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Appropriation Bill for 1947
SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR-FEDERAL SECURITY AGENCY
APPROPRIATION BILL FOR 1947
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
NATIONAL MEDIATION BOARD
RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD
Printed for the use of the Committee on Appropriations
ROBERT P. WILLIAMS, Administrative Assistant, Editor
WASHINGTON : 1946
COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
CLARENCE CANNON, Missouri, Chairman LOUIS LUDLOW, Indiana
JOHN TABER, New York MALCOLM O. TARVER, Georgia
RICHARD B. WIGGLESWORTH, Massachusetts JED JOHNSON, Oklahoma.
CHARLES A. PLUMLEY, Vermont EMMET O'NEAL, Kentucky
EVERETT M. DIRKSEN, Ilinois LOUIS C. RABAUT, Michigan
ALBERT J. ENGEL, Michigan JOHN H. KERR, North Carolina
KARL STEFAN, Nebraska GEORGE H. MAHON, Texas
FRANCIS H. CASE, South Dakota HARRY R. SHEPPARD, California
FRANK B. KEEFE, Wisconsin BUTLER B. HARE, South Carolina
NOBLE J. JOHNSON, Indiana ALBERT THOMAS, Texas
ROBERT F. JONES, Ohio JOE HENDRICKS, Florida
BEN F. JENSEN, Iowa MICHAEL J. KIRWAN, Ohio
H. CARL ANDERSEN, Minnesota JOHN M. COFFEE, Washington
HENRY C. DWORSHAK, Idaho W. F. NORRELL, Arkansas
WALTER C. PLOESER, Missouri ALBERT GORE, Tennessee
HARVE TIBBO IT, Pennsylvania JAMIE L. WHITTEN, Mississippi
WALT HORAN, Washington JAMES M. CURLEY, Massachusetts
DEAN M. GILLESPIE, Colorado
GEORGE B. SCHWABE, Oklahoma)
John C. Pugh, Clerk
SUBCOMMITTEE ON LABOR DEPARTMENT AND FEDERAL SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS
BUTLER B. HARE, South Carolina, Chairman MALCOLM C. TARVER, Georgia
ALBERT J. ENGEL, Michigan JOHN J. ROONEY, New York
FRANK B. KEEFE, Wisconsin
ARTHUR ORR, Erecutive Secretary to Subcommittee
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR-FEDERAL SECURITY AGENCY
APPROPRIATION BILL FOR 1947
HEARINGS CONDUCTED BY THE SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, IN CHARGE OF THE LABOR DEPARTMENT-FEDERAL SECURITY AGENCY APPROPRIATION BILL FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 1947, ON THE DAYS FOLLOWING:
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 1946.
STATEMENTS OF HON. LEWIS B. SCHWELLENBACH, SECRETARY
OF LABOR; JOHN W. GIBSON, SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE SECRETARY; AND JAMES E. DODSON, CHIEF CLERK AND BUDGET OFFICER
Mr. HARE. We meet today for the purpose of considering the justifications of the requested appropriations for the Department of Labor. We have with us the Secretary of Labor, Mr. Schwellenbach. I assume, Mr. Secretary, you would like to make a general statement outlining the activities of your Department for the past year and the program for 1947?
Secretary SCHWELLENBACH. I understand, Mr. Chairman, that is the custom.
Mr. Hars. We shall be glad to hear you.
Secretary SCHWELLENBACH. This is the first time I have appeared before an appropriation committee and it is a new experience for me. As you know, I came to the Department on the 1st of July, last year.
NEED FOR CONSOLIDATION OF LABOR FUNCTIONS OF THE GOVERNMENT The situation in reference to the Department prior to that time, and partially at the present time, was that most of the labor functions of the Government had been, not removed, but through other devices, placed in other departments of Government. I had the feeling then and I still have the feeling that the functions of dealing with labor should be lodged in the Department of Labor.
During the war we had, very definitely, the handling of labor disputes, to a great extent in the National War Labor Board which, in my opinion, did a very remarkable job, considering the difficulties with which it was confronted. However, it did result in the functions of the Department being very much limited insofar as labor disputes were concerned.
Then, in each one of the other departments that had to do with labor-management relationships in any way, there was set up a labor office. The War Department had one; the Navy Department had one; the War Production Board had one; and various of the agencies that were purely intended for war purposes had their own labor office.
