CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA
There has been a massive response to an offer of temporary employment in the American state of Illinois.
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA
1. GV PAN People queuing outside municipal office, with line stretching for several blocks. Some warm themselves by small fires. (2 SHOTS) 0.13
2. CU Woman speaking. (SOT) 0.17
3. SV INTERIOR People entering building in queue. (2 SHOTS) 0.23
4. SCU Man filling in employment form. 0.26
5. CU EXTERIOR Two unemployed men speaking. (SOT) 0.37
6. CU & GV INTERIOR People filling in employment forms. (2 SHOTS) 0.47
7. SCU EXTERIOR Unemployed woman speaking. (SOT) 0.53
8. SV People queuing outside municipal offices, warming themselves by small fires. (3 SHOTS) 1.09
TRANSCRIPT: WOMAN: (SEQ 2) "If I have to come out and clean these streets then I'll come out and clean them."
MAN: (SEQ 5)"Some people have been standing out in this line since four o'clock this morning. It disgusts me, it really does. There's too many people out of jobs, we all want a job, we need the work."
WOMAN: (SEQ 7) "They told us don't come if you're a single householder. It's not fair."
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Background: CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA
There has been a massive response to an offer of temporary employment in the American state of Illinois. The city of Chicago put a "help wanted"advertisement in local newspapers offering 10 weeks temporary employment for 2,800 people as street workers. More than 20,000 people responded on January 6 by lining up outside a municipal office hoping for one of the jobs. The people seemed prepared to do the work, whatever it involved. One woman said she would be happy to be hired as a street cleaner. The short-term work opportunity was made possible by US President Reagan's fuel tax increase, which allowed Chicago to allocate 20 million US dollars for street repairs. The city will eventually get this back from the Federal government. People waiting in the queue said many had been standing in line through half the night but others were unhappy at the way the jobs were being awarded. Some observers regard Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne's action as a political manoeuvre to help her win re-election.
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