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Ut)42__ LA530c) po L 1 C 1 ,abs )it  r Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis  Ow !votes  1  MEETING WAR LABOR POLICIES BOARD. February 11, 1919.  Present: Mr. Frankfurter, Chairman Mr. He Dr. Wilcox Ur. Densmore Miss Van Kleeok Gans Mr. Gaus, Secretary.  I  Mr. Frankfurter announced his resignation as Assistant to  the Secretary of Labor and as Chairman of the War Labor Policies Board, and that the Secretary of Labor had directed that the Board be terminated by May. There was a general discussion of the necessity for the oontinuing of an inter-departmental board to coordinate the work of the various labor adjus trnent agenclee of th e government  In.  Mr. ROMIG was chosen as temporary chairman of the Board.  IV.  It was decided that a meeting should be held on Friday', February  14th at 10 A. M. to discuss the advisability of some organization to carry on the work of the Board. V.  The tenporary chairman appointed Mr. Wilcox and Mr. Densmore  as a Committee to prepare resolutions regarding Kr. Frankfurter's servioes to the War Labor Policies Board for the signatures of the  membereā€¢ Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis  The meeting was adjourned at 11:15 A. M.  J. M. (haus. Secretary.  WAR LABOR POLICIES BOARD MINUTES OP MEETING February 14, 1919.  Presents Mr. Howe, Chairman Mr. King Mr. Christie Mr. Wilcox Mr. Ehrmann Mr. Diamond Mr. Densmore Miss Van Kleedk J. M. Gams, Secretary.  Mr. Densmore resented resolutions concerning Mr. frankfurter's services to the War Labor Policies Board for the committee previously instructed to prepare such resolutions. It vas moved by  Mr.  Diamond and seconded by Mr. Christie that these resolutions be  adopted. The motion vas voted unanimously. The Chairman asked Mr. Diamond to ascertain frcm the officials of the A. F. of L. that their attitude vould be toaard the establishment of an inter-departmental board to yhich labor could state its program and desires. The Chairman also requested Mtss Van Kleeck to do the same for the women's trade unions. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis  It vas decided to hold another meeting on Friday, February 21. The meting adjourned at 11:30 A. M. J. M. Gaus Secretary.  procedure and the The attached statement explains the be issued by the Board reasons for it, and it is suggested that it at this time. conferences have In working out the plan here suggested, an lemon in Indust4 been held with representatives of the Committee National Defense, the and the Woman's Committee of the Council of , the War Later Board, Labor Division of the War Industries Board ially its legislative comthe American Federation of Labor, espec of the Department of Labor, mittee, the Council an Women in Industry appointed by the WOman in the Committee on Aasardous Occupations Health Service, the Army, Industry Service, (representing the Public Pennsylvania Board of the Navy and the Bureau of Standards), the es the National Labor and Industry, the Ational Consumers' Leagu American Association for Labor Women's Trade Union :Alava* and the Legislation.  sement Although le he net asked for official endor  t of these conby any of these groups, we belie,' that tie resul the problem which we ferences, is an understanding on their part of are facing.  these It has been clear in all the conferences that  for women should not agencies are much concerned that night work it is fully demonstrated. be permitted except where the necessity for will depend wholly The effectiveness of the plan proposed has therefore been upon its administration, and careful attention given to this problem.  In general the procedure will be that re.0  of the Seeretary of :tests for permits will be sent to the office Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis  ty for granting War or the Secretary of the Navy, and the necessi will be determined the permit from the point of view of production by the department concerned.  The Women in Industry Service will be  conditions under charged with responsibility for determining the at night and which a given plant will be permitted to employ women granting Will Guise an investigation to be made in advance of the of the permit.  At the time when the permit is granted the WOmen  l agency to in Industry Service will designate an appropriate officia supervise the night shift for women during the period of tHe permit and will receive regular reports regarding the conditions of employment in leach plant holding a permit. 0Onferences have been Ileld with the ler Department and with the Navy regarding the organization of staffs of women inspectors in connection with those departments to carry on the necessary administrative procedure for the granting of permits.  A WOments  Branch is already organised in the Ordnance Department and is fairly well equipped to handle the work in plants working on contracts for that department, altilou6- the staff mast be enlarged.  Arrangements  can probably be made for inspections through the existing forces in the taaartermasterle Department, and plans are under way for other divisions of the war Apartment.  The Navy prefers to have  the admini:trative lurk dons by the Wbman in Industry Service and will therefore appoint a staff of inspectors for plants working on contracts for the Navy on nomination of the '41oman in Industry Ser- Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis  vice, detailing them for daty in that Service.  lb plans have yet  been made for administration of the plan in plants under the jurisdiction of the Food Administration or the U. S. Shipping Board, or other federal departments, as the imediate problems brought to our attention concern the Mr Department and the Navy. To administer the plan properly, and to review the recommendations of the investigating forces in the various departments will require a larger staff than is possible under the present appropriation of the Woman in Industry Service.  If the War Labor  Policies Board approves the plan, therefore, it will be essential to provide the necessary funds for increasing the field force of the Woman in Industry Service.  An effective plan and the machinery  for carrying it out during the present emergency &timid have permanent and advantageous results in the establishments of standards for labor legislation as well as in the protection of standards already attained. General standards includinc the limitation of the nib.t shift to eight hours and rigid appliance of the principle of aqua pay for equal work will be required of all plants holding permits, a-rzi in oath plant specific conditions will be set in advance of recommending the permit.  These conditions will cover such matters  as the ages of the women employed at nicht, rotation of shifts, transportation facilities, installation of canteens, adequate supervision, facilities for health, comfort and safety and the selection and training of women workers. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis  States now having unequivocal laws prohibiting the employment of women at nicht in factories are as follows: Delaware, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Bre York, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.  SUMMAR:  The War labor Policies Board is asked, therefOre, to vote  upon the plan outlined in the attached statement, and to endorse the administrative procedure suggested4 including the need for larger funds for the WOman in Industry Service to mike the plan effective. Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis  Respectfully submitted,  Mary Van Kleeck, Director, ':oman in Industry Service of the U. S. Department of Labor.