World Stabilization of the Textile Industry

March 22, 1937

Report Outline
Domestic and World Regulation of Textiles
Condition of the World Textile Industry
Problems of the Domestic Textile Industry
Special Focus

Domestic and World Regulation of Textiles

International Textile Conference at Washington

Representatives of some 20 leading textile-producing countries, meeting at Washington, April 2, for the first World Textile Conference, will seek to lay the basis for future stabilization of the textile industry through international agreements for regulation of labor conditions. While the conference, which is sponsored by the International Labor Organization, will not itself have power to propose labor treaties to governments, it is expected to recommend adoption by the International Labor Conference at Geneva in June of a draft convention for a 40-hour week in the world textile industry.

Regulation of working hours in textile mills throughout the world will be urged at the Washington conference by the Committee for Industrial Organization. Inauguration of an intensive campaign—“a counterpart of the steel drive”—to bring the 1,250,000 textile workers of the United States into a single industrial union was announced, March 9, by John L. Lewis, C. I. O. chairman. Lewis announced also the formation of a Textile Workers Organizing Committee, headed by Sidney Hillman, president of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers, to direct the unionization campaign.

Dispatches from Geneva indicate concern on the part of I. L. O. officials over the possibility that proceedings of the Washington conference will be disrupted by a textile strike in the United States. Hillman said, March 19, that the organizing drive would be a “peaceful and educational” one. “It will be our aim to avoid industrial strife and to establish the machinery for peaceful industrial relations on a lasting basis. But, should it become necessary, we will resort to our traditional right to strike.” Hillman said that $500,000 had been pledged by his union for the campaign.

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