labor shortage, unemployment after war
11:00 SIGN OFF. looking Af Life By Erich Brandeis T HE reason I am telling you about this is because vou mav have ^ d the same experience recently. Billy had promised me faith- to bp. zt my house last Saturday at ten Ten came, I eleven "came, twelve came, — ,, rri ^ ,,. tOT S me with garden work ' TOT, n = r So I called? Billy up at 12.30.J- "Oh. I forgot'" he said, "but I'll surely be there next Saturday." Things being as they are I 't blow up but I hope that he decency to let me knov.- that he be here when Saturday comes, couldn't keep his promise. I understand it's the same all over. I know there is a labor shortage and that everybody is very busy. lo my - Darn " - we naa gone au *? ut why does there haw to *>« BRANDEIS later." I doubt it. The painter also was to be here first thing this morning. The whiter has been pretty • rough on my house and the paint is peeling off in a number o£ places. I had made all arrangements with him about ten days ago and he said he'd be here without fail. Ke just called me up and told me he couldn't come for at least three weeks. A "big hurry-up" job had come along, he said, snd t hat would keep him busy, it might even be a month. * * * here I am, stuck, and only one out of three even had the Joe was to be here at eight this morning to build me a new drive-wajr from the road to my barn. We had gone all over the project and I got up an hour earlier than usual to receive him. It's noon now and Joe hasn't shown up or let me hear from him. I called up his place' and his wifs told me she didn't know where he was. "He never tells me" she •aid, "maybt h*'U i* uer* a decency-shortage as well? Why can't people observe the common rules of courtesy and good business even now when the demand is so much greater than the supply? How about Billy and Joe and the painter when the war is over and labor plentiful agains? And who do you think will kick ft* loude*t about unemployment?