can be advised
what's the best trade to enter.
Let the city encourage all govern
ment schemes for insurance of the
Appoint a committee of twenty,
half labor men and half employers.
Whatever such a committee recom
mends to the city council-and the
state legislature is liable to go
Start a city employment bureau
which-will not be the kind of a joke
the Illinois state bureaus nave been.
Connect the jobless man and the
manless job quickly.
Consider issuance of news s$and
permits only to cripples and maimed
k Reduce peddlers' licenses fees from
$50 to $25 for two and one-horse ,
wagons to $10 and $5.
Two ideas the commission wants
the people of Chicago to do some
thinking about are;
"Present unemployment is not due
entirely to the war, but is a chronic
result of maladjustment of industry.
"It is the duty of the city to provide
for its unemployed an honorable
means of earning a livelihood."
Politely, yet decisively, the com
mission "bawls out" the city govern
ment for the way it has bungled .and .
bluffed on unemployment. "Incon
sistent, incoherent and lacking in or
ganic action," "according to conjec
tures, regardless of any planned or
intelligent system," is the way the
city has gone at it. ,
The report is signed by Aldermen
Lawley, Kramholz, Thomas and To
man, Mrs. C. Franklin Leavitt, Mrs.
John C. Bley, Miss Gertrude V. Soule,
Fred A. Curtis, Graham Taylor and
Frederick Rex. .
William M. Leiserson, unemploy
ment expert of the U. S. industrial re
lations commission, was consulted on
the report and gave the experienced
all other American cities and of Euro
pean nations. Aid. Merriam intro
duced the council resolution ordering
POLICE NAB SUSPECTS
The new "flying squads" of First
Deputy Schuettler are a success.
Four squads of four men each
scoured the" city last. night and a
bunch of suspects were picked up..
Five of those taken were armed and '
several had police records.
- The force under Serg't William
Coles will be increased until forty
men are traveling about the city in
plain clothes seeking robbers.