The Nation: Utica's Drastic Solution

City officials often complain about excessive wage demands by labor unions, but Edward A. Hanna, the may or of Utica, N.Y. (pop. 86,000), has hit on the most draconian of solutions. He cut the employees in the department of public works from 240 to 70 in 18 months after he took office.

And this month he fired those last 70 effective March 1. The Mayor insists that the department's The services — garbage collection, snow removal, street cleaning, road repair—can be performed more economically by contracting them out to private firms. He has already done so with garbage...

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