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The toiler. (Cleveland, Ohio) 1919-1922, September 17, 1920, Image 14

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FRIDAY; SEPT. 17, 1920.
Depression Hits Akron
The soourge of unemployment is being laid
upon the industrial papulation of Akron, the
Tire City. The Goodyear Company has laid off
15,000 hands in the past month; the Goodrich
Company, 12,000; and other firms have dis
missed a proportionate number of their work
Altogether, there must be about 30,000 re
cently unemployed. And this in a city of 200,000
population. This huge accession to the ranks of
the unemployed is making itself keenly felt
through the consequent depression in trade.
Large tire manufacturing firms, which form
erly were working three eighthour shifts in the
twenty-four hours, are now working one shift
only, and with a "skeleton crew" at that.
Together with this partial cessation of in
dustry is an effort on the part of the employers
to lower the wages. The men have been earning
from oighty cents to a dollar an hour, for un
skilled and semi-skilled labor, during and since
the war. If anyone applies now for a job, he
- told that he will be taken on at ;8 cents an
fiour. .
The result is that the American workers, who
form a alrge portion of Akron's labor popula
tion, are getting fighting mad; and every
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You can do it too!
During the past two months we have
built up an army of dozens and dozens of
comrades who subscribe for u weekly
bundle of Toilers and sell them to other
workers in the shops, at union meetings,
on the street, everywhere.
Make The Toiler YOUR shop paper and
YOU be fts distributor. See bundle rates
an page 8.
Order a Bundle.
Your name
City State
Amount enclosed $
Address, The Toiler. 3207 Clark Ave.,
Cleveland, Ohio.
morning may be seen, at the depot, crowds of
Bulgarians who arc taking their hard-cardned
savings to Burope with them.
They cannot live on the new wage scale, tin y
will tell yon, and, anyway, they prefer to return
to a country where they are permitted to or
ganize, and where their meetings are not
broken up with club and gun. This may be true,
that there is such a happy land; Jrat what are
"Good, Clean Unions"
A resolution indorsing universal compulsory
military training was unanimously adopted by
the Illinois American Legion, at its annual con.
The legion stands for "good, clean unions,"
and recognize? the right of collective bargain
ing, for this type of labor organization, it de
clared in answer to charges made by various
union men through the state that the Illinois
American Legion was being used against or
ganized labor.
As a part of its campaign against "radical
ism," and t ; push its "Americanization plans,"
the legion went on record as favoring 'the en
actment of legislation to force all aliens to register
each change of their address. This system was in
use by the late Czar Nicholas of Russia.
"Suffer the Little Children..."
"Practically 90 per cent of this bead string
ing is done by children of from 4 'to 13 years
of age "
"A person picking up 1,000 beads per hour
and working a fifty-six hour week would still
be shy of earning their $2.00..."
"She weid to great length to explain to me
the urgent need of clothes, shoos and food
of these people working for her and the help
this bead work provided. , . . "
"In another instance, the mo'ther offered in
formation to the effect that she had first tried
the work herself, and had given it up after half
an hour because it made her dizzy "
New York Child Committee.
l'ni ted States Government reports are con
stantly telling us about the 'prosperity' of
American workers.
In Kurope. these conditions are causing the

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