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OFFICE OF LABOR MEMORANDUM NO. 11, SUPPLEMENT NO. 1

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WAR FOOD ADMINISTRATION
Office of Labor
Washington 25, D. C.

February 24, 1944Subject: Policy with Respect to Use of Transported Agricultural Workers in Food Processing

Public Law 229, 78th Congress, 2nd Session, provides in Title I, Sec. 5 (h), "When authorized by the Administrator, workers under the program may be used in the packing, canning, freezing, drying or other processing of perishable or seasonable agricultural products." The use of transported agricultural workers in food processing will be authorized by the Director of Labor only for temporary periods and then only under the following conditions:

  • (1) That the workers are already in the area where the need exists, and
  • (2) That the State Extension Service has certified that the workers are not needed at the time in agriculture in the area, and
  • (3) That the War Manpower Commission has certified that such workers are needed to save substantial quantities of war-essential food which will be lost if such workers are not made available.

Processors employing, pursuant to Sec. 5 (h), agricultural workers transported by the War Food Administration, will be required to assume such responsibilities with respect to such workers as are required of agricultural employers.

It will be possible, under the conditions specified above, to make some workers available to processors of perishable or seasonable agricultural products on an emergency basis and thus help to save substantial quantities of war-essential foods that might otherwise be lost.

The War Manpower Commission retains the primary responsibility for recruitment and placement of workers for food processors.

Detailed regulations governing the use of transported agricultural workers in food processing are now being formulated and will be issued as soon as possible.

Wilson R. Buie
Lieutenant Colonel
Corps of Engineers
Acting Director of Labor