I came here with the idea that it was wery desirable to consolidate that work, to eliminate a considerable portion of the work done by other departments, and I started out with a very definite effort along that line. Also with the idea that certain of the agencies which would remain should be returned to the Department of Labor. We had, when I came here, eight units, most of which had bureau status.
Mr. HARE. May I interrupt for just a moment, Mr. Secretary?
Mr. Har . I think it should be said for the record that this committee, at the beginning of the war, with the creation of a number of war activities in the various departments and independent agencies, decided that appropriations should be made and earmarked as national defense appropriations. Apparently the committee had in mind that following the war, many or even most of these war activities would be discontinued and it would therefore be in a better position to decide on the normal functions of the various departments, including the Department of Labor, if we followed such a course; that we would have less difficulty and less work in determining what the normal functions of the Department would be following the cessation of hostilities.
I note that quite a number of the war activities in the meantime have been transferred to your Department and I assume that in the course of your remarks you will refer to the transfer of these activities and to what extent the functions of these war agencies will be absorbed by your Department?
Secretary SCHWELLENBACH. Yes. I hope to be able to satisfy the committee a long that line.
Mr. KEEFE. May I interrupt, Mr. Chairman, to say that I share the views that the Secretary has expressed in his preliminary statement, and I have made a diligent effort for the past 3 years to bring back to the Department of La bor its proper functions from the scattered departments of the Government into which were placed functions which I have always believed properly belonged in the Labor Department.
I would like to know right at the outset, Mr. Secretary, not having been able to follow the appropriations for the Army and the Navy and these other agenciesincluding the Maritime Commission which had separate la bor-management relationship staffs, whether or not you have succeeded in bringing those functions into the Labor Department so that there will not be a duplication of effort and of appropriations.
Secretary SCHWELLENBACH. Insofar as those were concerned, Mr. Keefe, it was not a matter of bringing them back. My effort has been rather to have them eliminated
Mr. KEEFE. Well, that was my effort, too.
Secretary SCHWELLENBACH (continuing). From the other departments. I think we have had a considerable measure of success. Let me say this: As you gentlemen know, I was away from here for 5 years in a very pleasant job. I talked to many people at home,
however, who came to Washington on labor matters. When I first came here, I called in representatives of labor organizations and perhaps an equal number of businessmen who had had relationships with labor problems, and the chief complaint that they made was that when they came to Washington on some labor problem and they would go to one office, they were sent to another office, and from there they were sent to still another office, and that it took three or four times as much time to find out which department of the Government they were supposed to deal with on labor matters as it should have taken. Of course, that is not an uncommon complaint of people who come to Washington on any problem. But I did have the feeling at home, and it was reinforced when I got here, that there were more complaints, legitimate complaints, among people who came to Washington in reference to labor matters, in that they never knew exactly where to go, that they usually found that the last place to go was the Department of Labor, because there was less there to do with the kind of labor problems that they had than any other place where they might go.
Mr. HARE. We shall be glad to hear you further on your general statement, Mr. Secretary.
UNITS IN OFFICE OF SECRETARY
Secretary SCHWELLENBACH. On July 1 there were eight units: The Office of the Secretary, the Office of the Solicitor, the Division of Labor Standards, United States Conciliation Service, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Children's Bureau, the Women's Bureau, and the Wage and Hour Division.
DEPARTMENT OF LABOR PERSONNEL
The total personnel of the Department at that time, including both regular employees and some temporary dollar-a-year employees, was about 12,000. Since that time there have been added to the Department, the United States Employment Service, the Apprentice Training Service, Retraining and Reemployment Administration, the National Wage Stabilization Board, and several smaller functions, such as the Shipbuilding Stabilization Commission, the labor-management committee function of the War Production Board. So that there has resulted, because of the addition to the Department of these various other functions and activities, an increase from approximately 12,000 to approximately 40,000 employees.
I want to say frankly to the committee that I have been disappointed in the opportunities that have been afforded me. As you know, I got here on the 1st of July. The war ended in the middle of August and within about 3 weeks after that time, labor-management difficulties throughout the country started and there has been a constant demand upon my time from members of the public and also from Members of the Congress, who were receiving very serious inquiries about the strike situation in their particular district or in their particular State. So that I have not had the opportunity to give the time to the administrative work of the Department that I should like to have had.
I think, frankly, if I could have had 6 months' time to have restranged the Department and gotten it functioning before the