THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
By Proclamation of His Excellency, SAMUEL W. McCALL, Governor
Issued, June 12, 1918, pursuant to the provisions of
THE COMPULSORY WORK LAW
(CHAPTER 286, GENERAL ACTS OF 1918)
All Able-Bodied Males
between the ages of 18 and 50
MUST WORK 36 HOURS EACH WEEK
AT SOME USEFUL OCCUPATION,
such employment being necessary for the public protection and welfare. All such
to obtain employment and to be in pursuit of some regular, useful occupation
within 30 days after
the issue of said Proclamation, must so notify
THE DIRECTOR OF THE BURUEA OF STATISTICS or AN AGENT DESIGNATED
whereupon they will be registered and assigned work in accordance with the
provisions of the law.
For information as to the agent and place of registration in your community,
apply to the City or Town Clerk.
Application for employment may be made at any time in person or by mail to
THE STATE PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT OFFICES
8 KNEELAND ST., BOSTON, - 48 GREEN ST., WORCESTER, - 47 WATER ST., SPRINGFIELD
or to any office of the U. S. EMPLOYMENT SERVICE.
The object of this act is to require persons subject to its provisions to
engage in some useful
occupation, and persons possessed of independent incomes which may not make
it necessary for them
to work for their own support or those dependent upon them are, therefore, included
scope of the act.
Persons failing to comply with the provisions of the law are LIABLE TO A PENALTY
$100 FINE, THREE MONTHS IN JAIL OR BOTH
The following classes are, under certain conditions not included within the
provisions of the law:
a) Persons temporarily unemployed by reason of differences with their employers.
b) Bona fide students during a school or college term.
c) Persons fitting themselves to engage in trade or industrial pursuits.
Citizens are requested to report immediately cases of
suspected violation of this law to the Mayor, Board of
Selectmen, or Local Police Authorities, or to this Office.
CHARLES F. GETTEMY,
Director, Bureau of Statistics
State House, Boston, June 20, 1918.