Regularization of Industrial Activity

February 25, 1935

Report Outline
Federal Efforts to Promote Regularity of Employment
Advantages of Leveling Production Peaks
Efforts of Employers to Check Irregularity
Integration of Industrial-Agricultural Activity
Special Focus

Federal Efforts to Promote Regularity of Employment

Administration's Desire for Scientific Stabilization

With the upturn in business activity during recent months, President Roosevelt has manifested an increased desire to attain greater regularity of employment by leveling off seasonal peaks in production. Application of this policy throughout American industry, he believes, will contribute both to business efficiency and to social security.

The President's interest in industrial stabilization traces back at least five years—to March, 1930, when, as Governor of New York, he appointed a committee to consider and recommend plans for ironing out seasonal fluctuations in employment in that state. In all recent statements dealing with labor relations, he has mentioned, without stressing, the desirability of more stable industrial operations. Following a conference at the White House with the executive council of the American Federation of Labor, February 11, he said cooperation between labor, industry and government was essential “to the continuation of the programs we are working out for a more stable and satisfactory industrial life in this country.” His administration, he said, was seeking to promote understanding between labor and management in all industries “to the end that we can … institute practical and scientific stabilization for the common good of all those engaged in industry as well as for the nation itself.”

A “social security” program put forward by his Secretary of Labor, Frances Perkins, in a speech at Binghamton, N. Y., February 14, called for “technical stabilization of industry” so that employers with large working forces would be in position to give guarantees to labor of the amount of work they could provide on an annual basis.

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General Employment and Labor
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