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Monday, July 17

This may be Roosevelt’s first executive order to be enacted- it seeks to control some onerous labor practices in the textile industry. Funny how awful the business of making clothes is, isn’t it? This order prohibits child labor (under the age of 16) , and work weeks over 40 hours for line workers. It seems that production was rising again (people gotta have clothes, even in a depression) but factories were reluctant to hire new workers- so 52+ hour workweeks were happening to keep up with demand. Good old capitalism, right? In addition to limiting hours (and hopefully decreasing unemployment, which gets people off the dole, etc) minimum wages were fixed, and time and 1/2 pay for overtime required for mechanics, foremen and etc. Machine time was limited to 80 hours a week, in an effort to support smaller factories which couldn’t run three shifts. There were requirements that piece-rates match the new hourly rates and that factories couldn’t simply speed up the machines to force greater production, but enforcement was not so good and many workers were forced out by this practice. Between that and the loss of family income through banning child labor this plan was a double-edged sword in the short run, like many “socialist” policies, but I think we can agree that it was better in the long run- until companies simply moved overseas to skirt these sorts of onerous regulations.
Some lucky little girls have their hair put up in curls, and are able to sing and dance and charm an audi-ance. Miss Temple is just beginning her career, with a few short (heh) films and the interest of Paramont.
The Italian Armada has landed.

Everything is rosy here.

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