47th Biennial Assembly
America faces a serious moral problem in the continuing high rate of unemployment. The expanding population, the influx of young people and women into the labor market, the reluctance to hire older workers and the impact of automation all contribute to the gravity of the problem. It is estimated that the economy must provide 50,000 new jobs every week in order to keep pace with the demands for employment. Unemployment is especially high among the unskilled, the youth and minority groups.
The long-range ramifications of automation require urgent and cooperative action by labor, management and government.
We heartily commend the local, state and federal government programs designed to (a) train unskilled workers; (b) retrain workers who have been displaced by technological changes; and (c) develop a more extensive vocational guidance and training program. We urge that such programs be expanded.
Such programs are in consonance with the Maimonidean concept that the highest degree of righteousness is "to give assistance to a fellow man...by procuring work for him, thereby helping him to become self-supporting."