February 10, 1943

President’s Decree Mandatory
WASHINGTON, D.C.—President Franklin D. Roosevelt last night issued an order mandating a minimum 48-hour workweek in any area the War Manpower Commission (WMC) feels it necessary to carry out “…the fullest mobilization…”. The order applies to all workers, not just war workers, excepting those who are part-time. Paul V. McNutt, chairman of the WMC, declared a “critical labor shortage” in 32 areas in several states across the nation and ordered immediate implementation of the president’s order. McNutt also stated the order would be applied to other areas at a future date, although areas that have sufficient manpower will not be subjected to the order. The WMC is allowing the order to be implemented over the course of a few weeks even though it goes into effect immediately.

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