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Background: These people are among America's hard core un-employed. As part of the program of the National Alliance of Businessmen to give them jobs, they are being prepared for problems they may face when they do go to work.
At the urging of President Johnson, businessmen in 50 U.S. cities formed the alliance to hire 500-thousand slum dwellers by 1971.
This Detroit meat Packing plant was one of the companies to receive federal grants of up to 3500 dollars a man to provide on the job training. The businessmen run it, with little government involvement.
The Alliance of Businessmen is considered the most successful of the many job programs begun during the Johnson administration.
Some companies went beyond just hiring and job training. these General Motors employees in Pontiao, Michigan learned first grade arithmetic in a company run class.
One man said he's now proud that he can read sports scores for the first time in his life.
Although president-elect Nixon favors the program, members of his administration have said they would be willing to accept more un-employment to stop inflation. This could mean the hard core hired this past year would be the first fired.
Many businessmen joined the alliance because they were afraid of riots...but their rate of employment has slowed in the past three months as concern about inflation has increased.
Nearly 100-thousand people working now because of the alliance but thats just a start toward solving the unemployment problems. Now, if many are laid off it amy by impossible to get ghetto dwellers to trust a white business program again.